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I read this book in one sitting, which is rare for me considering I m such a distracted reader This is such a heart wrenching novel chronicling the rise of Castro s power to Luc a s journey to America through Operaci n Pedro Pan My neighbor is one of the children who went through the same thing Luc a and her brother did, and I m so lucky to have been able to speak to him about this time in history that is hardly ever spoken about This novel opened my eyes to a piece of Cuban history that I on I read this book in one sitting, which is rare for me considering I m such a distracted reader This is such a heart wrenching novel chronicling the rise of Castro s power to Luc a s journey to America through Operaci n Pedro Pan My neighbor is one of the children who went through the same thing Luc a and her brother did, and I m so lucky to have been able to speak to him about this time in history that is hardly ever spoken about This novel opened my eyes to a piece of Cuban history that I only knew little details about, thanks to my neighbor, and it wad eye opening to see this novel describe what these children had to go through all alone during such a vulnerable time in their lives when things are unfamiliar and they are in a country they ve never seen before It s always so crushing to read about what Cubans have been through and all that they ve sacrificed for their families and their futures, but every Cuban novel I read makes me grateful for all my family has done, along with other Cubans, in hopes of having a better life It makes me glad that our stories are being told They cannot be forgotten I know I won t forget Actual Rating 4.5 Stars As a Cuban whose family had to escape Castro s Cuba, I fully expected to be emotionally impacted by this book I m not gunna front, I got teary eyed toward the 75% mark and wasn t expecting this tale to end somewhat wholeheartedly Which is why I deducted half a point I know it sounds bitter, but knowing what I know about Cuba as a Cuban, the book ended somewhat unrealistically for me view spoiler There s no way her dad would have been able to leave Cuba since heActual Rating 4.5 Stars As a Cuban whose family had to escape Castro s Cuba, I fully expected to be emotionally impacted by this book I m not gunna front, I got teary eyed toward the 75% mark and wasn t expecting this tale to end somewhat wholeheartedly Which is why I deducted half a point I know it sounds bitter, but knowing what I know about Cuba as a Cuban, the book ended somewhat unrealistically for me view spoiler There s no way her dad would have been able to leave Cuba since he was already labeled as a traitor by the Cuban government Like, I let it slide that he wasn t tortured in La Cabana which already had me a bit skeptical but there s no way he would have made it into the US especially by plane with basically no problems hide spoiler Anywho, this novel is an excellent example of a well crafted coming of age and immigration story It s based on the true events following the Pedro Pan operation from 1960 1962 wherein the US assisted in the transportation of thousands of unaccompanied children in escaping revolutionary Cuba Each chapter begins with a newspaper headline depicting the events that occurred during that time I thought this was an incredibly clever decision on behalf of the author because it served almost as a jarring reminder of the horrific deeds Castro s regime was imposing in Cuba This wonderfully contrasted with the somewhat innocent POV obtained by the protagonist, fourteen year old Lucia, obtained at the beginning of the narrative as she was somewhat blind to the changes at first as most children initially are Lucia is your average Cuban adolescent, preoccupied with friends, her quinces, and crush So when Castro begins his communist revolutionary reign of totalitarian control, at first she s pleased because he s the reason schools and churches have been closed down and what teenager wouldn t be pleased with havingfree time Eventually Lucia realizes that things aren t quite as they seem and that Cuba is undergoing a terrifying change You re either with Castro or you re against him, and Lucia soon finds out that being against him immediately starts your timer toward death One of the most impacting aspects of this book was the exploration of Karl Marx s statement that when you break down the family, all that is left is the revolution As the reader you get to see how Castro implements this method to brainwash individuals especially minors into not only joining the revolution, but snitching on family member s they feel may be traitors to the new communist government Families turn against one another in a heart beat, and the government is not afraid to threaten children to obtain results Lucia s parents, fearing for her and her younger brother s lives and ability to be free thinking individuals, make the heartbreaking decision to send them to the US via Pedro Pan Which, according to google was the largest mass exodus of minor refugees in the Western