Butterbeer and Fantastic Tales~ In the Country We Love: My Family Divided

Hello and welcome to Butterbeer and Fantastic Tales, where I review my latest readings. Today I’ll be reviewing Diane Guerrero’s memoir, “In the Country We Love: My Family Divided.” 

Most people may recognize Diane from Orange is the New Black, or Jane the Virgin however, while this is a memoir it does not focus on Diane’s journey to become an actress (there are parts here and there that touch on her pursing acting and how that was her escape). Instead it is about how at the age of 14 her life was turned upside down when her family was deported to Colombia while Diane was left behind.

Let me just start by saying that the minute I heard about this book I knew I just had to read it. With that being said since it came out while school was in session I went back and forth between reading, and the audio version read by Diane. If you can listen to the audio version I really recommend you do. Diane brings her family and story to life with her reading. Also I like to point out that while this book also has slang and textspeak throughout, it isn’t annoying and does not take away from the story. I personally like it, and it shows her personality. 

I’ll tell you right now there were parts of this book that pulled at my heart strings and made it ache a bit. Listening to what happened to her family, and being that I have known people who have gone through similar things hit home. While I am myself a first born here in the US, I did not have to fear that my parents would be deported due to my mom being Puerto Rican, and my dad who is Mexican becoming a US citizen. However my neighbors, some friends, and accuaitances lived this and some are still living this fear everyday. I could not imagine what it would be like to come home at 14 from school and to find out that your parents had been picked up by ICE to be deported. But wait it gets worse, these government officials who took Diane’s parents away then left and did not worry or think about the daughter they were leaving behind. In fact no government agency was there to take care of, or look after the well being of Diane who might I add is a US citizen. How screwed up is that? You come and snatch this kid’s parents up, but nothing was put in place to alert this kid, to take care of her, to ensure her mental health and well being? Yet these things happen every day. Parents leave to work and do not come back home to their kids. 

I praise Diane for  sharing her story and using her platform to bring this reality into media. While this is Diane’s story, and her voice, this is also the story of so many more people. So many people are unaware, or just don’t care about these fellow human beings, these families, lives that are shattered. Diane’s story will at the very least encourage discussions to be had. 

Being that I loved this book so much I have decided to give one of you a copy of your own. Yup that’s right, I want to send a copy of this book to one of you lovely people. To enter just follow the instructions below. Good luck and happy reading!!

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What book are you currently reading? Any suggestions for me to review for upcoming Butterbeer and Fantastic Tales posts?

  • Danielle Knapp

    This sounds like an amazing read! How scary for her and wtf how are there not systems in place to avoid parentless children in these situations?!?

    • Desiree

      It’s a great book. I couldn’t imagine just being left behind. But it has happened and does for a number of reasons.

      Also the entry part wasn’t working on this post earlier. I apologize for if you couldn’t enter or had a hard time doing so.

  • Kay

    Wow, this sounds like an amazing read. I can’t believe the government doesn’t have methods in place to take care of children in situations like this, what the hell?!

    • Desiree

      Well we have child protection services and other agencies, but a lot of times when these things happen the main priority is picking up immigrants so everything else goes out the window. It’s crazy to think that this happens, but it has and does.

      BTW the entry portion of this post wasn’t working earlier. I apologize if you had trouble entering.

  • scribbleprints

    I heard about her story on NPR. I’d love to read that book.

    Hmm…recomendations…

    So, do you like fiction or non-fiction usually? I don’t often read memoirs. My faves are things like Lord of the Rings usually. But, while fiction, Ann Tatlock’s books read more like memoirs and they are excellent. I have never read one that didn’t change me a bit.

    (Gale from Geeks and Beauties)

    • Desiree

      Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll add Ann to my to read list 🙂

  • I remember hearing about her story and it was heart wrenching, I can’t imagine how that could be allowed to happen to a child. I didn’t realize she’d written a book, I’d definitely love to read it!

    • Desiree

      I never knew this about her until a few weeks ago, and I knew I had to read the book.

  • Jessica

    I’ll definitely have to add this book to my list. I’m currently reading The Stopped Heart by Julie Myerson. Sadly I don’t have any suggestions for books for you to review. 🙁

    • Desiree

      It’s cool. Book recommendations can be difficult at times.

  • Hello! I loved the review * – * Have a strong desire to buy a Kindle on Amazon.com, then tell me your experiences with it ?!

    XOXO

    • Desiree

      I love my Kindle. I tend to read multiple books at the same time so it’s nice to have them all in the same place without carrying around 2-3 books.