Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

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Piedad “Piddy” Sanchez doesn’t sit at the “Latino lunch table” in her new school’s cafeteria. With her light skin, good grades, and lack of an accent, the girls at the “Latino” table don’t consider her Latina enough. To make things worse, her body has apparently begun to develop and boys are taking notice. Piddy is accused of “shaking her stuff” when she walks, and Yaqui Delgado, a girl with a reputation and a criminal record, lets it be known that she, along with her gang of friends, are going to kick Piddy’s ass.

If this were Piddy’s only problem, life would be difficult enough, but Piddy is dealing with a lot more than that; a father she’s never met, her best friend moving away, juggling a part-time job with her mother’s impossible expectations – all while trying to figure out that inevitable coming-of-age question, “Who am I?”

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina is a YA (Young Adult) novel that took me, (as a 30-something year old), right back to the insecure days of the high school hallway. I read this book in one sitting and loved it – If I had a teenage daughter, I would be putting it into her hands right now. (I have a teenage son and I’ll try to convince him to read it, but it seems boys never want to read books with a female protagonist.)

Piddy’s voice feels authentic; her situation and the challenges she faces are ones a lot of teenage girls, (Latina and otherwise), are going to relate to. The diverse cast of characters are equally complex and real. These are the kinds of Latino/a characters we need more of, in YA literature especially.

One word of caution – Piddy is 15 years old, going on 16. There are some mature themes and I would recommend this book for girls no younger than 13 years old.

Want to read this book? Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina comes out March 2013 – Until then, you can enter the giveaway below!

—THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO “SQUEEZE”—

THE GIVEAWAY

Prize description: One lucky winner will receive a copy of the book, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina.

Approximate value: $11.00

How to Enter:

Just leave a comment below telling me why you want to read this book, or why you want to win it for someone else. (Please read official rules below.)

Official Rules: No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter. You must be able to provide a U.S. address for prize shipment. Your name and address will only be shared with the company in charge of prize fulfillment. Please no P.O. Boxes. One entry per household. Make sure that you enter a valid E-mail address in the E-mail address field so you can be contacted if you win. Winner will be selected at random. Winner has 48 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected at random. Giveaway entries are being accepted between January 29th, 2013 through February 12th, 2013. Entries received after February 12th, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST, will not be considered. Realize that the prize can not be shipped until the publish date in late March 2013. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. If you win, by accepting the prize, you are agreeing that Latinaish.com assumes no liability for damages of any kind. By entering your name below you are agreeing to these Official Rules. Void where prohibited by law.

Buena suerte!

Disclosure: This is not a paid or sponsored post. I received an advance reading copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

21 thoughts on “Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

  1. It’s my life! Kind of. Being bi-racial (Mexican/white) and not being taught to speak spanish always left me feeling too white to be “latina” and too Mexican for the white kids. I still struggle (at nearly 30) with where I fit in.

  2. Honestly I just love YA books and I have two Salvadoran nieces I could pass it on to after, one of which wants desperately to be a Ghallagher girl which melts my heart to no end.

  3. Okay, this sounds awesome! I would like to read this book, because like you I am Latinaish :) but besides that there are a lot of similarities I see in my childhood to Piddy. I wasn’t ‘black’ enough. I spoke like a white girl! Uugh!! Thanks so much for such an awesome contest :)

  4. I’m 19, so it doesn’t feel like very long ago where I had to deal with these type of situations on a regular basis, so I feel like I could relate to the protagonist well, based on the description. I’m an avid reader, and I really want to read this :)

  5. The issue of being “Latina” enough is one not explored too often. As a mother of multi racial (Latino/Anglo/Native) kids this is a topic they’ve encountered throughout high school and now as young adults. When I was a teenager, being “Mexican” enough was given so much weight, especially in the 70’s. I’m glad to see that Meg Medina, an excellent writer, is tackling this issue.

  6. Hi dear, one word about your son reading this novel. I´m a mother of three boys and I´ve also noticed they tend to read books where boys are protagonists (the Percy Jackson saga, and so on). While reading your post I realized this might be a general trend of things.
    May be they just need the right incentive from us such as: “leer este libro no solo no te hará afeminado, sino que te ayudará a ser un mejor hombre, es decir, un hombre que comprende a las mujeres”. Has he ever being in love? Has he already said: I don`t understand girls? That´s the perfect momento to slip the book in front of him.
    I´m sure more than one man would love to understand women better and reading litterature that takes young men beyond stereotypes will certrainly help. I`d love to win a copy of the book and I do have a US shipping address, lol!
    Love, Fernanda

  7. We are a mixed family of white/latino, I have three kids, they are too young to be in school. I would like to have this book for my niece, we brought her from Mexico 2 years ago, we are raising her basically, she is 14, her grades are awesome!

    She seems somewhat insecure to make friends, I guess she is struggling somehow but I have no idea how it is like, since I was born and raised in Mexico. How it is for Latino kids here when they attend school?, they have a strong foreing accent, their skin color, etc. I found this book very interesting, as I consider that I have to educate myself more on that to help my niece to cope better.
    Thanks!!

  8. My daughter is currently in that phase of “Who am I?” and people around her are starting to influence who she is going to become. She has had to deal with people poking fun of her name, Adelita, which is beautiful, but they call her “abuelita” just to piss her off. A boy made fun of her hair and it made her try to change the cut herself which turned out be disasterous! (we’re still trying to grow out the damage) She is a book worm and I would LOVE to get her this book for her birthday in April. She will be turning 15 and we will also start to have the conversation of her getting a part time job. The timing to win this book would be perfect!

  9. Congrats Meg Medina! It’s wonderful to see writing for children and young adults that have Latino characters/issues. As an aspiring Latina YA writer you are an inspiration! Can’t wait to read it!

  10. Good luck to all of you who have commented! I am glad I don’t have to be the one to pick the winner! It is such an honor to write for kids and it is made all the better when your community cheers you on, Gracias y muchos abrazos a todos!

  11. Amiga! Hopefully I can win this for myself and my lil sister, but either way I will definately be getting this! I can totally relate to being that 15/16 year old girl who didn’t know how to approach much less embrace my race … i’m 23 and still tryign too :) I often long to read a book even from the adult section that could provide a character who could understand that!

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