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The Secret Side of Empty #2020

The Secret Side of Empty By Maria E. Andreu The Secret Side of Empty Junior Library Guild Selection As a straight A student with a budding romance and loyal best friend M T s life seems as apple pie American as her blondish hair and pale skin But M T hides two facts t
  • Title: The Secret Side of Empty
  • Author: Maria E. Andreu
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  • The Secret Side of Empty By Maria E. Andreu Junior Library Guild Selection As a straight A student with a budding romance and loyal best friend, M.T s life seems as apple pie American as her blondish hair and pale skin But M.T hides two facts to the contrary her full name of Monserrat Thalia and her status as an undocumented immigrant But it s harder to hide now that M.T s a senior Her school s National Ho Junior Library Guild Selection As a straight A student with a budding romance and loyal best friend, M.T s life seems as apple pie American as her blondish hair and pale skin But M.T hides two facts to the contrary her full name of Monserrat Thalia and her status as an undocumented immigrant But it s harder to hide now that M.T s a senior Her school s National Honor Society wants her to plan their trip abroad, her best friend won t stop bugging her to get her driver s license, and all everyone talks about is where they want to go to college M.T is pretty sure she can t go to college, and with high school ending and her family life unraveling, she s staring down a future that just seems empty In the end, M.T will need to trust herself and others to stake a claim in the life that she wants.Author Maria E Andreu draws from her personal experience as a formerly undocumented immigrant to explore an issue that affects over one million children in the U.S But while the subject matter is timely, it is M.T s sharp, darkly funny voice and longing for a future that makes this story universally poignant.
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    1. Maria E. Andreu

      Maria E Andreu is the author of The Secret Side of Empty, a young adult novel It is the story of M.T a regular American high school senior who is just like everybody else with one important exception she is undocumented She was brought over as a baby and her parents overstayed their visitors visa Now, with graduation looming, and no social security number for a college education, a job, a driver s license and everything else her friends are planning on, she s got to make some tough choices that will impact the lives of everyone she loves Like the author s Facebook page here Maria E Andreu on Facebook

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    1. Something I loved about this book was that it brought my attention to a subject I knew little about that being the lives of illegal immigrants in the US Side note illegal immigrant is such a politically loaded phrase here that I feel uncomfortable writing it, but given that s how the character described herself I m guessing that s okay terminology in the US Anyway, back to the point the story follows MT, an intelligent, hard working, and focused student, but one who doesn t have the future she w [...]


    2. I love it when a book surprises me I picked this book up at ALA because I love hearing voices in books that I haven t heard before, and this book deals with an undocumented immigrant Monserrat Thalia, whose family is from Argentina but who is blonde and pale and goes by M.T hiding the truth from all her friends in her well to do New Jersey town.But let s face it, I went to ALA and BEA this year and out of the 50 books I came home with, this one wasn t the most glamorous looking in the pile I sta [...]


    3. I was so lucky to be able to read an advanced copy of this book Part of what I love about YA is how complicated and emotional topics can be broken down and made so real.I admit that while I knew that there were real issues with immigration, and children of undocumented immigrants, it wasn t really until this book that I really heard a true voice It made me stop and think in a way that I hadn t before, about a topic that I just glossed over.And aside from the central issue of the book I just love [...]


    4. Any time we have a well written story that humanizes a subset of our society that has been demonized or dehumanized, there is a chance it will be a worthwhile read.With the overwhelming popularity of The Fault in Our Stars we re going to see a wave of YA realistic fiction focusing on difficult topics This is nothing new in YA Laurie Halse Anderson wrote Speak in 1999 Judy Blume wrote Are You There God It s Me Margaret in 1970 But in an age overrun with Wizards, Zombies, and Vampires, realistic f [...]


    5. People always talk about fighting being the brave thing But maybe the bravest thing is knowing when to stop Knowing when you are beat It is such a simple answer It almost makes me happy The Secret Side of Empty is a touching story about M.T an undocumented immigrant M.T describes herself as an illegal immigrant When entering her senior year of high school it is becoming clearer than ever for her how different her life is from her peers lives They have grand plans to head off to college, to trave [...]


