The plot of the story was interesting. The events that occurred throughout the book kept the reader engaged and curious about what was going to happen next, until the plot. The story plot had a strong structure, which kept the readers attention fro the exposition, until the denouement.
When I first started to read Border Crossing, I was engaged in the reading. It did take me a while to get into it and understand what the book was going to be based on because the book cover gave me a different idea. I was also anxious to find out the message of the book.
The two main characters of the book are John and Cecilia. Even though Cecilia was born in California, she has always been curious about her dad’s Mexican side of the family. She always felt like she was missing part of her individual identity, by not knowing about her dad’s cultural identity. Because she wanted to find the answers, Cesi decided to make a trip to Mexico, where she thought she could find the answers she was missing to complete her individual and cultural identity. The second main character in the book is John (Cesi’s dad). John is Mexican but has lived most of his life in the U.S. He moved to California because he and his family weren’t able to fit in in Mexico. Because of his past and bad experiences he had with his cultural identity, he did not want his kids to know about the Mexican culture, to protect them from having the same childhood as he had, so they wouldn’t go through the same. His past has shaped his life, causing him to make different choices which he thought were right, such as moving to California, keeping his cultural identity away from his children, and always being ashamed of his collective and cultural identity.
Both Cecilia and John change throughout the book. At the end of the book, both of the found the answers that would complete their cultural and individual identity. Even though John was not necessarily trying to look for answers, he still learned a lot about himself with the help of his daughter. On the other hand, Cesi was looking for answers, and she did find them, by learning about her dad’s past and identity.
The time in the book’s structure usually shifts back & forth from the past to present. A change occurs in each chapter; from the past to present. The flashback tells the backstory of Cesi’s search for her identity, and how she ended up crossing borders to Mexico. Every flashback gives the reader a clear understanding of why Cesi did what she did, and how the past has shaped her life. However, this structure stops, once reaching Chapter 30.
– What the author is trying to express is how when one does not know enough about themselves and who they are, it can cause them to go in the search for their identity until they have found the answers to their individual and cultural identity.
- Discovery: Cesi discovers and learns about her cultural identity, and how it impacts her individual identity.
- Escape: Cesi escapes her home, in search for answers.
- Identity: Cesi learns and dealt with identity issues.
An insightful and profound passage was when Aunt Delfina was telling Cesi about her Dad. The passage tells, and encapsulates and shapes the character (John). In this passage, a lot of information is being told about Cesi’s father, who he is, and what caused him to do what he did. Another passage that gives us an idea of what the book is going to be about, is when Nana tells John that he is not Mexican enough. “She thinks I am not Mexican enough.” This can give the reader an idea of what the book will be based on; John and Cesi trying to find their cultural identity.
The book ends when Cesi’s dad come to pick her up from Aunt Delfina’s house, and then takes her to the town where he grew up. He shows her around and Cesi has finally found the answers she had been searching for. Although I did like and enjoy the ending of the book, I still see some other possible endings that could work well with the story. If I could change the ending, I would want Cesi to find the answers on her own, because that is what she wanted since the beginning. Even though the beginning of her journey she was on her own, Tony then joined in, with Aunt Delfina, and her Dad ended up by answering her questions and doubts. Personally, I like this ending, because even though she did not find the answers on her own, both Cesi and her Dad ended up learning more about their cultural and individual identity.
If I could ask the author a question, I would ask her how she got inspired to write this book. I would like to know if she wrote this novel based on her experience finding her cultural identity, or if she has experienced similar one. If that is not the case, I would like to know how she found her identity. Knowing the story of how one found their identity can be inspiring to others so they can begin the search for their cultural and individual identity as well. I would also like to ask her if she has ever faced some problems, similar to Cesi’s trying to find her identity.
This book has changed me in a way. The book was based on a girl who wanted to know more about her cultural identity. This has made me want to know more about my cultural and individual identity, and learn about who I am. Because the main character was around the same age as me, seeing what she does to learn about her identity has inspiring me to do the same. Maybe I will not have to cross borders to do so, I still want to learn everything about who I am.