Friday, January 08, 2010

Far From Gringo Land

The summer between your last year of high school and your first year of college can be filled with new experiences. But for Rick Dresner, it will become life-changing.
Traversing the border between the United States and Mexico, this Colorado native immerses himself in a new culture while helping family friends, the Romeros, build a house. Unexpected challenges await him though. Cultural differences shock his brain and readers are engaged in pondering differences not usually thought of. For those
looking for an eye-opening read or just a good book, this is one to be sure and pick up.

This book really got me thinking. What are the differences between American culture
and the cultures of other countries? It was quite a shocker for me, a pet-lover, to find out that animals are not kept as pets unless they perform services like being a watchdog. But despite the shocks, this book was an engaging read, drawing me farther and farther into Rick's trip to Mexico. I was satisfied with what I read and have learned a lot. I encourage all readers who are interested in foreign countries to give this book a look.
Reviewer Age:16
Reviewer City, State and Country: Mineola, TX U.S.A.