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rank  Editors Pick
word count 11179
date submitted 06.08.2011
date updated 20.09.2013
genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Christian
classification: moderate
incomplete

They Call Me Blanca

Laura A. Diaz

My name is Michelina DélaCruz.
Meet me at the crossroad where Faith meets Diversity and the Supernatural.

*'Chola Shoes' Photo by Edgar Hoill

 

A bi-racial teen living with her single white mother in Stockton, California; Michelina struggles to find a place in a confusing & often hostile world. She doubts the existence of God let alone a God that cares. She feels her only way 'out' is to ‘Court-In.’

She's brutally beaten & abandoned like garbage on the railroad track. As a train thunders down the track she doesn't move. All she wanted was to fit in. Longing for the peace of nothing she lets the train barrel her down.

So why does she wake up in 1954, seeing through the eyes of a Mexican American teen?

Experience Michelina’s eye-opening adventure through the eyes of others; as Michelina discovers that not only is there a God, but the depth of His love is greater than she could ever imagine and He has a plan and purpose for her life.
Only about 10,000 words +(what is traditionally requested for querying purposes) available for reading.
This YA book is complete @ 45,000 + words.
Full ms.available upon request.

 
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THEY CALL ME BLANCA review

“They Call Me Blanca” is the story of a white-Latina teenager named Michelina who endeavours to join a gang of girls in an attempt to establish her identity and finally gain a sense of belonging. Struggling to balance her two heritages, she chooses to undergo the deeply frightening and brutal gang initiation, at the hands of her new ‘friends’. Michelina, teasingly nicknamed as ‘Blanca’ due to her pale skin, is begged by her childhood friends to abandon the gang and join them in their local Christian church group. Ignoring the pleas of her friends and mother, Michelina is seriously injured in her final baptism into gang life and is transported to an out-of-body journey through the lives of her grandparents and parents – learning that violence mars her family at each tier, and that Christianity, Jesus and the real love of those closest to her can bring her peace.

I was drawn into this story from the first sentence. It was tense, and full of intrigue and I have no doubt the opening of this work would grip young adults instantly. The writer builds intensity quickly and strongly, young and old can identify with the feeling of sneaking in to your family home, hoping not to be spotted or questioned. There, however, is where the identification would, in most cases, end, and be replaced with a curiosity akin with reading a thriller. Violence is introduced in the first few pages, as the reader learns of Michelina’s injuries, and is spurred on to discover the 'whats' and 'whys' of this poor girl’s predicament. This suspense, this interest which the reader follows vehemently, is rewarded with a little more than they would have bargained for. The violence, in my opinion, is like an ambush on the mind. It is raw and cruel. It is too coarse for a novel aimed at young adults. The beauty of literature is that it can build a scene, like the author has done in the opening pages, without dealing every ugly blow to the reader in the process.

Equally, the Christian characters are so seeped in goodness and well-meaning messages that they are unrealistic and seemingly impossible to identify with. This leaves the good and the evil on uneven footings. Evil needs a bit more good, and good could do with a dose of bad.

The author needs to take a look at the translations and make sure that the reader is well-informed of the English equivalent, before leaving Spanish sentences unattended. Some readers may find themselves turning back for reference which breaks the flow of the narrative. The reader may also need some background information as to how Michelina comprehends Spanish so well – raised by her English-speaking mother, and with no contact with her maternal grandparents, it is not clear as to how she is bi-lingual.

This story has a very strong basis – Michelina's near-death experience takes her on a journey of understanding and appreciation of her roots and her family history. It opens her eyes to the violence which simmers and erupts through generations and brings her closer to God and to those she loves. However, the violence throughout this novel is the calibre of a horror or a thriller and for a much older audience. Alice Sebold’s “The Lovely Bones” balances the threat and true horror of violence with an appreciation for the young adult’s senses, spinning a story of redemption and acceptance, without tattooing the assault on the reader’s memory. If the violence was toned down and the Christian element made slightly less pristine, this book could be a success in the YA genre.








levielm wrote 525 days ago

This is powerful, clean, and demands a read.

