My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero

My Family Divided

Before landing a spot on the megahit Netflix show Orange is the New Black; before wowing audiences as Lina on Jane the Virgin; and before her incredible activism and work on immigration reform, Diane Guerrero was a young girl living in Boston. One day, while Guerrero was at school, her undocumented immigrant parents were taken from their home, detained, and deported. Guerrero's life, which had been full of the support of a loving family, was turn...

Details My Family Divided

TitleMy Family Divided
Release DateJul 17th, 2018
PublisherHenry Holt & Company
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Childrens, Middle Grade, Nonfiction, Biography, Young Adult, Teen

Reviews My Family Divided

  • TL
    I won a copy via Goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.:)----Confession: Didn't know this was the edition for younger readers when I entered the giveaway.. my bad haha.The good: Her personal story is compelling, my heart broke for her and her family and what they had to endure. I think she was brave for sharing her personal story, including all the warts and fears. I love how passionate she is in her act...
    It was really heartbreaking to read Diane Guerrero’s story, though you could certainly tell it had been condensed down into this version friendly for a younger audience. It’s a story that shares the real experiences of many folks in our country, and I think the way it’s told makes it a story that we can learn from, empathize with and be inspired by.
  • Ms. Yingling
    ARC provided by publisher at ALA MidwinterActress Diane Guerrero's father and mother came to the United States from Colombia in the 1980s in order to make a better life for themselves and for their son. They came on a ninety day tourist to visit a sister and did not leave. While they struggled, they were able to hold down jobs and have places to live. They tried to obtain citizenship, but were thwarted by the bureaucracy, as well as by a fraudule...
  • Jenny
    This autobiography of actress and activist Diane Guerrero chronicles her life from childhood to present-day, opening with the deportation of her parents when she was in high school. Although the writing is sometimes choppy, this is an inspiring story with an appealing cover that should resonate with middle schoolers. I hovered between rating it 3 or 4 stars, but the hopeful story and helpful immigration reform resources tipped the scales.
  • Megan Schmelzer
    Open Book Reviews by Megan Schmelzerwww.openbookreviews.orgStories of immigrant families being separated have been flooding the news recently. Heartbreaking testimonies of young children left to fend for themselves as their parents are sent back to the countries they have immigrated from. Opinions aside, the challenges and hardships these separated families are faced with are extreme. Diane Guerrero's story is just one of the thousands.In My Fami...
  • Barbara
    I can think of few books more relevant in the current political climate than this one, the middle grade/YA version of the actor and activist's memoir, In the Country We Love. Heart-wrenchingly honest and straightforward, the book describes Diane Guerrero's personal experiences with immigration, thus, providing a human face to the hot button issue of immigration. Not only was Diane's mother deported twice while she was growing up, but both parents...
  • Alexa Hamilton
    I didn't know Diane Guerrero's story of growing up with parents and a brother who were undocumented immigrants from Colombia, while she was born here. She does a great job setting the scene of a happy family life, despite the long hours both her parents worked and the fear of deportation. But the worst part is when deportation happens, and Diane is left by her mother first, and later by both of her parents and her brother, to stay in this country...
  • Sarah
    This is the story of Diane's family. Her parents came to American from Colombia, seeking better opportunities and work options. They worked hard in order to support their children, and kept a low profile in their community, since neither parent was a legal immigrant. When Diane was an early teen, her parents were deported back to Colombia. Diane is a US citizen. Immigration officials never followed up on Diane or her brother, and both teens were ...
  • Ingrid
    The author really shows you how difficult the life of an undocumented immigrants really is. The author is US citizen given that she was born in the US, but her parents and brother are undocumented immigrants from Columbia. When the author was 14 her parents were deported and she was left to fend for herself, she was lucky to be able to live with family friends. You really have to give her credit for all that she has accomplished on her own: going...
  • Mariam
    This book was amazing. I'm so proud of Diane for sharing her amazing story, which is never something easy to do. I'm appalled and disgusted with how the government handled her parents deportation and the fact that the U.S. government did nothing to ensure that she was okay and taken care of. However, despite the challenges Diane has faced, she has turned her story into a positive one and is using it to help others. This book and Diane are incredi...
  • Liz
    Very timely memoir about the OITNB actress's youth as an American child of undocumented immigrants, leading up to and following her parents' deportation when she was 14 years old. Guerrero wasn't put into a detention center for children -- in fact, she wasn't followed up after at all. The writing is aimed at middle school, but the discussion of her young adulthood seems more for an older teen audience. As an adult, I think I'd enjoy the original ...
  • High Plains Library District
    This is a great book, just published this year, that would give so many young children hope and inspiration regardless of their particular background. Diane Guerrero is a role model for young girls who have struggled living without parents, gone through periods of depression, but found her calling and persevered. I recommend this book to middle school and high school readers and encourage teachers to use it to teach about immigration and deportat...
  • Lonna Pierce
    I have been reading stories of immigrants (Refugee by Alan Gretz,) and this is a non-fictional memoir by a TV star (Orange is the New Black, Jane the Virgin, etc.,) who relates her experience of coming home to an empty house the day both parents were deported. She was 14. While one may appreciate her struggles to survive, the writing is not particularly well-crafted, and often sophomoric in its point of view. It is, however valuable to listen to ...
  • Cassandra Bland
    This is a great book just published this year that would give so many young children hope and inspiration regardless of their particular background. Diane Guerrero is a role model for young girls who have struggled with living without parents, gone through periods of depression, but found her calling and persevered. I recommend this book to middle school and high school readers and encourage teachers to use it to teach about immigration and depor...
  • Tracey
    I remember when the adult version of this book came out. Recently, I saw this middle grade version at a bookstore and figured I'd read it for my students. I can't wait to put it on my shelf at school. Guerrero's language is perfect for young teens, and while her story will resonate most with kids who've been traumatized in the immigration wars, it's appropriate for all teens.
  • Valentina Gonzalez
    I truly enjoyed experiencing this story through the eyes of child whose parents were deported. It helped me understand the feelings and emotions, the fears and hopes of a child facing family separation.
  • Brittany Bays
    Loved this! I flew through it. Heartbreaking but necessary.
  • Maria
    detailed account of an important story that needs to be shared. Great resources in the back! For older students, not elementary.
  • Taija Bell
    It was boring but had a good message about what Trump is doing now in America
  • Kimberly Larsen
    This first hand account of the immigration experience would be a good read for any middle schooler.
  • Mompop
    maybe 3.5 (I really like the family photos).
  • Maywoodbooks
    incredible! MUST READ!!