This book is about how an18-year-old tries to adjust her life in a big town. esperanza Ignacio begins to go to college to fulfil her dream of getting a degree in animation. It is then that she realizes the meaning of "you can take the girl out of the barrio, but you can’t take the barrio out of the girl.”
On the day Esperanza is to leave for college her friend Carlos tells her, that he wants to take her for a perfect date. But for Esperanza, Carlos is just a friend. She is not ready to date Carlos. To support herself in college she works at a book store where she meets Jake.
Both Esperanza and Jake like books . Both go to book exibition and other places. Esperanza starts to like Jake. But she is confused between Jake and Carlos.
Her roommate Anna has a rich dad and a car. She also loves to dress up. She is different from Esperanza financially.
Esperanza is trying to look beyond her life to see what is in store for her. she was a future in animation and when Jake tells her some music producer has told him to go on a promotion tour for his album she is confused . If she goes with Jake she will have to leave her family but she loves Jake.
I liked the book because we can learn many lessons about life and how to overcome difficult situations.