For you writers out there, if you have eyes, read this story. The writing sets the style bar exactly where it needs to be: High.

Opening paragraph and chapter compel the reader to engage the story. Your opening reminds me of "The Lovely Bones," but in many ways, yours is much better becaue it invites the reader to engage issues of culture and personal reflection right from the start.

Well done... JK

Backing it today.

Stark Silvercoin wrote 660 days ago

They Call Me Blanca is one of the best examples of Young Adult fiction you are likely to find here, or in your local bookstore. Author Laura A. Diaz presents us with a perfect view of Hispanic culture that many readers are probably unfamiliar with, tells a vivid and gripping story, and ultimately helps to promote a positive message, which is pretty much everything YA should and could do in the right hands.

Michelina DélaCruz is an ideal main character. She’s tough and unapologetic, yet we as readers get to peek behind the curtain and see why she is that way. She’s a very sympathetic and real-seeming person who we instantly care about. When bad things happen to her, we feel it, sometimes painfully.

Pacing is correct for a YA title. The plot moves forward from the typical themes of trying to fit in to the supernatural time-traveling part of the story where Michelina really begins to grow as a person. Readers won’t have a chance to get bored. The writing is crisp and literally dripping in culture, to the point that we are often introduced to both English and Spanish descriptions of people and places.

They Call me Blanca should have no trouble at all finding an audience once published. And it’s a novel that wholly deserves to make it into print. Doing so would help to add credibility to the entire YA genre, and I believe could do a lot of good in the world too.

John Breeden II
Old Number Seven

kevinonpaper wrote 902 days ago

Laura,

Brilliant. So many things can be said about a story. But I look for two things. Within the first 10 pages, do I get it? And do I like it?
I got it and I like it.
Strong character. Great writing style. And it promises so much. Well done.

Cara Gold wrote 720 days ago

{They Call Me Blanca} – Laura A. Diaz

This book reads like a Latino dance; catchy, fast-paced, and flowing with the beauty of all Diaz’s original and refreshing descriptions.

The book opens well, establishing the protagonist and weaving in background information without the reader even realising. The school scenes are depicted in detail making the reader feel a part of them, and I particularly enjoyed the characterisation of the different students. Michelina’s voice is also well handled, and the infusion of Spanish words adds a unique touch.

Some elements of this book reminded me of Margaret Atwood’s “Cat’s Eye” – particularly the ‘Whatever.’ lines, and the acute attention to detail in the descriptions of characters; like Diaz is conveying a vivid, colourful painting, through her words.

The brutal bullying scene was so realistic and we really feel like we are there with Michelina. Then, the cliff-hanger ending of chapter 5 after Michelina is beaten up and hears the voice “Not yet. You have much to learn.” is absolutely terrific.

I thoroughly enjoyed the twist of Michelina waking up in another body – and the transition is so smooth that I think even readers who aren’t a fan of supernatural ideas will thoroughly enjoy it.

I loved the delicate balance in this book; it is original and an excellent blend of many things. I have rated 6 stars and will keep on my watch-list for further reading. Well done and thank you for such an enjoyable read!

Cara

CMTStibbe wrote 895 days ago

Christian Critique and Review:

They Call Me Blanca:

Finally, I have found the time to read this exceptional book. Actually its a WOW book. A book about survival, relationships, sacrifice and restoration. A girl who is not sorry for herself, who understands her neighborhood, her homegirls and the guys they hang out with. Already, we care for the quiet Blanca bruised and beaten in a hospital bed because we see a driven individual with great inner strength—a misfit desperate to fit in. One tough chola, she won’t stay down.

Her mother, a firm advocate for Jesus, is so giving, its hard not to feel her pain. She also has a friend in Pastor Mike. The tone of this book is unique; the reader not only reads the book but hears it spoken. I love the language, natural and distinctive. The Spanish overtones are just perfect the way they are, it couldn't be written in any other way.

