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  Breaking Through by Francisco Jiménez

Review by: Meredith F.
Connecticut, Grade 7

It was an auto-biography, so it's true story.

In this book we learn about Francisco Jiménez and his struggles and accomplishments about the 4 years of his life in high school. When Francisco was young, he and his family snuck into America illegally and Francisco is always worried about immigration finding them, but he does eventually become a legal citizen of the United States. Even though he was an U.s citizen, he was always treated differently and didn’t always feel like he belonged. More Problems occur, such as discrimination against Mexicans, money, work and schooling. Francisco is a hard worker who works in the fields and cleaning jobs to help support his family. Francisco also works hard in school, becoming the president of student council, and earing good grades. This book faces problems about discrimination, perseverance and how a family has to work together to overcome problems.

I thought this book was okay. It was very different t from other books that I’ve read because this book didn’t have one big climax it was more of a “diary” like thing, with a different event/ mini-climax in each chapter. I thought this book was very inspiring because of how hard Francisco worked, and what he accomplished. I don’t know if I would’ve read it if I hadn’t been forced to but I ended up enjoying this book even though I usually don’t like autobiographies or books our school assigns us to read. I would give this book a 7/10.

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