Ladydi Martinez was born in the mountains of Guerrero Mexico. It is a dangerous place to be a girl. The men all leave to find better opportunities leaving the women alone in the midst of a drug war. The mothers disguise their daughters as boys from a young age in hopes they will not be taken by the drug lords. When their gender can no longer be hidden, they are made as ugly as possible so the drug lords will not want them. Ladydi and her friends spend their time dreaming of the future. Little does she know what will befall her when a local murder implicates her friend.
This was a beautifully written book. Clement writes a moving coming of age story. You are drawn into the story, by the almost poetic feel of the writing. I think it is a story that will stay with you for a while. There are a lot of horrific things in this story, but the writing and the characters keep you turning the pages. I really liked how Clement wrote her characters. They really come alive, and the different personalities grab your attention and make you want to learn more about them.
I thought this was an interesting book to read, and it made me want to learn more about what is happening in Mexico with the drug cartels, human trafficking, and illegal immigrants. Clement does not shy away from the difficult issues that are occurring, and I think it is important to keep these issues fresh in our minds, so that we might try to find a solution to these horrific events.
I read this as an ebook on my Nook. I had no problems reading it in this format. I would recommend reading this book.
**I received a free copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest reveiew**
*Receiving a free copy of this book does not change my review. It simply provides me with a copy of a book that I would not have gotten to as soon, or heard about otherwise.