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  • Here, Camino receives a message from Yahaira stating that she will visit the Dominican Republic. This relates to the main idea because it illustrates Camino's jealousy by comparing their two lives.
  • "She messages me that she has acquired a plane ticket. &how easy she says it. Because it wasn't endless paperwork, because no one wondered if she would overstay her visa"(pg. 261).
  • "But she shows up after I've lived a whole life & wants to pretend we have so much in common?... She has no idea what it means to completely abandon your dreams. She cannot."(pg.343).
  • In this scene, Yahaira tries to relate to Camino about how dangerous men can be. This makes Camino angry because Camino assumes that Yahaira's life cannot possibly have such horrible things in them due to the fact she has an easier life than her.
  • The Grass is Always Greener On the Other Side
  • At this moment, Yahaira's mom calls Yahaira and yells at her the moment she answers. This makes Camino jealous, even though Yahaira is currently being scolded by her mother Camino still recognizes Yahaira has her mom as a support system and is loved and cared for in a way she never was
  • "At least she has a mother. At least she has choices. She has been well fed her whole life. She is clearly loved. I bet you no one ever forgot her birthday"(pg. 334)
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  • Here, Yahaira talks about what it's like being raised Dominican while being born in the U.S. This relates to the main idea because it portrays the conflict Yahaira has to go through with these identity clashes, and how she wishes she could be in the D.R like Camino is.
  • "Can you be from a place you have never been? You can find the island stamped all over me, but what would the island find if I was there? Can you claim a home that does not know you, much less claim you as its own?" (97)
  • "Nothing is familiar. Not the whirring ceiling fan, or the loud generator. Not the neighbors who keep coming by to hug Camino & reminisce about Papi"(pg. 340).
  • In this scene, Yahaira is looking at her surroundings at Camino's house. This also relates to her struggles with identity, how she feels this should be a place she belongs in but it simply is not.
  • At this moment, Yahaira is envious of Camino’s swimming skills. We can see how Yahaira establishes this division between them, how their supposed to be on the same team but it doesn’t truly feel that way. This insecurity and jealousy show how Yahaira may think she wants to be like Camino and have her life
  • "I push onto my back & float downstream. It is hard to remind myself I am not playing against my sister. We are on the same team, I tell myself. Even if I dont actually believe that"(pg. 351).
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