Mexican High

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Mexican High The daughter of an American diplomat Mila has spent her childhood moving from country to country When her mother is reassigned to Mexico City for Mila s senior year of high school Mila has no idea w

  • Title: Mexican High
  • Author: Liza Monroy
  • ISBN: 9780385523592
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The daughter of an American diplomat, Mila has spent her childhood moving from country to country When her mother is reassigned to Mexico City for Mila s senior year of high school, Mila has no idea what to expect Mexico seems to be a country with the ultimate freedoms the wealthy students at her private international school the sons and daughters of Mexico s ruling claThe daughter of an American diplomat, Mila has spent her childhood moving from country to country When her mother is reassigned to Mexico City for Mila s senior year of high school, Mila has no idea what to expect Mexico seems to be a country with the ultimate freedoms the wealthy students at her private international school the sons and daughters of Mexico s ruling class party hard at exclusive clubs, dress in expensive clothing, and see of their housekeepers than they do of their globe trotting parents But Mila has in common with them than they know her father, whose identity has been kept from her, is a high ranking politician with whom Mila s mother had a one night stand in her hippie days Now Mila is determined to discover who he is, whatever the cost may be.Mexican High is a coming of age story about identity, belonging, and first love In a setting rife with sex, drugs, and political corruption, it is also a revealing look at elite Mexican society and its freedoms, dangers, and excesses Monroy s flawless evocation of the brink of adulthood, in many ways mirrored by the turmoil of Mexico City itself, makes this a truly memorable debut.

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    1. Vicki on said:

      Sweet 8 lb. 6 oz. baby Jesus in the manger, this was a crappy book. So poorly written that I actually put it down and hit myself in the face on two separate occasions while reading it. So poorly edited that I went on a 9-minute diatribe at book club against everyone that let it be published. This book is an abomination. Seriously. I I just can't do it. I can't go through all of the things about it that make me angry. I'll get nothing else done today. So, in bullet form, here is a random samplin [...]

    2. Ricardo on said:

      This has to be the worst book I've ever read in my life. As a mexican growing close to the social level that is depicted in this novel, I find it hilarious and to a point offensive how she portrays Mexican's ruling class and how she generalizes everything.I found the plot laughable, and could not stop thinking "thank God for Bret Easton Ellis". She talks about drugs as if they were nothing, with no real consequence Characters come and go, and talk like if they were on a soap opera and that would [...]

    3. Annette Davis on said:

      As a novel about the experiences of an American in Mexico(in this case, Milagro a high school senior whose diplomat mother is posted to Mexico City) this book succeeds beautifully. The vitality and unwieldiness of the city and the hedonistic lifestyles of the wealthiest young people are also lovingly and vividly portrayed. As a coming of age story, however, the book loses credibility because Mila's mother, Maggie, is unconvincing in her unconventionality. But it surely is fun to read as Mila exp [...]

    4. Liz on said:

      Oh man, what a fun book. Reading this was like taking a giant trip back through my entire adolescence. The author and I went to the same high school (where the novel is set), and she gets SO MANY THINGS directly on point. The only thing that was different from my experience was that she wrote about a lot more sex & drugs than I ever knew about so either she exaggerated for the story (not necessarily a bad thing) or I was way more oblivious/naive than I thought.Seriously, anybody who went to [...]

    5. Kathleen on said:

      While it is set in high school, Mexican High is definately NOT a book for anyone younger than 18. It is a very moving story of what life was like for Mila, the daughter of a single mom who works for the Foreign Services department. Mila's life had been lived out of suitcases but fort the last 3 years, they have been in Washington DC and Mila thought her mom had finally settled down. But that changes at the beginning of Mila's senior year, her mom announces that she has been given another post. S [...]

    6. Melissa on said:

      Mexican High by Liza Monroy (Spiegel & Grau). This one just came out in paperback with a cool new cover (pictured). Milagro "Mila" Marquez, spends her senior year at the International School of Mexico, where she encounters snobby ultra-rich cliques, easy drugs and, eventually, a few truths about herself. Monroy is a raw and real writer--this book doesn’t sugar coat anything--and that’s just one reason why it rules.

