The Voices of Youth Advocates have come in with a great review of THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY. Here’s a snippet:
“Andreu’s debut novel paints a realistic, yet hopeful, portrayal of the challenges of undocumented immigrants. M.T.’s first person narration gives readers an intimate view of the precarious nature of her life. Fueled by Andreu’s own life experiences, M.T.’s internal dialogue chronicles her conflicted feelings about her Argentinian and American identities. Briskly paced dialogue makes for a quick read. Even if teens do not know about the issues of undocumented immigrants, they will easily relate to M.T.’s boyfriend troubles and her desperate desire to keep her home life secret.”
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