    6. The Secret Side of Empty is one of those books you can t put down And, because at some point you have to when you do, you can t stop thinking about it M.T has a secret that to her is so defining, so demeaning, so debilitating that she can t share it with anyone not her best friend, not her beloved teacher, not her boyfriend And while the majority of readers have not lived M.T s secret, most of us can relate to a personal albatross, monkey on the back or gut wrenching experience that has felt so [...]


    7. I have a lot of things to say about this book, I don t know where to start.Okay I ll start with the one thought that was constantly poping in my mind, WHYPARENTS BRING CHILDREN TO THIS WORLD IF THEY CAN T AFFORD THE BASICS OF LIFE FOR THOSE CHILDREN I always think about situations like this one, and I never get an answer If you can t provide a good life to your child, then don t bring him to life to suffer That simple.In the last part of the book I was thinking about how come the author knew all [...]


    8. This book is kind of really really good The voice is amazing and perfect and the characters love them.It was such a good perspective to read I mean who reads writes about illegal immigrants and portrays them as human this book does and the darkness to it was a good level not too much but enough to make you sad but not so crappy that you feel like committing suicide reading it really good.


    9. Secret Side of Empty Review How do you explain to someone that you are so horrible and useless that your own father despises you I am so ashamed I don t want them to know because I know they ll figure out what that means about me The dirty, ugly outcast I really am seventeen ways to say Illegal Broken, Alone, Not allowed, Wrong, Trapped, Shunned, Unwanted, Not good enough, Apart, A secret, On the wrong side, Misplaced, A threat, A mistake, Voiceless, Unheard, and Still here anyway M.T is a high [...]


    10. It sucks you in and never lets go until the novel ends And even then I m going to be thinking of this one for days M.T was an intriguing characters I felt for her and her situation but she s not entirely sympathetic either e.g her relationship with her mother, who was a sympathetic character Instead she s very much a teenager, very human and very compelling Full review to come.Full review originally posted on Michelle Leslie s Book Picks I won t be surprised if The Secret Side of Empty wins a b [...]


    11. 4.5 starsI received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.So, short little story to kickstart this review I have been going through a pretty bad reading slump lately Every book I pick up seems to be mediocre, or just plain bad And it kind of made me not want to read Like ever So, when I picked up this book, I was a bit nervous, because I had been really excited to read it, but what if it was another letdown It wasn t In fact, it was probably one of the best books I have read [...]


    12. The real name of this book should ve been The Secret Side of M.T because that s what the character is called It drove me nuts the entire book, having a main character called M.T I pretty much hate when book characters have acronyms instead of names My brain automatically slows down at a period, so I m reading smoothly and then BANG I stop All because of the character s stupid name Also, the fact that it pronounces out to Empty is too convenient.This book was a slow read The characters were round [...]


    13. Wow.is book took my breath away The morals behind the story were very thought provoking I absolutely loved M.T s character everything about her was just so genuine and relatable I thoroughly enjoyed this book and by the end I was in tears that rarely happens I love the originality of the storyline and that is why I give it 5 stars.


    14. This is definitely a problem novel Not only does the main character face the overwhelming and stifling secret of being an illegal immigrant, but she also suffers poverty in a wealthy New Jersey town, physical and emotional abuse from her angry father who longs to return to Argentina triumphant but who fears deportation so much that he has terrified M.T about letting anyone know their status, their dilemma Monserrat Thalia, Monse as a nickname, or when most of her teachers and classmates couldn t [...]


    15. The author is amazing and the book is inspiring I couldn t put this book down once I picked it up I found myself going through so many emotions as I moved through the chapters laughter, tears, relief, uncertainty the folks on my commute must ve thought I was crazy The emotion that I felt while reading this book is a testament to the author s ability to paint such a vibrant descriptive picture of M.T s life.The Secret Side of Empty really opened my eyes to a side of immigration I never really tho [...]


    16. Overall Drawn upon the author s own experiences as a illegal immigrant, this novel will open the readers eyes to the fear of not belonging and the constant threat of being deported Shows the non political, human side of a tough political issue Other issues addressed are depression, suicidal thoughts, physical abuse Easy, quick to read, emotionally charged.Cover Well done Reflects the character s loneliness M.T s father had big dreams to come to America and make his fortune But as an illegal immi [...]


