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Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, called “the most famous undocumented immigrant in America,” tackles one of the defining issues of our time in this explosive and deeply personal call to arms. “This is not a book about the politics of immigration. This book––at its core––is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditio Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, called “the most famous undocumented immigrant in America,” tackles one of the defining issues of our time in this explosive and deeply personal call to arms. “This is not a book about the politics of immigration. This book––at its core––is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in. This book is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones when you can’t. This book is about constantly hiding from the government and, in the process, hiding from ourselves. This book is about what it means to not have a home. After 25 years of living illegally in a country that does not consider me one of its own, this book is the closest thing I have to freedom.” —Jose Antonio Vargas, from Dear America


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Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, called “the most famous undocumented immigrant in America,” tackles one of the defining issues of our time in this explosive and deeply personal call to arms. “This is not a book about the politics of immigration. This book––at its core––is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditio Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, called “the most famous undocumented immigrant in America,” tackles one of the defining issues of our time in this explosive and deeply personal call to arms. “This is not a book about the politics of immigration. This book––at its core––is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in. This book is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones when you can’t. This book is about constantly hiding from the government and, in the process, hiding from ourselves. This book is about what it means to not have a home. After 25 years of living illegally in a country that does not consider me one of its own, this book is the closest thing I have to freedom.” —Jose Antonio Vargas, from Dear America

30 review for Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mehrsa

    This book is at its best when it is an honest memoir, which is about 2/3rds of the book. He talks about the tensions in his Phillipino family between the "legal" and the "illegal" and then the shock when he finds out his greencard is fake. I wish people could understand when they talk about "illegals" that these are humans just like them. The later portion of the book was still good, but I wished he would stay with his own story as opposed to trying to respond to all his critics. Apparently, a l This book is at its best when it is an honest memoir, which is about 2/3rds of the book. He talks about the tensions in his Phillipino family between the "legal" and the "illegal" and then the shock when he finds out his greencard is fake. I wish people could understand when they talk about "illegals" that these are humans just like them. The later portion of the book was still good, but I wished he would stay with his own story as opposed to trying to respond to all his critics. Apparently, a lot of people from both sides of the immigration issue have criticized him for his advocacy. But let haters hate and tell your story. You don't need to tell everyone else's story. I, for one, will read anyone's story if it's honest.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Charlene

    Would recommend this book to everyone for insight into our current immigration crisis. Vargas's name was vaguely familiar to me as a journalist when I first saw notices about this book's upcoming publication. He "outed" himself as undocumented several years ago through a dramatic NYT article in 2011; he wrote a cover story on undocumented immigrants (including himself) in 2012. But book isn't about legalities or politics, it is Vargas's own story. His mother put him on a plane as a child to joi Would recommend this book to everyone for insight into our current immigration crisis. Vargas's name was vaguely familiar to me as a journalist when I first saw notices about this book's upcoming publication. He "outed" himself as undocumented several years ago through a dramatic NYT article in 2011; he wrote a cover story on undocumented immigrants (including himself) in 2012. But book isn't about legalities or politics, it is Vargas's own story. His mother put him on a plane as a child to join his grandparents (naturalized American citizens) in California & that's where he grew up. He did not realize until he applied for a driver's license that the paperwork provided by his grandfather was fake. He was able to confide in a few school teachers/administrators who helped him to college and from there he was able to launch a very successful career. But after entering the country without documentation, it seems there's no practical way to get back on a path to legal residency and citizenship (that's something I did not understand before ). After more than 2/3rds of his life in America, Vargas is still in a state of "homelessness", even though he considers America his country. Book short and personal but does a good job of conveying the confusion and misperceptions about the current immigration policies in this country.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brad Bowman