Chapter 2 had me grinning, make-up, fashion—the descriptions are skillfully crafted and entertaining. And bless little David for giving up his chocolate milk. I have to say, I did shed a tear of joy at this. Priceless. But the abuse in the classroom had me gasping. I was so glad when David's mother comforted a little girl, confused over what she had done wrong. This shows the experience of an author with teaching experience and the love of children. Now David is 6ft 3ins and muscular. I’m not sure what is the matter with Blanca, I would go to church with him in a heartbeat! But she hurts him, a Ms. Sidakis type of hurt.

So many emotions run through this book, it’s hard to put it down. We root for Blanca and we want to know what happens. Each chapter has a hook of its own. Can God save a chola? Find out, you’ll be extremely glad you did. High stars for great storytelling. Claire ~ Chasing Pharaohs

CarminaRivera wrote 504 days ago

I am pleased that this has happened for you. What is to happen now?

Natalie-thats-Me wrote 504 days ago

Fantastico! Congratulations! =)

Phanuel wrote 507 days ago

Congratulations! Can I now replace the book on my shelf?

Shelby Z. wrote 507 days ago

Yay!
I am so glad that you made it, you so deserve it.
God bless.

Shelby Z./Driving Winds

austenwrit24 wrote 509 days ago

Not usually my type of book, but once I started I couldnt stop, well done! :)

Adriana S

Scott Toney wrote 510 days ago

Go get em Laura!!! :) I love this book!

Kestrelraptorial wrote 510 days ago

Hi Laura,

Although urban fiction isn't my usual genre, I was curious about this story and read it to the end. It's a good story of an outcast and a thrilling depiction of the poor community. Overrun by gangs and violence, where people marginalize and shoot down others to feel a part of any group they can belong to. Michelina just wanted friends, and they leave her beaten and battered. Her and David's story was cute, though. The story was a bit hard to follow, though, because I think there were more subplots intertwined in it than I noticed this first time.

Kestrelraptorial

Laura A. D. wrote 512 days ago

Chug-a-chug little bug... almost there. High quality. High stars. Bottom line.


P.S. Read Divergent... good stuff.



Thank you. And I will. :)

Tonya A. wrote 512 days ago

Chug-a-chug little bug... almost there. High quality. High stars. Bottom line.


P.S. Read Divergent... good stuff. :)

Littleredriley wrote 512 days ago

High stars.

This is great. I found as i was reading it i could relate to your MC Blanca, even though we have nothing in common. i felt her pain, her anger and her resiliance.
I searched through but could find no typos or punctuatiojn/grammar nitpicks. The standard is really very, very good.

Considering the first chapter was so much telling instead of showing, and that really nothing happened other than a lot of internal dialogue, i couldnt wait to get to the next chapter.
I think that goes to show what a great writing style you have going.

I'll be back for more.

Kind regards

Claire C Riley
Limerence

Laura A. D. wrote 513 days ago

If this doesn't make it this month I am going to campus and PR for you and network for you and if we have to, pull all of cali together to get this published. This is blowing my mind that this is happening again!


Julia! You're making me laugh! It's is so "no sweat!" I know whom holds the future.. so... It's all good! ;)

JuliaL wrote 513 days ago

If this doesn't make it this month I am going to campus and PR for you and network for you and if we have to, pull all of cali together to get this published. This is blowing my mind that this is happening again!

olga wrote 521 days ago

Hi
The characters in this story come alive with your words. Great story and writing.
Backed.

Olga

khairunnisa wrote 523 days ago
khairunnisa wrote 523 days ago

Hyee..They call me Blanca is a great story..As a teenager I feel like this story has a great impact in our life and I hope this will be published soon.. I also would like to ask your opinion of my first book http://authonomy.com/books/46111/one-dream-one-story-one-obsession-one-direction/ ... I hope you'll help me by guiding me in my writing..Tq..

levielm wrote 525 days ago

This is powerful, clean, and demands a read.

