Thursday, March 9, 2017

Review ~ Lucky Broken Girl By Ruth Behar

Lucky Broken Girl By Ruth Behar
Age Range: 10 and up 
Grade Level: 5 and up
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books (April 11, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0399546448
ISBN-13: 978-0399546440

“A book for anyone mending from childhood wounds.”—Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

In this unforgettable multicultural coming-of-age narrative—based on the author’s childhood in the 1960s—a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl is adjusting to her new life in New York City when her American dream is suddenly derailed. Ruthie’s plight will intrigue readers, and her powerful story of strength and resilience, full of color, light, and poignancy, will stay with them for a long time.

Ruthie Mizrahi and her family recently emigrated from Castro’s Cuba to New York City. Just when she’s finally beginning to gain confidence in her mastery of English—and enjoying her reign as her neighborhood’s hopscotch queen—a horrific car accident leaves her in a body cast and confined her to her bed for a long recovery. As Ruthie’s world shrinks because of her inability to move, her powers of observation and her heart grow larger and she comes to understand how fragile life is, how vulnerable we all are as human beings, and how friends, neighbors, and the power of the arts can sweeten even the worst of times.

Prior to reading:
I received this book in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.
 I did not request this book so when I received this it was a nice surprise (specially the fact that it was an Advanced Readers Copy). The first thing that caught my eye about this book is that it is about some immigrants that came to the US from Cuba. This is something that speaks to me considering the fact that the US is composed of immigrants, my family included. 

After reading:
I have to be honest I read this book so quickly! It was just so hard to put down. The book’s main character is Ruthie who in the beginning of the book has only been in the US a little bit. In school she is placed in what she calls the “dumb” class only because she doesn’t speak the language. One of her closes friends is a boy named Ramu who also doesn’t speak English very well. When they feel like they know enough English they ask the teacher if they can move up to the “smart” class. The teacher considers this and decides to give them a difficult word to spell to see if they are ready. To everyone’s surprise they both get it right meaning they will be moved up! Shortly after things take a dark turn for Ruthie.
While her family is driving back from visiting some friends they get in a car accident. Ruthie wakes up to a world of pain and is ushered to the hospital. 

The news only grow darker, she finds out she has to be in a body case (from her feet to her chest). So doing anything is out of the question. 

At first Ruthie is upset with this. She prays to God, to anyone who would listen to answer her prayer. Her best friend Ramu isn’t allowed to visit because his mom doesn’t want him to lose his roots and become to “American”. So Ruthie is left behind bed ridden.
Ruthie now has to find ways to entertain herself one of her favorite activities is reading but it is hard considering she can’t see the windows so she can scarcely tell the weather, or time of day. 

It was so enjoyable to see how Ruthie would stay positive although it wasn’t always easy and sometimes the anger ate away at her. I would really recommend this book to anyone even though it is a middle school book. It was easy to read but captivating at the same time.

Overall my rating for this book would have to be 5 stars. This book was astonishing; I could not put it down. I hope you guys get the chance to pick it up. If you have heard of this book or read it please leave a comment below to let me know of your thoughts.

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