One morning, Piedad Sanchez (Piddy) hears that Yaqui Delgado want to fight her. She just started in a new school and has no idea who this Yaqui girl is or what she’s done to offend her. But she knows Yaqui means business. Piddy is told she shakes her stuff when she walks. She isn’t Latina enough. She is too smart. She doesn’t belong. Piddy isn’t used to having curves. Now it’s getting her in trouble. Does her bottom really sway all that much when she walks?
Her best friend Mitzi tells her it must be about a boy. It kind of is, but the reason someone is bullied is never simple. Of course, as the novel progresses there is the inevitable confrontation. At the core of this story, Piddy must find the strength she didn’t know she had. She must decide what kind of person she wants to be.
I can’t say how the book ends, but I will say that what I love about this book is that there is not a simple solution to the bullying. Piddy knows what happened to her is not fair.
“You say that I have options…But this sounds like I’m trapped.”
And while the solution for Piddy isn’t perfect, it is realistic.