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  Breaking Through by Francisco Jimenez

Review by: Jessica M.
Connecticut, Grade 7

It consists of Illegal Immigrants

Breaking Through (Book Review)
Breaking Through is about a young boy named Francisco Jimenez who moved to California with his family for a better life. What they didn’t realize was how hard it would be to make a living and keep their secret. When people asked them where they were born they would respond by saying “Colton, California”. This prevented them from being caught as illegal Immigrants. Francisco, his brother and his mother came to California from Mexico as Illegal Immigrants. His father came to California with a green card, legally. Once they were in California his mother had four more children, two girls and two boys. During the course of the book Francisco, his mother and his brother Roberto are caught as illegal immigrants and sent back to Mexico. They all applied for green cards and were soon sent back to California as Legal Immigrants. During this time Mr. Jimenez worked on plantations picking grapes, thinning lettuce and picking strawberries. Once Francisco Jimenez, his brother and his mother returned to California him and his brother went to school and helped their father with work after and sometimes during school. This book shows the courage of first generation immigrants to America and the hardships and struggles they face as they work towards the American Dream.
I enjoyed this book very much. It inspired me and showed me how hard it was to be a first generation immigrant in the 1940’s. When I think of “America” I think of wealthy suburbs and cities but not the people and places who made those things possible. While reading this book I realized how many people don’t understand their history and how hard their ancestors worked for us to be in such a fortunate place in our lives. This book shows just how much pain and handwork goes towards having the “American Dream”. Personally I don’t think the “American Dream” most of these immigrants are striving for is very accurate. The American dream isn’t possible without money. The majority of people in the world don’t that advantage just think the Jimenez’s. From reading this book I now understand how hard some and most people’s ancestors worked to place them in the wealth and comfort of where they are today. I know that not a lot of people have that advantage but I think this book teaches people that if you work hard you can achieve anything you strive for.

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