Imposter Syndrome and Other Confessions of Alejandra Kim (Hardcover)
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I loved this often poignant, sometimes funny story that is full of insights about identity and the struggle to fit in. 18-year-old Ale doesn't feel like she belongs anywhere - not at her expensive private school, nor in her diverse Queens neighborhood, or even with her own family. A well-written exploration of the lives of people who immigrated to the US, people with multiple identities, the distance between the haves and have nots, and the frequent missteps of even well-meaning white people attempting to support people of other races and ethnicities.— Kathy Herbst
A multicultural teen struggles to fit into her elite prep school, her diverse Queens neighborhood, and even her own home. A hilarious, poignant, and powerful YA novel from the award-winning author of Re Jane.
“Simply brilliant!” —David Yoon, New York Times best-selling author of FRANKLY IN LOVE
“Scathingly funny.” —Gayle Forman, New York Times best-selling author of IF I STAY
Alejandra Kim feels like she doesn’t belong anywhere.
Not at home, where Ale faces tense silence from Ma since Papi’s passing. Not in Jackson Heights, where she isn’t considered Latinx enough and is seen as too PC for her own good. Certainly not at her Manhattan prep school, where her predominantly white classmates pride themselves on being “woke”. She only has to survive her senior year before she can escape to the prestigious Whyder College, if she can get in. Maybe there, Ale will finally find a place to call her own.
The only problem with laying low— a microaggression thrusts Ale into the spotlight and into the middle of a discussion she didn’t ask for. But her usual keeping her head down tactic isn’t going to make this go away. With her signature wit and snark, Ale faces what she’s been hiding from. In the process, she might discover what it truly means to carve out a space for yourself to belong.
Imposter Syndrome and Other Confessions of Alejandra Kim is an incisive, laugh-out-loud, provocative read about feeling like a misfit caught between very different worlds, what it means to be belong, and what it takes to build a future for yourself.
About the Author
Patricia Park is the author of the debut YA novel, Imposter Syndrome & Other Confessions of Alejandra Kim. She is a professor of creative writing at American University, a former Fulbright Scholar and Edith Wharton Writer-in-Residence, and the author of the acclaimed adult novel, Re Jane, a modern-day retelling of Brontë’s Jane Eyre. She’s written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Guardian, and others. Born and raised in Queens, Patricia lives in Brooklyn, NY.
★ “Park’s work paints an educational but entertaining portrait of what it is like to be a person of color in today’s world.... [A] fantastic read.” —School Library Journal, starred review
★ “[An] entertaining, well-paced story…. Ale is a thoroughly appealing protagonist.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Alejandra’s powerful story will leave readers with much to think about.” —The Horn Book
"This humor-infused tale poignantly captures one teenager’s experience learning to stand up for what she believes in.” —Publishers Weekly
"This is a powerful debut YA novel." -Buzzfeed News
“Hilarious, whip-smart, and refreshingly honest—this novel is simply brilliant.”
—Brendan Kiely, coauthor of the New York Times bestselling All American Boys
“An authentically funny, honest, and real portrayal of the fight to be seen. Magnificent.”
—Ellen Oh, award-winning author of Finding Junie Kim
“Will give readers the courage to truly define ‘imposter’ and to smash those definitions that no longer serve us.”
—Jennifer de Leon, author of Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From
“The joys and travails of Alejandra Kim at ‘Quaker Oats Prep’ made me laugh one moment and cry the next. . . .I loved this novel!”
—Marie Myung-Ok Lee, author of Finding My Voice and Hurt You
"Imposter Syndrome is funny and moving, wonderfully earnest and slyly satirical, and an absolute pleasure to read."
-Benjamin Dreyer, New York Times bestselling author of Dreyer's English