For you writers out there, if you have eyes, read this story. The writing sets the style bar exactly where it needs to be: High.

Opening paragraph and chapter compel the reader to engage the story. Your opening reminds me of "The Lovely Bones," but in many ways, yours is much better becaue it invites the reader to engage issues of culture and personal reflection right from the start.

Well done... JK

Backing it today.

Tornbridge wrote 528 days ago

Bianca is a great character drawn with warmth and depth. The reader is truly drawn into her plight. I also have to say there is humour here too and something for readers not only after reading the genre.
You get five stars from me and I wish you all the best with it.

Tornbridge
The Washington Adventure

rtcvers wrote 530 days ago

Hi Laura,

Wow. This is fantastic-- one of the best things I've read on this website. I love Michelina. She's empathetic but tough, different from the "traditional" protagonist, but real and easily relatable. You make so clear the difference between the different cultures Michelina splits-- the specificity of the behavior, the use of the Spanish colloquialisms, and the clear picture you paint of Stockton-- that the reader is swept right into the story.

I've only read through Chapter 4, but I can't wait to continue. I really don't have much to say at this point-- the manuscript is incredibly clean and your writing is remarkable. Congrats on all the well-deserved success!

--Artie

Di Manzara wrote 530 days ago

Wow!

Congratulations for making it to the top 5 this month! :)

D

Shelby Z. wrote 531 days ago

Press on.
This is an amazing book.

Shelby Z./Driving Winds

Diane Lauritzen wrote 533 days ago

Peace, love,and happy thoughts.

Tonya A. wrote 533 days ago

Refreshed my rating for this awesome book! STILL HOPING THE BEST! =)

Laura A. D. wrote 533 days ago



Thank you for reading and thank you for your encouraging comments. They came when I was feelin' as blue as Madame Blueberry;) Wellll...not really.. but I love love Madame Blueberry! ;)

Blessings and best wishes,
Laura Diaz

JBerg wrote 533 days ago

I just read your first chapter and love it! I was immediately drawn into your main character's mind. Even though I'm from a small town in the mid-west and have experience with your setting or conflict, your writing makes me understand it and want to know more about it!
I can't wait to read more!
For now you are on my watchlist and destined for my bookshelf!
Jessica
A Place to Call Home

Laura A. D. wrote 534 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. :)

I will consider seriously your opinions.:)

I have had many conflicting opinions on the spanish/spanglish/ english. In the end,(right or wrong) I went with the advice from a retired friend of mine that used to work aquisitions editing in El Paso. Some of his suggestions were as follows:

Italics: "If the book is marketed to a mainly english speaking audience most publishers want you to italicize any foreign words or "lingo."
To differentiate between your characters internal thoughts and the action she is observing or experiencing you will need to italicize.
How much Spanish/spanglish/slang is too much? It will be entirely the personal preference of the reader, and solely determined by the publisher you ultimately decide to go with-- and the majority market they decide to bet on.

Your ms is unique in that it is similar to the wall breaking style of Junot Diaz. Take note, however, he used italics for the spanish in his first book and in the second he chose to go with footnotes. I seriously do not think footnotes would work with your particular style or narrative voice (it almost doesn't work for him either).
First, this is well done and one of the most creative pieces I have read to date. However,be forewarned that this will also be the reason traditional publishers may tread lightly with this one.
Second, don't let that scare you off. Junot Diaz got a pulitzer with his wall breaker writing and it is the creative minds like this that push the quo and go for gold. If it wasn't for promising my wife a couple of years of rest I would come out of retirement and jump on this....."

Serafina, I am greatly looking forward to reading your book. The cover and the synopsis are very intriguing to me.
Thanks again for taking the time to read!

