The Secret Side of Empty
Maria E. Andreu
PD: 03.11.14 by Running Press Kids
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."
In high school, my parents, well, mom, really, wanted me to be fluent in a foreign language if nothing else to help me feel cultured. I just liked the fact that if I took four years in high school it was automatically waived in college. I spent every summer practically living with a girl and her family so I could immerse myself into their world: learning about their traditions, their way of life. Her family had a strictly no English rule the moment I stepped into their house. I don't know how many times I asked for a dishwasher when I meant to say banana. For the longest time, I had no idea my friend was a product of undocumented parents. I'm curious to see how this book depicts the struggles my friend went through and how the main characters struggles bring her to ultimate goal.