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  Breaking Through by Francisco Jimenez

Review by: Abby L.
Connecticut, Grade 7

This book was an easy read for seventh graders and I would not reccomend it to anyone.

This book is about an illegal immigrant, Franciso Jimenez and his life from eighth grade until college. along the way he gets deported back to Mexico and they recieve Visas to come back to the states. His family stays so his father's back can recopoarate. Meanwhile Roberto and Panchito go back to the states to earn money for the already struggling family. Their family returns but Panchito figures out to be a teacher he must go to college. In High School he takes hard classes and works long hours cleaning for Mike Nevel. His father grows tired and cuts off his finger. Dating girls becomes a struggle because people discriminate against him because of his race. His loyal brother gets married and has a child. Ater much debate over the issue of Panchito going to college Papa finally says yes. Panchito lives out his dream.

I did not like the book because it was hard to relate because I am not living in that time period. Also it was very slow to read because they gave us every single pointless detail. Also I didn't find one exciting part and I think the book lacked subsense. I only liked the part in the very begining when they were deported. Just my opinion!

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