The Secret Side of Empty
What's it like to be undocumented? High school senior M.T. knows all too well. With graduation and an uncertain future looming, she must figure out how to grow up in the only country she's ever called home... a country in which she's "illegal."M.T. was born in Argentina and brought to America... show more
What's it like to be undocumented? High school senior M.T. knows all too well. With graduation and an uncertain future looming, she must figure out how to grow up in the only country she's ever called home... a country in which she's "illegal."M.T. was born in Argentina and brought to America as a baby without any official papers. And as questions of college, work, and the future arise, M.T. will have to decide what exactly she wants for herself, knowing someone she loves will unavoidably pay the price for it. On the way, M.T. must navigate first love, letting go of her childhood friends as they begin a life she can't share, a difficult relationship with a father who grew up a world away and a mother struggling to find her way in America. What is it like when the only country you've ever known says you don't belong? The Secret Side of Empty offers an intimate, often surprising glimpse into a story you often hear on the news but have never heard told this way before.Author Maria E. Andreu draws from her personal experience as a former undocumented immigrant to explore issues of belonging, keeping secrets and what it's like to be undocumented. More than that, The Secret Side of Empty is a story that will touch anyone who has ever felt excluded or unsure about the future or has kept a secret she felt was too big too share.
Publish date: March 11th 2014
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
“How do you explain to someone that you are so horrible and useless that your own father despises you? I am so ashamed. I don’t want them to know because I know they’ll figure out what that means about me. The dirty, ugly outcast I really am.” “… seventeen ways to say Illegal: Broken, Alone, Not...
People always talk about fighting being the brave thing. But maybe the bravest thing is knowing when to stop. Knowing when you are beat. It is such a simple answer. It almost makes me happy. The Secret Side of Empty is a touching story about M.T., an undocumented immigrant. (M.T. describes herself a...
She lived within herself, she was just waiting for the moment where her world would come crashing down. M.T. was a complex person, from the outside she was just like you and me but inside she was ready to explode, living with the day-by-day pressures ticking away. I admired M.T., she held her head u...
I had such huge expectations for this book, really looking forward to it, and I must say it didn’t disappoint. It dealt with more issues than I was expecting, but it only enriched the book. You could think that dealing with such strong subjects as domestic violence, illegal immigration and suicide a...