10 Reasons Why We Love Erika L. Sánchez’s Debut Novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Before I give you a whole bunch of great reasons to pick up Erika L. Sanchez’s novel and read it until there is no more to read, let us pause for a moment to thank J.K. Rowling for writing about young but complex characters in tough situations 20 years ago, opening the door to a whole new breed of young adult literature, which treats our middle readers with same respect as it does adults.

Rowling’s wake has been the path for cult sagas like the Twilight and Hunger Games and for gems like R.J. Palacios’ Wonder. Sanchez is next in line with I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, a coming of age story with a sassy female protagonist. Here are 10 reasons why we’re still obsessed with this remarkable YA book.

10Sanchez Respects Her Readership

When it debuted in 2017, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter was so prescient and well crafted, it went straight onto the nominee list for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Like all of the best young adult writers, Sanchez refused to talk down to her audience. As a result, it was adored by critics and readers of all ages.