Make your Home Among Strangers

Make your Home Among Strangers

Book - 2015
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"When Lizet-the daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from high school-secretly applies and is accepted to an ultra-elite college, her parents are furious at her decision to leave Miami. Just weeks before she's set to start school, her parents divorce and her father sells her childhood home, leaving Lizet, her mother, and Leidy-Lizet's older sister, a brand-new single mom-without a steady income and scrambling for a place to live ... Pulled between life at college and the needs of those she loves, Lizet is faced with difficult decisions that will change her life --
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2015.
Edition: First editon.
ISBN: 9781250059666
Branch Call Number: FIC CRUC
Characteristics: ix, 388 pages ; 25 cm


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Feb 08, 2020

Crucet, a talented young writer, tells the story of Lizet and her life maneuvers through her first year at a small liberal arts college far from her home and the culture she grew up in. The time period is the beginning of the 2000's. She has left her home of Miami, Florida, for college. Lizet is a first generation Cuban-American and first generation college student. I loved that the author beautifully interweaves the struggles of culture and young adulthood in America--it's too easy to forget that our humanity and the choices we make bear consequences. It's a story of Lizet and how she maneuvers her loyalty and guilt within family and outside of family. It's an emotionally-moving tale.

Oct 10, 2019

book burning

Oct 26, 2015

This story is so poignant I wonder if the author took this story from her own life. Creating a Cuban- American girl who went to an academically low-achieving high school yet managed to get into a challenging college program far from her home in Miami sounds like a Cinderella story. Perhaps it is except there were more impediments to success than a wicked stepmother. Rich white college classmates, a tough boy Miami boyfriend, divorced parents, an unmarried sister with a baby, and a mother who gets too emotionally tied to the Elian Gonzalez story and nearly being kicked out of college her first semester because of plagiarism, make Lizet a most engaging and memorable protagonist. I was despairing her choices 3/4th of the way through, but spunky, original Lizet proved me wrong! Hurray. I agree with several other reviewers. This is a must-read book.


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