Blessings and best wishes,

Laura

Serafina Violet wrote 534 days ago

Wonderful story... I am latina and I can read and write Spanish perfectly well... I will begin by saying that the attention to detail in the narration is remarkable. However, I do feel there is room for more tweaking in the format of the story... For instance, there is a lot of Spanish language being used, which would make a non-Spanish speaking person have to translate a lot. Also, the way the paragraphs are spaced out, and the continuous use of italics, just kind of lost me. The story itself, once again, is very well written, and great use of details which allow us to easily imagine the scenes we are reading. Great job overall!

Maria Constantine wrote 534 days ago

They Call Me Blanca
I have come back for another read and it has reaffirmed why I have kept this book on my shelf for a while: it is a powerfully written story that grips and challenges me. Chapter 6 had me closing my eyes at times because the pain Blanca suffers is so vividly and skilfully described. Laura is a talented writer who doesn't hold back and the reader is encouraged to enter Blanca's world; it is a story that will stay with me.
Six-stars and continued backing.
Maria (Georgina's Family)

EvaT wrote 535 days ago

Many well wishes for you and your growth as a very talented author with and exceptional and unique voice in the Latina community.

Laura A. D. wrote 535 days ago

[Thank you for reading and I will indeed consider your opinions. :) When Blanca starts "life-hopping" you'll find , that *she* finds that the exterior of this *perfect* Christian life is not all it's cracked up to be... and the *non-Christian* characters aren't as "bad*as she first feels they are.

Torkuda wrote 535 days ago

Sorry it took so long for me to get to this story, I've finally decided to stop doing full reads. That being said, this is a promising story, but I do have a few things to say.

First off the good things. I really don't know much about street life, but I was able to buy into the idea that real teenagers may live this way in certain parts of America. Nothing about Blanka's world made me think I was being put on and she feels like like a real person. Her friends Mari and David also felt like human beings I could actually grow to like. I completely bought the back story as it sounded like something that could actually happen, and I actually started to like our trio of main characters. (Well I get the feeling David and Mari will be mainstays.)

Bad things:
With such a realistic setting and back story, the juxtapositioning of the Christian and non-Christian worlds felt far too dynamic in the first four chapters that I read. The non-christian examples were mostly creeps, even Blanka's mother being a drunkard before she started going to church. Even if we weren't to feel angry at the non-Christians, we were definitely to feel sorry for them. The Christians on the other hand, had lives that perhaps had their own problems, but those paled in comparison and they were perfect examples of Christianity or people on their way to luckier and better lives. No, I'm not saying you should put the two views on completely even playing fields, I actually find that obnoxious. You're right, in reality there is a big difference between the church going world and that of nigh street gangs. However I might advise you to study books like the Cross and the Switch Blade. Do make your gangsters criminals and hooligans, but also make them relatable people. Do make your Christians look better by comparison, but bring them down to earth.

Finally, four chapters in, and the time travel plot your intro says the story is centered around isn't even hinted at. I'm sorry, but maybe you should speed things up a bit.

Despite my corrections, I actually lament having to change my policy on doing full reads. I want to read the rest of this, but I have to speed up my reads so I can get to more books faster. Now I only do do full reads and reviews for folks who back me or do a full review for me. Sorry, has to be done, I'm moving too slow otherwise.

I like your cast of characters, I think your writing style is great (though Authonomy's random breaking and forcing together of words and paragraphs doesn't do it any favors -not your fault-) and I completely buy your back story and setting. However, I think you should try to move faster into the main plot, and also make your “lost” characters less... well “lost”, as they feel too much forced into being unlikable or having bad lives. The christian characters seem okay, but maybe at least let them have a few more prominent problems in their lives. Kinda like when you actually read the story of “It is well With My Soul”, it makes the song have more meaning.

Peter J. Ford wrote 537 days ago

Laura you have something incredible here. It's a testament to the strength of you as a writer. The choice you made to follow a plot through some really testy ground, was really brave. The philosophical undertones that begin with some really existential thoughts that wouldn't be out of with Sartre or a similar writer, eventually blend into a really inspiring narrative that picks the reader right up and brightens the whole story immensely. A really enjoyable read, and you deserve every bit of credit you receive.
-Pete
Gum

Shelby Z. wrote 539 days ago

I Crossed my fingers for you.
:-) ;-P

Shelby Z./Driving Winds

Bart Jahn wrote 544 days ago

Just read chapter 9...have my reading kind of spread out amongst several books right now.

