Reaching Out

by Francisco Jimenez | Biographies & Memoirs | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0618038515 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingSoozreaderwing of Joensuu, Pohjois-Karjala / Norra Karelen Finland on 8/17/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by wingSoozreaderwing from Joensuu, Pohjois-Karjala / Norra Karelen Finland on Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Leaving his home in Bonetti Ranch, a migrant community of dilapidated army barracks with no indoor plumbing or drinkable water, Francisco Jiménez sets off for college. He leaves behind a family struggling to pay for food and rent, and a desperate, broken father. Carrying memories of years of poverty and prejudice with him, he enters a world entirely different from his own. Yet as he types other students' papers in exchange for clothing, as he studies hard, as he meets with unexpected kindness, he uses those very memories of struggle to see his way forward. Once again, Francisco Jiménez's honest words will open readers' hearts and minds.

Journal Entry 2 by wingSoozreaderwing at Joensuu, Pohjois-Karjala / Norra Karelen Finland on Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I thought this book remained on a superficial level. At times the story was just getting interesting when the account of the event stopped. Also at times it was hard to see why some things were emphasised so much when they didn't seem so interesting or important for the story.

Journal Entry 3 by wingSoozreaderwing at on Monday, September 19, 2011

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Journal Entry 4 by wingelstapladorwing at Woking, Surrey United Kingdom on Thursday, September 22, 2011
Received in the Multi-Winner contest along with some yummy-looking chocolate. Thank you Soozreader!

Journal Entry 5 by wingelstapladorwing at Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Monday, March 09, 2020
I thought, a few chapters in, 'This would be a good book for [the less confident readers I work with].' It took me a little while longer to work out that it was indeed written with that kind of audience - whether schoolchildren or less confident adults - in mind. This is an interesting account of what it was like to attend university in mid 20th century USA, by a student from a working class, immigrant, background, but the deliberate choice to use simplified language occasionally had a distancing effect.

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