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They could have named her anything : a novel /

by Jimenez, Stephanie [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Little A, [2019]Edition: First edition.Description: 283 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781542003742; 1542003741.Other title: They could've named her anything.Subject(s): Private schools -- New York (State) -- Fiction | Female friendship -- Fiction | Hispanic American students -- Fiction | Hispanic American teenagers -- Fiction | Social classes -- New York (State) -- Fiction | Social stratification -- New York (State) -- Fiction | Families -- Fiction | Queens (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction | Upper East Side (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction | Queens (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction | Bildungsromans | Bildungsromans | FictionSummary: "Every morning, seventeen-year-old Maria Anís Rosario takes the subway an hour from her boisterous and close-knit family in Queens to her private high school on the Upper East Side, where she struggles to fit in as one of the only Latina students--until Rocky welcomes her into this new life. White, rebellious, and ignored by her wealthy parents, Rocky uses her money toward one goal: to get away with anything. To Maria, it's a dazzling privilege. As a bond develops between these unlikely friends, neither can see what they share most--jealousy and the desire for each other's lives. But crackling under the surface of their seemingly supportive alliance, the girls begin to commit little betrayals as they strive to get closer to their ideals regardless of the consequences." -- book jacket flap.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p> Racism, class, and betrayal collide in this poignant debut novel about restoring the broken bonds of family and friendship. </p> <p>Every morning, seventeen-year-old Maria Anís Rosario takes the subway an hour from her boisterous and close-knit family in Queens to her private high school on the Upper East Side, where she struggles to fit in as one of the only Latina students--until Rocky welcomes her into this new life. White, rebellious, and ignored by her wealthy parents, Rocky uses her money toward one goal: to get away with anything. To Maria, it's a dazzling privilege.</p> <p>As a bond develops between these unlikely friends, neither can see what they share most--jealousy and the desire for each other's lives. But crackling under the surface of their seemingly supportive alliance, the girls begin to commit little betrayals as they strive to get closer to their ideals regardless of the consequences.</p> <p>Told from the perspectives of Maria, Rocky, and their fathers, They Could Have Named Her Anything explores the heartfelt expectation of what it means to live up to the name you've been given and the more rewarding discovery of what really matters.</p>

"Every morning, seventeen-year-old Maria Anís Rosario takes the subway an hour from her boisterous and close-knit family in Queens to her private high school on the Upper East Side, where she struggles to fit in as one of the only Latina students--until Rocky welcomes her into this new life. White, rebellious, and ignored by her wealthy parents, Rocky uses her money toward one goal: to get away with anything. To Maria, it's a dazzling privilege. As a bond develops between these unlikely friends, neither can see what they share most--jealousy and the desire for each other's lives. But crackling under the surface of their seemingly supportive alliance, the girls begin to commit little betrayals as they strive to get closer to their ideals regardless of the consequences." -- book jacket flap.

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Library Journal Review

Debut author Jimenez doesn't pull any punches in this arresting coming-of-age novel. Wealth, racism, and privilege duke it out in this powerful young adult story between two unlikely friends. Maria comes from a close-knit family in Queens who are down on their luck financially, while Rocky comes from the Upper East Side and uses her money to shield her from family drama. They attend the same elite girls school and find themselves drawn to each other. Their budding friendship is riddled with questions and boundaries as they navigate unexpected jealousy that threatens to tear them apart. Family and friendships pale in comparison to their deepest unspoken desires, and the choices they make will affect far more than their friendship. Brilliantly narrated by Almarie Guerra, who gives the young girls authenticity and youthful naivete. VERDICT Sincere, at times uncomfortable, and always authentic, this teen novel will appeal to listeners of all ages.--Erin Cataldi, Johnson Cty. P.L., Franklin, IN

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