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Border Crossing By Jessica Lee Anderson,

  • Title: Border Crossing
  • Author: Jessica Lee Anderson
  • ISBN: 9781571316899
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The mixed race son of apple pickers, Manz lives with his hard drinking mother and her truck driver boyfriend in the hardscrabble world of dusty Rockhill, Texas Forced to take a summer job rebuilding fence of a cattle ranch, Manz works alongside his friend Jed and meets a girl named Vanessa but even among his friends, Manz suffers from an uncontrollable paranoia As theThe mixed race son of apple pickers, Manz lives with his hard drinking mother and her truck driver boyfriend in the hardscrabble world of dusty Rockhill, Texas Forced to take a summer job rebuilding fence of a cattle ranch, Manz works alongside his friend Jed and meets a girl named Vanessa but even among his friends, Manz suffers from an uncontrollable paranoia As the summer wears on, Manz becomes convinced that Operation Wetback, a brutal postwar relocation program, is being put back into effect As the voices in his head grow louder and insistent, Manz struggles to negotiate the difficulties of adolescence, the perils of an oppressed environment, and the terror of losing his grip on reality.
    Border Crossing The mixed race son of apple pickers Manz lives with his hard drinking mother and her truck driver boyfriend in the hardscrabble world of dusty Rockhill Texas Forced to take a summer job rebuilding f

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    1. At first it seemed to be about one thing, Mexican struggles, trying to fit in an uncommon bi racial society, but then things started to get crazy I almost believe what I read as Manz believed what he heard The ending was a twist, but only slightly predictable I would have preferred a detailed future in the ending, but it s satisfying enough This book reminds me of the first story, The Hitchhiker , in More Horowitz Horror, as well as a book I remember reading a long time ago How To Drive Your Fa [...]

    2. This is a sensitive and accurate portrayal of a young person s struggle with schizophrenia Having once been friends with a 20 something who suffered from this illness, I recognize the tedium and frustration of the main character s friends and loved ones trying to relate to his burgeoning paranoia and delusions This is not a romantic illness by any means Mostly, the sufferers delusions are obsessive and get very boring This eloquent little novel managed to convey that very well, in spite of or pe [...]

    3. Isaiah Luis Manz Martinez was born to a teenage mother, whose father disowned her not because she got pregnant so young but because she was carrying a Mexican s child Manz is Mexican and Caucasian His father, Adres Loco Martinez, passed away and so did his half brother, Gabriel Now it s just him and his mother, Delores, and her man, Thomas, whose job as a truck driver takes him away from home a lot Manz and his family don t have much to live on, so he does his part by taking on a summer job Work [...]

    4. To represent a young adult with mental illness in a book can be challenging To depict them beautifully and with any kind of honesty is even difficult However, that is exactly what Ms Anderson winds up doing She masterfully writes about the frightening descent into schizophrenia Soon enough we feel Manz s terrifying paranoia that everyone is out to get him His fear of being deported, despite his being a legal citizen is crippling him Manz s family does not discuss their problems His mother drown [...]

    5. Reviewed by Melanie Foust for TeensReadTooManz s summer starts off regularly enough Listening to his mother, Delores, come home drunk at night Getting short term jobs at ranches in the area with his friend, Jed Then strange things begin happening.He starts hearing voices, and they won t stop They begin telling him what to do, and he starts listening They tell him that people are after him He s on the watch, constantly on edge The border patrol will come to get him any day now, and everyone he kn [...]

    6. Age YAGenre realistic fictionDiversity cultural psychologicalIllustrations NonePersonal Response While I thought it was well written this was a rather depressing story The subject matter itself, paranoid schizophrenia, is a depressing one and having a first person perspective into a young mans first psychotic break is fairly harsh Having said that, life can be fairly harsh and I don t think the the material is inappropriate for a teenager.Curriculum This book could be used as reading material in [...]

    7. It was really interesting and alluring reading through the main character s point of view, knowing he has schizophrenia and recognizing it in his thoughts and actions I really liked how Jessica Lee Anderson didn t limit the in detail conflict to just him The ending was kind of sad ish, though, just because I always hope unrealistically for a beautiful, perfect ending, and this ending was just a little unsure, uncertain I guess the ending wasn t sad ish, just I was because it wasn t happier.

    8. I read Anderson s latest book in less than two hours during my lunch yesterday and today After I stopped reading yesterday, I wished I had saved it for a quiet weekend at home I was completely drawn into the story and when I finished the book today, I felt a bit like I was walking out of a dark movie theater it took some adjusting Border Crossing is for an older audience than Anderson s previous book, Trudy This is a darker book that takes the reader into the main character s mind, which isn t a [...]

    9. I can t accurately review this, because it s just too painful to read about someone developing paranoid schizophrenia I found myself skimming over some of the voices in head moments I really felt for Manz, though.

    10. Review An interesting look at the life of a teenage guy living in Texas This novel deals with issues like alcoholism, class differences, illegal immigration, and child abuse.Final verdict Not the happiest story, but a decent read.

    11. Intense book Definitely started messing with my head Ending was a little weak Plot not as developed as I would ve liked.

    12. Kind of like reading The Bell Jar, in that reading about a person descending into schizophrenia tends to make ME feel like I m going crazy too.

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