    Utilizing his own experience, Vargas imbues discussions of displacement, residency, and identity with the utmost humanity. Most poignant are his reflections on his own belonging. “Trading a private life that was in limbo for a public life that is still in limbo...” (184) Vargas is most insightful when he’s looking inward and sharing his emotions of loss, losing, and being lost in his own American story. “Dear America” questions as much as it tries to answer, but importantly it’s a necessary narra Utilizing his own experience, Vargas imbues discussions of displacement, residency, and identity with the utmost humanity. Most poignant are his reflections on his own belonging. “Trading a private life that was in limbo for a public life that is still in limbo...” (184) Vargas is most insightful when he’s looking inward and sharing his emotions of loss, losing, and being lost in his own American story. “Dear America” questions as much as it tries to answer, but importantly it’s a necessary narrative that speaks to the dysphoria that is part of a larger immigrant experience. It’s a small portait of experience but one that fits into a larger, more contextual mosaic. These stories are imperative for rhetoric, statistics, and laws surrounding immigration because it grounds them with the lives and families they affect. Vargas, amongst others, is a testament to the many ways of being American.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Freeman

    Here's another book every American should read. Not because it will cause us all to be of one mind concerning immigration but because it will give us all a starting point for civil discourse. It is the story of one real person behind the statistics. Many folks who are more in tune with current culture will know who Jose Antonio Vargas is but I had never heard of him. He's a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who discovered he was undocumented when he went to apply for a driver's license at age 16 Here's another book every American should read. Not because it will cause us all to be of one mind concerning immigration but because it will give us all a starting point for civil discourse. It is the story of one real person behind the statistics. Many folks who are more in tune with current culture will know who Jose Antonio Vargas is but I had never heard of him. He's a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who discovered he was undocumented when he went to apply for a driver's license at age 16. Originally from the Philipines, Vargas has lived in the U.S. for 25 years. He's now 37 and hasn't seen his mother since she put him on a plane when he was 12. His story is one of incredible resilience and bravery and also lying and homelessness (as in having no country he can call home). I feel called to become more educated about immigration and to become part of the solution to our current struggles. (to be published in September)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Author Dawnette Brenner

    Finished this one in two days! I couldn’t put it down. It was as if my mother were reading to me about her life, supporting all people. She truly did, marching with Cesar Chavez, working on farms, so did I. We were never “too good” as ‘white people!’ This book though; amazing, horrific and brought me to tears. We must do something to end ALL FORMS of discrimination! This week I’ve spoken with several guests on my show about mental health & illness. While reading #Dearamerica I couldn’t help but Finished this one in two days! I couldn’t put it down. It was as if my mother were reading to me about her life, supporting all people. She truly did, marching with Cesar Chavez, working on farms, so did I. We were never “too good” as ‘white people!’ This book though; amazing, horrific and brought me to tears. We must do something to end ALL FORMS of discrimination! This week I’ve spoken with several guests on my show about mental health & illness. While reading #Dearamerica I couldn’t help but ponder the psychological affects on children that are being told their illegal, after being brought to America. They too are seeking the chance for a better life. Are we dehumanizing people? How can a person be “illegal” anyway? . My mother raised me to respect everyone, despite their religion, nationality, skin color, gender, sexual orientation or psychological state. Everyone should be treated with respect, decency and kindness. I looked up immigrant, it states: im·mi·grant ˈiməɡrənt/Submit noun a person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country. Everyone coming to this country immigrated. 70%+ of Americans are immigrants! Why are we treating people that call the USA their home, so poorly? Jose is innocent, he came here through no choice of his own. He is an upstanding citizen, and contributes to our economy and has made a positive contribution to the world of journalism. . #humanize #advocate #undocumented #redefineamerica #joseantoniovargas #journalism #pulitzer #mindfulness #filipinoamerican #borders

