Specs: 5 1/2” x 8 1/4” • 200 pp • Written in verse, Excerpt from similar verse book,
Suggestions for further reading, About the Author, Hi-lo text
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8252-3 • $19.95 | $14.95
eBook: 978-1-5383-8326-1 • $19.95 | $14.95
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8251-6 • $12.90 | $10.95
Twin sisters Elena and Marianella couldn’t be more different. Marianella goes out of her
way to actively participate in their Puerto Rican culture, whereas Elena is embarrassed
by their traditions. Marianella is also fighting a very private battle with mental illness, and
takes her own life not long after their fifteenth birthday. As Elena mourns her sister, she
tries to live her life without the limitations and rules Marianella set for her. When her life
spirals out of control, Elena realizes the depth of her roots and the guilt of not helping
her sister before it was too late.
“Evocative poems—all narrated from Elena’s perspective—connect readers to her overwhelming guilt and shame…An examination of Latinx identity, family bonds, mental health, suicide, grief, and guilt that will hopefully spark much-needed dialogue. Necessary.” —Kirkus
“The plot has a steady pace after the tragic beginning, and keeps readers intrigued about what will happen next. Character development is excellent; Azmitia explores both twins in depth. The author manages to write a lyrical coming-of-age story about a teen’s grappling with racial and ethnic identity without resorting to stereotypes. The plot builds to an unexpected ending that weaves in present-day events to provide a satisfying conclusion. VERDICT A solid addition to the novels-in-verse format. Recommended for general purchase.” —School Library Journal
About the Author:
M. Azmitia is a government employee by day and a poet/cat lady by night in New York City. She holds a degree in English and creative writing. Azmitia writes about Latinidad and mental health in the hopes of starting a conversation about the stigma of mental illness in communities of color.