Was thinking today how much this type of Christian book is needed for young Christians. A lot of young Christians are going off to university, taking religious studies classes unawares, and being hit with the radical liberal skeptical viewpoint of unbelief regarding the Bible and Christianity. Some have had a sheltered upbringing through homeschooling (which I think is the best option for many people). This book has a hard-hitting John Steinbeck quality of honesty to it that reflects the real world of cultural assimilation issues, prejudice, and downright evil, but balanced by a very beautiful Christian reality of the love of God that is more powerful than anything in existence, that Steinbeck never had.

I am sure I am shouting at windwills, but I hope there are publishers out there who will not take the currently fashionable megachurch, water-down the message to bring in more people approach when it comes to deciding to publish books like this one. The YA Christian audience can not only handle the honesty of this book, but needs to be exposed to these types of real life issues. You are in a great position to lay out these issues from a mature Christian perspective.

The book has certainly been an education to me. I know I could be accused of cheerleading in many of my comments here on Authonomy, but I am genuinely impressed with the exceptionally high level of writing, storytelling, and artistry in the books I have encountered over the last 10 months on this site. So without any apologies, I think this is a great book. Please be encouraged that there will be a large number of Christians who will think your approach is not only spot-on, but done with a high degree of artistic talent and God-inspired insight.

I plan to keep reading a chapter or two until the end of this month, and will click on six stars each time, but my comments will probably be more brief next time. God bless you richly. Bart Jahn

Laura A. D. wrote 546 days ago

Just read chapter 8...very clever writing and storytelling. I should have read your entire book months ago, but I think summer vacation condensed my Authonomy reading time, and I got somehow distracted. Don't know what the typical YA Christian publisher will want to change, if anything, but I like it just the way it is. Really unique and interesting. Re-clicking on 6 stars again. Bart Jahn



Thanks, Bart, for both the kind words and encouraging spirit. I apologize for removing half of it before you could see how it wraps up. Dianna's last comment down there kind of hints at it. She was able to read it before I so dastardly removed the last 12 chapters. :)

Bart Jahn wrote 546 days ago

Just read chapter 8...very clever writing and storytelling. I should have read your entire book months ago, but I think summer vacation condensed my Authonomy reading time, and I got somehow distracted. Don't know what the typical YA Christian publisher will want to change, if anything, but I like it just the way it is. Really unique and interesting. Re-clicking on 6 stars again. Bart Jahn

Laura A. D. wrote 546 days ago

2-4-6-8 This book is great! :)

P.S. I'm in the mind to go post on the English Departments bulletin board in the quad....... we need to get you some more backings and you may be all right with all this but I'm getting a little impatient here.




OOOOOH! Wait, Nat! I'm not so sure that this is such a good idea. I appreciate your enthusiasm-HOWEVER--People on here get all grumpy when a bunch of random people sign on just to back a book! I see your still online so I hope you get this and don't follow through with that plan until you read this!

Natalie-thats-Me wrote 546 days ago

2-4-6-8 This book is great! :)

P.S. I'm in the mind to go post on the English Departments bulletin board in the quad....... we need to get you some more backings and you may be all right with all this but I'm getting a little impatient here.

Bart Jahn wrote 547 days ago

Hi Laura...just read chapters 5 through 7. The story is picking up steam. Very powerful. Bart Jahn

tarasimone wrote 549 days ago

I read the MS as uploaded last night. Another book that I'd like to read the ending of. :)

As a reader I found myself well engaged through the story. The characterisation is realistic. I felt myself on Lina's side, almost wishing I could change the plot, so she didn't get hurt! Even though her home girls were not particularly likeable, I could still see why she felt she needed them.

