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Fall 2023 College 1 - Common Read

This year's common read is Don't Ask Me Where I'm From by Jennifer De Leon. The goal of a common reading experience is to foster a sense of community and provide a dynamic and fulfilling learning experience.

About the Book

Front Cover of the book, Don't Ask Me Where I'm From by Jennifer De Leon. "A Funny, perceptive and much-needed book telling a much-needed story..."  -- Celeste Ng, author of the New York Times bestseller, Little Fires Everywhere

Don't Ask Me Where I'm From by Jennifer De Leon

Don't Ask Me Where I'm From tells the story of Liliana, a high-school sophomore and first-generation American from a gritty Boston neighborhood. Just as the new school year begins, she finds out she's been accepted into a program that will transfer her to a wealthy, white, suburban high school 20 miles away. The list of reasons not to join the program is as long as the daily bus ride will be, but Liliana's mother won't let her pass up the opportunities the richer school can provide. Her father's also been gone for a long time, with no explanation, so making ends meet and taking care of two younger siblings doesn't make things any easier. When Liliana learns the truth about her father, she starts to take a hard look at who she is, where she belongs, what's in her way, and how to get around anything blocking her path.

Find out what book review publications say about the book.

Author Talk

Hosted by the Boston Public Library. Book Talk with Jennifer De Leon celebrating her debut novel Don't Ask Me Where I'm From.

Hosted by New York State Writers Institute. Jennifer De Leon, YA author of Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From.

Hosted by Radio Boston. Jennifer De Leon's 'Don't Ask Me Where I'm From' Explores Latinx Identity through the METCO Program

Resources for Instructors

Reader's Guide

Includes discussion questions and extension activities.  Provided by publisher.