Friday, December 31, 2010

All You Get Is Me by Yvonne Prinz - Review

Last review of the year. And it's Josephine's.
Happy new year to you all.

Aurora’s life in San Francisco suddenly ends when her activist father decides to take up organic farming. She is sixteen and finds herself in the middle of nowhere caring for chickens, composting and selling vegetables at a roadside stand. The two of them witness an auto accident where a Caucasian L.A. transplant kills a woman. No charges are pressed because the dead woman was an illegal Mexican immigrant. Aurora’s father brings the dead woman’s husband, also an illegal immigrant, to live and work on the farm. He also brings a lawsuit against the driver for the wrongful death of the Mexican woman. Meanwhile, Aurora befriends and finds herself falling in love with the driver’s son.

This is a wonderful coming of age story that addresses social justice and small-town prejudices.

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