Esperanza



Esperanza Fourteen year old Esperanza Ignacio could only think of a few words to sum up her life crap, crap, crap She was born into a poor Latino family living in a small crummy apartment in the barrio side of town, where the graffiti chiseled the souls and character of the residents than it impacted the exterior looks of the buildings Her father was a drunken, gambler, and wife beater who, one cold night, got arrested after a violent intrusion Her entire circle of relatives consisted of nothing but formers former drug addicts, former gangsters and gang bangers, former alcoholics, former everything Yep, her life was nothing but a huge load of crap And she hadn t even started high school yet After surviving a scorching summer heat, Esperanza enters the unfamiliar world of high school with a tight knot in her stomach On the very first day, she is sucked into a blunder of catastrophic events beginning with accidentally running into the world s BIGGEST bully Now, she has made herself the prime target for a main course And, to top it all off, she has to see this girl everyday in P.E P.E the one class Esperanza truly despises the most Could life be any worse for her Well, her family could take in a relative hopped up on drugs, a probable shooting can take place right in front of her, and Esperanza could also sit and listen to the crazed ranting of her loud psychotic mother Oh, wait, all that does happen To make things even easier, her best friend, Carla, won t stop trying to marry her off to her twin brother, Carlos And she has these two puny siblings constantly vying for her attention God, it s a wonder she doesn t strap herself in a straight jacket and pretend to be Elvis Nonetheless, Esperanza attempts to get through it all She is a smart and ambitious young kid struggling to survive her life while fighting to make her mark on the world Her story is filled with pain, strength, and too much loud bickering It carries a voice enriched with barrio slang and sarcastic humor Esperanza illustrates what persistent Latino youth can achieve when they get back up after a fall and keep on walking straight into college Esperanza is an admirable and too real story of many Latino youths lacking role models, who find themselves lost and isolated in the paved jungles of the inner cities and overwhelmed by the dissonance of barrio life Sandra C Lopez has created a resilient and likeable character, Esperanza, who seems closer to a naked truth seeker than to a barrio kid desperately trying to get out of a crappy world, but not knowing exactly where she was going to Highly Recommended Andrea Alessandra, University of California, Berkeley Sandra Lopez is a fresh and resonant voice from the Hispanic rainbow Ray Michael Baca Author Brotherhood of the Light Download Esperanza author Sandra C. Lopez – bluevapours.co.uk

Born and raised in Hawaiian Gardens, CA, Sandra C L pez is one of today s influential Latina authors in Young Adult literature Her first novel, Esperanza A Latina Story , was published in March 2008 WHILE she was still in college Shortly after that, she wrote the follow up to Esperanza called Beyond the Gardens , published in October 2009 Now, this young writer is a full graduate of Cal S Born and raised in Hawaiian Gardens, CA, Sandra C L pez is one of today s influential Latina authors in Young Adult literature Her first novel, Esperanza A Latina Story , was published in March 2008 WHILE she was still in college Shortly after that, she wrote the follow up to Esperanza called Beyond the Gardens , published in October 2009 Now, this young writer is a full graduate of Cal State University Fullerton with a BFA in the arts She was named as one of 2011 Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch by Latino Stories

Esperanza  By Sandra C. Lopez IBN : 0979645786 Format : Paperback – bluevapours.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 356 pages
  • Esperanza
  • Sandra C. Lopez
  • English
  • 04 September 2018
  • 0979645786

10 thoughts on “Esperanza

  1. D.N. Hoxa says:

    Where can I start I loved Esperanza The story was truly inspiring The character of Esperanza, a girl who takes us through four years of her life in a very poor neighborhood, is very likable, strong, and with a great sense of humor A very entertainin...

  2. Larissa says:

    3.5 StarsEsperanza was given to me by the author It was the first book I had reviewed that was given to me for the purpose of reviewing in a while and I am glad I did Much of what I love about receiving review books is that it exposes me to so many stories that I would not have picked up by myself.Esperanza is a girl growing up in a poor LA barrio who wantsthan what her current situation offers It is an inspiring story of perseverance, and I really liked how this story focuses on the ma 3.5 StarsEsperanza was given to me by the aut...

  3. Miguel Diaz says:

    Sandra C Lopez is a fresh voice from the barrio In her first novel, Esperanza A Latina Story, Lopez chronicles the life of young Esperanza s turbulent family life in Hawaiian Gardens The main character Esperanza, through a first person narration, walks us through a four year period of her life in a poverty stricken and gang infested neighborhood The novel is centered around Esperanza s observations and thoughts of her barrio life and on her high school years On her fist day of high...

  4. Livin& says:

    Reviewed by Bela M Member of Livin la vida Latina Review What can I say I loved Esperanza her personality, her voice, her sense of humor, but most of all, her inner strength to become somebody Like many Latino youths, Esperanza comes from a poverty stricken home marked by domestic abuse, alcoholism, gangland connections among her relatives, and a saddening absence of hope for the future When Esperanza enters high school, she faces bullies, the peer pressure to meet low expectations, and t Reviewed by Bela M Member of Livin la vida Latina Review What can I say I loved Esperanza her personality, her voice, her sense of humor, but most of all, her inner strength to become somebody Like many Latino youths, Esperanza comes from a poverty stricken home marked by domestic abuse, alcoholism, gangland connections among her relatives, and a saddening absence of hope for the future When Esperanza enters high school, she faces bullies, the peer pressure to meet low expectations, and the tremendous possibility that she, too, will become just another Latina dropout Esperanza has no role models and no home support, b...

  5. John says:

    Sanda C Lopez s delightfully written debut novel, Esperanza A Latina Story, follows a Mexican American girl through four turbulent years of high school in east Los Angeles in the late 1990s.From the beginning, Esperanza Ignacio commands admiration and respect She stays true to herself despite the demands imposed on her by a controlling single mother, two needy younger siblings, and several not so admirable friends, relatives, and classmates, who try to badger and bully her in unproductive dir Sanda C Lopez s delightfully written debut novel, Esperanza A Latina Story, follows a Mexican American girl through four turbulent years of high school in east Los Angeles in the late 1990s.From the beginning, Esperanza Ignacio commands admiration and respect She stays true to herself despite the demands imposed on her by a controlling single mother, two needy younger siblings, and several not so admirable friends, relatives, and classmates, who try to badger and bully her in unproductive directions.As a reader, I had no difficulty imagining the obstacles the girl faced Esperanza s world is a mostly bleak place, filled with bullying, broken families, alcoholism, poverty, and the myriad temptations of youth Lopez does a masterful job in describing them all.What makes this story compelling, however, is not the description but rather the uplifting tone The author gives readers a protagonist we can root for from start to finish She reminds us that even those living in challenging envi...

  6. Sandra Lopez says:

    Esperanza is an admirable and too real story of many Latino youths lacking role models, who find themselves lost and isolated in the paved jungles of the inner cities and overwhelmed by the dissonance of barrio life Sandra C Lopez has created a resilient and likeable character, Esperanza, who seems closer to a naked truth seeker than to a barrio kid desperately trying to get out of a crappy world, but not knowing exactly where sh...

  7. Sandra says:

    A story of a Mexican teen who wantsthan her old barrio is offering.

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