Genre: YA Fiction, Multicultural
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Elisa Benitez is happy to help her family clean cabins for the summer, but when her older sister falls hard for one of their rich guests, Elisa expects heartbreak. Her sister is a Dreamer, an undocumented immigrant, and he’s an elected state representative.
Even worse is his infuriating friend Darcy! He’s arrogant, rude, and based on a comment Elisa overheard, probably racist. He’s one of those guys who get by on money and looks, and she wouldn’t mind poking a hole in his self-image.
Darcy certainly didn’t intend to fall for a beautiful, well-spoken Latina on his short vacation to the mountains. Elisa would sooner turn off his hot-water heater than agree with him about anything. Why is debating with her more fun than agreeing with anyone else?
But when Elisa’s little sister runs away, and her parents are scared to go to the police, Darcy realizes just how serious she was. And how serious his own feelings have become.
Pride and Prejudice and Passports is a modern variation with heart and humor, a wholesome romance that brings Darcy and Elizabeth to life all over again.
I really enjoyed this book! The modern retelling of a classic book from a Mexican American family in the Trump era was a story line I did not see coming!
Elisa’s story was captivating and I loved getting to know more about each character in this story. Elisa is a young woman with dreams while also safeguarding her sister, who’s a Dreamer. They juxtaposition between her journey and that of her sister and even her parents.
I was intrigued at the many social and political issues that were touched upon in the book as well. There was even the point of view inside the splitting within the Republican party that we don’t see talked about very much. Also, the threat of human trafficking was explored and shown for how easily it can happen to anyone anywhere.
The reader is thrown into many situations that marginalized groups have to experience on a regular basis. As a reader, you are able to hear the thoughts and emotions that Elisa goes through in these instances: Fearing for the deportation of her parents; fearing for the DACA status of her older sister who only knows America as her home; fearing for herself when she ends up in the middle of a dangerous Trump rally that was relatively peaceful up to a split second; fearing for her younger sister when she’s possibly under the threat of being trafficked or otherwise exploited.
This book is exactly why diverse authors and characters are so important in literature. Diverse stories are important, valuable, and need to be told frequently and widely. No matter your stance on the political issues of the day, this is an important read so that you can see a glimpse into the lives of others with vastly different experiences than your own.
Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.