Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age (MP3 CD)
Just Like Us tells the story of four high school students whose parents entered this country illegally from Mexico. All four of the girls have grown up in the United States, and all four want to live the American dream, but only two have documents. As the girls attempt to make it into college, they discover that only the legal pair see a clear path forward. A coming-of-age story about girlhood and friendship, as well as the resilience required to transcend poverty, Just Like Us is also a book about identity. The girls, their families, and the critics who object to their presence allow the reader to watch one of the most complicated social issues of our times unfurl in a major American city.
About the Author
Helen Thorpe was born in London and grew up in New Jersey. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine", New York" magazine, The New Yorker", Slate", and Harper's Bazaar". Her radio stories have aired on This American Life" and Sound Print". She is the author of Just Like Us" and lives in Denver.