Book Review: Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood

Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood by Benjamin Alire Saenz

SUMMARY: It's not the glitzy and glamorous Hollywood. Sammy and Juliana's Hollywood is a tough barrio at the edge of a small town in southern New Mexico. The year is 1969, and they face a world of racism, school dress codes, the war in Vietnam, and the everyday violence of their own neighborhood.

OPINION: This book is really unique in its writing style and in the voice of the main character. Hippies, the Vietnam War, and "The Summer of Love" look really different when viewed through the eyes of Hispanic teens trying to make it out of the ghetto.

BEST QUOTE: "It's funny, everyone had always told us love was another word for belonging. No one, no one had ever told me that love was another name for exile." (p. 171)

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