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Suzieqarlington - I found this story very moving
It’s a novel first and foremost, so people’s criticism that it wasn’t written by someone from Mexico doesn’t make sense to me. I found the story and the characters compelling and I struggled with them as they made their horrific journey.
serial fanatic - Great writing!!
One of the best books I’ve read in a long time! I could not put it down! Highly recommend this book!
a daughter of immigrants - Lack of understanding to write this book
Romanticizes the immigrant and POC experience
Blueyeraven - Read it!
This is a beautiful smartly written book! From the first page you feel the emotions of the characters that are so real I felt I took this journey with them. Please don’t pay attention to the 1 star reviews which seem politically motivated to me. This book is now one of my favorites!
S7590 - American Dirt
Beautifully written. A real page turner from the beginning. This is a true classic piece of literature
ms clifton - I
salt1808 - Ughh
Terrible. It enforces negative stereotypes about what Mexico is, enforced by a white woman who “tried her best”. Trying is not enough.
wt DDTs - Thanks
RFMA was we dry
karenlmao4790 - bad
i really don’t understand why she would want to write a book on this topic.she’s not hispanic whatsoever.
hberg-skrt - Haters gonna hate
But this book is a great work of fiction! Super enticing
Wondering1-:? - DH
I don’t get all the negative reviews. While I’m sure the author makes mistakes in her portrayal of Latin people, she puts a serious topic in the front burner. It’s easy as Americans to ignore what Trump has done to immigrants on the border. After you read this book it’s a lot harder to ignore the plight of Latin people escaping oppressive situations. Look for the good this book does...not sure where the bad is.
carocross - Extraordinary!
Humanizes the plight of migrants in so many ways. And makes our treatment of them so much worse. I cannot imagine what they suffer.
smart&silly - Bad, bad , bad
A terrible, poorly written book by a woman who does not have the sensitivity, depth, or most basic common knowledge to write about the topic .
El Nacho Bossa Nova - American Trash
Just like the author and her barbed-wire party.
Anime_Lover67 - abosuletly disgusting
my class is currently reading articles about this book and this is just humiliating. “my dad died so i’m gonna be racist” is what cummins basically said. cummins has no right to write a book like this. it’s also just a bad book in general lol
Alcabu - Horrible
A clueless privileged white woman has no business writing so many false negative stereotypes about a Mexican's reality.
Angry guy 90178 - Suciedad Americana
Very bad book, please stop making money with the disgrace of other people, this is just an array of damaging stereotypes making look Mexicans like a horde of brown savages. The prose is poor and the plot is as profound as any soap opera your tía would see on Telemundo. DO NOT BUY this book, there is a ton of books writing by latinx that describe the experiences that this writer will never understand #Dignidadliteraria
NathanFat - Problematic at best, literary diarrhea at worst.
“American Dirt” is the classic tale of a Mexican woman who witnesses the cartel execution of her family, as is common apparently, and proceeds to Google how to be Mexican all while describing how seeing dead people in the streets is just as common as stray dogs.
It’s not enough that the author claims the book speaks on behalf of undocumented people, but that she got the most basic of things wrong. Our main character is somehow surprised by the beauty of the Mexican landscapes and buildings, and then calls the gorgeous color palettes “cartoonish”. Go to Guanajuato or Tepotzotlán and tell me with a straight face the city’s colors are cartoonish.
Our character then proceeds to be shocked and delighted by the Mexicans she comes across in her journey, and by this point it’s been established that there’s simply no way this character is Mexican or even from Mexico, or that the place she’s living in is in no way really Mexico. It’s a trope of Mexico, it’s a stereotype. Jeanine Cummins’ trip to the border for her “research” only solidified her idea of what she thinks Mexico is, and then proceeded to write a story she acknowledged she had no place in writing, but decided to anyway.
After amassing a 7-figure upfront pay from her publisher, lying about threats that her publisher had now said were non-existent, cancelling her book tour as a PR ploy, and then almost immediately selling the film rights for an undisclosed amount, Jeanine Cummins has sold neo-Liberal white people on the same trope the latest Rambo flick espouses: Mexico is a sepia-toned cartel infested hell hole that needs saving by white people.
Flatiron could have published such works by notable authors like Valeria Luiselli or Marcello Hernandez Castillo, but instead decided on the white granddaughter of a Puerto Rican. We know the grandmother is Puerto Rican because until recently Jeanine Cummins had gone on record to say she is, in fact, a white woman, but then to push the sale of her toilet paper she says is a book suddenly the lady has a token ethnic person in her family and magically identifies as “Latinx”.
And the publisher hid the fact that they’re also publishing Oprah’s memoir, so now it’s just a full blown plot of a white woman writing a mediocre tale for an audience who will continue to view Mexico as a stereotypical nation needing saving by the white faux-woke saviors of America, published by a house working closely with Oprah who then placed it on her “prestigious” bookclub, and amassed so much cash for an undeserving novel.
