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They Could Have Named Her Anything Racism, class, and betrayal collide in this poignant debut novel about restoring the broken bonds of family and friendship Every morning, seventeen year old Maria An s Rosario takes the subway an hour from her boisterous and close knit family in Queens to her private high school on the Upper East Side, where she struggles to fit in as one of the only Latina students until Rocky welcomes her into this new life White, rebellious, and ignored by her wealthy parents, Rocky uses her money toward one goal to get away with anything To Maria, it s a dazzling privilege.As a bond develops between these unlikely friends, neither can see what they share most jealousy and the desire for each other s lives But crackling under the surface of their seemingly supportive alliance, the girls begin to commit little betrayals as they strive to get closer to their ideals regardless of the consequences.Told from the perspectives of Maria, Rocky, and their fathers, They Could Have Named Her Anything explores the heartfelt expectation of what it means to live up to the name you ve been given and therewarding discovery of what really matters. Best Download They Could Have Named Her Anything [ by ] Stephanie Jimenez [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – groundhogwalking.co.uk

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  1. This month 7 2019 only Prime Members get to choose 2 books for the Prime First Reads programs I m so thankful because I couldn t choose between They Could Have Named Her Anything and What You Did

  2. I went into this book with no expectations and it was like stepping through a portal The characters are messy and confused and full of angst They are a mix of good and bad, like real people This book grapples with the human condition in a modern urban setting Maria is surrounded by concrete and expectations and cultural differences between Queens and her private high school in Manhattan Few seventeen year olds would navigate this gracefully, I think, and it all felt real to me the selfish I went into this book with no expectations and it was like stepping through a portal The characters are messy and confused and full of angst They are a mix of good and bad, like real people This book grapples with the human condition in a modern urban setting Maria is surrounded by concrete and expectations and cultural differences between Queens and her private high school in Manhattan Few seventeen year olds would navigate this gracefully, I think, and it all felt real to me the selfish moments, the heartbroken moments, the aching desire to be seen for who you are while not knowing who you are at...

  3. When Maria Rosario begins commuting to a private high school on the upper east side of Manhattan, she is befriended by Rocky, a girl who doesn t think twice about paying for Maria s meals and even buys her a plane ticket Maria is enad with her new, wealthy friend, but she s also worried Rocky will look down on because she lives in Queens She doesn t want to have to explain to Rocky why the hot water in the bathroom always turns cold or why they don t have cable TV Meanwhile, Rocky is equa When Maria Rosario begins commuting to a private high school on the upper east side of Manhattan, she is befriended by Rocky, a girl who doesn t think twice about paying for Maria s meals and even buys her a plane ticket Maria is enad with her new, wealthy friend, but she s also worried Rocky will look down on because she lives in Queens She doesn t want to have to explain to Rocky why the hot water in the bathroom always turns cold or why they don t have cable TV Meanwhile, Rocky is equally jealous of Maria s loving, functional family The way Rocky sees it, Maria is loved and needed, while her own parents marital troubles prevent them from paying attention to their children As the two girls become closer, their families get tangled together in messy and complicated ways The structure of the novel is fascinating and works perfectly, the perspective shifting even within chapters from Maria to Rocky to each of their fathers My favorite passage from the book is Maria s thoughts about her...

  4. From my editor s letter What s in a name For seventeen year old Maria An s Rosario, her name is a reminder of a woman struggling to live up to expectations, to a life bifurcated There s the Maria with a soft r to her white classmate Rocky, at her private high school on the Upper East Side where Maria is one of the few Latinas in a sea of flat ironed hair and effortless wealth Then there s the accented Mar a to her boyfriend, Andres, and at home a world away in Queens, in a cramped but homey a From my editor s letter What s in a name For seventeen year old Maria An s Rosario, her name is a reminder of a woman struggling to live up to expectations, to a life bifurcated There s the Maria with a soft r to her white classmate Rocky, at her private high school on the Upper East Side where Maria is one of the few Latinas in a sea of flat ironed hair and effortless wealth Then there s the accented Mar a to her boyfriend, Andres, and at home a world away in Queens, in a cramped but homey apartment with her lively family How does she reconcile both parts when Rocky opens her up to a whole new life she previously didn t have access to Meanwhile, Maria and Rocky s fathers are each making their own series of calculations for the cost of their family s happiness Maria s father, Miguel, sacrificing his happiness for the sake of appearing strong to his children after he loses his job Rocky...

  5. This Book Could ve Been About AnythingThis was my firstFirst Reads and I m just trying to figure out what I just read I could not tell you for the life of me what this book was about Maria was a weird protagonist, it felt like she was just doing things for no particular reason at all just moving from scene to even as the book calls for it Why was she still dating and sleeping with Andres if he despised her so much He literally broke up with her while fingering her because according t This Book Could ve Been About AnythingThis was my firstFirst Reads and I m just trying to figure out what I just read I could not tell you for the life of me what this book was about Maria was a weird protagonist, it felt like she was just doing things for no particular reason at all just moving from scene to even as the book calls for it Why was she still dating and sleeping with Andres if he despised her so much He literally broke up wi...

