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Top 10 best books for young adults, 2005 - Young Adult Library Services Association

A young-adult novel Latino-style - the year is 1969. America is at war, “Hollywood” is a dirt-poor Chicano barrio in small-town America, and Sammy and Juliana, about to head into their senior year, are in love.

"Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood is a Chicano ode to survival. In so many ways, in so many of the characters’ lives, I see images of riding out the storms of youth, of a cultural revolution, of war and of death. But of love, too: lost love, found love, the love for friends and family, for place. What else is there to chase after?" (René Saladaña, Jr., author of Finding Our Way and The Jumping Tree)

©2004 Benjamin Alire Saenz (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"The barrio setting is as palpable as the wings that beat against Sammy's insides when danger lurks." (Booklist)

"This is a powerful and authentic look at a community's aspirations and the tragic losses that result from shattered dreams." (School Library Journal

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  • Jessica Johnson
  • 17-08-2015

Heart breaking

I love this book read it a long time ago and having the audiobook was just amazing. It made me cry and feel how Sammy was feeling. Fucking A Sammy.

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  • Peter Monn
  • 23-01-2015

Amazing

One of the best books I have ever read or listened to in my life. So good. I love all of his books!

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  • Maarya
  • 02-11-2010

Powerful

This book is amazingly heartbreaking and powerful. I'm not one who usually gets teary eyed over anything, but the performance Robert Ramirez gave is truly something beautiful as is the writing and composition. 5*****

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  • Sebastian Jowers
  • 11-10-2020

Emotional Coming of Age Story

I don't recall a time where I have cried at a book as hard as I did with this one. Definetely listen to the audiobook if possible. The narrator's performance really does it justice if not more.

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