by Chambers, Veronica

She is the envy of every teenage girl in Mexico City. Her mother is a glamourous telenovela actress. Her father is the go-to voice-over talent for blockbuster films. Hers is a world of private planes, chauffeurs, paparazzi and gossip columnists. Meet Camilla del Valle--Cammi to those who know her best.

When Cammi's mom gets cast in an American television show and the family moves to LA, things change, and quickly. Her mom's first role is playing a not-so-glamorous maid in a sit- com. Her dad tries to find work but dreams about returning to Mexico. And at the posh, private Polestar Academy, Cammi's new friends assume she's a scholarship kid, the daughter of a domestic.

At first Cammi thinks playing along with the stereotypes will teach her new friends a lesson. But the more she lies, the more she wonders: Is she only fooling herself?

With humor and humanity, Veronica Chambers offers a universally appealing coming-of-age novel that poses complex questions of identity and assimilation every immigrant must wrestle with: Who were we back there? Who are we here? Who does everyone think we are here? And how do we meld all those selves together into a new life?

Veronica Chambers is a prolific author, best known for her critically acclaimed memoir Mama’s Girl and the award-winning memoir, Yes Chef, which was co-authored with chef Mar- cus Samuelsson. She has collaborated on four New York Times bestsellers, most recently 32 Yolks, which she co-wrote with chef Eric Ripert. She's been a senior editor at the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek and Glamour. Born in Panama and raised in Brooklyn, she writes of- ten about her Afro-Latina heritage. She speaks, reads and writes Spanish, but she is truly flu- ent in Spanglish. She is currently a JSK Knight fellow at Stanford University.

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