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Friday 17 February 2023

Junior Review: We Are Not From Here

We Are Not from Here is a poignant and powerful story about three teens Pulga , Chico and Pequeña living in a small, poverty-stricken town in Guatemala who leave family and friends to escape violence.

The book is written from the first person perspectives of 15 year old Pulga and his cousin Pequeña . It starts off with Pequeña being pregnant and hating the baby's father, a gang member. Chico and Pulga are best friends who have to flee their town because of a dangerous gang leader, Rey. 

They decide to risk the journey to the United States, and Pequeña joins them. They pack their bags and leave on La Bestia, a dangerous train that goes through Mexico. It's a tough journey, with lots of obstacles and violence, but their friendship and the hope for a better life keep them going.

We Are Not from Here is a raw and unflinching look at the struggles of young people living in poverty, and the lengths they will go to survive. 

The author, Jenny Torres Sanchez, does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life and making the reader feel as if they are right there with them. The writing is evocative and emotional, and the pacing is perfect.

This book is a must-read for anyone interested in learning more about refugee, poverty, and the immigrant experience. It is a powerful reminder how strong and determined teenagers can be in the face of adversity and how important it is to never give up on striving for a better life.

Title: We Are Not From Here
Author: Jenny Torres Sanchez
Publisher: Penguin Random House, $16.99
Publication Date: 19 May 2020
Format: Hardcover
For ages: 13+
Type: Teen and Young Adult Fiction