This book opens with a quote by Sandra Cisneros: “There should be stars for great wars like ours.”
This book is about the many, small great wars that go on around us all of the time but we are unaware. Are we unaware because we want to be unaware, because we aren’t made aware, or people don’t choose to share and don’t want others aware?
In Yunior’s case, Yunior is the narrator/ protagonist, he tells about his small wars with his mother, his brother, his father, and most of all with the different women in his life. One of those small wars actually set him on the path to college and hence career.
Junot Diaz, the author, writes in a first person narration that is alive and brings you with Yunior. Yunior is completely human, completely alive and so are the people around him. The reader can feel themselves moving along, back and forth with Yunior, as he moves through his early life and relationships, his coming to New York from the Dominican Republic, and his loves and his losses.
A must read.