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  Breaking Through by Francisco Jimenez

Review by: Peyton M.
Connecticut, Grade 7

This book did not pull me in.

Breaking Through is an educational nonfiction book about a family of Mexican immigrants struggling to make a living in Santa Maria, California. The main character, Francisco, attends school from junior high until (spoiler alert!) college. He and his brother Roberto try to get all of the jobs they can to make enough money to support the family. The father has back pain and is unable to help support them. However, they somehow manage to get past even the hardest of hard times.
Simply, I just didnít like the book. I donít think I would have even gotten through it if I didnít have to. The book had a poorly written plot and the climax was nonexistent. Every chapter was the same droning on and on about how he went to school, then he went to work, then they didnít make enough money, then they somehow got more. It could have been written in one sentence and we would have gotten the same thing out of it. I would definitely give this book 1 of 5 stars, and would not recommend it to anyone of any age of any interest. Another thing that made this book boring was the grammar and word choice used. Not one time did I stop and wonder, ďWhat does this word mean?Ē Not one time did I stop and have to reread a sentence because it could have any number of deeper meanings. Therefore, this book was not the right one for me, or anyone else because everyone who is forced to read this retched book, I must simply feel bad for.

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