Summary: Miosotis Flores Never Forgets
In Miosotis Flores Never Forgets, young Miosotis biggest problem is getting her dad to let her get a dog. Papa insists that Miosotis score higher in Math and Science, even though she’s more of a B student. Soon, though, Miosotis’s woes begin to compound when she discovers that her sister Amarillis may be hiding something from their family. Can Miosotis save her sister?
This was such a unique book in terms of the plot and the protagonist. I loved Miosotis’s family — her Papa, Abuela, her brother and sister — and their close relationship. The author explores the fact that a loving family can have mistaken ideas about a variety of issues. Miosotis’s father’s insistence on her getting top grades makes her feel like she’s only worth much if she’s an A student. Her Abuela, on the other hand, thinks that only lighter skinned people are beautiful.
Still, Miosotis is a sweet girl who loves animals, and she has two great best friends who support her through challenging times. When Amarillis starts wearing thick turtlenecks in the summer and showing up with bruises she can’t explain, Miosotis isn’t sure how to help. More so when she discovers the reason behind the injuries.
I loved the way the author tackles the issue Miosotis and her family face — much more than some of the other unnecessary subplots.
Overall: Miosotis Flores Never Forgets
Miosotis Flores Never Forgets is a realistic middle grade book about the impact of domestic violence, identity, and culture. With a sweet protagonist who’s obsessed with dogs, this book is perfect for fans of middle grade books about dogs. I also loved the Latin American culture — the close-knit family, yum food, and overall Spanish infusion — throughout the book. This is definitely one worth buying.