I loved this heartbreaking tale of two star-crossed teenagers, who find each other in a low-income apartment block filled with immigrants like themselves. Maribel came on the back of a truck with her family from Mexico, in the hopes of a good school which would help Maribel overcome the mental disability she suffers as a result of a childhood accident. Mayor migrated from Panama, and lives in the shadow of his college-going, soccer star of an older brother. Both see something of value in the other, and they form a friendship in the midst of the flutterings of an innocent, first love.
It’s a moving story, poignantly relating the plight of immigrants who strive to succeed, despite the obstacles of a poor economy and social stigmas that make it seemingly impossible. Wonderful and so very sad.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2014