Indivisible by Daniel Aleman

“Sometimes, the only way to be strong is to let someone else carry some of the weight with you.” – Mrs. Solís

Thank you to the publisher and The Novl for sending me Advanced Reading Copy!

Synopsis: Mateo Garcia dreams of getting through high school and getting into a college for acting. His best friend Adam has that same dream. Meanwhile his other best friend, Kimmie, has dreams of making music. While Mateo can share these dreams with his friends, there is one thing he doesn’t share with them, his fear of his undocumented immigrant parents being deported and sent back to Mexico. Mateo’s parents have been in the States for so long, they do everything they can to provide for Mateo and his little sister Sophie, they are great neighbors, and help their community when they can. While the fear has faded in recent years, it’s still there under the surface. Then one day Mateo comes home from school to find that both of his parents have been taken by ICE. At sixteen years old, Mateo must figure out how to keep his sister safe, run his dad’s bodega, and stay on top of his schoolwork, all while keeping his emotions in check and his secret from his friends.

Review: Indivisible by Daniel Aleman is probably one of the most important books that I have read so far this year and is one of my favorites. It is timely, heartbreaking, and uplifting all at once. Daniel Aleman makes the story of deportation easily accessible for all readers, and truly conveys the struggles that kids of parents who are deported face. Mateo works so hard to keep his emotions in check, is constantly worried about Sophie and her mental wellbeing, while also trying to be present for his friends and not being a burden to his uncle and his family. And on top of it all, Mateo is trying to figure out who he is, and what he wants for the future. You can feel Mateo’s stress and anxiety through the pages. Aleman has also included great diversity within this book, Mateo and his friend Adam are both gay. In addition to the Mexican representation, and the inclusion of kids of undocumented immigrant parents, we also have Asian and Italian representation. What’s more though, Adam and Kimmie are both fleshed out characters who have stories of their own. I would so read a story about Kimmie and her music or Adam and his acting dreams. Indivisible is such a well-rounded book, and I can easily see this being on everyone’s top list for the year.

Read: 4/13/2021 – 4/15/2021
Release date: May 4th, 2021; Little Brown
Page count: 389
Rating: ★★★★★
Genre: Contemporary
Audience: Young Adult

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