Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
Hardcover, 260 pages
Piddy Sanchez doesn’t want to move to a new apartment and a new school. She wants everything to stay the way it was, even though her best friend moved to New Jersey and left her behind. But her mother is insistent that they move after the stairs in their apartment building collapse.
On Piddy’s first day at her new school, a girl comes up to her and says “Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass.” Piddy doesn’t know Yaqui or why she’s being harassed, but the harassment is getting in the way of her schoolwork.
Straight up: I love the characters in this story. Many of them, not just the main character, are more complicated than they seem on the surface. And straight up: I love that Piddy’s only challenge isn’t the bullying she’s recieving at the hand of Yaqui Delgado. That Piddy is concerned about a number of things makes the story even more realistic.
If the fact that the word “ass” is part of the title is what motivates you to read this book, you’re in for a fantastic story. Meg Medina doesn’t disappoint.