Book Review: AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

I was gifted this book by Jonathan Ball Publishers in exchange for an honest review

Blurb:

También de este lado hay sueños. On this side, too, there are dreams.

Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

Review:

I liked the story. I know the book got mixed reactions and caused some controversy. It was a good story and easy to follow. Spoke about issues that are real in the lives of people running away from home. This book made me realize how priviledged I am, but in the same breath, your life can change in an instant.

Imagine loosing your family all at once. Imagine running from killers. Imagine, finding out that a good friend is not who he/she seems. That’s the reality in this book.

It took a while for me to read, but I enjoyed the story behind it.