Year 15, Book 5

5. Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Diaz

Ordinary Girls is Jaquira Diaz’s memoir about growing up in Puerto Rico and Miami Beach to a mother battling schizophrenia. She experiences a lot of trauma during her childhood including multiple sexual assaults leaving her with her own battles with mental illness and propensity for violence that lands her jail more than once. I don’t feel like I personally gained much from reading this memoir. I didn’t feel like it offered me anything new that I hadn’t already read or seen before, but I can see it being a good read for people who have experienced similar circumstances. I give it a 5 out of 10.

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