The pace is great. I was pulled along the whole way through, no skipping bits like I sometimes do. The vision sequences were well done.

I had a bit of trouble understanding some of the dialogue between Lina and her peers... probably something to do with the Spanglish I think. Though I was always able to get the general idea of what was going on.

From what I've seen of the book so far, I'm sure that all the threads come together beautifully for the conclusion.

Hope you see it hit the ED next month - if not even this month!

Tara
Wife to Brett Adams, Dark Matter

Ch1
it’s you’re first step in before your own ‘jump-in
Not sure, should it be your?

Ch4
I’m alwaysquiet. But Cookie and
always quiet

Ch5
listenin’ too Sniper’s Jesus-talk.
to (I think)

Ch7
Oh no your not, little
you're

David Best wrote 551 days ago

This is superb

Brilliant writing - realistic, gripping, authentic

Probably the best of its kind I have ever read

Well done

David

Bart Jahn wrote 552 days ago

Hi Laura...I just read chapter four...all of the writers on Authonomy bring to their work a different "voice." You have an honest, hard-edge to your writing that is laced with a lot of tenderness. I think you are hitting the mark right down the center of truthfulness in this book. I find myself laughing along with Michelina at some of her comments, yet feel deep sympathy for her dilemma. Jesus is the answer, but people have to find Him through their own unique life experiences. Am looking forward to seeing more of how this develops in Michelina's life.

Don't know what happened in the slip from 2 to 7 in the rankings from the start of this month. You have a very high-quality product, and this reality will overcome some of the strange goings-on behind the scenes on this site...especially the intensified jockeying and politicing that takes place around books that reach the top. They Call Me Blanca is on my bookshelf, and my watchlist, with 6 stars. God bless you, and help you find that grounding and peace in His Spirit in the weeks and months ahead. Bart Jahn

Natalie-thats-Me wrote 553 days ago

I was reading the last parts of this again and the chapter with the Cookie and Shortie time hop CRACKED me up!! OMG! Just thinking of Shortie standing there with that post-it note on her forehead!! ROTFL!! The laughter relief was needed though cause it gets a little tense in the previouse chapter. Good one! =) High stars as always, ******

Tonya A. wrote 554 days ago

Onward and upward- all is not lost- most effective YA book I've read on here.

Robert M. Starr wrote 556 days ago

Hi Laura,

Just checking back to refresh my 6-star rating and encourage you to hold on to hope.

Robert

Kerrie Price wrote 557 days ago

This will keep the YAs on their toes! Great writing.

Kerrie Price
Answer the Call

Dianna Lanser wrote 557 days ago

They Call Me Blanca is as shocking as it is honest. It’s the story of a young girl caught between two worlds and she’s not quite sure where she belongs or even if she wants to belong to either. Through a violent tragedy and a “Christmas Carol-like” spiritual experience, Michelina eventually finds what every young (and old) person longs for -- peace with God and with herself. This is not your ordinary coming-of-age novel. Reader, hang on to your seat…

Maria Constantine wrote 557 days ago

They Call Me Blanca
Is a book that you can read more than once because it deals with so many themes from cultural conflicts, inner turmoils and spiritual journeys. The writing is polished and sharp - and Michelina is a MC who earns the reader's respect and affection.
Six stars and a place on my bookshelf.

Maria (Georgina's Family)

AnaiRosario wrote 558 days ago

So you know how I left you that message that Melissa threatened me with death if I didn't get on here to support you in your final stretch. Well....... she didn't have to threaten me. This is my absolute favorite and always will be till I get the paper in my hands, baby. ;)

Lacydeane wrote 559 days ago

Love the pitch. Can't wait to read the story.

Grey Muir wrote 560 days ago

Hi Laura,
I re-freshed my star rating at 6 stars and am posting this comment to show support.
Your story is great and I have you on my shelf. I also have you on my watchlist and can't think of another thing I can do right now.

Keep plugging and asking for support. You are doing great.