Malu, or as her mother loves to call her, Maria Luisa (which is her name, but it drives her crazy) is moving. To Chicago. Away from her dad and his cool music store and everything she knows and loves, for two whole years for her mother’s job as a professor. And yes, she knows it is “temporary” but when you are 12 years old, two years can feel pretty permanent.
There are two things that she does bring with her, that are a huge part of who she is. They are – her love for creating zines and her love of punk music and all things PUNK! Her father gets her, but her mother, who is Mexican American, only seems to complain about Malu. How she dresses, what she does with her hair, what kind of music she listens to. And it begins to feel like her mom, who seems to only love everything Mexican, is disappointed with everything about Malu.
Malu is torn. Her father is white, so she feels like she’s not sure just where she fits in. And now she’s in a new school in a new city. How will she ever find “her people?” She begins to doubt if they are even out there.
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez is your pretty standard story of not fitting in and trying to feel comfortable in your own skin.
Recommended for grades 6 and up.