Thursday, October 22, 2009
We Were Here
by Matt de le Pena
The story of one boy and his journey to find himself. When it happened, Miguel was sent to Juvi. The judge gave him a year in a group home - said he had to write in a journal so some counselor could try to figure out how he thinks. The judge had no idea that he actually did Miguel a favor. Ever since it happened, his mom can't even look at him in the face. Any home besides his would be a better place to live.
But Miguel didn't bet on meeting Rondell or Mong or on any of what happened after they broke out. He only thought about Mexico and getting to the border to where he could start over. Forget his mom. Forget his brother. Forget himself. Life usually doesn't work out how you think it will, though. And most of the time, running away is the quickest path right back to what you're running from.
Reading outside my favorite genres is something that is sometimes difficult for me to do... but I try to when I can so that I can recommend books to lots of different readers. This effort on my part is sweetly rewarded when I find books like We Were Here.
This is a story of a boy who must face his past and deal with the fact that he is not the only person on the planet who wasn't given an easy life. In fact Miguel finds out that his is just one story among many.
After being sent to a boys home Miguel meets Rondell and Mong. Despite barely knowing each other they decide to runaway and go to Mexico where Mong supposedly has some connections that will lead them all to a better life.
What they really find is friendship, hard times and the knowledge that in order to move on to the future you have to face your past.
This is a really great book...the story is honest and straight forward but not overwhelming. The author does a great job of giving us all the details without being overly emotional or going for the shock factor. This book made me want to read all of Matt de la Pena's books, he is a great writer!
His other books:
Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being biracial while spending the summer with his Mexican family. MEXICAN WHITEBOY is set in the back alleys and rundown baseball fields of National City, CA.
Ball Don't Lie
BALL DON'T LIE is Matt de la Pena's breakout urban masterpiece, which takes place where the street and the court meet and where a boy can be anything if he puts his mind to it.
In fact Ball Don't Lie is now a movie that has a lot of well known actors including: Ludacris and Nick Cannon....Click HERE to visit the movie website (FYI it takes a while to load but is pretty cool, check it out!)
Visit Matt de la Pena's website HERE