Un hijo

Editorial Flamboyant. Mar. 2023. 320p. Tr $12.79. ISBN 9788419401175.
Gr 7 Up–An incisive YA novel of magical realism. Guille is an introvert who buries himself in books and hides behind a smile. That façade covers up his interior struggles and expansive imagination. Guille sees the world differently, filled with mystery and curiosity. But he doesn’t share his singular perspective with the world or the one friend he has made. The teen also doesn’t share about his issues with an absentee mother, a father in crisis mode, and his struggle to be a good son. These compound upon one another and affect his mental health. As the story progresses, readers follow Guille on his journey to find peace within himself, his parents, his friend, and the wider world. A powerful story, this tackles realistic topics with expressive language and complex characterization.
VERDICT A ruminative novel that might be difficult for some adolescents to follow. Experienced readers of Spanish might find this more accessible.

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