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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tell Us We're Home by Marina Budhos

Title: Tell Us We're Home
Author: Marina Budhos
Published: May 2010
Source: The Teen {Book} Scene Blog Tours
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Jaya, Maria, and Lola are just like the other eighth-grade girls in the wealthy suburb of Meadowbrook, New Jersey. They want to go to the spring dance, they love spending time with their best friends after school, sharing frappÉs and complaining about the other kids. But there’s one big difference: all three are daughters of maids and nannies. And they go to school with the very same kids whose families their mothers work for.

That difference grows even bigger—and more painful—when Jaya’s mother is accused of theft and Jaya’s small, fragile world collapses.

When tensions about immigrants start to erupt, fracturing this perfect, serene suburb, all three girls are tested, as outsiders—and as friends. Each of them must learn to find a place for themselves in a town that barely notices they exist.

Marina Budhos gives us a heartbreaking and eye-opening story of friendship, belonging, and finding the way home.

I wasn't sure what to expect from Tell Us We're Home. On one hand, the story sounded great. On the other, I'd seen some not so spectacular reviews. I decided to give it a shot, and I'm glad I did. It was a truly enjoyable and heartfelt book with interesting characters. I wasn't crazy about the third person, though.

Tell Us We're Home is told from the point of view of three girls: Jaya, Maria, and Lola. All immigrants, all with mothers who work for the families of the other kids in their school. Their similarities bring them together as best friends. I thought that all three girls were developed well, with their own personalities and differences. Their stories unfolded nicely, without feeling too much like a segment from their biography's. There were times when I wished for a little more backstory.

As with most third person novels, this book felt a little detached for me. I think that I would have enjoyed it more if it had been in first person. It would have been a bit less confusing as well. Sometimes the characters were a little hard to keep straight. I thought that the writing style was pretty easy to follow, and at times very beautiful.

My biggest problem with the book was the plot. There were quite a few times where I felt like the book really wasn't going anywhere. I really liked just getting to know the characters, but I think some more forward motion would have been more enjoyable.
Basically, I really liked this book. The characters were very intersting to read about and I liked the writing, I just wish that there had been a bit more of a plot.

Characters: 9/10
Writing: 8/10
Originality: 9/10
Plot: 7/10
Ending: 8/10
Overall: 41/50 B-

1 comment:

  1. I also saw mixed reviews, but I bought this anyway. I liked the description.


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