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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: January 2011 ISBN: 9781611200409
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayspring | 1/18/2014

    " Really interesting, and not quite what I expected. This book is not only the story of four Mexican American young women coming of age, but also an insider's reflection on the political debate surrounding immigration in the U.S. Although the author's reflections do at times seem a little forced, she does not shy away from the complexity of the issues and of the girls' individual stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marlies | 1/8/2014

    " It dragged on a bit but I thought it gave some decent insight into what it's like being a mexican immigrant in this country. Some of the side stories were not all that well developed but the focus on the girls was interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 1/6/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book as it outlined the complexity of immigration. Many questions arose in my mind as I was reading this. Here's hoping this multi-layered issue can be resolved in a manner that is best for all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cristina Díaz estrada | 1/1/2014

    " I challenge those who are against immigration to read and see the stand points of four illegal immigrants and not just personal views. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 12/21/2013

    " A little long and tedious at times, but very informative and eye opening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa Carbajal Ravet | 12/2/2013

    " A must read! No doubt about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Kirwin | 11/15/2013

    " Focusing on four young women over a period of approximately five years, Helen Thorpe provides a poignant account of Mexican immigrants, illegal AND legal, and their struggle to carve out a life in the US... a most convincing argument for passing the DREAM Act. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D3tmckenney | 11/15/2013

    " Gave me a new perspective on the immigration issue. I'm glad I read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Kubiak | 10/5/2013

    " An incredible book, especially since it was written by the wife of the governor of Colorado! Especially poignant given the current situation for illegal immigrants. This book gives a human face to the problem! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 9/28/2013

    " Didn't read all of it but it was interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cecilia | 1/27/2013

    " Great non-fiction. Denver, Colo. Should be required reading for anyone wishing to discuss the immigration issues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kk Barsch | 7/22/2012

    " Great book, mixing public policy with storytelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Matesi | 12/20/2011

    " Interesting. I got a little bored with the political stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Ann | 11/28/2011

    " Very interesting and great fodor for discussion. I left the book not at all sure as to how I feel about the illegal immigration issues. This book definitely makes you think and you also realize that there really isn't a perfect solution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine Pasky | 6/3/2011

    " The single most reliable indicator of whether a child will succeed in the U S is the level of education possessed by his or her Mother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 5/29/2011

    " Loved this book-4 best friends graduating high school in Denver (all A students) -2 are legal immigrants and 2 illegal immigrants and the challenges they face in planning their futures. "

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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. 

About the Narrator

Paula Christensen was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and raised in the suburbs of New York City. She studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Michael Howard Studios in New York City, and the Antaeus Company. Christensen is a graduate of Amherst College, where she received her BA with honors in theater, dance, and anthropology. She currently resides in Los Angeles, where she teaches dance and continues to work on both stage and screen.