Hemisphere at the time with over 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban minors to the United States between 1960 and 1962 Gonzalez did a superb job highlighting the struggles Lucia and her brother faced leading up to their journey into the US and eventually into their foster families whilst maintaining historical and cultural authenticity I know some readers have complained about Lucia s focus on superficial topics such as friends, crushes, and fashion but, and I repeat, she s a fourteen year old girl Girls at the age are generally known to focus on those things As well as some boys tbh Especially as a means to self distract themselves with whats occurring around them so I didn t have a problem with that at all I highly recommend that readers pick this novel up if they get the chance especially those of Cuban descent Ok, so I have to admit that when I started reading this book I wasn t clicking with it the way I wanted to Looking back the problem was that I had an expectation of how the tone of the book should be like, but that s unfair to the book I let my expectations fall to the wayside and I m so glad I did.Our protagonist, Lucia Alvarez, is living in Cuba at turbulent times when Fidel Castro is rising to power and families, friendships, and a sense of country are rapidly falling apart Lucia though is Ok, so I have to admit that when I started reading this book I wasn t clicking with it the way I wanted to Looking back the problem was that I had an expectation of how the tone of the book should be like, but that s unfair to the book I let my expectations fall to the wayside and I m so glad I did.Our protagonist, Lucia Alvarez, is living in Cuba at turbulent times when Fidel Castro is rising to power and families, friendships, and a sense of country are rapidly falling apart Lucia though is focused on how her parents are being too overprotective, wishing she could dance with the boy of her dreams, and how big her quinceanera is going to be Sure enough, Lucia starts seeing how wrong things truly are When things seem like they couldn t get worse, they do Her parents decide that she and her brother Frankie need to leave Cuba and go to the land of prosperity, the United States.The contrast of cultures is what really impressed me Though I m not Cuban, I did appreciate some of the refrences made that reminded of things that are part of the Hispanic culture Since the story is set in two different countries naturally we see how Lucia and Frankie cope with the change I just laughed to see how they went from Cuba to Miami to a farmtown in Nebraska Talk about a culture shock I really could sympathize with Lucia It would be beyond hard to be pushed to leave the only home you have ever known, and all the people and things that you connect with who you are The author gives the reader a strong sense of the seriousness of the situation without it being too overwhelming for younger readers, which was essential so it could be enjoyable for the targeted audience Mission accomplished In the beginning I couldn t grab a hold of who Lucia was, but having to witness her being brave because she had no other choice really gave me the chance to see the core of her character Definite props to the author because I hadn t heard too much about Operation Pedro Pan before reading this book Only misgiving I have is that I wish that the story and some of the characters had beenfleshed out.The title,The Red Umbrella , is quite fitting The part where we see the correlation made me tear up just alittlebit A book filled with fortitude, and the sense of what home is I ve been wanting to read The Red Umbrella ever since I saw the deal announced and was lucky enough to get to read an ARC There was something about the premise that struck a chord with me from that first announcement, and I knew it would be special I just didn t realize why until I started reading.I m a second generation American My grandparents immigrated just in time for the Great Depression not great timing, to be sure The Red Umbrella made me appreciate my own heritage in ways I haven I ve been wanting to read The Red Umbrella ever since I saw the deal announced and was lucky enough to get to read an ARC There was something about the premise that struck a chord with me from that first announcement, and I knew it would be special I just didn t realize why until I started reading.I m a second generation American My grandparents immigrated just in time for the Great Depression not great timing, to be sure The Red Umbrella made me appreciate my own heritage in ways I haven t thought of since my grandma passed away almost 10 years ago Butthan that, I connected with Lucia and Frankie and their parents and everyone who played a role in helping them through a difficult time I felt like I was part of the story, and that s a very rare thing indeed.The Red Umbrella is a wonderful, thoughtful book with a story and characters so compelling you can t help but cheer for them and worry about them every step of the way But for me, it was eventhan that It was personal and meaningful and