I finally read this book and it was long overdue. I have had this book on the shelf since 2020. This one was called We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez.
Synopsis: Pulga, Chico, and Pequeña have no false illusions about the town they’ve grown up in and the dangers that surround them. Though their families–both biological and found–create a warm community for them, threats lurk around every corner. And when those threats become all too real, the three teens know they have no choice but to run: for the border, for the hope of freedom, and for their very lives.
Crossing from Guatemala through Mexico with their eyes on the U.S. border, they follow the route of La Bestia, a system of trains that promise the hope of freedom–if they are lucky enough to survive the harrowing journey. With nothing but the bags on their backs and the desperation that courses through their very veins, Pulga, Chico, and Pequeña know that there’s no turning back, dangerous though the road ahead might be.
In this story inspired by real–and current–events, the plight at our southern border is brought to life.
Powerful. That is what this book was. I felt a lot of emotion for these characters and the struggles they were facing. And this book is inspired by real events which is what gets me. People are actually going through what these characters went through just to survive.
I couldn’t imagine living life day to day and not feeling the comfort and safety that I do. No one should have to feel the fear and uncertainty of just getting through to the next day and these characters showed so much strength and perseverance to keep going no matter what. This book is full of raw emotion and it keeps you invested to find out if they will make it.
This book was beautifully written and a heartbreaking tale. I recommend picking this one up.
Book Rating: 4/5
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me in ARC format by HarperCollins to read and give an honest review.
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