  6. There were certain aspects of this book I enjoyed the dilemma faced by a Latino teenager, trying to fit in with her peers in a predominately white school, find her identity, and establish independence from her parents two young women from different backgrounds, establishing an unlikely relationship because they provided a view into a life each of them thought they were missing out on the girl who has everything , who wishes for the one thing she doesn t have a loving relationship with her There were certain aspects of this book I enjoyed the dilemma faced by a Latino teenager, trying to fit in with her peers in a predominately white school, find her identity, and establish independence from her parents two young women from different backgrounds, establishing an unlikely relationship because they provided a view into a life each of them thought they wer...

  7. This was my secondFirst Reads selection for July a bonus, if you will It was nice to be able to choose two books this month, but this one kinda left me cold.Although it isn t categorized as a YA book, that s how it comes across to me, because I can t imagine anyone over the age of 16 being able to sympathize with and relate to the characters in this book The writing itself is actually quite good, but the story Unfortunately, it s not my cup of tea Most of the characters, both teen This was my secondFirst Reads selection for July a bonus, if you will It was nice to be able to choose two books this month, but this one kinda left me cold.Although it isn t categorized as a YA book, that s how it comes across to me, because I can t imagine anyone over the age of 16 being able to sympathize with and relate to the characters in this book The writing itself is actually quite good, but the story Unfortunately, it s not my cup of tea Most of the characters, both teen and adult, are shallo...

  8. OMG What a disaster I thought the book would never end And I never did figure out what the characters were supposed to have learned from their experiences Way too much detail that was not necessary, not to mention that there was not one likable character in the whole book And talk about lack of moralityone character after another I could find no redeeming qualities in any of the characters or in their behaviorand I m no prudebut, seriouslyall this book conveys is that everyon OMG What a disaster I thought the book would never end And I never did figure out what the characters were supposed to have learned from their experiences Way too much detail that was not necessary, not to mention that there was not one likable character in the whole book And talk about lack of moralityone character after another I could find no redeeming qualities in any of the characters or in their behaviorand I m no prudebut, seriouslyall this book conveys is that everyone is desp...

  9. I devoured this novel and cannot wait to read the next book from Jimenez THEY COULD HAVE NAMED HER ANYTHING deftly explores the murkiness of identity and the pain that is adolescence on the verge of adulthood Jimenez writes about sex with a refreshing frankness that gives voice life weight ownership to the often overlooked and or romanticized and or exploited desire and sexuality of teenage girls Written with empathy but also honesty, Jimenez populates the novel with vividly human characters I devoured this novel and cannot wait to read the next book from Jimenez THEY COULD HAVE NAMED HER ANYTHING deftly explores the murkiness of identity and the pain that is adolescence on the verge of adulthood Jimenez writes about sex with a refreshing frankness that gives voice life weight ownership to the often overlooked and or romanticized and or exploited desire and sexuality of teenage girls Written with empathy but also honesty, Jimenez populates the novel with viv...

  10. This book upset me because by the end I felt like I had wasted my time reading it when I could have read something different I just couldn t develop any real empathy for Maria, the main character, who at times seemed to have her life in focus, other times seemed depressed which was never treated or addressed while other times just seemed to run on pure self centeredness The relationship with Charlie just seemed tarnished and ugly andlike child abuse than anything else Cannot think of This book upset me because by the end I felt like I had wasted my time reading it when I could have read something different I just couldn t develop any real empathy for Maria, the main character, who at times seemed to have her life in focus, other times seemed depressed which was never treated or addressed while other times just seemed to run on pure self centeredness The relationship with Charlie just seemed tarnished and ugly andlike child abuse than anythi...

  11. They Could Have Named Her Anything is a beautifully perceptive novel about two families one working class, the other wealthy set in and around an elite NYC school Through Maria, a Latinx scholarship student, and Rocky, her white, wealthy friend, Jimenez writes with honesty, compassion, and wit about the challenges of adolescence, the desire to belong, and the ways race and class complicate both This is a complex and satisfying novel with characters you can t help but fall in love with and root They Could Have Named Her Anything is a beautifully perceptive novel about two families one working class, the other wealthy set in and around an elite NYC school Through Maria, a Latinx scholarship student, and Rocky, her white, wealthy friend, Jimenez writes with honesty, compassion, and wit about the challenges of adolescence, the desire t...

  12. I had a lot of trouble with this book Somewhere along the years, my perspective has altered to that of a parent.I had trouble with what I view as a predator when a grown man approaches a 17 year old and there are no consequences I understand that much worse happens to much younger children in life but still, maybe that is why I rarely read or pick books set in the real world.Overall it was an interesting book but I walked away with ambivalent feelings on it, not really caring for any of them I had a lot of trouble with this book Somewhere along the years, my perspective has altered to that of a parent.I had trouble with what I view as a predator when a grown man approaches a 17 year old and there are no consequences I understand that much worse happens to much younger children in life but still, maybe that is why I rarely read or ...

  13. Gripping readI found this novel to be gripping at times through the development of the characters Diving into the cultural background and ramifications of growing up in a Latino family household, Maria s character shows the struggle of how becoming who you a...

  14. WowWhen I first began reading this book, I wasn t sure what to expect It was offered as a First Read, and I m glad I gave it a shot It has a very real feel to it, you can almost picture yourself alongside the characters as you read your way through it ...