unforgettable I laughed, I cried one of my favorite books of the year This was great It was a wonderful look at the early days of Castro s revolution and Cuban and American relations in 1961 The story is told from a 14 year old girl s point of view, Lucia.Lucia has normal 14 year old growing pains She likes boys, wants to wear make up, is irritated by her younger brother, Frankie, but instead of having a normal teenager s life, Cuba, her country and home, goes into turmoil When Castro and his revolutionary followers take over the government, not only is ther This was great It was a wonderful look at the early days of Castro s revolution and Cuban and American relations in 1961 The story is told from a 14 year old girl s point of view, Lucia.Lucia has normal 14 year old growing pains She likes boys, wants to wear make up, is irritated by her younger brother, Frankie, but instead of having a normal teenager s life, Cuba, her country and home, goes into turmoil When Castro and his revolutionary followers take over the government, not only is there soldiers everywhere, but also people being branded as traitors to the revolution Unfortuneately, because her parents believe it s ok to have a different opinion from Castro, Lucia s family is branded as traitors To save her, Lucia s parents send both her and her brother to the United States Lucia and Frankie go to live with a foster family in Nebraska until her parents can join them or the revolution ends Lucia must learn a new language, eat new foods, and make new friends She adjusts rather well, but all the time she worries about her mother and father back in Cuba and wonders if she will ever see them again because the revolution doesn t seem to be ending and American Cuban relations are getting very tenseThe first half of the book takes place in Cuba and offers an amazing look into life in Cuba during Castro s early days and the fear or fanaticism some people felt The second half of the book is about Lucia adjusting to American life and presents an idea of what it was like to be a Latina immigrant in 1961 Superb The ending brought tears to my eyes I really connected to Lucia This is a book I will read again I enjoyed the Red Umbrella very much It was really good historical fiction and I learned a lot about this period of history It is the story of the Alvarez family and is told by 14 year old Lucia as she and her family live through Cuba changing from a democracy to an authoritarian state in 1961 It also tells about a program called Pedro Pan where child refugees of Cuba were placed with American families until they could be reunited with their own families It is sad what happened in Cuba over I enjoyed the Red Umbrella very much It was really good historical fiction and I learned a lot about this period of history It is the story of the Alvarez family and is told by 14 year old Lucia as she and her family live through Cuba changing from a democracy to an authoritarian state in 1961 It also tells about a program called Pedro Pan where child refugees of Cuba were placed with American families until they could be reunited with their own families It is sad what happened in Cuba over 50 years ago but it was interesting to watch the character grow as she became aware of the political changes taking place in Cuba and then following her journey in America Good old historical fiction never fails Lucia is our girl of interest Time period is the 1960s however this isn t about the civil rights movement it s about Operation Pedro Pan because of the Communist Movement going on in Cuba Lucia seems to be average but spoiled in the beginning of the book This annoyed me I guess it s realistic since she is fourteen and basically has had up until now a fairly carefree life but it was still off putting Once problems start arising and Lucia starts to r Good old historical fiction never fails Lucia is our girl of interest Time period is the 1960s however this isn t about the civil rights movement it s about Operation Pedro Pan because of the Communist Movement going on in Cuba Lucia seems to be average but spoiled in the beginning of the book This annoyed me I guess it s realistic since she is fourteen and basically has had up until now a fairly carefree life but it was still off putting Once problems start arising and Lucia starts to realize the seriousness of the Revolution Lucia takes things as best as can be handled She matures exceedingly throughout the book I liked that the story was serious and gave a fairly good overview of what was happening without it being too dark for younger readers Lucia s voice rang true theI read Almost half the book goes by before Lucia and her brother reach Nebraska so a good amount of the book is dedicated to Cuba Once Lucia reaches Nebraska the culture shock kicks in The different food, the different language, and the homesickness all seemed realistic.The book is written in English of course but there were times that a Spanish word was said Other books I ve read do this but not as often This was fine with me because I can understand Spanish fairly