Under the Mesquite

By Stacked

Of all the verse novels I read this year – and I’m pretty sure I’ve read every young adult verse novel this year – this one was one of the strongest in form. It worked around each page and pass, and I really felt like it captured Lupita’s voice very well. The story itself is compelling, especially because it really digs into the challenges that come with devoting oneself to family while pursuing one’s dreams. It’s one of those issues that’s particularly important in a lot of first generation immigrants, and it’s one with which readers definitely will identify. McCall offers readers a relatable character, and she tells a story that’s culturally pertinent right now and will continue to be relevant.