Ith rules about dress code and an anti punk principal Readers will njoy Malu s wry sense of humor and relate to themes like fitting in and being new The book has black and white illustrations and collages throughout which add to the charm An ntertaining fun read that I would recommend for middle schoolers and beyond Karina Glaserfrom The Best Books We Read In June 2017 Boricuan Bookworms Book Reviews The First Rule of Punk is a fun middle grade book about a Mexican American girl who whose mother has relocated them to Chicago for a new job I really liked a lot of things about Mal from the beginning because it was completely relatable to me to see her struggling with her identity She doesn t want to be the perfect Mexican se orita her mother wants her to be but instead wants to be punk like her dadMal s struggles really highlight the unrealistic xpectations that are placed upon children of color Mal is called a coco brown on the outside white on the inside by her classmate Selena the perfect Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation example of a Mexican child Unlike Selena Mal doesn t speak Spanish perfectly she doesn t like cilantro doesn tnjoy traditional Mexican dancing basically doesn t do things that are xpected from a Mexican child But does this make Mal any less MexicanOf course there s to the story than this This book isn t does this make Mal any less MexicanOf course there s to the story than this This book isn t about identity and culture but about friendship and finding your place We see Mal s character develop throughout the story while she makes new friends and meets Mexican people and role models who help her understand her struggles I like to think of us as like patchwork uilts Some pieces are prettier than others Some pieces match and some don t But if you remove a suare you re just left with an incomplete uilt and who wants that All our pieces are ually important if they make us whole Even the weird ones I think that this book really shows how representation is important as we see how much Mal starts to reevaluate her "LIFE ONCE SHE MEETS PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTUALLY LIKE "once she meets people who are actually like and she sees all the possibilities of what she can beIn between chapters we see Generations and Collective Memory excerpts of zines Mal makes which gives usxtra insight into who she is and what she admires I liked this aspect of the book a lot because it was a fun little surprise waiting for you at some parts of the storyWhile being middle grade this book never feels to me like it s too
juvenile or childish yes the main character is 12 years old but the or childish yes the main character is 12 years old but the is written in such a way that it s difficult not to get sucked in Mal s narrative voice is honest and a little bit sarcastic which made a lot of situations both relatable and completely hilarious I definitely recommend this book to anyone because it s fun and refreshi. Look and disappoints her college professor mom in the process Her dad who now lives a thousand miles away says things will get better as long as she remembers the first rule of punk be yourself The real Malú loves rock music skateboarding zines and Soyrizo hold the cila. Updating this to 5 stars because I love it so much Being punk meant a lot of different things just like being Mexican meant many things Sometimes those things didn t seem to match And that was okay because I d discovered that maybe the first rule of punk was to make your own rules The First of Punk is such wonderful middle grade book about belonging and
being yourself This book is a debut a badass librarian and is own voices for the Mexican American representation yourself This book is a debut from a badass librarian and is own voices for the Mexican American representation is biracial and there s lots of Mexican culture and history that is weaved throughout the story We follow the spunky and passionate Maria Luisa aka Mal who loves xpressing herself with her punk style and zine making materials What she doesn t love is her mom
S Insistence On Being A Perfect Se insistence on being a perfect se or her mother s mbracing of Mexican culture Mal doesn t think she has anything in common with her Super Mexican mom and certainly doesn t From Notes to Narrative expect to find her voic Fresh fun story line fantastic format with the zines included Definitely a must have book for middle school libraries Being punk meant a lot of different things just like being Mexican meant many things Sometimes those things didn t seem to match And that was okay because I d discovered that maybe the first rule of punk was to make your own rulesactual rating 45This is a really cute book about a punk girl with a Mexican mother and a White father who is trying to find her place in the world It offers a really interesting look into some of the problems that mixed raced children might come across in America and I think thatven if you don t share Malu s Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America exact problems thatveryone has something about them that they think is weird and causes them to struggle to fit in at school or fight with their parents I specially saw a lot of myself in Malu in regards to her interactions with her mom who doesn t like her clothes or the music she listens to and it s nice to see them work out their differences and come to understand ach other better in the Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) end Definitely a fun read and I think it will really hit home with people who are struggling with accepting themselves as they are vs how the world maybe thinks they should be acting Y ALL This book wasverything I wanted it to be and Highly recommended to all girls rock campers middle school misfits zinesters riot grrrls and punks This debut middle grade novel by longtime zine maker Celia C P rez is a touching story about punk loving Maria Luisa who likes to be referred to as Malu When she and her mother move to a new town and Malu starts a new middle school she keeps reminding herself of the first rule of punk be yourself Unfortunately Posada Middle School makes that hard to do There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school you can't fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors On Day One twelve year old Malú inadvertently upsets Posada Middle School's ueen bee violates the school's dress code with her punk rock.
CHARACTERS The First Rule of PunkNg while also dealing with serious issues such as culture and being yourself Review copy provided by publisher My Review A realistic and captivating middle grade voice and a plot that moves along at a perfect pace This story of identity xplores being Mexican American being punk being torn between cultures and parents transition and discovering your own patchwork uilt you Plus Mal s zines woven in are awesome I was lucky to read an advanced reader copy of this book It helps when you are "married to the author Despite my obvious bias this book is the "to the author Despite my obvious bias this book is the knees the bomb diggity simply awesome If you don t fall in love with Maria Luisa Malu the main character in this book your heart just might be made of stone Middle grade kids are going to love this book Parents of those same kids are going love this book too What a lively bookThis spunky heroine definitely reminded me of what it means to be young and passionate Can t believe I need reminding aah university what are you doing to me When the principal tells her the punk makeup she s wearing is not welcome in the school she finds new ways of showing her styleWhenever someone tells her she can t do something she tries twice as hard instead of giving up She reminded me of me I used to be seriously scared of getting into trouble at school and then not get my diploma or worse nd up in jail Pouuufff I ve ruined my life Malu is a little bit like that too Although she believes in punk behavior and doing what she believes is right despite possible conseuences part of her still wants to avoid getting into trouble and disappointing figures of authority Some have shelved this book under graphic
It is a graphic novel It does however contain a lot of zines short free magazines created on a specific topic so there is visual art But this is not at all a visual story It s one hundred percent a novel just with awesome zines that give punk to the novel I needed to clarify that because Goodreads shelves have deceived me than once in the past There is also much talk of Mexican culture in this book as the heroine herself is half Mexican and has a love hate relationship with the Spanish language ven though she now goes to a middle school with a majority of Spanish speaking kids Will she ver feel like she belongsPssst It s pretty remarkable that 100% of people liked this booknovel it is
on Goodreads but not surprising as it is a compelling read Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google BloglovinGoodreads but not surprising as it is a compelling read Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin don t warn you in library school They ll tell you about all the cool children s books you ll get to read They ll stress how you ll be able to make a difference in the lives of kids by introducing them to books they might never find. Ntro please And when she assembles a group of like minded misfits at school and starts a band Malú finally begins to feel at home She'll do anything to preserve this which includes standing up to an anti punk school administration to fight for her right to xpress herse.