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karyl

    I wanted to keep repeating: there is no line. I wanted to scream over and over again: THERE IS NO LINE! THERE IS NO LINE! THERE IS NO LINE! (p. 154) I sit here writing this the day after President Trump stated he wants to get rid of birthright citizenship, in which babies born on US soil are then considered citizens, regardless of the status of their parents. I sit here writing there as a caravan of migrants from central America are making their way through Mexico, headed to the US border, and dec I wanted to keep repeating: there is no line. I wanted to scream over and over again: THERE IS NO LINE! THERE IS NO LINE! THERE IS NO LINE! (p. 154) I sit here writing this the day after President Trump stated he wants to get rid of birthright citizenship, in which babies born on US soil are then considered citizens, regardless of the status of their parents. I sit here writing there as a caravan of migrants from central America are making their way through Mexico, headed to the US border, and decried by conservative talking heads as "invaders" and a "horde." I have friends who have immigrated to the US from other countries that insist that since they did it legally, there is no reason everyone else cannot do so as well. What these folks don't understand is that it's not that easy. NAFTA ruined Mexico's economy, and undocumented workers can make more money in the US to support their families than they can in Mexico. Many people are fleeing awful conditions in their home countries, where gangs threaten them or their family members. However, building a wall won't necessarily keep them out. Many undocumented people in the US have come here on an airplane and overstayed their tourist visas. Vargas was put on a plane by his mother in 1993 to join his grandmother and grandfather, legal residents of the US, in California. But his family didn't realize they could have adopted him and changed his status to legal, and he's been undocumented ever since. Even still, he's been a contributing member of society, even paying federal taxes. It puts paid to the lie that undocumented workers come here to "steal" our benefits and live off entitlements. Vargas paid taxes for years for benefits he couldn't claim, thanks to his inability to become a legal citizen. Even worse, there is no way for him to become legal. He came here without a choice, and as a result, there is no line for him to join to change his status. He's been undocumented for so long that if he left, he would be banned from the US, his home now, for ten years. Not only that, but as a gay man, he would endure terrible hardships under the rule of President Duterte in the Philippines. I would not wish that on anyone. This is a book that I feel that all Americans need to read with an open mind. Our immigration policies need reforming, and we need to figure out how to allow DREAMers to stay here legally.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Megan Sanks

    I loved how Vargas wrote this book and the pacing of the chapters. Also, I definitely cried during a particular airport scene.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Megan Lawson

    Every single person in America should read this book. Jose Antonio Vargas tells his story, his experiences, his how, and his why of being an undocumented citizen of the United States. If you want to change opinions, if you want to help people understand other cultures, other lives, the best way is through stories and personal connections. Obviously, I don't know Vargas personally but I have taught many students who have had similar experiences. What would you do if you suddenly found out at 16 th Every single person in America should read this book. Jose Antonio Vargas tells his story, his experiences, his how, and his why of being an undocumented citizen of the United States. If you want to change opinions, if you want to help people understand other cultures, other lives, the best way is through stories and personal connections. Obviously, I don't know Vargas personally but I have taught many students who have had similar experiences. What would you do if you suddenly found out at 16 that you had no legal documentation for the country that you had come to call home? What would you do if, despite what the news media likes to expel, there is no real "path" for citizenship or a "line" to get into without completely destroying the entire life you have lived or waiting in a broken land for decades? What would you do if your home wasn't safe and your children were dying? "Inside the cell I came to the conclusion that we do not have a broken immigration system. We don't. What we're doing - waving a "Keep Out!" flag at the Mexican border while holding up a Help Wanted sign a hundred yards in - is deliberate. Spending billions building fences and walls, locking people up like livestock, deporting people to keep the people we don't want out, tearing families apart, breaking spirits - all of that serves a purpose. People are forced to lie, people spend years if not decades passing in some kind of purgatory. And step by step, this immigration system is set up to do exactly what it does. Dear America, is this what you really want? Do you even know what is happening in your name? I don't know what else you want from us. I don't know what else you need us to do."

