Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

By Meg Medina
Published March 2013
Published by Candlewick
Source: Purchased
One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she’s done to piss her off. Word is that Yaqui thinks Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn’t Latin enough with her white skin, good grades, and no accent. And Yaqui isn’t kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back. At first Piddy is more concerned with trying to find out more about the father she’s never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy’s life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off or running away? In an all-too-realistic novel, Meg Medina portrays a sympathetic heroine who is forced to decide who she really is.


As I've mentioned before (or will mention in future depending on the order my reviews go up,) I have a High School English Teacher in my life. So, I spend a lot of time actively seeking out books that would be decent for her classroom library and aren't your standard white protagonist since kids should absolutely be exposed to literature about and by people who reflect the diverse cultures the world actually has and not just white people problems. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass is a book that is absolutely going to make it into the pile of things that I send to the HSET in my life.

This book is a well told story that hooks you in and will not let go until it's finished. It deals with poverty, internalized racism, bullying in the 21st century, misogyny, and some of the many reasons why bullied kids refuse to actively seek help until things have gone too far. I wholeheartedly recommend it. If I weren't already set on shoving this book into the hands of HSET, I'd probably be trying to shove it at you through my monitor. More people need to read this book. Meg Medina needs to write more books, because Representation Matters and she does it with beautiful complexity.



1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a great book, I'll have to check it out!

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