Quintero, I. (2014). Gabi: A girl in pieces. TX: Cinco Puntos.
Gabriella Hernandez is a typical teenage girl dealing with all the usual drama: friends, family, boys, school, sex, etc. Gabi chronicles her last year in high school in her diary: college applications, Cindy’s pregnancy, Sebastian’s coming out, the cute boys, her father’s meth habit, and the food she craves. And best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity. Her charming memoir gives the readers amazing insight into life as a Mexican-American student who is willing and ready to change her life and break the cycle of becoming like her mother. The beautiful mix of Spanish and English adds unique character that creates authenticity throughout the novel.
Commentary and Text Connections:
Gabi is an unforgettable girl who is unwilling to give in to the unrelenting pressure from her mother to conform. Her senior year is anything but light-hearted and easy. In an effort to cope Gabi craves food and boys and has no one to turn to. Poetry is her “friend;” it is her voice; it is her disguise. Hiding behind her poetry, Gabi is able to let herself out and say and do what she feels is right. This text could be paired with We Were Here. In a classroom, both books could be read and comparisons between struggles, journeys, and self-discovery could be studied and analyzed.