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Life is Complicated READER

Leonardo is a Venezuelan engineer who lives and works for a U.S. petroleum company in Florida. He is used to solving problems in his work life. In fact, he is really good at it. He is so good that the company is going to honor him at a special event. But Leonardo’s problem-solving skills are put to the test when he is forced to deal with family issues, both with his son in Florida, and back home in Venezuela where his daughter still lives with her family.

 

In Venezuela Gustavo was a doctor and a prominent member of the community. He and his wife were living a good life with their two boys - at least until the accident. Unable to deal with the loss of his wife and younger son, Gustavo is forced to leave Venezuela behind and start anew with his older son at his parents’ home in Florida. Sad and angry with his new reality in the United States he tries to numb his pain and in doing so, alienates his parents and his son, Samuel.

 

Samuel had just started high school a couple of years ago when his mom and brother died in an accident in Venezuela. Like his father he is still sad and angry, but Samuel always has his music. Rock music. He loves his guitar and how playing it makes him feel: free. As if losing half of his family wasn’t enough of a burden, Samuel also has to contend with the typical teen issues - especially when it comes to relationships. And these relationships, while accepted by both of his grandparents, are the cause of some huge problems between Samuel and his father. 

 

How will the men of the Medina family navigate it all?

 

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"El Jersy" No.1 haters friend

the hater is kinda true a lots of homework get on each chapter but this is kinda interesting and what block and class you in

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"El Jerseys" #1 hater

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Danvers ma

average rating is 3 out of 5

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makes me want to be dead

we are reading this in spanish class, fucking awful. Listening to my spanish (very white) teacher read this makes me want to dig my pencils all the way up my eardrums until I cant hear a thing. When I have to answer questions about these stupid little kids and their soccer obsession that DETErmINE MY GRaDE, I think about dropping out. to all the Spanish teachers out there, making your students read this book should be considered child abuse DO NOT recommend.

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Natalia

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Pomfret, CT

average rating is 3 out of 5

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EL JERSEY:Highly Recommended

I loved the book; my students learned a lot about Guatemala, its landscapes, and its culture through the interesting facts presented. A highly recommended novel, easy to read, that students will enjoy with every chapter

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Aaron

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Stamford Connecticut

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Germy the Germ

This is a fantastic book. It’s written by my favorite author. She is so creative and will be writing many more fantastic books I’m sure. Grab a copy of this book and enjoy. What an adventure.

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Brittany

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MN

average rating is 3 out of 5

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Great Book!

Great book! Comprehensible for students and lots of topics to expand on!

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Brittany

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MN

average rating is 3 out of 5

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Great Book!

Great book! Comprehensible for students and lots of topics to expand on!

I recommend this product.

Martha

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Rockport, MA

average rating is 3 out of 5

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La Mochila

Love this book for my novice learners. The story is compelling - the reader HAS to keep reading because we want to know how the problem is resolved! In addition to engaging topic/action the underlying struggle that a character has in deciding what to do is great for teens to experience. I also love that it features realistic characters that are portrayed with their humanity.

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Dina

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Ohio

average rating is 3 out of 5

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Easy to understand

This story was easy to read without being too repetitive. It is written with the novice student in mind. I love that it ties in another Francophone country for us to explore as well as "le foot"!

I recommend this product.

sharimac

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WI

average rating is 3 out of 5

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Love El Jersey!

I use El Jersey to enhance our 8th grade "Living on One" thematic unit after students complete a unit on Copa America. The cultural ties to Guatemala and to the Copa are endless. My students really relate to the characters.

I recommend this product.

Profe Pavo

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Ohio

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Great addition to your FVR library

My level 2 Spanish students enjoy this book in Spanish because it is written with vocab and structure they can understand. They also enjoy how the two worlds come together. These situations can happen to any of us. When students read this book, they are not only learning Spanish, they are learning good character.

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Lisa

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Virginia

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Cute, Simple Rom-Com

I LOVE that this book features a black female main character. #BlackLivesMatter This is a cute, simple romantic book, written in easily accessible language for your struggling readers. The plot is predictable and uncomplicated, which is what we want from our Rom-Com books and movies, right? This book is constantly being read by my students during FVR. Love it!!

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Lisa

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Virginia

average rating is 3 out of 5

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Fun, quick read :)

I finally got around to reading this one recently, and it was super fun to read - but it left me wanting more. It has a pretty predictable story line, but the characters are so likable, that you enjoy going on the roller coaster of emotions with them. I LOVE that it features LGBTQ characters. This book is on HIGH circulation in my classroom during FVR!

I recommend this product.

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