Diane Guerrero - Wikipedia
From her childhood to her adult years, Diane Guerrero takes us rely on friends, her parents, and a boyfriend, to be her main support system. Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Teens may recognize Guerrero from Orange Is (May 3, ); Publication Date: May 3, ; Sold by: Macmillan; Language: English; ASIN: BIAPVB8; Text-to-Speech: Enabled. X- Ray. In the Country We Love: My Family Divided. Diane Guerrero, with Michelle Burford. Holt, $26 (p) ISBN
Right on time but a bit out of breath, I rounded the corner into humanities class. First, we had our academic subjects like math and science, and then came the after noon courses I lived for— theater, art, music. I wanted it to be absolutely perfect. The morning dragged by.
And with each hour that passed, I felt more and more weird. Not Twilight Zone weird, but more like that pit in the stomach you get when something is unsettled. At last, the school day was over— which meant rehearsal time.
When I got to the music room, a big studio, my teacher, Mr. Stewart, was already there. As usual, he was wearing a tie, a dress shirt, and that big grin we all knew him for. He was seated at the piano.
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I stashed my backpack in a chair and quickly took my place near Damien. I have found you. I stood up tall and cleared my throat.
As my part approached, I closed my eyes so I could concentrate. I will hold you. Whether I could really make it as a singer. And thanks to Mr. Stewart, I was starting to believe I had a shot. On the way home, I stopped at Foot Locker. She smiled, showing off a mouthful of braces. That was at five thirty.
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At six fifteen, the train pulled into the Stony Brook station. I strolled across the platform, the whole time staring down at my Adidas.
Outside, the sun was setting a bit. I decided to stop and call.
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I spotted a pay phone— yes, pay phones were still a thing— and walked toward it. I removed a quarter from the back pocket of my jeans, pushed in the coin, and dialed.
Please leave us a message. One of my parents was always home by this time. To the point where you feel it would be better to leave them behind than figure out a way to take them with you.
Yet the damage that does, and Guerrero explains, of not having your mother or father for the important moments of your life, the days in which you are on the brink, and when you need physical reassurance and not just verbal, it can be damaging. Not just to your own person but to the relationship between you and one of the most important people in your life.
So, like with Redefining Realnesswhile the writer was young they at the same time were able to present a wealth of knowledge. They were open, and willing, to let you peer into their private life.
However, unlike Redefining Realness, which perhaps is my standard when it comes to memoirs, biographies, or whichever is appropriate, Diane takes a slightly more Wendy Williams approach.Diane Guerrero Speaks On Her Book, "In the Country We Love" & "Superior Donuts"
Which for me I rather enjoyed. She wants to be seen as a whole person and not known for just one section of her life or perhaps one facet of it. She wants you to know the Diane who grew up in Boston with her girls, just as much as she wants you to know the girl who almost killed herself, the one who loves acting, the one who for almost a decade had a terrible relationship with her mother and more.
But what leads me to believe you should read this book is because it introduces you to the immigrant experience and Diane humanizes something which, even with the internet giving us access to both fictional and foreign stories, is still treated as something alien.
Especially in times like these where it seems anti-immigrant sentiment is a major part of the political conversation.