Delia's Crossing
V.C. Andrews
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Delia's Crossing (The Delia Series)
V.C. Andrews
Pocket Star
432 pages
September 2008
rated 2 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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The struggles of immigrants crossing from Mexico into the United States are a patchwork of the horrors of reality and the hope of escape into a life that can offer so much more. For fifteen-year-old Delia, crossing into the U.S. is the easy step toward her unknown future. Unfortunately, the horrors of reality that become her life make the past her only source of escape.

Upon the unexpected deaths of both her parents, Delia is sent from the comfort of her small Mexican village to live under the guardianship of her wealthy estranged aunt in Palm Springs, California. Unknowingly, Delia is flying away from the only love she will ever truly know and into the depths of a hell that no decent or morally sound individual could imagine. Delia is not greeted with open arms and sincere regrets at the loss of her parents, but by a hard steel-like slap to the face and malicious threats should she ever mention her connection to her aunt to anyone – even the people living in the house. She is now a servant in the house and must never speak Spanish again.

Of course, the truth will out. Delia’s cousins learn of her existence and take their newfound knowledge in stride. Edward, her older and kinder cousin, fights on behalf of Delia and becomes her protector against the evils of her aunt and cousin Sophia, whose jealousy rages as she strives to make Delia’s existence as difficult as possible. The ultimate goal is to remove Delia, Sophia’s boyfriend, and Delia’s love interest in one fatal blow. Sophia’s cunning and deceit seemed to be limited to cruel adolescent selfishness, but when her plans lead to murder and her joy escalates at the fall of so many lives to avenge her hurt feelings, Delia’s fear for her own life comes into sharp focus.

Escaping back into Mexico is the only way for Delia to find her heart and soul and recover from the hell that her life has come to. The crossing requires an inner strength that many cannot muster, but Delia’s will to live and return to the arms of her grandmother are her only saving grace - home to Mexico, or nothing at all.

Andrews has a talent for storytelling. The "Delia" series features some serious attention grabbing, and all the demented twists and turns that would leave any TV drama audience thirsting for more. It is also negative, dark, and delivers a rather dramatic, disgusting, and evil social personification of the average and wealthy of America. One is left with little desire to continue following the drama in the next installment once the last page is completed on the first one.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Sonia R. Polinsky, 2009

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