Saturday, June 07, 2014

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

The Revolution of Evelyn SerranoThe Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The setting: El Barrio in NYC, during the turbulent late 60's. Evelyn is a young Puerto Rican girl, who lives with her mother and father, and is just at the point where she is trying to become her own person. She looks at her mother, and sees a tired old woman, who cares only about her dream to own a home. Her father, too, is always working in their store. And then, that summer of 1969, her grandmother walks into her life. This woman is the opposite of her mother, and Evelyn is caught in between the two women's constant arguing. Things are changing in the Barrio, as protests grow and a group of young people, The Young Lords, take over Evelyn's church, so that they can start a preschool in the neighborhood. There are clashes with the police, and Evelyn's grandmother is right there, protesting with the Young Lords. Evelyn has many decisions to make, as life begins to change for the people in her neighborhood.

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