In The Country We Love by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford

Reviewed by Kelsey (Library Staff)

A 2017 ALA Alex Award Winner, In the The Country We Love is a heartbreaking and uplifting memoir providing a first-hand account of what happens when a family is broken by the immigration divide and who is left to pick up the pieces.

After a normal day at school, 14-year-old, U.S.-born Diane Guerrero (actress in Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin) comes home to find that her undocumented parents and older brother have been deported back to Colombia. When no one comes to check-in on her, Diane remains in the U.S. alone, relying on the kindness of friends and strangers to finish her education, launch her career, and establish an independent life. Growing-up without the physical presence and support of her immediate family, Diane turns to the performing arts to see her through financial difficulties, mental health crises, and familial and romantic relationship trials.

This non-fiction account and coming of age story exposes the tough choices one young teen had to make to pursue a life true to herself, without the support system of her family. Both teen and adult viewers of the hit TV shows Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, as well as non-viewers alike, will find a timely story about resilience in the wake of an ongoing national debate.

Available through Bridges Library System

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