My Family Divided: One Girl's Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope

My Family Divided: One Girl's Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope

Before landing a spot on the megahit Netflix show Orange is the New Black; before wowing audiences as Lina on Jane the Virgin; and before her incredible activism and work on immigration reform, Diane Guerrero was a young girl living in Boston. One day, while Guerrero was at school, her undocumented immigrant parents were taken from their home, detained, and deported. Guerr Before landing a spot on the megahit Netflix show Orange is the New Black; before wowing audiences as Lina on Jane the Vi...

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Title:My Family Divided: One Girl's Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope
Author:Diane Guerrero
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1250134862
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

My Family Divided: One Girl's Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope Reviews

  • Hawley
    Jan 22, 2019
    Read by my 8 year old daughter, E, on her own. Here is her review: ?This book was a really nice book about this girl who was really adventurous and loved singing, and she has one brother who is ten years older than her. The best part is when she got to shake the hand of President ...
  • Alexa Hamilton
    Aug 29, 2018
    I didn't know Diane Guerrero's story of growing up with parents and a brother who were undocumented immigrants from Colombia, while she was born here. She does a great job setting the scene of a happy family life, despite the long hours both her parents worked and the fear of deportati...
  • Sarah
    Sep 08, 2018
    This is the story of Diane's family. Her parents came to American from Colombia, seeking better opportunities and work options. They worked hard in order to support their children, and kept a low profile in their community, since neither parent was a legal immigrant. When Diane was an ...
  • Becky
    Apr 08, 2019
    Really compelling story. I think this has a lot of appeal for older teens, so I wish they hadn't gone with a cover that looks so middle grade. I liked that the writing was chatty, but some lines felt very "hello, fellow kids." And the last chapter about getting involved could have been...
  • Anne
    Jan 03, 2019
    Memoir of a girl whose parents were undocumented immigrants from Columbia. They both were deported and she was left in the US on her own at the age of 14. She knew they did not have papers and lived in constant fear. Mom actually was sent back once, came back to the US, then was sent b...
  • Barbara
    Aug 28, 2018
    I can think of few books more relevant in the current political climate than this one, the middle grade/YA version of the actor and activist's memoir, In the Country We Love. Heart-wrenchingly honest and straightforward, the book describes Diane Guerrero's personal experiences with imm...
  • Liz
    Sep 14, 2018
    Very timely memoir about the OITNB actress's youth as an American child of undocumented immigrants, leading up to and following her parents' deportation when she was 14 years old. Guerrero wasn't put into a detention center for children -- in fact, she wasn't followed up after at all. ...
  • Ingrid
    Aug 25, 2018
    The author really shows you how difficult the life of an undocumented immigrants really is. The author is US citizen given that she was born in the US, but her parents and brother are undocumented immigrants from Columbia. When the author was 14 her parents were deported and she was le...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Apr 18, 2018
    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Midwinter Actress Diane Guerrero's father and mother came to the United States from Colombia in the 1980s in order to make a better life for themselves and for their son. They came on a ninety day tourist to visit a sister and did not leave. Whil...
  • Loretta
    May 11, 2019
    This would be a good book to help introduce middle-schoolers to the idea of what life might be like as an undocumented immigrant, and the difficulties faced by families who are torn apart when loved ones are taken without warning and deported. The book is a testament to the strength of...
  • Jenny
    Aug 25, 2018
    This autobiography of actress and activist Diane Guerrero chronicles her life from childhood to present-day, opening with the deportation of her parents when she was in high school. Although the writing is sometimes choppy, this is an inspiring story with an appealing cover that should...
  • Valerie McEnroe
    Dec 07, 2018
    Before Diane was born, her parents and half-brother visited family in New Jersey on a temporary visa. Once they saw how much better life is in America, they made the decision to overstay their visa and live under the radar to avoid deportation. They tried unsuccessfully to apply for pe...
  • TL
    Jul 09, 2018
    I won a copy via Goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.:) ---- Confession: Didn't know this was the edition for younger readers when I entered the giveaway.. my bad haha. The good: Her personal story is compelling, my heart broke for he...
  • Jeni Enjaian
    Nov 20, 2018