    17. I planned to read a couple of chapters before bed You can all guess how that turned out THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY is a fast, engrossing read It seems to start off lightly, but quickly evolves into a weighty book dealing with issues of immigration, abuse, and depression A lot has been said about that, and I agree with much of it Particularly the M.T s growing apathy frustration and suicidal feelings rang painfully true Something else that particularly stood out at me, though, were the seemingly ca [...]


    18. The main character in The Secret Side of Empty is a true teen snarky, full of contradictions, and burdened Her life as an undocumented immigrant weighs upon her and her family so heavily that they are torn in two her parents wishing to return to their home country, and MT wishing to stay in the US And yet MT realizes that if she does stay, her future prospects are limited, and her chances of earning a college degree and making a solid life for herself in the US may not come to fruition unless sh [...]


    19. I was immeasurably lucky to receive an early review copy of this book and once I had this in my hands, I inhaled it in just a couple of days Its arrival on my doorstep just missed being taken on vacation, but as it turns out that may not have been a bad thing I wouldn t have wanted to leave the hotel room Being a teenager is hard I wouldn t relive those years if someone paid me and the author captures that so succinctly, the anxiety and grief is almost tangible As a teen, I remember so clearly t [...]


    20. This book was an unexpected treasure.I love the fact that it was so eassy to get emotionally invested into M.T s world M.T feels alone and hopeless and that is why she is such a relatable character because everyone has felt what she feels atleast once in their lifetime I saw myself in her while reading this and felt for the well being of her and every other character in this book.Maria E Andreu the author cares about the readers well being also which makes me respect her so much The evidence of [...]


    21. Now this is what I was looking for a novel that can expose my teens to the experience of an undocumented immigrant in America in a nuanced and sympathetic way, with the surprise bonus of a truly sensitive depiction of domestic abuse and how it affects the whole family M.T might be one of the best written teen characters I ve read in a long time Her voice is honest and funny and age appropriate and fresh Unfortunately and the reason I didn t give the book 5 stars some of the side characters don t [...]


    22. 3,75, so.Okay, so, it s a good book Not your typical girl in high school book But still I felt like it lacked depth I think the author is trying to convey very difficult subjects, but still make it a story about a senior girl with senior girl struggles Umm I don t think I could care about some of the things M cares if I was in her situation Maybe it s a problem that I didn t relate to her The characters could not be plain, imo Chelsea is Chelsea, we don t really see an evolution in M s mom, he [...]


    23. I loved that this revealed the human aspect behind immigration Many times we hear such negativity associated with immigrants or undocumented illegals It is so negative that we almost forget these people are human These are people with a story and a family and a heart I love that this topic is being explored in YA because it is emotional and raw and scary, and we see these topics in other YA fiction books I work in a school where many of our students face similar struggles with their families It [...]


    24. Positives unique perspective of a Latina teen who is read as white in her affluent New Jersey town authentic voice original work of fiction great insight into life as a person who hasn t immigrated legally thoughtful examination of poverty next to peers who are very well offNegatives too many issues domestic abuse, suicide, first love, college, AND the burden of living in the U.S as an illegal alien character transitions from straight A student to suicidal delinquent in a mere handful of weeks r [...]


    25. I was able to receive an advance copy of this amazing book I didn t want to put it down because I truly connected with the characters and wanted to see what happened next It deals with some tough issues in the most embracing way The message screams You are not alone What a great message to so many young people out there The tone of the book really tapped into young adult land I found myself remembering those butterflies you get at that age Love, love, love


    26. Immigration status remains a largely ignored topic in YA, and I wanted to like this book so much than I did because it takes up that subject The main character, M.T was interesting however, the plot felt as though it was going off in too many directions Additionally, the relatively neat and tidy ending seemed inauthentic and too short even though the book as a whole felt too long.


    27. I enjoyed this book I can relate to the character M.T growing up as a young immigrant in an new country, her struggles with trying to fit in, new experiences and lessons in friendships are wonderfully written and great book for mature teens youthful adults My daughter can t put the book down


    28. I wanted this to be so much better than it was A good YA book about illegal immigrants would be than welcome This mostly reads like a novelization of an after school special It had a lot of potential, but lived up to very little if it Unfortunate.


    29. A beautiful book about a young undocumented girl and her struggles to keep her secret I have a lot of feels happening right now.



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