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  • A real page-turner!

    This book is going to go into my memory bank as one of the best books I have ever read. Now that I have finished it, I still cannot quit thinking about it. Lydia lives in Acapulco with her husband Sebastian and their 8-year-old son, Luca. Sebastian is a journalist who write an article on the local cartel and their crimes. The cartel shows up at one of their family gatherings and kills Sebastian along with all of Lydia's family except for her and Luca, who were in the bathroom at the time of the attack. Lydia knows that the only way she will ever save her son is flee north across Mexico into the United States knowing that the cartel is right behind her. The author did a fantastic job researching this very well written book. This book kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page.

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    57 person found this review helpful

    57 people found this review helpful

    57 of 57 people found this review helpful

  • A compelling Story

    A great deal of hype and controversy surrounds the publication Jeanine Cummins' "American Dirt", and I was keen to read the book to make my own assessment. Lydia and her 8 year old son Luca are the only survivors of a Mexican cartel’s hit on their immediate and extended family. Desperate to escape Acapulco and the cartel, mother and son go on a harrowing journey towards the Mexican-American border in the hope they will find safety and a new life in the United States. Along the way they meet teenaged sisters Soledad and Rebeca. They pay a smuggler to take them across the border and experience various hardships along the way. Eventually the four migrants settle in Maryland, where relatives of Soledad and Rebeca live. While I did not find this book completely satisfying, “American Dirt” is a compelling read depicting the current migrant experience.

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    48 person found this review helpful

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  • Heart wrenching

    An outstanding story of love, desperation and determination. If the current american president ( and i use that term loosely) could read he might have some understanding of how unfairly most migrants are treated and know they are looking for a better life for a reason.

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    7 person found this review helpful

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  • All that hype...

    My opinion here is totally detached from the controversy around this work of fiction and its author. I couldn’t wait to have a copy but I did not want to buy one, so I waited almost 3 months (the estimated waiting time was at least 6 months) to receive a copy from my local library (I absolutely love Libby/Overdrive! So handy!). I wanted so bad to like this book. I expected that this book was going to be the best book of the year. But... I was very disappointed with the writing. The storyline and the structure are good, no doubt, but the writing did not help. The author tried too hard to give an authenticity. I did not mind the use of words in Spanish but I don’t think it was really necessary (my first language is Portuguese and I have never used a Portuguese word - unless I’m swearing - in a conversation - even when talking with my “compatriotas” - I couldn’t resist here). Anyways, to resume, as there are plenty of opinions out there, I was bored most of time and I did struggle with this book. I did not feel any thrill. I did not get any adrenaline rush from it, not even from the terrifying massacre in the opening. And I was not satisfied with the ending. I couldn’t see anything that could be compared to Steinbeck (especially the writing), who is one of my favourite authors. I’m not sure if is true, as I did not find any reference on IMDb, but I heard that this is going to be adapted for the screen. I just hope that it will be better. If that happens I will read this book again, to see if I will find what I missed.

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    5 person found this review helpful

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  • Unsure

    While the plot was mostly gripping, the story wasn't character driven enough for me. And while I appreciate the efforts Cummins made to do research for this story, I'm afraid it fell a little flat because no amount of research can be a substitute for exeperiencing these kinds of atrocities. The best fiction is drawn from experience. I look forward to reading Sonia Nazario's Enrique's Journey and The Beast by Óscar Martínez and Fransico Goldman.

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    4 person found this review helpful

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