Barbie Chang by Victoria Chang Review on PI Online

Barbie Chang by Victoria Chang Copper Canyon Press, 2017, $16 ISBN: 978-1-55659-516-5 Reviewed by Valorie K. Ruiz Barbie Chang, the newest publication from award-winning writer Victoria Chang, is an intelligent and absolutely moving collection that uses our connotations of “Barbie” to create a narrative that is surprising, revealing, and ultimately extremely relevant. This book is…

Mexican Whiteboy Book Review

Matt de la Peña’s Mexican Whiteboy is filled with characters attempting to shape their identity. The protagonist Danny, spends a summer visiting his estranged father’s family in National City in an effort to reconnect to his Mexican heritage. This emotional story is amplified in intensity with Danny’s many attempts to connect with a father who…

Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho: My Experience

This book captivated me immediately. The story starts with the protagonist, Veronika waking in the hospital, after she has recently attempted suicide with sleeping pills. She describes herself as a boring woman, who lives a life everyone thinks is perfect.  “She had managed to appear utterly independent when she was, in fact, desperately in need…