This story focuses on a young girl, Fabi, with Mexican Culture who just turned fifteen. She lives in a very humble environment. Her parents own a restaurant and hardly have time to spend with their children. This is one of the many reasons why Fabi couldn’t get a quinceañera. Her dream was taken away when as to go to New York with her best friend, Georgia Rae as her fifteenth birth daypresent. Her dream was shattered when Melodee, a bully, threatened her and tricked her into a quinceañera war. Fabi was now forced into having a party that she didn’t even want in the first place.
I can’t say that I have ever been forced into a quinceañera war, but I have certainly been picked on. I was mostly bullied in my early years here in the U.S., which is when I was in second and third grade. Like Fabi, there were mean girls that bothered me and made me pretend and say things that weren’t true. They made me ashamed of myself, and sometimes, even of my family and my culture. And, just like Fabi, I had family that supported me and believed in me. They made me strong and turned me into the girl I am today. Now, I don’t pretend I’m not Mexican; I embrace my culture and wear it with pride. I am against any type of bullying and I am not afraid to stand up to them.
I thought that this book was very funny. Although there were times that I really wanted to knock some courage into Fabi and anyone who allowed Melodee to step on them. Those were the most frustration moments from the story. Other than
that I really enjoyed the book. Especially Fabi’s abuelita Trini. I would have really liked it if the author had made Milo the chamberlain.
I really recommend this book to others because it shows the power of family and it accentuates the power of love amongst friends and family.