I was so captivated by The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande that I read the entire book in a day. Great opportunity for a day of heat and ice to ease my chronic pain while reading an amazing book. Reyna is a great story-teller, having the ability to put the reader into the story, visualizing the scenery while feeling the strong emotions and conflicts that Reyna struggles with. Her story is a difficult one to hear, separation from parents and siblings, betrayal, abandonment, physical and mental abuse, poverty and lack of the basic necessities. However, Reyna continues to hope for something more, to be loved, to learn from her experiences, to have opportunities and to find the positive in difficult situations. Her sister, Mago, is her lifeline at many times. Giving unconditional love and support at such a young age. Reyna takes us back to her history, sharing the culture of Mexico and her long transition to America. She brings us to her childhood state, while also sharing of things she sees more clearly as an adult.
Reyna is an amazing writer. I would highly recommend her book. I am hoping she will also continue her story as I would love to hear about her life after graduating from college.