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Finding Amor describes the struggles and reasons why people come to the United States of America illegally. The story focuses on an 8-year-old boy who crosses the border illegally to get to his mother who came illegally to America a couple years sooner. Allison K. Garcia's story describes in detail about how unsafe their country is due to gangs and drugs. She weaves in another story of an upper middle white class woman so you can see how the struggle is real for the illegal aliens as well as showing how much they want to be an upper-middle-class citizen. It gives the reader a contrast between two cultures and two ways of living.
Garcia gave me an idea of what the Latino culture is like. She told it like it is. She didn't hold back. She covered many topics throughout the book, such as drinking, physical abuse, gambling, drugs, gangs, and death. The way she told this story opened my eyes to what they are going through. However, I still don't believe someone should be living in America illegally. This isn't fair to all the people who did it right. I always wonder if their country is so bad then why don't they all get together and have a revolution. A revolution to change Mexico into a country they could be proud of and not scared to stay in. A lot of countries had to do a revolution to change the power, for example, America and France. The list goes on. I think it is time for the people of Mexico to stand up and stop the violence and change their country for the better instead of running to other countries. If we ran to other countries we wouldn't have America we would still be in power of Britain. If we didn't have the Civil War we probably would still be having slavery.
Anyways, this is a great book to get people to discuss the problems of illegal immigrants and it gives a description of why they are doing what they are doing. Everyone may not have the same opinion when it comes to illegal immigrants, but we all should strive to be kind.
The one problem I had with this book is there was a lot of Spanish. I don't speak Spanish so I had to keep looking at the translation which took my focus away from the story. Other than that I found this book to be well written and really opened my eyes about the Latino culture and their struggles.
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