The mix of Spanish words and phrases is irritaing at first, but quickly becomes an essential part of the characters, a reminder of their culture and background. Events are seen through the eyes of each family member involved, giving a greater insight into how they are affected and making the reader more interested in the outcome.
'How did it go con le Pat?' Mama murmers to my surprise. 'Tan bueno to have her in the house again.'
'I thought you were asleep,' I whisper back. Sighing I turn on my side to face her. 'Well, it's really hard to tell Mama. I never expected Pat to stay here all day.'
'She cares mija. How can you doubt that?' Mama tosses a reprimanding glance across the pillows. She has a headful of pink plastic rollers with a white hairnet holding them in place. No matter what she says about my straight hair, I can't imagine the alternative.