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Love in English



by
Maria E. Andreu

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Balzer + Bray
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9780062996510
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Discrimination: Xenophobia
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Young Adults

A fresh, compulsively readable story about finding your voice—and your heart—in any language.

Sixteen-year-old Ana is a poet and a lover of language. Except that since she moved to New Jersey from Argentina, she can barely find the words to express how she feels.

At first Ana just wants to return home. Then she meets Harrison, the very cute, very American boy in her math class, and discovers the universal language of racing hearts. But when she begins spending time with Neo, the Greek Cypriot boy from ESL, Ana wonders how figuring out what her heart wants can be even more confusing than the grammar they’re both trying to master. After all, the rules of English may be confounding, but there are no rules when it comes to love.

With playful and poetic breakouts exploring the idiosyncrasies of the English language, Love in English is witty and effervescent, while telling a beautifully observed story about what it means to become “American.”

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Discrimination: Xenophobia

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

336

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2021

Book Genres

Fiction

Topics

Immigration. Emigration. Spanish. ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. Moving households. Argentinian immigrants. Learning a language. Friendship. Poetry. Love triangles. New Jersey.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–When 16-year-old Ana moves from Argentina to New Jersey, she works hard to learn English and fit in at her new high school. No matter how much effort she puts into her studies, though, she is still caught in moments of confusion, as teachers and classmates talk rapidly and sprinkle their speech with American idioms. When she meets Harrison, a handsome, blonde-haired boy in her math class, Ana begins to come out of her shell, making more of an effort to communicate. She and her new Spanish-speaking friend, Altagracia, devise a plan, and Ana happily starts worrying about the things typical to high school juniors. As Ana makes progress with English and expresses herself through her poetry, she develops a close friendship with Neo, a Greek Cypriot boy from her ESL class, who enlists her to watch 1980s movies and take trips to New York City. Just when Ana feels she is settling into life in her new country, she is forced to reevaluate her priorities. Andreu creates a realistic portrait of the obstacles facing English language learners in the United States. By cleverly blocking out portions of text, she mimics what language sounds like to the ears of someone who has not yet achieved fluency. Her characters are nuanced and their interactions endearing. Teenagers and adults alike will gain necessary perspective from reading this accessible story about a topic that affects millions. VERDICT An engaging novel about language, culture, and empathy. Highly recommended for all libraries.–Karin Greenberg, Manhasset H.S., NY

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A first page almost entirely in Spanish gives any readers who aren’t fluent in the language a taste of what sixteen-year-old Ana, who has recently immigrated to the U.S. from Argentina, experiences regularly. This story of her transition to a New Jersey high school focuses largely on language. Any portion of the English dialogue that Ana doesn’t understand is spelled out in hash marks (“I’ll hand ####### paper with #######”), forcing readers to piece together information just as she must. Her confusion slowly gives way to a love for English, shown through her interspersed poetry. Along with the humor in Ana’s observations about language (“who are the Benjamins, anyway, and why is it all about them?”), the story provides plenty of rom-com moments, as she finds herself in a love triangle. Though the book touches on the prejudice experiences by many immigrants, Ana herself is rarely on the receiving end (her skin is light, which the book acknowledges will “work in [her] favor here”). The majority of the novel is an entertaining, even joyful read, presented in Ana’s expressive voice; an author’s note encourages readers to decide for themselves whether the narration is translated into English or told in retrospect by an older, more fluent Ana. SHOSHAN FLAX

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–When 16-year-old Ana moves from Argentina to New Jersey, she works hard to learn English and fit in at her new high school. No matter how much effort she puts into her studies, though, she is still caught in moments of confusion, as teachers and classmates talk rapidly and sprinkle their speech with American idioms. When she meets Harrison, a handsome, blonde-haired boy in her math class, Ana begins to come out of her shell, making more of an effort to communicate. She and her new Spanish-speaking friend, Altagracia, devise a plan, and Ana happily starts worrying about the things typical to high school juniors. As Ana makes progress with English and expresses herself through her poetry, she develops a close friendship with Neo, a Greek Cypriot boy from her ESL class, who enlists her to watch 1980s movies and take trips to New York City. Just when Ana feels she is settling into life in her new country, she is forced to reevaluate her priorities. Andreu creates a realistic portrait of the obstacles facing English language learners in the United States. By cleverly blocking out portions of text, she mimics what language sounds like to the ears of someone who has not yet achieved fluency. Her characters are nuanced and their interactions endearing. Teenagers and adults alike will gain necessary perspective from reading this accessible story about a topic that affects millions. VERDICT An engaging novel about language, culture, and empathy. Highly recommended for all libraries.–Karin Greenberg, Manhasset H.S., NY

Horn Book

A first page almost entirely in Spanish gives any readers who aren’t fluent in the language a taste of what sixteen-year-old Ana, who has recently immigrated to the U.S. from Argentina, experiences regularly. This story of her transition to a New Jersey high school focuses largely on language. Any portion of the English dialogue that Ana doesn’t understand is spelled out in hash marks (“I’ll hand ####### paper with #######”), forcing readers to piece together information just as she must. Her confusion slowly gives way to a love for English, shown through her interspersed poetry. Along with the humor in Ana’s observations about language (“who are the Benjamins, anyway, and why is it all about them?”), the story provides plenty of rom-com moments, as she finds herself in a love triangle. Though the book touches on the prejudice experiences by many immigrants, Ana herself is rarely on the receiving end (her skin is light, which the book acknowledges will “work in [her] favor here”). The majority of the novel is an entertaining, even joyful read, presented in Ana’s expressive voice; an author’s note encourages readers to decide for themselves whether the narration is translated into English or told in retrospect by an older, more fluent Ana. SHOSHAN FLAX

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