My Family Divided
Before landing a spot on the megahit Netflix show Orange is the New Black; before wowing audiences as Lina on Jane the Virgin; and before her incredible activism and work on immigration reform, Diane Guerrero was a young girl living in Boston. One day, while Guerrero was at school, her undocumented immigrant parents were taken from their home, detained, and deported. Guerrero's life, which had been full of the support of a loving family, was turned upside down.

My Family Divided Details

TitleMy Family Divided
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 17th, 2018
PublisherHenry Holt & Company
ISBN-139781250134868
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Autobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Biography, Young Adult, Teen

My Family Divided Review

  • TL
    January 1, 1970
    I won a copy via Goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.:)----Confession: Didn't know this was the edition for younger readers when I entered the giveaway.. my bad haha.The good: Her personal story is compelling, my heart broke for her and her family and what they had to endure. I think she was brave for sharing her personal story, including all the warts and fears. I love how passionate she is in her activism as well and I admire her for keeping on figh I won a copy via Goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.:)----Confession: Didn't know this was the edition for younger readers when I entered the giveaway.. my bad haha.The good: Her personal story is compelling, my heart broke for her and her family and what they had to endure. I think she was brave for sharing her personal story, including all the warts and fears. I love how passionate she is in her activism as well and I admire her for keeping on fighting.The bad/so-so/indifferent: The cover illustration/drawing is nicely done, but a bit out of place. Maybe it's better for the younger readers and all... just think the creative team could have done better.The writing is good but sometimes felt a little awkward in this edition. I'm assuming some of those may have been re-written for its intended audience? It didn't pull me out of the narrative, but it did cross my mind from time to time.The last chapter seemed out of place with the rest of the book. I'm not wading into any political waters here but it seemed to stand out in Vibe from the rest of the book (may have been the intention). Worth the read, and I appreciate winning it but won't be buying a copy for myself.
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  • ALEXA
    January 1, 1970
    It was really heartbreaking to read Diane Guerrero’s story, though you could certainly tell it had been condensed down into this version friendly for a younger audience. It’s a story that shares the real experiences of many folks in our country, and I think the way it’s told makes it a story that we can learn from, empathize with and be inspired by.
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by publisher at ALA MidwinterActress Diane Guerrero's father and mother came to the United States from Colombia in the 1980s in order to make a better life for themselves and for their son. They came on a ninety day tourist to visit a sister and did not leave. While they struggled, they were able to hold down jobs and have places to live. They tried to obtain citizenship, but were thwarted by the bureaucracy, as well as by a fraudulent lawyer who took a lot of money for little resul ARC provided by publisher at ALA MidwinterActress Diane Guerrero's father and mother came to the United States from Colombia in the 1980s in order to make a better life for themselves and for their son. They came on a ninety day tourist to visit a sister and did not leave. While they struggled, they were able to hold down jobs and have places to live. They tried to obtain citizenship, but were thwarted by the bureaucracy, as well as by a fraudulent lawyer who took a lot of money for little results. Diane was born in the US and struggled a bit in school, but had a solid group of friends and enjoyed her life in Boston, eventually attending a performing arts school that got her started on her way to her eventual renown for television shows like Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. When she was 14, her parents were arrested and deported. Luckily, she was able to stay with family friends, and even managed to go to a very nice private college, but her family's situation was never resolved to her satisfaction. The book, which has a few black and white pictures of Guerrero, her family, and friends, shows the effect this had on her.Strengths: This was a fast paced look at how immigration laws affected one family that also talks a bit about how this is a more and more common experience in the US. Weaknesses: I wish that the cover were a photo instead of an illustration, since this is nonfiction. I'm not sure how many children will be familiar with this actress.What I really think: Will purchase this instead of Saedi's Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card as a timely book on a topic of interest and as a read along for books like Restrepo's Illegal.
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  • Tracey
    January 1, 1970
    I remember when the adult version of this book came out. Recently, I saw this middle grade version at a bookstore and figured I'd read it for my students. I can't wait to put it on my shelf at school. Guerrero's language is perfect for young teens, and while her story will resonate most with kids who've been traumatized in the immigration wars, it's appropriate for all teens.
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  • Kimberly Larsen
    January 1, 1970
    This first hand account of the immigration experience would be a good read for any middle schooler.
  • Mompop
    January 1, 1970
    maybe 3.5 (I really like the family photos).
  • Maywoodbooks
    January 1, 1970
    incredible! MUST READ!!
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