Border Crossing Review

 

  1. border-crossing-sign-creative-commons-believeinnow-com_.jpg     I think the plot of  Maria Colleen Cruz’s Border Crossing is interesting as you progress through the story. I meant that our perspective, point of view, interest about the theme changes as you progress through the book, more and more deep every sheet. Frankly in my opinion the plot is driven out as soon as Cesi started talking about how she is on a quest to find her cultural identity.

 

  1.        When I first began to read Border Crossing  I was not as engaged as I am to this day, the book was starting to not reach anything or to be interesting. This book got me confused several times and I was trying to understand the characters of the book. As I read about Cesi’s quest on finding her identity the book started to accelerate its actions but it was still pretty non engaging, as we started moving into the book it started to catch my attention I started to learn about these characters as I was learning about how people have trouble on gaining knowledge on their roots and cultural heritage although the roots are always inside the person.

      

       What the book is trying to say is that  you can live around the world and to have an                    international vision but there is a place, a space, things, roots, shortcut that carry you on your    cultural identity. Overall my experience with the book was fine I would not say that it is the fastest accelerating.

 

  1.      The main characters: Ceci,  the protagonist is brave and has courage, her aspirations are to know more about her unknown side of her identity, she is a person that can make friends easily as it is shown in the book by the other character Tony, a foil character that highlights the qualities of the main character Cesi. Another character that becomes interesting is his father, that is always hiding things and information about his past. There are different and strong personalities, Cesi is finding answers and his father is hiding his past, but finally the book teaches that we put our own barriers, because the xenofobie is for ignorant people and the past, culture and heritage is rich to everyone.

 

  1.           Going to the end of the book the main character Cesi matures and learns about her heritage and where she comes from, And she quoted “I remember those mexican girls with their tight braids and their warm burrito lunches my stomach hurts just from thinking I disrespected them” she has matured and reflected on her actions. Although I think  this redaction is stereotyping mexican people and it has some details that if you know Mexico they are not necessarily true, for example the reference about mexican burritos sounds like the classical stereotipo, finally the character did mature through some experiences and facts.

 

  1.         This book has loads of flashbacks explaining the meaning and what the characters do in the book. The book structure is sort of odd it has a weird start with characters that don’t foreshadow or are added into the book for no reasons, for example, Katy and his brother Max, without give or add something to the story or Seci. Although the structure might be weird,  the dialogues and the plot makes sense in the way it is written, it has a congruent ending.

 

  1. The topics could be individual identity and cultural identity, now the theme is finding ones identity. I think this because it is easy to spot that Seci has the courage and is willing to find her own identity, The author uses multiple obvious symbols that Seci is wanting to find her identity because she does not know about her mexican heritage

 

  1.  A dialogue that struck me the hardest was when tony was teaching seci how to speak spanish, because not only could I see the courage of seci trying to understand but I could also see how tony ( a foil character) was willing to teach seci someone who he did not even have knowledge of her being his cousin and was still wanting to teach her spanish and about the country.

 

  1.  I think the end is oddly satisfying, for the type of book this is the ending makes sense to me because in the end she did learn it is not like it would have a unsatisfying ending in my opinion because the form that it is written (“i will find my individual identity”) just does not seem to that she would not learn from a goal she put to herself, I also think she quoted and described mexico in a satisfying manner and I think that it satisfied me enough to the point where I could say it was a good ending.

 

  1. What I would ask Maria Colleen Cruz would be, how did you come up with the idea? I would ask her this because in this novel she gives this really interesting point of view and a really creative idea of a realistic fiction which gives us the point of view of a 11 of 12- year-old- girl which is trying to find her individual identity. A question that I would also ask her would be if pas experiences or past problems gave her the Idea to create this heartwarming story

 

  1.  In a way it has it has made me a more conscious and concerned person, it made me reflect and look back at who I am. Now I look at myself sometimes and I say would I of been able to do that, I tell myself do I know myself and the answer is no, i’m still young and have so much more things to discover about myself that I don’t know of, I could learn new things each day.

 

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