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We Were Here av Matt de la Peña
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We Were Here (utgåvan 2010)

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Haunted by the event that sentences him to time in a group home, Miguel breaks out with two unlikely companions and together they begin their journey down the California coast hoping to get to Mexico and a new life.
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Titel:We Were Here
Författare:Matt de la Peña (Författare)
Info:Ember (2010), Edition: Illustrated, 384 pages
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teen fiction; crime-related trauma/group homes. I couldn't get the vernacular to sound right in my head, but (from what little I read) the characters seemed compelling enough to keep the attention of kids that like these kinds of stories.
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Miguel has been sent to a group home for a year after committing a crime that shattered his family. Trying to remain isolated due to his guilt, Miguel starts a journal and eventually escapes from the home with his housemates, simple-minded Rondell and violent, mysterious Mong. Their plan to get to Mexico quickly falls apart and they begin traveling the coast of California, trying to figure out where they can go.

I liked the main character Miguel. His voice felt realistic and believable, although not all the events in the novel did. Unfortunately, Rondell was a bit of a magic black person figure rather than a character, which took away from the story, and Miguel's crime was not revealed until the very end, although it was pretty easy to guess. Matt de la Pena is a talented writer working with unusual subject matter and characters, and I would like to see him tackle something a bit more gritty and unpredictable. ( )
  sophroniaborgia | May 19, 2019 |
Decent story, though predictable and drawn out. ( )
  ItEntertainsMe | Oct 4, 2016 |
Great read for HS boys-some rough situations, but positive message. ( )
  kimpiddington | Jun 24, 2011 |
Reviewed by Mrs. Foley

This is a Gateway nominee for 2011-2012. I really enjoyed De La Pena's book, Mexican WhiteBoy, and he didn't disappoint this time either. His characters do have a lot in their lives to deal with, but they feel so real and believable that you just know there are those everyday who are dealing with things as difficult or worse. It is a sad reality, but he always leaves hope.

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Miguel struggles to forgive himself for a tragic event that changed his life and his family forever. He willingly accepts his one-year sentence to a juvenile detention center and the requirement that he keep a journal. De La Peña uses the conceit of the journal to tell the story in Miguel's words. At the center, Miguel befriends Rondell, a mentally challenged teen prone to violent outbursts, and Mong, a troubled boy with myriad physical and emotional problems. Mong organizes an escape, and with little apparent thought, Miguel and Rondell agree to join him. The boys' convoluted travels take them up and down the California coast and are recorded in Miguel's journal, along with his personal journey of self-discovery. It is frustrating that the salient event, the one that led to Miguel's incarceration, is kept from readers, and most other characters, until the end of the book. Once the truth of what happened is exposed, it is difficult to comprehend the callousness shown to Miguel by other family members; in fact, readers may question why he was imprisoned at all. The premise of juvenile delinquents on the run, camping out, and trying to survive and to find themselves will appeal to teens, but the story is just too drawn out to hold the interest of most of them. ( )
  hickmanmc | Jun 20, 2011 |
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