    I applaud Guerrero's raw honesty in opening herself up to the scrutiny that comes from sharing her personal story. As I read through how she persisted despite the deportation of her parents, through the turmoil and uncertainty, many faces of my current students came to mind. Many of th...
  • Alexa
    Jun 29, 2018
    It was really heartbreaking to read Diane Guerrero?s story, though you could certainly tell it had been condensed down into this version friendly for a younger audience. It?s a story that shares the real experiences of many folks in our country, and I think the way it?s told make...
  • Lara
    Nov 02, 2018
    Diane Guerrero's story is heartbreaking, but timely. Born to immigrants from Colombia who were in the U.S. illegally, Diane learned at a young age that hard work and a desire for a better life were not enough. Her childhood was filled with laughter and love, but there was an underlying...
  • Wiebke Kuhn
    Feb 10, 2019
    This book focuses on Guerrero's childhood that is essentially destroyed when her parents get arrested on the same day and, a month later, deported to Colombia. As she was born in the US, she does not follow them, and the system does not recognize that she needs help. Against these majo...
  • Leah
    Apr 06, 2019
    As a teacher I am constantly on the lookout for books that will inspire my students and that they can connect with. I sometimes struggle to know how to help some of my students that belong to groups that I am not a part of, such as my Latino students. This one was very interesting to m...
  • C. L.
    Oct 19, 2018
    A good, honest, important story ? just not one that?s very well-written. It?s a shame that a book meant to be about giving someone a voice has so little... well, voice. Still worth it, though. Recommended, but it?s not going to stand out. ...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Feb 06, 2019
    My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero, 251 pages. NON-FICTION. Henry Holt (Macmillan), 2018. $19. Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: G. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: LOW Diane Guerrero is an American citizen. Her parents are not. Diane was born in...
  • Valentina Gonzalez
    Sep 09, 2018
    I truly enjoyed experiencing this story through the eyes of child whose parents were deported. It helped me understand the feelings and emotions, the fears and hopes of a child facing family separation. ...
  • High Plains Library District
    Sep 10, 2018
    This is a great book, just published this year, that would give so many young children hope and inspiration regardless of their particular background. Diane Guerrero is a role model for young girls who have struggled living without parents, gone through periods of depression, but found...
  • Ms. Garr
    Dec 16, 2018
    Middle school and up; accessible memoir about Diane Guerrero, an actress whose parents were suddenly deported to Columbia when she was 14 - leaving her to raise herself in Boston. She details her struggles with fear, depression, and shame in a language and tone that feel conversational...
  • Mariam
    Sep 04, 2018
    This book was amazing. I'm so proud of Diane for sharing her amazing story, which is never something easy to do. I'm appalled and disgusted with how the government handled her parents deportation and the fact that the U.S. government did nothing to ensure that she was okay and taken ca...
  • Julieth
    May 12, 2019
    Because this story is about her life I don?t feel entitled to give this a star rating. However I do want to say that I loved this book! So much of my childhood life I see reflected in this story! My parents and myself along with my cousin came from Colombia in 1999. The fear that she...
  • Richard Stange
    Nov 26, 2018
    ?Behind every one of the headlines on deportation there is a family. Parents. Innocent children. True stories that are rarely told? (4). Angie Thomas, author of the book ?The Hate U Give,? often expresses how writing is an act of activism. Her point could not be more clear t...
  • Megan Schmelzer
    Sep 08, 2018
    Open Book Reviews by Megan Schmelzer www.openbookreviews.org Stories of immigrant families being separated have been flooding the news recently. Heartbreaking testimonies of young children left to fend for themselves as their parents are sent back to the countries they have immigra...
  • Isabella
    Feb 20, 2019
    I really liked this book. I know a lot of people don?t like young readers editions because it doesn?t have all of the action and storyline that the original has, but it was great netherless. I can relate to Diane because I, too, am Hispanic. I?ve (luckily) never had anything bad ...
  • Ollie
    Jun 13, 2019
    This book would be a great resource for elementary schools to begin a conversation about undocumented immigrants and the human side of the immigration debate. I was not the target audience for the book but I felt it really showed the range of emotions well, Diane story is painful at ti...
  • Satvika B. 8B
    Nov 18, 2018
    This book was so heart warming and beautiful. I feel like some people take everything they have for granted, this book really does makes us think about things in our life we usually wouldn't think of. Who is worried about their parents getting deported into a different country everyda...