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:Autobiography
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

  • Stasi
    Nov 15, 2018
    This was one of the most engaging memoirs I've ever read. Diane's story is heart-wrenching. Her writing style definitely sounds like a teenage girl, but hey, that's the audience. It mostly didn't bother me. Our mom-kid book club is reading it and I'm sure the kids will learn a lot (...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Lonna Pierce
    Aug 17, 2018
    I have been reading stories of immigrants (Refugee by Alan Gretz,) and this is a non-fictional memoir by a TV star (Orange is the New Black, Jane the Virgin, etc.,) who relates her experience of coming home to an empty house the day both parents were deported. She was 14. While one may...
  • Tracy
    Nov 24, 2018
    Diane?s story is both heartbreaking and inspiring. Just know before you read?this version of her story is the young adult version and the writing style is definitely geared towards young readers. However, the story is one that people of all ages can appreciate and learn from. She d...
  • 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...
  • Tracey
    Jul 25, 2018
    I remember when the adult version of this book came out. Recently, I saw this middle grade version at a bookstore and figured I'd read it for my students. I can't wait to put it on my shelf at school. Guerrero's language is perfect for young teens, and while her story will resonate mos...
  • D
    Dec 02, 2018
    While I enjoyed her tale of being a typical American teen struggling in the world of immigration and uncertainty, I felt that some of the text would be better suited to an older audience. Language: profanity, and some more mature references could go over some of the readers' heads, but...
  • Kristen Luppino
    Oct 21, 2018
    An important story. One that doesn't get told often. What it's like to have undocumented family and dealing with deportation and the aftermath. I probably should have read the adult version, as this was cliche ya at times, but I'm glad there are both versions out there so people know t...
  • 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. ...
  • Joy Lane
    Dec 09, 2018
    For those wondering about immigration and the difficulty that all it entails, this is the book for you. I think it is great for middle school and up. I wonder how different the "Adult" version is, but I'm glad this was written for a younger audience. Note that if it read by a young and...
  • 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...
  • Kasey Harper
    Oct 06, 2018
    I thought the story was good, but the last chapter was unnecessary. Without going into a political discussion, the last chapter was very out of place with the rest of the book. ...
  • Cassandra Bland
    Aug 24, 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 with living without parents, gone through periods of depression, but fo...
  • 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...
  • Coralie
    Nov 11, 2018
    Amazing and necessary story, but with quite a few triggers for vulnerable youth (making me think that the target age should be higher than it is). Triggers: abandonment, depression, attempted suicide and self-harm. ...
  • Brittany Bays
    Sep 02, 2018
    Loved this! I flew through it. Heartbreaking but necessary. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...