The author, in her own words, said that she is not an authority on the topic but decided that she was to be the voice of the voiceless all while drumming up the tired and racist dialogue of Donald Trump but in a neat package for her painfully white readers to digest. American Dirt is irresponsible and only further disenfranchises writers of color in an industry sorely lacking in equality and justice.
In summary, “American Dirt” is the literary equivalent of that white couple at a Trump rally holding signs that read “BLACKS FOR TRUMP”.
ur fake news - Ridiculous story
Want my money back
WelpThisWasAMistake - Great work of fiction
People are just mad because this is a work of fiction and they don’t understand that fiction isn’t non-fiction. There are better works of fiction within the Latinx community though, which are written by other Latinx authors. If you do end up liking the book, I highly, highly, highly recommend that you look into other Latinx authors as well—Latinx authors are severely underestimated as fantastic writers, so don’t be that person!
Read the book and form your own opinion; it’s a good read, far from the scope of typical American trauma porn perpetuated by other actual white authors regarding people of color.
The more I read the comments about this book that are negative, the more I realize it’s a matter of people not wanting a woman to be successful and less about the race baiting arguments. Again, the book is fiction, it doesn’t start off by saying, “this is how it really is and everyone should treat it as such...” those people are just projecting their own internal racism onto the world around them.
I say all of this as a non-toxic member of society who is a person of color, politically independent, male who read the book and didn’t take it personally. Be kind people.
TSpaCarter - Read it
If you’re on the fence, read it. Quickly became one of my ALL time top five. Inspired me to go read more books, written by latinx authors. I am aware that Jeannine is not Latin. Her writing is so utterly captivating. Incredible, eye opening, read.
the disappointed worm - American Dirt
Terrible, boring, stereotypical characters ,
Obviously written by someone without a clue.
I’ve tried two of her other books and found the author is just not worth reading!
RamRios - Relies on laughable tropes
Badly written, and tropes that are just...tacky.
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Tecolotl_ - Pass on this white authors trauma porn
There are other wonderful books on this topic written by actual Latinx folks.
Forgetfuljj - Gorgeous and heartbreaking...ignore the naysayers!!!
Read it for yourself and judge the book on its own merits. You won’t be sorry. It is smart, beautiful, timely...the characters are so real in all of their flaws and idiosyncrasies and individuality and simply humanity...it was just a magical story in a way that only timeless and timely literature has the power to be.
lolllvio - Mm omoplato
De la lo
GrandmaLovesBooks - Excellent
I was rooting for the heroine from the very first page and cheering her on until the very last page. Violence exists, people. We can’t keep turning our backs to it.
Mermaid100 - Terrible
I really wanted to read this book. But, I couldn’t get past the 3rd page. This is terrible writing.
docreag - American Dirt
Loved it! Captivating, suspenseful, horrific, and I couldn’t put the book down! It’s fiction people! Yet I now have a way better understanding of the plight of immigrants and I’m Latin. I’m not offended, that Jeanine is not Latin. I HAVE read other accounts of immigrant stories by other authors, they were good also. Yes there were mistakes on how the book was rolled out. American Dirt is still a great book! Bravo Jeanine Cummins!! Stay away from the negative press... haters gonna hate. The death threats she has received are not fiction! Shame on you to pre-judge!
XxxxJML - Fantastic
Not my normal kind of story or genre, but breathtaking. Every element of the story is perfectly balanced....its almost as if you are right there with luca and lydia. I have been reading consistently for about 15 years now...and this is the first review i have ever given. Well deserved novel and worth all 5 stars
Reader1672 - Yuck
Shallow, poorly written, painful stereotypes.
Kaypart1 - America the Dirt
Wonderful book. Changed my thoughts on the border. People need to read cover to cover before criticizing. Could not put it down once I started reading it.
Tania Breezy - One star is generous
A horribly tone dead, stereotype enforcing, garbage book. The audacity of this woman to write a book about a culture she knows absolutely nothing about regardless of the “research” she conducted and “trying her best” to get this right. Next time... don’t. Not worth reading at all.
AmendmentOne - Support freedom of expression
Buy the book to support the author and freedom of speech. Also buy the book to poke a finger in the eye of the “nattering nabobs of negativism”. If you don’t like a book, don’t read it. If you haven’t read it, you have no business expressing an opinion. I dare say the outpouring of negative expression is only due to the author being white with a Anglo-Saxon surname rather than brown with a Latina surname.
Directionerforever468 - Stereotypes
Deedel529 - Someone has to tell the story
I couldn’t put this book down yet I couldn’t turn the page because you didn’t know what was going to happen nextZ This is a fiction book based on the real traumas + travels that immigrants crossing the Mexican/American border face. It’s told from a mother + woman’s perspective that I appreciate. So what if Cummins isn’t Latin- she did her research & she told a story we all need to read.
