Saturday, March 15, 2014
Review: Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Piddy is waiting for the school day to start when a girl tells her that Yaqui Delgado thinks she swings her butt too much and is planning to kick her a**. Piddy doesn’t have any idea who this girl even is, and has no idea how she has made her mad or what she can do to stop this looming devastation. Although she is Latina, she has pale skin, good grades and does not have an accent. Piddy’s life was about grades and her missing father, but with the increasing harassment that she suffers in and out of school, she quickly realizes that there are more serious things in life.
Piddy doesn’t want to become a narc, but she also isn’t willing to run away. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass unfortunately is a very realistic view of the world today. Many bullies have no true reason to despise those they attack. Many are just hateful individuals and the victims have done nothing to earn this negativity. Medina shows the reader insight into the Latina world and the world of single parent families trying to survive in today’s tough inner cities. Although the title can be a little put-offish due to the final word, the book as a whole is relatively clean and will required the reader to reach inside their own thoughts and determine how they would react if they were the victim or they were a witness to the harassment. This book is definitely a recommended book for today’s teens.
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