Good evening everyone! For today's post, I wanted to share my review for my latest read, Historically Inaccurate by Shay Bravo. An element that I enjoyed about this read was the authenticity behind Soledad “Sol” Gutierrez. Works in the YA genre tend to be tight and polished trains that steadily embark towards their destination. Bravo instead allows her work to flow organically through her young adult narrator. As a reader, this enabled me to have an overall picture of Sol's character and her inner reflections and paint a portrait of a contemporary persona.
There were a few concerns with gender representation and pacing in the story that which render my rating of the book to:
About the Book
Title: Historically Inaccurate
Author: Shay Bravo
Publisher: Wattpad Books
Release Date: September 29, 2020
Genre: Teens & YA
Age Range: 12+
Grade Level: 7-9
ISBN Paperback: 978-1989365373
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THEMES: Immigration, Family Separation, Deportation, Mexican-American Female Author
It only takes one moment to change your life forever . . .
After her mother’s deportation last year, all Soledad “Sol” Gutierrez wants is for her life to go back to normal. Everything’s changed―new apartment, new school, new family dynamic―and Sol desperately wants to fit in. When she joins her community college’s history club, it comes with an odd initiation process: break into Westray’s oldest house and steal . . . a fork?
There’s just one problem: while the owners of the house aren’t home, their grandson Ethan is, and when he catches Sol with her hand in the kitchen drawer, she barely escapes with the fork intact. This one chance encounter irrevocably alters her life, and Sol soon learns that sometimes fitting in isn’t as important as being yourself―even if that’s the hardest thing she’s ever had to do.
About the Author
Shay Bravo is a Mexican born author who has now lived half of her life in the USA. She began sharing her work online through Wattpad when she was fifteen years old and has connected with over 114,000 followers. Historically Inaccurate won the 2019 Watty Awards and is her first novel. Shay currently resides in Houston, Texas.
About Wattpad Books:
Wattpad Books, a division of Wattpad, is the leader in data-backed publishing. Leveraging billions of daily insights from Wattpad’s global community of 70 million book lovers, Wattpad Books combines the best of art and science, using human expertise and Story DNA Machine Learning technology to identify the trends, voices, and stories that are the future of publishing. By elevating the stories of diverse communities around the world, Wattpad Books is creating new space for writers and fans of every genre.
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