Author: Shay Bravo
Publisher: Wattpad Books
Release Date: September 29, 2020
Genre: Teens & YA
Age Range: 12+
Grade Level: 7-9
ISBN Paperback: 978-1989365373
It only takes one moment to change your life forever . . .
After her mother’s deportation last year, all Soledad “Sol” Gutierrez wants is for her life to go back to normal. Everything’s changed―new apartment, new school, new family dynamic―and Sol desperately wants to fit in. When she joins her community college’s history club, it comes with an odd initiation process: break into Westray’s oldest house and steal . . . a fork?
There’s just one problem: while the owners of the house aren’t home, their grandson Ethan is, and when he catches Sol with her hand in the kitchen drawer, she barely escapes with the fork intact. This one chance encounter irrevocably alters her life, and Sol soon learns that sometimes fitting in isn’t as important as being yourself―even if that’s the hardest thing she’s ever had to do.
Soledad Gutierrez is joining her community college's History Club, mostly to please her parents and get a social life after a car crash the previous year that resulted in her mother being deported back to Mexico. However, in order to join the Westray Community College History Club, Sol must go through a strange initiation; her task is to steal a fork from Westray's oldest house. The task doesn't go quite as planned when the grandson of the owners, Ethan, shows up. Sol escapes the house and suddenly realizes just how tenuous her situation is and how easily she could have been arrested. Sol's incident follows her around however, as Ethan joins the History Club. This makes things way more complicated, but also opens Sol up to everything she can be.
Historically Inaccurate is a contemporary tale of overcoming adversity, family and friendship. Sol's character goes on a journey of self-acceptance throughout the story. At first Sol seems to just be going through the motions of life until she is old enough to start the process of getting her mother back into the USA. While the concept of how the history club functioned is a little far-fetched, I really enjoyed Sol's participation and the diverse range of members. I appreciated Sol's point of view as the daughter of Mexican immigrants; some of her hardships were expected, and some unexpected. Sol and Ethan's relationship was sweet and slower paced. Ethan's personality is a great match for Sol's needs, pushing her just a little bit, but not changing who she is. The pacing of the story was a bit bumpy at times, going on some unnecessary tangents; however the ending brought it all together with some great unexpected turns.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
Shay Bravo is a Mexican born author who has now lived half of her life in the USA. She began sharing her work online through Wattpad when she was fifteen years old and has connected with over 114,000 followers. Historically Inaccurate won the 2019 Watty Awards and is her first novel. Shay currently resides in Houston, Texas.
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