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Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Pena

Mexican WhiteBoy

by Matt de la Pena

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Mexican WhiteBoy is a story about friendship, acceptance, and the
struggle to find your identity in a world of definitions. 16 year old Danny Lopez has
a white mother and a Mexican father who left them to go back to Mexico. Trying to
find his identity and figure out where he belongs, Danny decides to takes a trip to
mexico over the summer to visit his dad’s side of the family to try to understand why
his dad left them and get to get to know his dad a little better.
  laurenmaune | Nov 16, 2015 |
Being half white and half Mexican is Danny's lot in life. He feels ostracized from both groups. Uno is half Black and half Mexican. The two of them develop a close friendship. "Mexican Whiteboy" takes the reader through baseball, feelings of differences between both Danny and Uno, their confused love for their absent fathers, and their growing up pains. ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
Danny Lopez is too Mexican for the white kids at his school, and too white for the Mexican kids in the National City neighborhood of San Diego. To top it off, his dad left for Mexico and Danny hasn't seen him in three years.

What Danny does have going for him is his pitching. He can throw a fastball above 90 miles per hour--but he was cut from his prep school's team because he didn't have any control.

When a stickball accident--and the subsequent fight--leaves him with stitches, the last thing he expects is to end up friends with the guy who beat him up. But Danny and Uno have a lot more in common than it seems.

Deals with race, belonging, violence, poverty, and baseball. Strong language in both English and Spanish, but little sexual content. Highly recommended. ( )
  RussianLoveMachine | Mar 11, 2014 |
So, normally, I just can't get into sports stories, but this one was fantastic. I loved the protagonist and the way the themes of identity, race, and fitting in were handled. ( )
  sshadoan | Nov 10, 2011 |
Danny has the potential to be a great pitcher, he just has no control. Choosing to spend the summer with his absent father's family in a Latino neighborhood in National City, Danny grapples with baseball, his life, identity, and family. He feels like he never fits - too Mexican at his prep school, too white with his father's family. Uno acts as a foil, best friend, and adds voice to the often confused, quiet Danny. A gritty coming of age story. ( )
  ewyatt | Feb 4, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385733100, Hardcover)

DANNY’S TALL AND skinny. Even though he’s not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. A 95 mph fastball, but the boy’s not even on a team. Every time he gets up on the mound he loses it.

But at his private school, they don’t expect much else from him. Danny’s brown. Half-Mexican brown. And growing up in San Diego that close to the border means everyone else knows exactly who he is before he even opens his mouth. Before they find out he can’t speak Spanish, and before they realize his mom has blond hair and blue eyes, they’ve got him pegged. Danny’s convinced it’s his whiteness that sent his father back to Mexico. And that’s why he’s spending the summer with his dad’s family. Only, to find himself, he might just have to face the demons he refuses to see right in front of his face.

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Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.

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