Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The Daily Booktalk: Teen Tuesday - We Were Here by Matt de la Peña
We Were Here by Matt de la Peña. 368 p. Random House Children's Books, October, 2009. 9780385736671.
Continuing the road trip theme on The Daily Booktalks this week with one of my favorite YA books ever. We Were Here is the court-ordered journal of Miguel. He was sentenced to one year in a juvenile home for a crime Miguel can't bring himself to write about. He's intending on keeping his head down, serving his time and getting out but all that changes when Mong decides he's breaking out to escape to Mexico. Miguel's roommate Rondell is in so Miguel figures a new start in Mexico might not be so bad. This book is peopled with memorable characters and while at times laugh-out-loud funny, prepare to have your heart broken. Miguel, Rondell and Mong found a place in my heart and We Were Here is a book I reread every few years and cry and love as much as the first time.