This is part of the book blog tour for The Secret Side Of Empty by Maria E. Andreu, organized by Whirlwind Virtual Book Tours.
COMING NEXT SPRING… The Secret Side of Empty
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Title: The Secret Side Of Empty
Author: Maria E. Andreu
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Released: Spring 2014
You’ve heard the news stories. Now hear the real story.
M.T. is starting her senior year with a lot going for her. She gets great grades, has a best friend she met in kindergarten and a boyfriend who is sweet and into her. But life – at least as she knows it – is about to end.
M.T. is what the news calls “illegal” – she came to the U.S. with her parents as a baby and never got the right papers that allowed her to stay. She lives in fear of her family getting deported, in even more fear that she’ll have to go to the home country she doesn’t even remember, of people finding out her ugly secret and of the increasingly volatile situation at home. When senior year is over, the protected world she’s found in her small parochial school will disappear. Without a social security number, she won’t be able to go to college, get a job or, maybe worst of all, get a driver’s license.
But she’ll worry about all that later. First, she’s got a senior year to take on.
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The fulfillment of great dreams feels best when shared, which is why I’m inviting people to Like my Facebook page and come along with me on the fabulous and improbable journey of publishing my first novel. As my thanks, when you like the page by July 31st, you’ll be able to enter to win a fan-only sweeps for a $250 Amazon gift card!
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About The Secret Side Of Empty
By Maria E. Andreu
M.T., the main character in my debut novel, The Secret Side of Empty, has a secret. She looks and sounds like a regular American teenager, but she’s not. She was brought over as a baby by her parents, and they overstayed their visa, so she is undocumented.
It was a tough story to tell, because immigration is a topic on which many people hold strong opinions. More than that, though, it’s a topic that’s close to my heart. I too was an undocumented immigrant like M.T. when I was a kid. I was lucky enough to get my citizenship thanks to an amnesty when I was a teenager. Once I did, all I wanted to do was forget and be like everybody else.
But it was all the ugly things that people started saying about immigrants post 9/11 that made me finally understand I had to reveal my own personal knowledge of what it’s like to grow up undocumented. I set out not to write a political story, but a human one. I think when people really understand what it’s like in someone else’s shoes, then they start having compassion. So I wrote a story about a girl and her boyfriend and her fears about what will happen after high school graduation, feelings and worries anyone can relate to. She just happens to have this added layer of danger and instability in her life.
I was afraid to reveal my own undocumented background, but the outpouring of support and kindness has been amazing. I think if M.T., the main character of my book, was able to see it, she’d be a little less afraid for her future.
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About the Author
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