Title: Ordinary Girls
Author: Jaquira Diaz
Publisher: Algonquin Books
“Some girls grow up to be the kind of women who fall for men like their fathers. Some girls grow up to be just like them”
Ordinary Girls is a gut wrenching memoir from Jaquira Diaz. Growing up in Puerto Rico in poverty, along with a schizophrenic mother, drug dealer father, and a sick brother was no easy feat. She knows what it’s like to struggle and be lost without a way. As a young girl she spent her time in the streets hanging out with the wild crowd, and getting into trouble. She had no-one that cared for her or her well being, except for her grandmother, but even with that she couldn’t completely trust that she would always be there for her. Half the time her mother prostituted herself for her guilty pleasures.
Jaquira and her family moved to Miami to see if being in a different area would somehow make life a bit better, but life was just the same if not worse. Consistently moving around, Jaquira turned alcohol, sex, drugs, and other things that were normal in her life. She also was in and out of jail. Her life was bound to stay a continuous disaster if things didn’t change quickly. Diaz felt lost without no support. School was never her forte either so she didn’t even have that either. So how did a young girl with such a horrible life make it to her passion as a writer? You have to find out for yourself.
This was such a great memoir. I’m so glad Diaz was able to take some control of her life and used it towards her writing. Huge thanks to NetGalley and Algonquin books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.