In the story the narrator, Lupita, was raised in two countries. She was originally born in in Mexico but was later transferred to the USA. At first she wasn’t very thrilled but after a while she learned to adapt and call the U.S a home. Her life is pretty good for quite some time. She was able to make friends and had gotten used to her new life. However when she was 14, her mother was diagnosed with cancer. Lupita’s life was shaken up but she was able to get over the situation when her mother was cleared for her illness.
Throughout the story, her mother was diagnosed again and this time, she was not able to survive the fight. Lupita was heartbroken and she mourned for her mother. It seemed as if her world was over and there was no point on
living with her life. She was able to move on with her life after struggling for months, but she will never forgot her mami.
This story had a very strong impact on me because I have personally been through pretty much everything she went through. When I was young, I left my entire family in San Luis to come live in the U.S. Like the narrator said in the book the experiences were very different. The yards here were more tamed than they were in Mexico. Life here seemed so boring to me but I was able to get used it. I made friends and was able to call this country a home. Although I do miss my family and my home country, I enjoy living here.
Lupita’s experience is also similar to mine because cancer has also touched my world. Unlike her though, my aunt was a victim. She fought cancer for many harsh and rough years. She was defeated three years ago because she was too weak to
keep going. My family and I miss her so much that until now there are some times that we cry for her.
Under the Mesquite was probably a very unique book unlike any other romantic, comedy, or action book. It has left quite a big impact in me that I wasn’t able to put it down until I finished it. The entire story captivated my attention and made me feel so attached. However if I had to pick a favorite scene, I would say that it would be when Lupita and her mother had their special moments. Those scenes really showed us their bonds and, being the eldest of three, I can relate to this bond as well. My mother is the most precious person in my life. She makes me feel protected and loved. My father is also a very important person for me. My siblings keep me on my toes and add a little spice in my life. Without them, I’d be alone.
I would definitely recommend this book. In my opinion, people who are overcoming issues like Lupita should read this book. It teaches a good moral lesson of overcoming difficult times. I know for a fact that this book will affect others, as it has with me. It is not easy for me to be mentally affected by a book and this one has done just that. I LOVE IT!