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Reaching Out Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-02-13 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 34 user ratings
ISBN:0618038515
LANGUAGE:English

" This is one of the few books that I have read in Spanish, and it is also one of the most inspirational books that I have ever read. " said.

" Interesting memoir about the author’s experiences prior to and during college. More on Bookwinked at https://wp.me/p10jBT-1lA " said.

" It was okay. I'd never want to teach it as a whole class novel unless I was teaching sixth grade. " said.

" A compelling and well written account of the authors experiences transitioning from migrant farm work to a college career. It was especially interesting to me because of how familiar I am with the locations mentioned in the book. " said.

"The book,Reaching Out by Francisco Jimenez, is one of my favorite books to date because of how relatable and correct the book was on the life of illegal immigrants and their children. My favorite part of the book was in the beginning when they Francisco informed us about how his family got to America and how hard it was for them.Being a child of an immigrant I felt that this part was important because these stories put inspiration in the hearts of many young children to be successful later in life and be able to support their families." said.

"This is really a great series. I love the voice the writer uses to tell his story, which contains a lot of sad elements, but the voice is not sad. He is a very brave and interesting young man. This book made me cry several times, especially when Francisco was the victim of racism because he is Mexican. I loved how the priests at the school supported Francisco when he came to them for help. It was beautiful to see the college community step in and guide and support this talented young man towards his future. I am excited to read the last book!" said.

"This is the third book Francisco Jimenez wrote about his life, and it covers his time spent at college. Of the three books, this was my least favorite. I felt like, by now, much of the story was redundant. It's good to see that Francisco's struggles didn't disappear over night, and how his family was still important, even when he was away. On the other hand, I feel his college experiences, religious experiences, and personal struggles are less accessible to younger readers.
Themes in this book are the importance of education, family, and sacrifice, like the books before. However, Reaching Out also has messages about helping others and having self-confidence.
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" A continuation of the series, just as endearing as the previous books. I enjoy the raw, almost innocent emotions of Francisco and that his family is very tender with each other in expressing their love. I also like his devotion to his faith and that he is not afraid to openly believe. My favorite quote: “The struggle is as important as finding the answer.” I think that perfectly describes his challenges and how they helped shape his success. " said.

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