Emmanuel1cruz - Just sad
An example of capitalism at its best. Why not make a non-fictional with real people’s voices like Ted-Talks.
sunshine23111 - Excellent read!
I finished this book within 3 days. It is very well written. As Oprah says, it gets you at the first sentence and the book is hard to put down!
laurielibr - Hopeful, Factual, and Beautifully Written
While I was reading American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, a Mormon mother and two of her children were killed by a drug cartel while riding in their van in Mexico and a headline in the Denver Post read, “Migrants are being thrust into the arms of the cartels”. These two real world occurrences only added to the immense power of American Dirt. Migrants either fleeing or trying to return to their lives in the US are subjected to the worst possible violence like kidnapping, rape, robbery, extortion, ruthless coyotes and even death. Yet as American Dirt so aptly points out, these people are not nameless hordes of criminals or vast numbers of homeless impoverished faces looking for a handout. There is the dialysis technician who has lived with her engineer husband and their teenage US citizen daughter trying to get back after being deported, or the deported PhD candidate wanting to get back to AZ to finish his studies. Then there are those fleeing unmistakeable cartel violence like the bookstore owner whose journalist husband writes an article about the leader of a cartel that results in retaliation and a mass execution of 16 family members at a family birthday celebration. The remaining mother and son are forced to abandon their home to escape the vast tentacles of the cartel. Two beautiful young girls pulled from school and forced into sexual slavery by the cartel, escape and their father is brutally killed in retaliation. These are people like our friends and neighbors that are forced to abandon all they know and love for a chance at freedom. American Dirt will make you gasp in terror then feel the power of immense love and hope all on the same page. Cummins writing is crisp, powerful and her characters will live long after the final page. From its striking cover with beautiful bluebirds caught in a barbed wire maze, American Dirt is simply outstanding and incredibly relevant in today’s world. I recently heard Michael Ondaatje speak and he said, “the book you finish should not be the book you started”. American Dirt along with powerful writing like Just Mercy, The Warmth of Other Suns and To Kill a Mockingbird is that kind of book.
dtest666 - The
Princess312431 - Awful
Choose own voices authors over this book. It’s trauma porn that is riddled with tropes and stereotypes.
Ltnlx619 - Trash
I rated low Just cause
TyIvonne - Absolute trash
Don’t even waste your time
Dcurls - Tragic
This women does not deserve this praise. She really capitalized off of someone else’s struggle.
MKG78 - American Dirt
It’s called fiction. Faulkner wasn’t a mentally challenged man, but he wrote the hell out of an amazing book about one. People can write about things outside of their wheelhouse. That’s the beauty and artistry of writing.
Techlady4160 - How did this get published?
Why would anyone publish a novel about mexican migrants by a white woman when there are so many great Mexican American writers that could tell a better story.
mary23355 - Belongs in the trash
A white woman writing a story filled with stereotypes and cringe dialogue. Don’t waste your time
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a.a.les - Move aside and let actual people be heard
There is no way in the world that someone who has not been a person looking for refuge can write a story that accurately depicts the experience. This is just a caricature of what she things happens. People with her audience and privilege should move aside and use their platform to let those voices be heard, not steal them and use them for profit.
Andjaneth - Could not have been worse
I’m really sorry you decided to promote this
Miley is bar - very good book
‘‘this book is amazing. Focuses on current social issues, but not to overwhelming. The plot is just right to keep the reader interested.”
Danni54 - Writing my Latino novel...not like this!
Caricatures of a culture does not make a novel. Shame on you O for supporting this suciedad aka dirt!
KPS7747 - Lift Migrant Voices Instead
White woman (and yes, she is on the record calling herself white. Her “Latina” identity conveniently arose in tandem with this book pitch) writes from the perspective of a refugee family. Please, please read narratives by immigrants instead if this is a topic you’re interested in. I promise they are richer, more accurate, and contain actual depth.
Helovesme18 - Dehumanizing!!!
Of all the bs that spewed from her mouth, this books hits the nail on the head in dehumanizing civilians from México. If you want to read this, don't; it's that bad. Personally being in Ethnic studies, I can say that there Cummings does a poor job at representing the people and land. Please refrain from inducing yourself to such a poorly constructed ethnography.
Jennnnnnniiieeee - It’s fiction
A story with lovable characters and engaging plot. It’s about a mother’s love, friendship, and determination.
Educate yourself on the subject before you read this work of fiction.
emmeemmy - Badly written, incredibly stereotypical
santi1998m - She not even Latina 1st of all
One she’s not Mexican nor Latina to even begin claiming that she understand how we feel and what truly goes on. She suddenly claims she Latina ??
Kash it - Incredible read!
Highly recommended book.
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