Dian has been coming to the Dominican Republic with her doctor parents for years. Now that she's thirteen, she had wanted to stay home in Canada, but instead she is helping her parents set up their clinic and looking forward to hanging out with her Dominican friend Aracely. When fourteen-year-old Aracely makes a shocking announcement--she is engaged to be married--Dian strDian has been coming to the Dominican Republic with her doctor parents for years. Now that she's thirteen, she had wanted to stay home in Canada, but instead she is helping her parents set up their clinic and looking forward to hanging out with her Dominican friend Aracely. When fourteen-year-old Aracely makes a shocking announcement--she is engaged to be married--Dian struggles to accept that Aracely has the right to choose her own destiny, even if it is very different from what Dian would choose for her....
|Title||:||Not a Chance|
|Number of Pages||:||145 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Not a Chance Reviews
Every summer Dian's parents force her to go to the Dominican Republic. the are doctors who volunteer in the clinic and Dian get's to spend "family time" running errands for them. But now that Dian has turned 13 she decides that she would rather spend her summer's at home in Canada working in the local bike shop. Too bad her parents read too many parenting books that say this is a "crucial development time in her teen years" which translate to Dian is going to spend another summer in the Dominican Republic wearing donated clothes and being cut off from the rest of the world. When Dian gets there her horrible summer turns into an even bigger nightmare. Her friend Aracely announces that next year when she turns 15 she is getting married. Dian struggles with the idea that a teenager would want to get married. Especially when Aracely turns down going to school in Canada to start a family. To make matters worse the town has also decided that Dian is too old to be associating with the local black Haitian boy, aka the only other friend she has there. The book is okay.It is short and will appeal to teens starting to take an interest in character development. Or those interested in other cultures. It is not a hi-lo book. My main problem is that Nerick is depicted as a dark skinned black Haitian. Yet on the cover he is a light skinned Hispanic. It irks me when characters on the cover don't match their description.
I am a librarian at a juvenile detention facility, and received this book through the Goodreads First Reads program. This is a quick, overall pleasant read. There are bits of culture, language, advice to be gleaned, and topics that teenagers can relate to, but as a whole, it doesn't translate into a book that many of my students would show interest in. It's short, and contains explanations of the non-English words, but is not a hi-lo book. The plot pacing is a little slow, although the narrative contains some vivid details. I feel as though this book would function best as an assignment with classroom discussions around it.
Hmmm. I mean, if you want to talk about white voluntourism, this is way, way better than anything else I've ever had the misfortune of listening to or reading. It still made me uncomfortable at times, and I have a problem with some of the ways Spanish is integrated (again - mostly good! less awkward than other books that use fake Spanglish and insta-translate) and don't really believe that Vincente is a name someone in the Dominican Republic when Vicente seems far more plausible, but overall, if you really want to read something of that ilk, this is a better choice than lots of other stuff.
Pre reading for my daughter's tween summer book club. This is a great, quick book that will engage 10-13 year old readers. It has believable and relatable characters with strong voices. The story provides many points of discussion and the juxtaposition between cultures, economics and how each character views themselves and their future happiness are just a few central themes to contemplate.
This is one of those books that could have been read in a single afternoon but for some reason, once I started reading the book I found it hard to read more than a few pages at a time. I liked the main character but her parents were just awful. Overall, still a good read.
Recommended for younger readers for its short length. Good for examining life in the Dominican, might encourage good discussion about the differences in our societies.
This story gets a full 5 stars for being so wonderful once I picked it up I didn't want to put it down, It is a book that is a MUST Read
Absoluter Durchschnitt, aber ganz okay.