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Love in English

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This book enters to my list of favorite reads if the year. I loved the characters and the story line. I could see myself ion Ana’s position because Im a Spanish speaker and i lived the same situations as her, with almost no understanding to understand English.
The way the book is written is really smooth and you don’t want to easily to read. I felt the same frustration as Ana when people were speaking to her, you need to speak Spanish to understand this book, but if you speak more than one language  this is the representation you were looking for. 
Love in English is a  funny and  retable story, perfect to read if you want to learn more about other cultures —Argentina— and kinda of to understand how people that come to America without speaking the language struggle with. 
Also the love story is really interesting I love how the characters develop their relationship and I’m happy with who she ended up with.
I’ll be buying this book when it comes out abs I’ll tell everyone about it.
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First off, Balzer + Bray is fast becoming one of my favorite new publishing imprints for telling witty, compelling, and diverse YA stories about complex teen protagonists with adorable first love takes, so I'm already excited about this read from the get-go. Here, Ana and her mom just moved to the US and New Jersey from Argentina to join her dad who had already gotten settles. The book picks up on the 16-year-old's first day of school and she's nervous and homesick. Ana is a poet who just hasn't found the write words in English since immigrating. Immediately, we meet Harrison, a cute boy from her math class who's like "Netflix series cute," she's smitten because of his dashing looks and he's in a band. Also, he needs a math tutor and she excels in math, so it's a perfect fit. Then, she meets Neo from Cyprus in her ESL class who also knows very little English, even less than she does, and he's mysterious to her but slowly they bond over first-time viewings of classic American teen movies and New York City. So, it's clear there's a love triangle brewing. This book is slow to start and get into, but I just want to know more because it does have such an intriguing point of view that we seldom think about as native-born Americans. Ana's inner thoughts about the English language are funny and relatable because English is a weird, funny, and complicated language. It's neat how the author used repeating pound signs in the middle of sentences to see what Ana's perspective is like and how she knows some words but not all the words we often say. As she gets to know both boys, her and Neo are just so pure and beyond precious, like it's adorable. Now, things may get lost in translation with Neo, but they have a lot in common in this quick read. This book is not just her love story with a boy or two, but her love story with American and trying new things and embracing a new culture. It's absolutely precious and adorable.
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I highly, highly recommend adding this book to classroom libraries. I loved how this book tackled themes of culture, diversity, and the importance of language. The writing was engaging and the plot was solid. I think this book has representation that is so important to highlight in classrooms, especially ones with ELL students.
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I absolutely adored this book. I am always a fan of bilingual books, as well as books that include diverse representation. As someone who studies and teaches the importance of representation in media, and specifically in books, books like this are incredibly important for teens and young adults. Being able to see the main character's journey as she learns about a new culture, learns a new language, learns new social interaction "rules" in a new country was incredible. I too came to this country as a young girl who did not speak the language or understand the customs. Although I was much younger than the MC in this book, I distinctly remember what it was like to not have the words and to be on the wrong end of a joke because I was not able to communicate or understand my classmates. This book is incredibly important and I will certainly be bringing it up in my classroom moving forward.
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