Judith Ortiz Cofer is a master of language. As both a poet and a novelist, she tells María’s story in an unusual way, which she calls microfiction. Call Me Maria by Judith Ortiz Cofer – book cover, description, publication history. A new novel from the award-winning author of AN ISLAND LIKE YOU, winner of the Pura Belpre Award. Maria is a girl caught between two worlds: Puerto Rico.

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A book about a girl named Maria who chose to move to New York with her father leaving her island of Puerto Rico, her beloved home, behind along with her mother. They are written about similar topics and both are told with a poetic tone. It’s all about her finding her own Puerto Rican-American identity, an experience that I can sympathize with, but I still felt like the whole thing lacked depth sometimes.

As a result, he never felt at home in Puerto Rico and became depressed. This happened throughout the whole book. Cofet living with her father in New York and her mother that keeps in touch with her through letters which forces her to retreat back to her native culture. Through this transition, Call Me Maria becomes a coming of age story where Maria must define her identity from within and not base cal self-identity on her surroundings. Nov 20, Adamaris Jauregui rated it it was amazing.

It didn’t feel forced or overly flowery, but she used wonderful descriptions throughout the book. Judith Ortiz Cofer is an award-winning author known for her stories about coming-of-age experiences in the barrio and her writings about the cultural conflicts of immigrants. I got to admit it’s fun reading a spanglish book, it makes the book kind of funny. What I would personality rate call me Maria would be 5 stars because the book is so amazing and interested to me as Maria young teenage girl who is separated from her mom and stays with her father to go to high school and possibly college.


Ortiz Cofer’s work can largely be classified as creative nonfiction. Maria has to deal with leaving her family, friends and everything she has ever known in Puerto Rico for new opportunities and an American education. Golden, who handles English class. Telling the story through letters, poems, and prose makes for a very quick, easy, and enjoyable read.

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Through letters, poetry, and prose, we learn the story of Maria as she moves from Puerto Rico to New York City with her father, leaving behind her mother.

It is a really easy read, but it might be hard for ESL 1 or ESL 2 because of the extensive vocabulary and Maria’s playfulness with words. She misses her life back in Puerto Rico. She was given a choice about whether to stay in PR or go to NY.

Call Me Maria Summary & Study Guide

Call Me Maria is eloquently written in letters to her mother and journal entries in prose briefly describing her life in Puerto Rico before she moved calling herself Maria Alegre, and then chronicling her life in the barrios of New York as she tries to fit in. When I Was Puerto Rican: This happened when the people that lived upstairs of Maria in Florida with her mom, wrote Maria letters to make sure she was doing well.

To ask other readers questions about Call Me Mariaplease sign up. Mami stays only very briefly, saying she and Papi will be getting a divorce. By the end of the book, s This was really a lovely book. As later Maria begins to feel better when Call Me Maria By Judith Ortiz Cofer It is a beautiful day even in this barrio, I am almost unhappy” This quote shows how Maria begins to feel sad and lonely throughout the book in her lonely barrio without her mom.


Through a beautiful combination of prose, letters and, poems, Maria finds her inner voice and is able to express herself beautifully. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Read more from the Study Guide. Nov 13, Sarah Fagan rated it liked it Recommends it for: She was given a choice about whether to stay in PR or go to This book comes fifth in my text set as it now moves into addressing diversity with respect to ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic status.

Call me Maria : a novel / Judith Ortiz Cofer – Details – Trove

He missed the barrio and so finally he bought a plane ticket to Ny. Language also becomes an important theme.

Puerto Rico, where she was born, and New York, where she now lives in a basement apartment in the barrio. Maria constantly feels a pull between the new world and the old.

They often made back-and-forth trips between Paterson juduth Hormigueros. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Mar 18, Zanthia rated it really liked it. Based on the text describe the relationship maria has with her father.

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Its very different from the books I have read. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Inshe became the first Hispanic to win the O.

I enjoyed reading the snippets of the character’s lives, but I didn’t feel that any of the characters were developed fully, which made it difficult to be invested in the story.