well, but I can t help but think that I would ve been annoyed if I didn t There is a glossary in the back but I didn t realize this until half way through the book Maybe it was to remind the reader that they were talking in Spanish but I can t be sure.But anyways, it was a good story, good writing, and I gained some knowledge about something I only heard about in passing during history This historical fiction about Castro s take over of Cuba and the subsequent exodus of Cuban children to the U.S is not well represented in kid lit Lucia is very well drawn and goes through several universal experiences first dance, bratty brother, confusion of growing up The other characters can be a bit one dimensional, but they are all likeable There were lots of touching moments like the incident with the red umbrella While the writing is interesting, it is clearly a first novel with a This historical fiction about Castro s take over of Cuba and the subsequent exodus of Cuban children to the U.S is not well represented in kid lit Lucia is very well drawn and goes through several universal experiences first dance, bratty brother, confusion of growing up The other characters can be a bit one dimensional, but they are all likeable There were lots of touching moments like the incident with the red umbrella While the writing is interesting, it is clearly a first novel with a lot of telling instead of showing However, it did pique my interest in Cuban history, so I think it is certainly worthy {Free Epub} ⚽ The Red Umbrella ⚟ The Red Umbrella is the moving tale of ayear old girl s journey from Cuba to America as part of Operation Pedro Pan an organized exodus of than , unaccompanied children, whose parents sent them away to escape Fidel Castro s revolutionIn , two years after the Communist revolution, Luc a lvarez still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush But when the soldiers come to her sleepy Cuban town, everything begins to change Freedoms are stripped away Neighbors disappear Her friends feel like strangers And her family is being watchedAs the revolution s impact becomes oppressive, Luc a s parents make the heart wrenching decision to send her and her little brother to the United States on their ownSuddenly plunked down in Nebraska with well meaning strangers, Luc a struggles to adapt to a new country, a new language, a new way of life But what of her old life Will she ever see her home or her parents again And if she does, will she still be the same girl The Red Umbrella is a moving story of country, culture, family, and the true meaning of home Telecommunication Systems unaccompanied children The Poams whose parents sent them away to escape Fidel Castro s revolutionIn Archetypes of Thought two years after the Communist revolution Virgin Exotica Luc a lvarez still leads a carefree life Verbotene Mission (Kings & Fools dreaming of parties and her first crush But when the soldiers come to her sleepy Cuban town Second Sight (The Admirals Elite, everything begins to change Freedoms are stripped away Neighbors disappear Her friends feel like strangers And her family is being watchedAs the revolution s impact becomes oppressive Meine russische Schwiegermutter und andere Katastrophen Luc a s parents make the heart wrenching decision to send her and her little brother to the United States on their ownSuddenly plunked down in Nebraska with well meaning strangers Like Gravity Luc a struggles to adapt to a new country Gallaghers Choice (Gallagher, a new language Outcast a new way of life But what of her old life Will she ever see her home or her parents again And if she does Der weite Ritt will she still be the same girl The Red Umbrella is a moving story of country Hubris and Hybrids culture Beads in Bloom family Family Connections (The Connelly Chronicles, and the true meaning of home This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here There was an immediate disconnect and I couldn t warm up to Lucia or her life and world She was so distant I couldn t put my finger on it but for some reason I couldn t get it into it It was like the writing was hands off even though it was first person it felt like third person for all that I felt like I knew her It wasn t the best introduction to Lucia that she couldn t concentrate on anything the teacher said in class because of a cute boy I also didn t like the scene the next day after There was an immediate disconnect and I couldn t warm up to Lucia or her life and world She was so distant I couldn t put my finger on it but for some reason I couldn t get it into it It was like the writing was hands off even though it was first person it felt like third person for all that I felt like I knew her It wasn t the best introduction to Lucia that she couldn t concentrate on anything the teacher said in class because of a cute boy I also didn t like the scene the next day after she s seen the army trucks, where she wakes up contemplating the yellow headband that goes good with her dark hair or the green and white that matched perfectly with her starched outfit When she got mad