  9. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    This is a tough but necessary read. There's so much I didn't know about immigration and this shines light on some of that. For a nation made of immigrants, the US is currently making it difficult to continue to be such a nation. Can you imagine growing up and finding out you're here illegally and not having any recourse to really change that?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brian Kovesci

    This book needs to be read. "There comes a moment in each of our lives when we must confront the central truth in order for life to go on." (p. 110)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pauline

    A fascinating story of an undocumented immigrant, one who came as a child, not even knowing his paperwork was fake until he tried to apply for a driver's license. A prize-winning journalist, Vargas is a good storyteller, and it is both enjoyable and educational reading, seeing how our country and our culture appear to an outsider who is trying to fit in. Mostly it is his own story, but he also discusses immigration issues, including his frustration at being told to "get in line" to become a citi A fascinating story of an undocumented immigrant, one who came as a child, not even knowing his paperwork was fake until he tried to apply for a driver's license. A prize-winning journalist, Vargas is a good storyteller, and it is both enjoyable and educational reading, seeing how our country and our culture appear to an outsider who is trying to fit in. Mostly it is his own story, but he also discusses immigration issues, including his frustration at being told to "get in line" to become a citizen when there is no pathway to citizenship for him, other than leaving the country for ten years for just the possibility that he will then be able to return. He gives some facts and figures related to the economic impact of illegal immigration, but I don't know how to evaluate this information because there are plenty of conflicting "facts" and figures on this subject. I have long thought that serious immigration reform is needed to make it easier to immigrate legally, and I hope this book will provide some measure of impetus for that.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Justyna Burek

    I desperately need everyone I know to read this.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    After all, if Americans could come and claim the Philippines, why can’t Filipinos move to America? This probably wouldn't have hit me as hard as it did if Vargas wasn't Filipino, but since he is, I saw so many of my loved ones in his story, from my mother and my countless aunties who did everything they could to get here to my family back in the Philippines who will never be allowed to come. This was the most difficult book I've ever read and I cried the whole time but it was 100% worth it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Everyone should read this book. I grew up in El Paso, Texas, so "border issues" are woven into my personal history. That's why I shudder that fear-mongering is taking place today over immigration issues. I have known, loved and worked closely with DACA individuals--some of the finest people America is lucky to have. As Jose says, our immigration system is not "broken." It is exactly what our country has demanded for decades--cheap labor while avoiding the homelessness of its laborers.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lainey

    Book 114. Dear America by @joseiswriting. This familiar story is heartbreaking. Mixed status families is all too familiar to me. Hearing how someone offered to marry him was also a very familiar moment. So many people fail to understand how hard it is to become a citizen. How there is no line to get in for children who were brought here and did not know what was going on. How it is a privilege to never have to worry about your citizenship. Thank you Jose for sharing your story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    from my review submitted to Indie Next: The first thing you should know about this book is that it is not arsenal for current political debate. It is coincidentally a very timely memoir of a young Filipino boy sent to America as a child who remains unaware of his legal status until he became a teenager and attempted to get a driver's license. As he ages and continues to wrestle with what it means to be simultaneously American yet un-American, Vargas challenges the reader to "Define American" and from my review submitted to Indie Next: The first thing you should know about this book is that it is not arsenal for current political debate. It is coincidentally a very timely memoir of a young Filipino boy sent to America as a child who remains unaware of his legal status until he became a teenager and attempted to get a driver's license. As he ages and continues to wrestle with what it means to be simultaneously American yet un-American, Vargas challenges the reader to "Define American" and enlightens us on the condition of our bipartisan-broken immigration system. Dear America is a fascinating, eye-opening, important read I would recommend to everyone.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Georgette

    Excellent. Everyone in the United States should be reading this book in light of what's going on in this country.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Serina

