Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your Ass | Meg Medina | Book Review

With a title like Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your Ass, Meg Medina totally has my attention. Seriously, I love the swears and so when a title has a cuss word in it, I pay attention to it. Good thing that I did, because I feel that Medinas latest is a book to pay attention to. It treads familiar territory with bullying being the main thrust and theme. Medinas story has a message, but not one that feels like we are just beating a dead horse. Its about staying true to yourself and not letting others break you, one that I personally could have used as a kid, and one I think plenty of teenagers should be hearing.

Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina | Good Books And Good Wine

Piddy has moved, shes living a few blocks over but this means that shes in a new school, away from her friends and the familiarity of the old school, which she loved. Unfortunately, Piddy does not receive a warm welcome at her new school. Instead, she is informed by one of her classmates that Yaqui Delgado wants to kick her ass, exactly like the title. She has no idea who Yaqui Delgado is. Shes been targeted because apparently she shakes her ass too much as she walks and shes drawn the eye of Yaquis boyfriend. The crux of Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your Ass is in how Piddy will go about solving her problem. Will she have to change who she is to stop the bullying?

I think that Medinas book does a great job exploring the pain of bullying and how the effects go beyond the immediate act. In the book, we see that Piddy changes from a bright and vivacious student to one who skips school because shes scared. We see her grades start to slip. We see Piddy willing to give up on her dreams because Yaqui torments her until shes on the brink. I think that theres an interesting victim-perpetrator dynamic too. Piddy which FYI is short for Piedad, thinks that by acting weak and not looking tough, she is the cause of her victimhood. The reality is that Yaqui essentially singled her out to bully and we dont really get an incredibly clear reason in the book. I think that happens in real life too, some people are just mean and get their rocks off on being mean. Granted, the book talks a bit about dark places and how some people let it make them mean and cruel and never rise above. To me, thats interesting. I am not sure how much I agree with the book, as I think people can change. I remember this girl I went to school with who was incredibly mean but now its like shes done a 180 personality wise.

Anyways. I am totally digressing in this review, but honestly Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your Ass made me think which of course is kind of awesome. I also thought about the role of family. Piddy does not have a dad, instead she lives with her mom who works long hours in the back room of an electronics store. Her mother is very old school and traditional and constantly telling Piddy to be ladylike. Yet, this contrasts with her Aunt Lila, whom Piddys mom named Clara, has whispered is loose. Yet, we see Lila portrayed with vivacity, warmth and life. Its interesting is all I am saying.

ALSO. You guys, while I was reading this book last night (as of time of writing the review it was last night), I teared up. There is a scene thats kind of hard to take because I got invested in the story and the characters and Piddys problems that I just was sitting there sniffling and holding the book away from my face. It made me emote in real life, yall.

Disclosure: Review copy provided by publisher

Other reviews of Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your Ass:

Mrs. Readerpants – “Iadored this book and its incredible characters
Slatebreakers – “Its nice to see a non-magical resolution to a problem like this
Rich In Color – “a unique, genuine voice

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  1. So, this book didn’t interest me at all, but I am reading your review to see if I would like it, because sometimes I am wrong.

    Did I ever tell you how much I love your love of swearing in books? Because I do. Lol.

    Piddy? O_o It’s no wonder she’s getting bullied with that name. Parents are cruel. Piedad is better. Why would you go by Piddy? VOLUNTARILY. I do not understand.

    Okay, so I don’t think I can get past the name thing. I am that shallow. But it does sound pretty great. Also, last night I finished a book that was set in lower income areas and there was violence and diversity and stuff, and it had the same message that some people lift themselves up and some don’t, which I think is pretty powerful, because you CAN if you try. Anyway, glad it gave you the feels. They’re awesome.

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