at her mom for not letting her hang out with her friend because things were dangerous, I was so irritated I know she s only 14 but that didn t lessen my irritation There are army trucks and communists and school s been closed and everything else, so for her not to see the danger in that and get all upset annoyed me.It was interesting that there were rebel meetings and people wore brigadista uniforms Her friend Ivette told her the boy she liked from school was there and he was going to teach peasants, because the government called on students over 13 to go to the countryside and teach the peasants for 3 months The book should ve started out with this and it would ve captured my interest When Lucia got mad at her mom for taking the red umbrella out to get groceries with I almost lost it Red brought them attention and she wondered why her mom insisted on embarrassing her with it A terrible time to be in the POV of such a bratty little teenager I was so irritated that Lucia refused to see reason about Castro No matter what she heard her dad and mom talking about, no matter what he said, she took the government s side and didn t see what the big deal was Seeing her dad s boss tied up and hearing him be shot, her dad saying he was given the job and told to spy on people, saying their money and valuables would be taken None of that clued this idiot in to the fact that the government was bad No, she thought her parents were paranoid and that Cuba would do so good under Castro s communism I think your parents know a little somethingabout how politics work than a 14 year old spoiled brat Fool The way she treated her mom, saying Okay, sure when her mom said there would be extra money after she bought the medicine and that Lucia would buy some face powder or nail polish, she deserved to be smacked She was only nice to her mom when she was told she could go to the dance And the way she went on and on about that truly perfect shade of nail polish annoyed the crap out of me I want a character that doesn t obsess over clothes and looks Materialistic ppl make me sick And I don t think the bottle of nail polish would break just from falling on the ground That s hard glass and doesn t break very easily.At least she finally saw the danger of going out when she saw the doctor s body hanging from a tree She sobbed into her mother s chest like a baby and said she was never leaving the house again Serves her right for being such an idiot.On cloud 9 Seventeen Magazines Miss High Fashion.I hate when characters make such stupid mistakes that are going to come back and cause trouble She knew Ivette s family was with the revolutionary, they re not on their side and have been brainwashed by the government along with everyone else So, her parents said they would have to make an effort to go with the flow and not cause suspicion or get in trouble That s why her mom invited Ivette and her mom over So what does Lucia of the one brain cell do She tells Ivette that her dad hid her mom s jewelry in the floor What a colossal idiot When will she ever learn And you can see what Ivette thinks of it when she says isn t that what the government told them not to do They re supposed to have everything in the open so the government can determine if there s a better use for their things Way to go, Lucia Ivette isn t on your side and she s going to rat you out I hate stupid characters.When she referenced Sandra Dee s dresses I was like are you kidding me Grease came out in 1978 and this was in the early 1960s Wtf is this author thinking The lie she pulled to her mom made me so fed up with her I wanted nothingto do with her as the main character She overheard her dad and his brother arguing and knew it was a big deal, but the night of the dance her dad was running late and her mom couldn t leave Frankie home alone, so when her uncle pulled in the driveway she lied and said her mom would be okay with him chaperoning her at the dance She then lied to her mom and said her uncle was there to apologize to her dad Where does she get off meddling with adults like that It got steadily worse She asked what he was fighting about with her dad and he said her dad needed to learn some hard lessons She doesn t even comment, react or act like she even heard it Who could hear someone say their dad needed to learn a hard lesson and not get upset Then she asked him what patria postestad meant, a phrase she heard her parents talking about Why does she keep telling on her parents to revolutionaries This girl doesn t have two brain cells to work with.Lucia finally got to dance with her crush Manuel At least she could shut up about it and we could get on with business I found myself staying removed from him because I already knew, thanks to the plot spoiler summary, that her parents were going to send her and her brother to the U.S so nothing would come of it That ruined the time spent in Cuba because I was just waiting for it to come to an end After they danced and went to get drinks, he dropped her hand to get them and she said she had never hated cups so much in her life What a