Under the Mesquite
Lupita, a budding actor and poet in a close-knit Mexican American immigrant family, comes of age as she struggles with adult responsibilities during her mother's battle with cancer in this young adult novel in verse. When Lupita learns Mami has cancer, she is terrified by the possibility of... show more
Lupita, a budding actor and poet in a close-knit Mexican American immigrant family, comes of age as she struggles with adult responsibilities during her mother's battle with cancer in this young adult novel in verse. When Lupita learns Mami has cancer, she is terrified by the possibility of losing her mother, the anchor of her close-knit family. Suddenly, being a high school student, starring in a play, and dealing with friends who don't always understand, become less important than doing whatever she can to save Mami's life. While her father cares for Mami at an out-of-town clinic, Lupita takes charge of her seven younger siblings. As Lupita struggles to keep the family afloat, she takes refuge in the shade of a mesquite tree, where she escapes the chaos at home to write. Forced to face her limitations in the midst of overwhelming changes and losses, Lupita rediscovers her voice and finds healing in the power of words. Told with honest emotion in evocative free verse, Lupita's journey toward hope is captured in moments that are alternately warm and poignant. Under the Mesquite is an empowering story about testing family bonds and the strength of a young woman navigating pain and hardship with surprising resilience.
Publish date: October 31st 2011
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
, Realistic Fiction
, Middle Grade
, Coming Of Age
, High School
Me and verse novels are a bit like oil and water... they don't mix often. Out of the Dust remains my favorite by far; few others even touch that. This was one of the better ones I've read in the past few years (alongside Inside Out and Back Again). I expected a bit more focus on Mami's cancer battle...
Originally published at my blog Chasing Empty PavementsI had mixed emotions going into this novel. I noticed it was in verse and I haven't been fond of too many books written in verse yet I LOVED the subject matter. I love the Hispanic culture, language and coming of age stories, so I sort of alrea...
Lupita is a mexican-american girl growing up in the state of Texas with her parents and her seven siblings. One day she eavesdrops on a conversation between her parentsand finds out that her mother suffers from cancer. While Lupita struggles with the ever occurring changes that make up the teenage y...
A beautifully written family story and an impressive debut novel.
Beautiful absolutely beautiful. Under the Mesquite is a story about a young girl growing up to adulthood. It is a story about saying good-bye and about the loss of a loved one so integral to one’s life that it is impossible to imagine life without them. Under the Mesquite is about a family’s jour...