    A must read for anyone who is a resident of the U.S., anyone interested in the U.S, and anyone who wants to claim some sense of understanding of the U.S.'s political stance on immigration. Vargas provides a new perspective as an undocumented Filipino immigrant and as a member of the LGBTQA community.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Soo Yen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "As the decades have passed, their relationship, like my relationship with Mama, is mostly transactional, measured by the American products that we ship over to the Philippines and the U.S dollars that we provide that Mama can't live without. We think we can bury what we've lost under all the things we can buy. When the truth is, the loss that my mother can't express to her mother is what I struggle to express to her now." Vargas is obviously a competent writer with a compelling story to tell. Th "As the decades have passed, their relationship, like my relationship with Mama, is mostly transactional, measured by the American products that we ship over to the Philippines and the U.S dollars that we provide that Mama can't live without. We think we can bury what we've lost under all the things we can buy. When the truth is, the loss that my mother can't express to her mother is what I struggle to express to her now." Vargas is obviously a competent writer with a compelling story to tell. This is a touching memoir about his time growing up as an undocumented alien and the hurdles he went through to achieve what he had. He was sent to live with his grandparents in USA when he was 12 and he hasn't seen his mother since (he is now 37). Since his NYT confession in 2011, his struggles to change the "master narrative" surrounding undocumented immigrants had been inspiring to say the least. It's rather disturbing to know that Vargas is currently without a permanent address, moving around hotels/ Airbnbs to avoid arrest and deportation. It's unconceivable that someone of his capability is still stuck in the rut after so long with no way out. He travels domestically with his legal Filipino visa-less passport but he can't go out of USA (which he considers home) for he will be banned from coming back for 10 years upon leaving. It's a sad and difficult situation for him being an American, just not on papers.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura Hoffman Brauman

    Vargas came to the US from the Philippines when he was 12, sent here by his mother to live with his grandparents and uncle. When he was 16, he found out that he was here illegally. Dear America is his account of what it has meant to have a country that you view as your home, where you are not legally allowed to live. He is a talented writer and despite numerous obstacles, he has built a career as a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. He has paid taxes and paid into social security the entire time Vargas came to the US from the Philippines when he was 12, sent here by his mother to live with his grandparents and uncle. When he was 16, he found out that he was here illegally. Dear America is his account of what it has meant to have a country that you view as your home, where you are not legally allowed to live. He is a talented writer and despite numerous obstacles, he has built a career as a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. He has paid taxes and paid into social security the entire time he has been here, yet isn't eligible for the insurance program his non-profit provides for their full time employees, nor will he be able to draw on social security that he has contributed to for his entire career. When he went public with his status as undocumented, he risked everything and has lived since then with a profound reality of uncertainty, knowing he could be deported at any time. Immigration has been front and center in the news -- I felt like this gave me insight both into the legal issues and history surrounding our immigration policies as well as an deeper understanding of the faces and lives behind the issue.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    Jose Antonio Vargas's story of "coming out" as undocumented is heartbreaking not only because of his personal experience but because of our collective unwillingness to find solutions that will help not only him but millions of others who have come here seeking opportunity and sometimes escaping unspeakable horror. I learned a lot from this book about how the immigration system actually works--or doesn't. We, as a society, don't do well with shades-of-gray issues, or problems with no easy solutio Jose Antonio Vargas's story of "coming out" as undocumented is heartbreaking not only because of his personal experience but because of our collective unwillingness to find solutions that will help not only him but millions of others who have come here seeking opportunity and sometimes escaping unspeakable horror. I learned a lot from this book about how the immigration system actually works--or doesn't. We, as a society, don't do well with shades-of-gray issues, or problems with no easy solutions, or issues that reach back into our history. I'm often tempted, as a second-/third-generation immigrant myself, to throw up my hands and say "it's not my fault!" Technically, that may be true, but in fact I am a citizen now, and that privilege demands that I acknowledge responsibility for fixing a broken system. I appreciated Vargas's tremendous courage and honesty in sharing all the details of his story, even when they weren't pretty. It made for compelling reading and an even stronger desire on my part to be part of a solution. My first step will be to check out his non-profit, Define American.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    **I received an ARC of this book from my local bookstore in exchange for a review.** Jose Antonio Vargas, author of Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, was born in the Philippines. At age 12 his mother sent him to the United States to live with her parents. At sixteen Vargas discovers that his papers are fake. Still, decades later at the writing of this book, Vargas is still here illegally. In Dear America, Vargas chronicles his journey from leaving the Philippines at the age of 12 to **I received an ARC of this book from my local bookstore in exchange for a review.** Jose Antonio Vargas, author of Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, was born in the Philippines. At age 12 his mother sent him to the United States to live with her parents. At sixteen Vargas discovers that his papers are fake. Still, decades later at the writing of this book, Vargas is still here illegally. In Dear America, Vargas chronicles his journey from leaving the Philippines at the age of 12 to growing up with his mother's parents and discovering the fake papers. He gives credit to those who helped him as a high school student, as a young adult getting his first journalist job, and so on. Through all of this the reader is able to witness Vargas' struggles, his pain, and most of all his constant worry of what might happen to him if his secret is ever found out. This book is a call to arms. A whistle blowing on what it is like to live in fear every day as an undocumented individual. It is also posing the question of what does it mean to be American? How does our country and its leaders define "American," provided they even give any thought to it. This is one of the many questions Vargas asks over and over again throughout the course of the book. This is a book about lying to get by, about families, and about what it means to not really have a home. Even though this is an ARC the errors in this book were numerous, and were sometimes distracting from the narrative. I hope that the published copy does more justice in this area to Vargas' story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    The best--and most harrowing--parts of this book were the most personal bits. Vargas writes matter-of-factly about life as an undocumented citizen, and it's all the ordinary things that undocumented people simply cannot take for granted that drives home how deep and far-reaching and life-threatening this country's problems with immigration are. It brings into stark relief just how terrifying and complicated life can be for people who live, work, and raise families in this country, but who the go The best--and most harrowing--parts of this book were the most personal bits. Vargas writes matter-of-factly about life as an undocumented citizen, and it's all the ordinary things that undocumented people simply cannot take for granted that drives home how deep and far-reaching and life-threatening this country's problems with immigration are. It brings into stark relief just how terrifying and complicated life can be for people who live, work, and raise families in this country, but who the government refuses to protect or serve (despite being happy to take their money). Vargas's account is raw, honest, and nuanced. It's a powerful piece of writing about a deeply unjust system, and the cost that system has on ordinary lives. Highly recommended, and the audiobook, which Vargas narrates, is fantastic.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    If nothing else this remarkable and well written memoir serve to put a human face on the immigration issue in our nation. It is a quick and insightful read, that caused me to pause along the way and think hard about what it means to be an citizen of America. We are after all save for the Native Americans, and African Americans--- a country made up of immigrants. Some of have been fortunate enough to have our path to citizenship given to us by nature of our birth doing nothing to earn it. our pat If nothing else this remarkable and well written memoir serve to put a human face on the immigration issue in our nation. It is a quick and insightful read, that caused me to pause along the way and think hard about what it means to be an citizen of America. We are after all save for the Native Americans, and African Americans--- a country made up of immigrants. Some of have been fortunate enough to have our path to citizenship given to us by nature of our birth doing nothing to earn it. our path to citizenship given to us by our ancestors. The book served for me to frame the issues in a human way and it was enough for me. I will hope to learn more

