Book Reviews of The Guardians

The Guardians
The Guardians
Author: Ana Castillo
ISBN-13: 9781400065004
ISBN-10: 1400065003
Publication Date: 7/31/2007
Pages: 224
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Hardcover
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For the most part I enjoyed this book. Towards the end I started feeling like this book was becoming a lecture from the author about Mexican immigration. The book was only 200-something pages, but for some reason it took me a while to get through it. I haven't pinned down a reason, but obviously I didn't find it a page turner or I would have finished it in a couple days as opposed to a couple weeks.
I am grateful to have received a copy from the Early Reviewers Program. Without that I would probably have never read this book.
Overall I guess I can say I enjoyed the book, but as I was reading it I realized I wasn't enjoying it as 'entertainment' but as education to some of the things that go on in our border towns. I really felt the need to share this book with others so I started a book ring with it.
Aside from the "lecture tone" I started feeling from the author, my only complaint is the ending. Without giving anything away....I just felt like so many events lead up to the ending then it wasn't exactly clear for awhile what happened and then right at the end it blurted out what happened. It just wasn't consistant with the pace of the rest of the book.
I enjoyed the writing though. It was a nice break from some of the other junk I've been reading. I was getting annoyed with some of the Spanish words mixed in there, but I know that's just keeping with the authenticity of the story...however, i would imagine they would all speak MOSTLY Spanish to each other in real life with some English mixed in as opposed to how the author had them speaking mostly English with some Spanish mixed in. I know I'm over thinking it!! I tend to do that.