Under the Mesquite

By Diana, Teen Lit Rocks

There are simply not enough YA books with good, strong Latino characters. In truth, there aren’t enough Latino authors writing YA books, so it gave me great pleasure to read Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall.

…By writing the story in verse, Garcia McCall is able to depict Lupita’s emotions as she deals with her mother’s struggles with cancer. We are able to sense the emotional upheaval that the entire family experiences. We especially feel Lupita’s fears, her Mami’s pain and Papi’s suffering at the thought of losing his beloved. It is bittersweet as the family sacrifices everything for Mami and Lupita discovers how resilient she really is.

Under the Mesquite, is a true testament to the Mexican-American spirit.