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    3.5 stars, rounded down because the last portion feels like Vargas lost his way and tried to be everything for everyone. His story is frustrating and sad and infuriating and you dont know whether to empathize with him (he had no hand in his arrival or his false papers) or excoriate him for all the lies. At the same time, it highlights the fact that the U.S. immigration system put him in this limbo once he found out. He's condemned to be a cipher in his own world. Worth a read and discussion.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Mishap

    A beautiful and searing memoir, confessional, and demand that reveals the pain caused by being undocumented; from being "othered" and treated as an outsider, an invader, as not a real American. Absolutely necessary for everyone to read--I'm sad that those in this country who hate or disparage immigrants probably don't read books, and, if they do, they probably won't read this one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    A very humanizing look at immigration and the US, as well as the psychological effects of living in fear. In terms of writing, some of the chapters were better than others, however I would recommend this to anyone.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marsha Dawson

    Very readable book about immigration and the life of an undocumented immigrant. Coming to the U.S. at 12 years old from the Philippines Vargas tells how he learned to fit in be American. Very honest book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Romi

    A very well written and insightful book that’s just hard to put down. I haven’t read such a powerful book since I Am Malala and The Kite Runner. I highly recommend to anyone who wants to know more about immigration issues in the USA.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Fred Slusher

    Everyone in America should read this book!

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