    7. Siri on said:

      well basically if you want a scandalous summary of my place of employment, read this. Written by an ASF grad who is a bit full of herself and writes in the voice of an ego-centric teenage girl (aren't all teenage girls ego-centric?), perhaps who she was perhaps who she is I am not sure. But it's fun bc I know all the places she talks about and can relate in some ways. In other ways, though, it's a bit of a stretch.

    8. Jennifer White on said:

      This book was amazing. I felt a deep connection with the main character while being introduced to an entire new culture. This book really captures the TRUE perils and triumphs of adolescence. A MUST READ!

    9. Abby on said:

      The writing was the quality of a young adult novel. I couldn't finish reading it.

    10. Shannon on said:

      What happens when your former hippie mother, turned US diplomat mother gets a new assignment right before your senior year of high school? Why, you go along, of course. And since mom has been a career diplomat, Mila is used to fitting into wherever she attends school. But the private high school in Mexico City is not like the schools she has attended before. The other students have way more freedom, they are already legal drinking age, and they have excellent drug connections. Innocent Mila gets [...]

    11. Anastasia on said:

      I stumbled upon this book at an outlet store and boy was this book amazing! The story is based upon the author's life loosely and tells about a high school girl's life in Mexico City. It is very well writing and Monroy keeps in the story all the way to the end. I didn't want to put it down or for it to end. So good!

    12. Liza on said:

      This review appeared in the Coral Gables Gazette:‘Mexican High’: Immersion into the steamy cityPosted on Thu, Jun. 26, 2008By Kris Liaugminaskris@cggazetteNew York based author Liza Monroy has written articles for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Newsweek and Time Out New York. Now, she makes her literary debut with a stunning novel about adapting to change, belonging and life as a teenager in Mexico in Mexican High (Spiegel & Grau, $22).Mila Marquez has spent her chil [...]

    13. Andrew Paxman on said:

      The twist in this upscale coming-of-age novel, which features the expected quantities of pot, blow, awkward sex, and epiphanies about conformism, is that its narrator is an American at a Mexican school. The thinly-veiled setting is Mexico City’s American School, as infested with cocaine and Prada as it’s often reputed to be, and the experiences of the feisty Mila Márquez are somewhat modelled on Monroy’s own. Events that flitter across Mila’s radar – political assassinations, Zapatist [...]

    14. Jasmine on said:

      It isn’t very often that I come across a book that I truly can’t stand, but this is one of those times. The ONLY reason I finished this book was so that I could spite my sister who, while we were in the store, picked it up, read the back cover, said “don’t buy this, I can tell it’s going to suck” before putting it back down.I feel like I’ve read a first draft, not the completed, published novel I spent my hard earned money on at Borders. NONE of the characters are fully developed, [...]

    15. ellen on said:

      A friend, meaning well, gave this to me "because it was about an American girl living in Mexico City." I speak Spanish, my mom grew up abroad attending American Schools in various South American countries. It was horrid. I nor my friend realized that the audience was teenagers. The fights between the main character teen and her mom were like re-living the worst hormone crazy fights with my own mom, struggling to negotiate independence in the transition to adulthood. Boring and immature fights. T [...]

    16. Jeffrey on said:

      Coming of age story of an American girl Milagra (Mila) who spends senior year of high school in Mexico City. The largest city in the world is full of drugs and crime. Mila experiments with various drugs while going to school at the ISM, filled with frescas (children of the Mexican elite), Americans, and other mexicans. Its a great portrayal of Mexican life from some one who obviously knows whats going on. She captures the corruption inherent in the city, and the highs and lows of school life. Mi [...]

    17. Katy Vance on said:

      This book was an amazing insight into the lives of students at International schools. It was occasionally a touch sensationalist, but I hesitate to say that because anyone who hasn't worked or learned in this environment might think that the drugs, murders, and nightlife described are unrealistic. They are very realistic. I would be interested to hear some reflections on this book from someone who has lived in Mexico City, to see if it is culturally relevant. My guess is, yes. Speaking from the [...]

    18. Nascha on said:

      Wild ride through an International High School in Mexico City, Mexico as seen through the eyes of recent transplant, Milagros "Mila" Marquez. I really enjoyed Monroy's vivid characters and the twists and turns of the plot in this book. Mila is a teenager with wild emotions and sometimes erratic behavior that can annoy you one moment and then endear you the next. I found her to be pretty three-dimensional.Because the book is written from the teenager's perspective, I am not sure if it is consider [...]

