In her afterword, author Ann Jaramillo calls her novel La Linea a story of "optimism, courage, and determination." I agree with all of these descriptions, but would definitely add "grueling" to the list. Miguel and his sister Elena have long dreamed of heading north from Mexico to the States, so that they could be reunited with their parents. For seven years, Miguel waited for them to send for him, and finally the time has come. Unfortunately, no trip to the norte is easy, and Miguel seems to face every obstacle possible.
I first chose this book because of the title, hoping it would be in Spanish. While there are plenty of Spanish words sprinkled through, this isn't what I was looking for. I finished the book, but it took me a lot longer than usual, and I also put off the review for ages. Even now, I'm not sure what to say about it.
Some books grab you, but some don't. For me, La Linea is the latter.