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Alexandra Diaz Books In Order

Publication Order of Only Road Books

The Only Road (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Crossroads (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Of All the Stupid Things (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Good Girls Don't Lie (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Santiago's Road Home (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Alexandra Diaz
Author Alexandra Diaz spends her time between Santa Fe, New Mexico, Bath, England, and the rest of the world. She is the daughter of Cuban refugees and is a native Spanish speaker.

Alexandra has an MA in Writing for Young People and has led different workshops since the age of fourteen.

After being home schooled for the majority of high school, she became fascinated by teenage school life as well as the drama occurring in those quarters. A reason that she writes is to experience life in somebody else’s shoes. Additionally, she has an overactive imagination that had her making stories up from an early age.

She is a “jenny of all trades” since she has worked as a tour guide, a teacher, a nanny, a film extra, and a dairy goat judge (yes really), as well as many other jobs. Besides traversing the world, she enjoys swing dancing, hiking, and the prospect of flying.

“The Only Road” won the Americas Award and the Pura Belpre Honor, as well as others. “The Crossroads” won an International Latino Book Award. “Good Girls Don’t Lie” took second place for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award and the International Latino Book Award. “Of All the Stupid Things” was an ALA Rainbow List book and a New Mexico-Arizona Book Award.

Alexandra’s debut novel, called “Of All the Stupid Things”, was released in the year 2009. Her work is from the young adult romance genre.

“Of All the Stupid Things” is the first stand alone novel and was released in the year 2009. A rumor begins circulating that Brent, Tara’s boyfriend, has been sleeping with one of the male cheerleaders, the innuendo doesn’t just hurt her. It is the beginning of the end for what was an inseparable trio of buddies. Tara has been training for a marathon, however she is also trying to escape from her fear of abandonment after she was deserted by her dad.

Whitney Blaire appears to have everything, but absentee parents and an empty mansion leave this beauty to look for some meaning in all of the wrong places. Pinkie has got a compulsive need to mother everybody in order to make up for the mom that she has never once stopped missing. This friendship that was promising to last forever is beginning to break under the pressure of all the girls’ differences.

Riley, the new girl, shows up with her athletic body, long black hair, and her blasé attitude. All of a sudden, Tara begins feeling things she has never once felt before for a female, and to rethink her feelings about Brent and what he may or may not have done. Could Tara be gay, or does she just love Riley? Can her deepest friendships really survive when every single rule has changed?

“Good Girls Don’t Lie” is the second stand alone novel and was released in the year 2016. Josie Figueroa is the one girl in the family nobody has to worry about. She is responsible, smart, and reliable. She is the good girl.

Except her life isn’t nearly as perfect as everybody thinks. Her older brothers are clueless and overprotective; her dream-boy leads her on before dumping her. Then her cousin, named Margarita who is unable to deal with her own life, much less two small kids and a deadbeat husband.

That is okay since there is always Josie-to-the-rescue, Josie who takes care of everything for others. It ain’t like she doesn’t have troubles of her own, and not like she is pregnant, fifteen, and every decision she is making feeling like it is the wrong one.

“The Only Road” is the first novel in “The Only Road” series, and was released in the year 2016. Jaime, twelve years old, makes the life-changing and treacherous journey from his home in Guatemala in order to go live with his older brother in America in order to have a chance at a better life.

Jaime is sitting on his bed and drawing when he hears a scream. Immediately, he knows that Miguel, his best friend and cousin, is dead.

Everybody in Jaime’s tiny town in Guatemala knows somebody that has been killed by the powerful gang known for drug trafficking, called the Alphas. Anybody that refuses to work for them is killed or hurt, just like Miguel. With Miguel now gone, Jaime is afraid he is going to be next. There is just one choice: accompanied by Angela, his cousin, he has to flee from his home in order to live in New Mexico with his older brother.

“The Crossroads” is the second novel in “The Only Road” series, and was released in the year 2018. Angela and Jaime learn what it truly means to be living as undocumented immigrants in America.

Jaime Rivera believes the worst over after he crossed into the United States. Beginning in a new school can’t be too bad. Except it really is, and not just because he is barely able to speak English. As his cousin Angela fits in fast, with after-school activities and new friends, Jaime struggles even with the simple idea of calling this place “home”. His real home is back with his parents, abuela, and the rest of his family. Not here where the cattle and cacti outnumber the people, and where he is unable to be himself, a boy from Guatemala.

Bad news arrives from his parents back in Mexico, feelings of guilt and helplessness begin to eat at Jaime. Gang violence back in Guatemala means that he is unable to go back home, however, he is unsure he wants to really stay. America isn’t the great place everybody said it’d be. Especially if you are undocumented (or “sin papeles”) as Jaime is.

Things look bleak, hope shows up in some unexpected places. A music teacher, a taciturn boy on the bus, and an old ranch hand. Jaime, with his sketchbook perpetually near at hand, uses his drawings to show what it really means to be a real citizen.

This is both a moving and powerful novel that paints a realistic and insightful picture.

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