Throwback Thursday meme was hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favourites as well as sharing books that you’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them ! These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board.
Okay, here we go………
A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together they face perils in their hostile Georgia town.
Evan, a soccer star and the nephew of a conservative Southern Senator, has never wanted for much — except a functional family. Alma has lived in Georgia since she was two-years-old, excels in school, and has a large, warm Mexican family. Never mind their differences, the two fall in love, and they fall hard. But when ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) begins raids on their town, Alma knows that she needs to tell Evan her secret. There’s too much at stake. But how to tell her country-club boyfriend that she’s an undocumented immigrant? That her whole family and most of her friends live in the country without permission. What follows is a beautiful, nuanced, well-paced exploration of the complications of immigration, young love, defying one’s family, and facing a tangled bureaucracy that threatens to completely upend two young lives.
DREAM THINGS TRUE is a modern day ROMEO AND JULIET. Alma is an undocumented Mexican girl who has lived with her family in America since she was two-years-old. Evan is a rich Southern boy who wants for nothing. He is a soccer star at his high school and she is his landscaper’s daughter. Alma wants to go to college but is afraid if she applies, her family will be sent back to Mexico. Evan’s uncle is a senator who is firmly supporting a law against illegal immigrants. What could possibly go wrong, right? Evan is trying to teach everyone around him, including Alma, not to judge a book by its cover.
Being an undocumented girl is very hard for Alma. She is only trying to make her life better, but at what cost? Alma and her family live in constant fear and they are treated like common criminals and don’t really have any rights, even though they just want a better life. Alma loses herself in her school work so she doesn’t have to think about what could happen if they are caught in America. DREAM THINGS TRUE is a very realistic story that is going to break your heart one second and have you cheering for Alma and Evan the next. Their story is one that must be told and must be read.
DREAM THINGS TRUE is a real page turner and you can’t help but caught up in the lives of Alma and Evan. Marie Marquardt does a fabulous job of bringing the horror of The United States Immigration policies to the reader. Will Evan be able to keep Alma’s secret if she tells him? Will he go running to his powerful political family and get Alma’s family sent back to Mexico? I finished DREAM THINGS TRUE with tears in my eyes and a huge lump in my throat. I’m looking forward to reading more by Marie Marquardt. While reading, I couldn’t help but hope that Alma and her family would find their brighter future and better life.
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