Pork Belly Tacos with a Side of Anxiety: My Journey Through Depression, Bulimia, and Addiction

Pork Belly Tacos with a Side of Anxiety: My Journey Through Depression, Bulimia, and Addiction

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In Pork Belly Tacos with a Side of Anxiety, Yvonne Castañeda shares vibrant stories of her childhood growing up in Miami as the daughter of humble immigrants from Mexico and Cuba . . . and how she came to develop an unhealthy relationship with food.

To help ease her mami's nervios, Yvonne becomes a perfectionist from a young age, achieving high grades at school and mastering the piano. But as her Cuban family members openly make comments about her awkward desarrollo, or puberty, Yvonne enters a new phase of self-consciousness that begins her obsession with weight.

She abandons the piano for the high school cheerleading team, and reinvents herself, becoming both skinny and popular. However, as a first-generation adolescent born in the United States, Yvonne wrestles with the conflict between the cultural norms of her Hispanic/Latino heritage and American societal expectations.

Plagued by doubt and low self-esteem, Yvonne begins a vicious cycle of weight gain and loss, as she battles Bulimia Nervosa. Beleaguered by feelings of guilt, shame, and inferiority, she develops anxiety, depression, and a reliance on dangerous coping mechanisms.

Ultimately, sage advice from her dear abuela in Guadalajara, Mexico, guides Yvonne to a realization that shifts her perspective of herself and the purpose of her life, providing a foundation for inner peace, and la solución to her past struggles.



Author: Yvonne Castañeda
Publisher: Santa Monica Press
Published: 02/22/2022
Pages: 280
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.55lbs
Size: 8.00h x 5.00w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9781595801081
Audience: Young Adult

Review Citation(s):
School Library Journal 01/01/2022 pg. 84