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Illegal AUTHOR Bettina Restrepo Summary ¶ 104 ì A promiseuinceañeraA promise that we would be together on my fifteenth birthday Instead Nora is on a desperate journey far away from home When her father leaves their beloved Mexico in search of work Nora stays behind She fights to make sense of her loss while living in poverty—waitingAce Now Nora must find the strength to survive while aching for small comforts friends a new school and her precious uinceañeraBettina Restrepo's gripping deeply hopeful debut novel captures the challenges of one girl's uniue yet universal immigrant experienc. Reviewed by Christin for Between the CoversReally 35 starsAfter listening to Bettina read a chapter from this book and hearing the emotion that was so clear in it I knew that I had to read this novel Although parts of the story are not easy to read it is engaging and kept me turning page after page to learn how life unfolded for NoraIllegal tells the story of Nora a young girl whose family is struggling to survive in Mexico while her father searches for work in Texas But as days and weeks drag into years and the money becomes increasingly scarce Nora knows that she has to find her father Urged on by whispers and visions of the Lady of Guadalupe Nora convinces her mother to travel to Houston convinced that everything will be better when their family is back together But after the dangerous journey across the border Nora and her mother must still survive in a foreign country and that means finding papers finding a job and struggling to understand English Fortunately the two are able to find some help and Nora even makes new friendsbut she must still try and find her father and reunite her familyAlthough Illegal is fictional the story that it tells could be one of any immigrant In fact Bettina was inspired by various people she saw and heard while working in a Fiesta a grocery store in Houston In this book Nora is not even fifteen but she is uickly forced to grow up and take responsibility for her and her mother Even though she finds them both jobs she still struggles to understand how things work in Texas Flora one of the girls that she meets begins Nora's new cultural education which is interesting in itself As part of this I especially liked the interchange of Spanish and English phrases and there is a glossary included in the back This story is definitely illuminating in showing the challenges that immigrants face when coming to America The situation is one that most of us can never experience or imagine and this glimpse into something that happens daily was eye openingThe thing I wanted most that this book didn't have was of the story interactions between the characters details Being told from a first person perspective was a little limiting in this respect but it also made the story that much personal And in the words of Bettina I can't promise you a happy ending Is that possible for stories like this but I do promise a satisfying oneIllegal is a great YA debut novel from Bettina Even though Illegal is a stand alone novel she is working on a new project entitled Telenovela which sounds like it will be very entertaining I'm looking forward to reading her next novel

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A promiseuinceañeraA promise that we would be together on my fifteenth birthday Instead Nora is on a desperate journey far away from home When her father leaves their beloved Mexico in search of work Nora stays behind She fights to make sense of her loss whil. I wrote it so it's super cool But hey that's just me

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Illegal AUTHOR Bettina RestreE living in poverty waiting for her father's return and a better day When the letters and money stop coming Nora decides that she and her mother must look for him in Texas After a frightening experience crossing the border the two are all alone in a strange pl. The story was very good I enjoyed it very much I just didn't like certain parts of how the book was written I think like the words in Spanish could have been better better phrases; there were some phrases that really didn't make sense and Spanish is my first language I don't know just if there were real words and phrases hispanic community really uses other than that the story was very touching and interesting