• Gabi, a Girl in Pieces

  • By: Isabel Quintero
  • Narrated by: Kyla Garcia
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 16-12-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Listening Library
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (1 rating)

Summary

Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2014
July 24: My mother named me Gabriella, after my grandmother who, coincidentally, didn't want to meet me when I was born because my mother was unmarried, and therefore living in sin. My mom has told me the story many, many, many, times of how, when she confessed to my grandmother that she was pregnant with me, her mother beat her. BEAT HER! She was 25. That story is the basis of my sexual education and has reiterated why it's important to wait until you're married to give it up. So now, every time I go out with a guy, my mom says, "Ojos abiertos, piernas cerradas." Eyes open, legs closed. That's as far as the birds and the bees talk has gone. And I don't mind it. I don't necessarily agree with that whole wait until you're married crap, though. I mean, this is America and the 21st century; not Mexico 100 years ago. But, of course, I can't tell my mom that because she will think I'm bad. Or worse: trying to be White.
Gabi Hernandez chronicles her last year in high school in her diary: Cindy's pregnancy, Sebastian's coming out, the cute boys, her father's meth habit, and the food she craves. And best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity.
©2014 Isabel Quintero (P)2014 Listening Library
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sunshine on 25-02-18

Very good YA

This is about a girl journaling her senior year in high school. It has every emotion and drama some students face: addiction, teen sex and consequences, and family dysfunction. It's a good emotional ride. Narrator did good. I would read another book by this YA author.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Gabby on 24-01-18

Reading in Spanish was off

The story was fine but I was really distracted by the fact that the reader did not know how to read some of the words in Spanish. Not sure if it was intentional but it was bad.

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