Pedro was a co-worker a few years back which is cool because I could hear his voice as I was reading the book. I learned so much about Pedro I did not know. I really enjoyed his book. It was a great read in what he experienced as a foreign exchange student and then his return home. It was an easy read which kept my interest and I am looking forward to the next book!
It is fun to lose yourself in a book, but it is even more fun and significant to find yourself in one. Reading Through the Eyes of Santiago brought me back to my experience as a high school student in Minnesota. I really recommend this book to anyone who wants to know what it is like to come to the United States for the first time, to attend high school without speaking English, or to be a person of color in a place where the majority is white. His story inspired me to always make sure I have a positive ripple effect on others. Hanny Anderson.
I really liked the mixture of humor and feeling that the author uses to narrate the joys, frustrations and life lessons that he experienced when he was 17 years old living a year in the United States for a student exchange.
A very encouraging and different view of life outside of the US. I never looked at my upbringing in Iowa from an outsiders perspective until I left Iowa. To hear it from someone else’s point of view on paper is thrilling and to learn about a Peruvian growing up in Peru is intriguing.
Knowing Pedro from our days working together at the bank, this book is an amazing rendition of his journey to the US. His writing is done in a way that allows you to relate/understand his journey. It was a wonderful experience into the life of an exchange student and all you can learn and teach to others!
A great read! Thoughtful, insightful look at America through the eyes of a curious 17 year old exchange student from Peru. I loved learning about the Peruvian culture and how American and Americans are perceived by newcomers. I alternately laughed and cried along with Santiago!
I throughly enjoyed reading this book! The author does a great job explaining how Iowa and the USA, his new world, impacted him and why. A must read for those that are thinking about embarking in the adventure of being an exchange student or for those that have gone through that experience (I did and found myself remembering some of my experiences). Also, if you would like to find out a little more about the Peruvian culture and how it is similar and different to the US, this book will, in a very entertaining and intriguing way, paint a very accurate picture. Overall a fantastic book filled with fun adventures, interesting facts, provoking and relevant points of view.
I really enjoyed this book! Being from the Midwest, as I learned about Iowa and America through Santiago’s eyes, I discovered things I have taken for granted, like good schools and fair teachers. It was also really fun to relive Santiago’s senior year of high school as a first timer in the United States, including prom, pranks, dumb and dangerous parties, and our infatuation with high school sports. The author has an easy style that conveys his experiences and emotions well. I highly recommend this book.
I enjoyed reading this story. The author came to the United States by himself as an exchange student with limited ability to speak English. I can’t even imagine being brave enough to do anything like that. Honestly...had I walked into a bedroom containing some of the things that his first host bedroom contained, I probably would have gone home immediately.
Reading about American traditions and customs (especially with respect to holidays) through his eyes was the best part of this book. The chapter about the Halloween corn maze made me laugh out loud!!! It was also interesting to hear about how these compared to some of the traditions in Peru. I may have learned a thing or two about U.S. history and politics, too.
I highly recommend this book. It is a quick, entertaining read because of the author’s conversational writing style and witty snippets. I feel like the ending left itself open to a follow-up book, and I would love to read about what happened in the author’s next chapter in life.