Lucky Broken Girl (ebook)
by Ruth Behar
Lucky Broken Girl is autobiographical. Ruthie is a Cuban immigrant during the mid-1960’s, and she is in the “dumb” class in New York City, because her English isn’t great yet. Right before moving into a normal fifth grade class, she is in a car accident and breaks her leg. Because medicine wasn’t as advanced back then, she is put into a half body cast and bedridden for nearly a year. She learns to become very dependent upon her poor mother, but she also is given a tutor who helps her keep up and become advanced. Ruthie deals with a lot of emotions, from the death of a friend’s brother, fear of becoming an invalid (and then not being one), and depression over being injured. This story is full of hope for Ruthie.
What I liked about this book is that it taught me more about what life was like during the 1960’s for an immigrant. It was scary for Ruthie’s family, and they were suffering from being away from all that was familiar, knowing they’d never return to Cuba because of the Cold War. I appreciate slice of life stories.
What I didn’t like about this book was 1) the death of a child. I cannot handle the death of a child, no matter how significant or insignificant the character is. And 2) while I totally understand Ruthie’s horrible situation, I found her to be annoying. Yes, she whined, and yes, it was a rotten position. It might also be because I’m a mother of kids who are stubborn and don’t do what I need them to do. It is like the book was written for much younger readers, but the content and theme targeted a middle grade audience.
Book 63 of 40
(Book 29 of 2018)