Amielynn Abellera's tones and pacing demonstrate the discomfort of 17-year-old Filipina-American Corazon (Cory) Tagubio. At school she's not interested in her peers' chatter about boys; at home she sometimes feels ignored by her mother and father. When an accident puts her father in a coma, Abellera voices Cory's despair, which is relieved by the satisfying connection she feels when her history teacher returns the love she feels. That moment is shattered when her mother sees Cory in an embrace with her teacher and sends her to live with her half-brother in the Philippines. Abellera reveals Cory's deep sensitivity as she learns of her parents' hidden past and strengthens both faraway family bonds and belief in herself. The Taglish words threaded throughout the text increase the musicality and authenticity of this story. S.W. © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2021]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2020
DD ISBN 9780063033269 $26.99
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