Saenz, Benjamin Alire.
SAMMY AND JULIANA IN HOLLYWOOD
New York : Cinco Puntos Press, 2004
Santos is helping raise his little sister, who likes to ask him who he
would be if he could be anybody for a day. Sammy decides that he
would be Jesus Christ, which is a funny choice for a guy who got into an
argument with the priest during confession once. If he were Jesus,
Sammy would go to all the graves of all the people he loves and raise them
all back to life. Death has taken a lot of people away from Sammy.
He has even lost Juliana, Juliana from the title of the book. He
loved her even when everyone else said she was a tramp, and he hates going
to high school without her. The 1960s were an interesting time to
be a student at Las Cruces High School, with things like riots over the
dress code and the Vietnam draft sitting there waiting for you to graduate.
If you like books with characters that seem more real than some actual
people you know, you should read Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood.
Booktalk by Ellen Zander, West Georgia Regional Library (Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers, 2007-2008)
Death -- Fiction.
Grief -- Fiction.
Violence -- Fiction.
Mexican Americans -- Fiction.