ridiculously stupid and immature thing to say That was so stupid.In typical book fashion it turns out Manuel isn t a nice guy Not only is he a steadfast revolutionary and thinks people should die that don t support it, he tries to force himself on her I was so irritated at that Of course he has to do that It s too much trouble to make him be nice, much easier to ruin his character completely and get him out of the way So overdone The really annoying part was Lucia s reaction after She thinks she acted like a little girl in front of him and is humiliated, all because she couldn t handle a boy kissing her So now she s reached a new low of idiocy She doesn t know the different between a kiss and sexual assault Pg 139 Telling them it d been a mistake to send us here.It d is it and would combined, not it had If would been a mistake Come on.Obviously there was something wrong on the author s part that I couldn t grasp the gravity of the reality of communism and kids having to leave their parents It was so unemotional The author can t convey emotion She s writing that Lucia s thinking about her parents but I don t feel it and I don t buy it At the facility I found it highly convenient that Frankie just guessed which bunk Lucia slept in He found her suitcase at the bunk bed and just guessed that she was on the top, avoiding a scene where he could ve really scared the girl on the bottom The boy should play the lotto with luck like that And I thought it was weird how Angela, the girl on the bottom, gave her a cookie and milk and Lucia tossed hem up on the bed, before Frankie ever ate the cookie That was a weird thing to do to throw a cookie up on your bed Convenient setup for Frankie eating it And so convenient that the director of the boy s facility knows their dad He recognized the town she was in, a big stretch if you ask me, then put together their last name to produce a connection to the man who is the sole reason he took this job Their dad helped Mr Ramirez out when he didn t have money and got medicine for his kid Some story.The author kept referencing things from American culture that I just don t think Lucia had access to She referenced Grease which didn t come out until over a decade after this, then she referenced Seventeen magazine and I wondered how American magazines made their way to Cuba When she said she had seen movies about Al Capone I was like what movie hasn t this girl seen that relates to what she s going through So convenient And there again, I wondered if she would ve had access to an American movie, how long it takes a movie to make it to other countries and whatnot I heard blah, blah, blabbity, blah, Cuba, then someblabbity, blah.How immature.I thought they had been speaking English the entire time, because only a word or two here and there would be in Spanish, and everything else would be in English Then suddenly when they met their foster parents Lucia said I sorry I no understand And I thought she was doing it as a joke to get the woman to slow down as she talked so they could understand the English But then she kept it up We happy to be here And I was like why is she talking like that It didn t work I know the book had to be in English so English speaking readers could read it but since it was, that meant I thought the characters were speaking English the whole time Poor writing that it wasn t made clear to readers that they were speaking in Spanish And a terrible decision to have a few words Spanish to make me think they were only saying those words in Spanish, when everything else was written in English even thought it too was Spanish It was funny how Mrs Baxter asked Lucia about where she was for and she said Puerto Mijares was on a bitch and Mrs Baxter said never say that and told her how to pronounce beach The book could have used some humor Mrs Baxter gave her Tabasco sauce to put on her eggs and it was so hot she had to drink half of her juice She thought they ate spicy food because they do in Mexico and Lucia had to tell her in Mexico yes, Cuba no Another humorous situation And when she said there will be snow in the winter Frankie ran to the window expecting there to be snow out, bcuz he can t understand English well.At least Lucia finally saw the light once she was of of Cuba and had a mature thought She read the newspapers about the bad things happening in Cuba, and knew that when Fidel Castro had said he was going to help out the poor and losing some freedoms to do that didn t seem like too high of a price She saw in newspapers that people outright criticized President Kennedy and she knew if anyone did that to Castro that they would be branded a traitor When anyone was jailed or threatened or forced to leave their homes she thought they did something to deserve it or didn t love Cuba enough, which I guess showed how powerful Castro s brainwashing was.Lucia was out carrying the bag of chicken feed to the barn and Frankie wanted her to jump puddles with him, so when he took the bag from her it fell and dumped out and Lucia started a mud fight with him Mrs Baxter caught them and