Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

Piddy Sanchez is a new sophomore at DJ High.  She didn’t want to change schools.  She liked her old school where her friends are a lot more than DJ which has a reputation for being rough.  Piddy tries to lay low, but apparently she didn’t lay low enough because one of the tough girls school tells Piddy that “Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass.”

The first thing that comes to Piddy’s mind is “Who is Yaqui Delgado.”  Turns out Yaqui was suspended twice for fighting last year and she doesn’t like the way Piddy acts stuck up like she’s all that when she’s new.  Yaqui even called her a skank for the way Piddy walks.
Now Piddy’s days are filled with fear that she’s doing something skanky or acting stuck up, when she’s just trying to get through school.  A group of girls stop by Piddy’s afterschool job at a hair salon and tell her that Yaqui wants to meet her at 4, and if she doesn’t show up then when the fight does come, which it will, it’s going to be a lot worse.  Piddy doesn’t show.

Girls like Yaqui don’t back down in real life and this story gets real when Piddy gets jumped.  One of Yaqui’s friends records the unfair fight and puts the video up for everyone to see.  Piddy gets messed up.  Bad.  The effects of the fight aren’t even close to over when the fight ends.

Piddy doesn’t want to tell her mom what happened, so she lies about the bruises, and she doesn’t want to go back to school since everyone saw what happened on the humiliating video.  The bullying has spiraled to consume every aspect of Piddy’s life.

This book is one of the most realistic books about high school I’ve read.  I remember girls I didn’t know threatening to beat me up for something I had no control over.  High school can be a really dark and scary place for a lot of girls.  Read this book to see how Piddy gets through it.

Reviewed by Annica, CLP-West End

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