    19. Jen on said:

      I'm taking a writing class taught by author Liza Monroy, so I was very curious to read her novel, Mexican High (she's a fantastic teacher, incidentally!). She went to high school in Mexico City, and offers fun insights into the culture there, where kids have so much freedom - freedom that leads to some pretty colorful experimentation with partying. Against a setting of political assassinations and finding new friends and love while hunting for a father you've never met in an unfamiliar country, [...]

    20. Salsabrarian on said:

      I heard about this book from the mother of the author; the mother used to work in the Foreign Service in Mexico City. There's no buildup or climax in the story; just when you think, aha, maybe this is it, despite the drama, the moment comes off as anti-climatic. On the other hand, the author gives us a vivid picture of of Mila's life as an American teen attending an international high school in 1990s Mexico. There are parties, clubbing, substance use and abuse, the clique of wealthy and connecte [...]

    21. giselayvonne on said:

      no surprises here: an easy and pleasant distraction. it was a little exciting with all of the mexico stuff (because i adore mexico), and i liked the view of the upperclass. i also enjoyed milagro and her mother's relationship because it was very human: they were both wrong and they were both right; they were both jerks and they both loved each other very much. i guess in that way the narration was kind of off could not have been that intelligent to know that at 18. but i didn't care. it was a ni [...]

    22. Jackie on said:

      This is a first novel and, from a literary perspective, is consistent with that. It is interesting, however, from the perspective of learning about a segment of Mexican culture and society that not everyone has an opportunity to see. I do think that some of the characters were stereotypical and that there was a tendency at the end to tie everything up. Still, it's especially interesting for anyone who has spent time in another country and it shows the challenges that teenagers face in such an en [...]

    23. Tori on said:

      2010- I hadn't heard of this book before randomly picking it up and now I know why. It tells the story of Mila, who moves to Mexico with her Foreign Service Officer mother, which just happens to be the place where her unknown father lives. While Mila tries to figure out the identity of her father, she spends her time getting high, drinking, and having sex. Mila isn't likable, and all her ""friends"" quickly start to blend together. Even the reveal of her father isn't that exciting. Overall, a wa [...]

    24. Mai Ling on said:

      The cover of this book is so wrong, since it takes place during Mila's senior year from 1993-1994, and a pleated skirt and a flannel shirt would have been a much better fit. But I suppose that's just me judging a book by it's cover. Really, how can I not be fond of a coming-of-age book about my era -- even if I wasn't nearly as much of a crazy party girl as Mila was. Good thing I wasn't in Mexico City, I guess!

    25. Nicole on said:

      The only reason I gave this book 4 stars is because I grew up in Mexico City, my parents worked at the American Embassy, I went to the American School and this book was obviously written by someone who had the same experience. That said, there is way too much drug use in this book. Yes, I know that is what a lot of people did in Mexico, but I was not one. This reminded me of my youth and took me back to a place I love and will never forget!

    26. Megan on said:

      I wanted to like this book much more than I did. I really liked its exploration of Mexico City, which I knew very little about, but I felt that the plot that revolved mainly around a high school senior's drinking and drug binges was disappointing. I think there are much more interesting things to say about this lifestyle.

    27. Raina on said:

      Not terribly well written, but entertaining and fast paced, and the references to the behind-the-scenes politics were interesting. A bit like a 250 page, slow motion train wreck where you know the outcome right from the start. And the train does wreck, but then, in a miraculous Hollywood ending, no one gets hurt and everyone's problems get neatly solved.

    28. Iliana Zuniga on said:

      This author really got Mexico City's essence in her book. I, as a native from Mexico and a former resident of Mexico City found myself transported to the "DF" as we, its residents call this massive, enourmous city and made me long for it.

    29. Cristina on said:

      I lived in Mexico so this book although Fiction has many aspects about growing up that I can totally relate to. I went to an author presentation at Books and Books, Coral Gables and it was great to meet the author.

    30. Jessica on said:

      I'm not sure how to describe the feeling of this book. I felt like I actually lived in Mexico City and was doing everything that Mila was. This book is amazing and I can't wait to see what the author comes up with next!

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