I thought she d be so mad but she only sprayed them with the hose when they got close and they had a little water fight A nice moment if unexpected Her history showed that she would get mad bcuz they didn t have money to waste with her husband being laid off and having to work at the store It was also unexpected that when a lady at church said she should get one, as in a child from Cuba, Mrs Baxter said they re not pets, because she struck me as having ulterior motives Like having them work on the farm or something, and her husband had nothing to do with them and never spoke to them And she wanted them to learn English and to me spoke to them in a condescending way.At church when Frankie came back with 3 donuts after eating some himself Lucy was upset thinking what would people say But he comes up and says for you and you, giving them to her and Mrs Baxter and the woman at church says so cute That was so out of character it wasn t even funny Trying way too hard And if that wasn t enough he went up to Mr Baxter as he talked to a group of men, tapped him on the arm and gave him the donut They all stopped talking and Mr Baxter smiled and patted him on the back Make me gag I hated that the first introduction to the boy was him mistaking her for another girl and tickling her under her ribs Whoa Sucks that he touches another girl like that And he didn t even apologize to her All he said was he thought she was someone else and then said sorry to the other girl What a jerk.It was such a copout and bad writing that time was skipped over She would write she liked going to church and in to town grocery shopping but we didn t get to experience that And that she had made two other friends at school, but we didn t get to see that either Or that Mr Baxter would drop her off at Jennifer s house on Saturdays I just didn t like the things that were left out And I was so irritated that all the guys at school liked her A football player in 11th grade that the mean girl Betty likes Thought she liked the guy from the bus, but I guess she s like most popular girls in high school and had to have them all And Eddie, a guy in one of her classes Like come on I m so sick of the heroine having all the guys fall over her When Ivette wrote back to her saying that America was such a dangerous place and the people were so bad, it was upsetting to know someone painted a free country in such a bad lift And she alluded to the fact that she had been raped but the word itself wasn t used And she just considered herself unlucky, held no ill will to the soldiers or the revolution A brainwashed idiot for sure It was sweet of the Baxters to celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve like they do, and she made food they have It was cute how she told them the gifts were from Santa and that theirs werepractical because they couldn t be extravagant like Santa It was a nice touch how they were in the library choosing a bird for the school project and started laughing about Betty being crapped on by a bird once and they had to cover their faces with their books They were laughing so hard all people would see was their books bouncing up and down Jennifer told her to close the book and open it to a random page and that would be her bird, and it happened to be one she saw in Cuba and it migrates to the U.S She went on to skip time, focus on some things but then skip over others I would have liked to read, such as the basketball game they were going to I expected so muchout of the school dance She thought it was clever of Eddie to ask to dance with Jennifer first and then say to Nathan, who was dancing with Lucia, that they would switch after I didn t I thought he should ve just asked her in the first place I was hoping for a kiss or something, but she wanted to keep it friendly which disappointed me She asked why he didn t call her a nickname and he said she s different, it s hard to think of one word to describe her and she slugs him in the arm bcuz things got uncomfortable She was so worried about what happened with Manuel happening again Please She ruined the dance bcuz of her fear The good thing is that there s a happy ending Her mom applied for an exit visa and was granted leave, but her dad was denied so he bribed an official and was able to travel too Mrs Baxter s friend set them up in the carriage house on her property Something about it was just off There wasn t any emotion, only about 4 humorous or cute things The writing was too simple and therefore didn t convey the gravity of the situation I didn t believe the feelings Lucia had about anything When she said she wondered if her parents would be killed, not in those words, but like silenced in afatal way or something, I didn t believe she even cared, because she didn t say she was scared, or cried for them, or wanted them to leave Cuba, or anything Hello, you just said your parents might be killed, can we get some thoughts on that The only thing I can say is that I now know about communism in Cuba and kids being sent to the U.S without their parents But it wasn t really worth reading