“An engaging novel about language, culture, and empathy. Highly recommended for all libraries.”
School Library Journal, starred review.

“Warm and humorous”
Publishers Weekly

“…an entertaining, even joyful, read, presented in Ana’s expressive voice.”
Horn Book


“I am so glad this story is out in the world. “

Teachers Who Read

Bank Street The Best Children’s Books of the Year 2022 Edition
YALSA 2022 Best Fiction for Young Adults
(see full list here)
YALSA’s 2022 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
(see full list here)
An Indie Next Pick for Spring, 2021
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
Included in the Wisconsin State Reading Association’s 2022 Just One More Page Recommendation List


— More in-depth praise for LOVE IN ENGLISH —

“Andreu creates a realistic portrait of the obstacles facing English language learners in the United States. By cleverly blocking out portions of text, she mimics what language sounds like to the ears of someone who has not yet achieved fluency. Her characters are nuanced and their interactions endearing. Teenagers and adults alike will gain necessary perspective from reading this accessible story about a topic that affects millions.

School Library Journal, starred
December 1, 2020 click here

“Poems that explore the quirks, idioms, and inconsistencies of English blossom throughout the narrative, adding dimension to Ana’s character. As she learns to navigate a new language, she’s also navigating a new culture, reconciling her new way of life with her old family ways and working toward a compromise with her strict parents. Andreu bases Ana’s story on her own experiences as an immigrant teen, and she depicts Ana with authenticity and grace.”

February 1, 2021

“Andreu captures Ana’s cultural and linguistic roller coaster with eloquence and precision, as Ana wonders ‘if learning one language doesn’t sometimes mean forgetting a little bit of another,’ a process described as bittersweetly as coming-of-age itself.”

Publishers Weekly
January 4, 2021 click here

“…an entertaining, even joyful, read, presented in Ana’s expressive voice.”

Horn Book
May/June edition

“A story about immigration, language, and finding one’s voice.”

Kirkus Reviews
November 24, 2020 click here

“I also enjoyed reading this as an opportunity to learn more about how my ESL students may be thinking, feeling, and experiencing school. I know reading this has provided me with greater understanding of some of my favorite students.

*As someone who teaches in a district that is very ESL/ELL heavy. This story I immediately took to our ESL teacher and wanted her to immediately put in some 8th graders hands.

A story to no longer feel that you are isolated, but also for students to see those that come in need of language acquisition support and what/how they also feel.

I am so glad this story is out in the world.”

Cassie – Teachers Who Read
February 3, 2021 – click here


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