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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (786 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Helen Thorpe Narrator: Paula Christensen Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Angela | 2/7/2014

    " This quick read reminded me of the difficult life some immigrants can lead in this country. The author writes in detail about the murder of Denver police officer Donnie Young. Thorpe uses true story of the lives of these girls to show how difficult living and acceptance can be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melyssa | 2/2/2014

    " I really love reading non-fiction books where the author is immersed for years with the subjects. This one was an eye-opening look at four high school girls of Mexican descent and their hopes of going to college. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael | 1/31/2014

    " I had to read this for a class it was very good!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lynn Hower | 1/24/2014

    " I never finished this. I appreciated the perspective on this issue however. Whatta mess. And how peculiar some people are about working to sort this all out. "

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About the Author
Author Helen Thorpe

Helen Thorpe has written magazine stories for the New York Times, the New Yorker, Texas Monthly, Westword, and 5280. She lives in Denver, Colorado. Her first book, Just Like Us, was published by Scribner in 2009. It was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts adapted the book for the stage in 2013.