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Jesusita by Ronald L. Ruiz

Updated on November 5, 2015


I was sent a free copy of Jesusita by Ronald L. Ruiz for free in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of Jesusita by Ronald L. Ruiz.

Ronald L. Ruiz

Ronald L. Ruiz knew he wanted to become an author at the young age of 17 when he finished reading Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment. Ronald L. Ruiz went to law school after he graduated high school, but he quickly found that practicing criminal defense was not for him. He instead turned to his first career choice of writing and became an author when his first book Happy Birthday Jesús.

Since then Ronald L. Ruiz has written many books including:

  • Jesusita
  • A Lawyer
  • The Big Bear
  • Giuseppe Rocco
  • Happy Birthday Jesus


First off as I wrote at the top in the disclaimer "I was sent a free copy of Jesusita by Ronald L. Ruiz for free in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of Jesusita by Ronald L. Ruiz."

Ronald L. Ruiz has a wonderful writing voice, the story flows wonderfully and the perspective changes are beautifully done. Ronald L. Ruiz did a wonderful job with the different stories, but my favorite of them all is the story that follows Jesusita. Jesusita is a woman who is struggling with poverty with her four children of various ages after her husband was killed when he was hit with a car.

Jesusita moves at a fast pace that keeps the reader reading until the very end. I enjoyed the fact that Jesusita by Ronald L. Ruiz moves along instead of getting caught up in little details. Jesusita by Ronald L. Ruiz is a very good read, but it is also sad. For those who find it difficult to read about child abuse and neglect even if it eventually changes for the better should avoid this book. Jesusita beats her children both with her fists and later with a strap for stupid things and one of her children turn to prostitution at a young age. Thankfully none of these scenes are particularly graphic and there is no full out sex scenes.

Overall I am glad that I read Jesusita by Ronald L. Ruiz, but I did find myself crying at a few points and feeling awful for the poor children. I kept wishing that Jesusita by Ronald L. Ruiz would be more positive and less abuse filled, but the book carries important messages and lessons for everyone.

Would you read Jesusita by Ronald L. Ruiz?

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    • misty103 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sefina Hawke 

      3 years ago

      Ronald L Ruiz,

      Thank your for commenting on my post. I agree that this book might be best for university students overall. I personally find it hard to think about why a mother would treat her children like Jesusita and Angie´s mother do.

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      Ronald L Ruiz 

      3 years ago

      Thank you Misty 103 for reading Jesusita and commenting on it.

      I think some high school students could handle Jesusita but on the whole probably not. However Jesusita will be taught at the University of California, Berkeley this coming spring semester . I believe the book should be taught at the university level.

      One of the themes of the book that I hoped to put forth was: Why would someone one like Jesusita and Angie´s mother do these things to their children? I don´t pretend to have the answer but I have given the question a lot of thought.

      Thanks again

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      Sarah Koz 

      3 years ago

      Yes, I think so. I think high school students are smart. There is much brutality in media, so it isn't as if students have never encountered it. Jesusita is different because it addresses an important time in history that should be more well known, and it centers on people that have to act drastically to survive. Yet the people are portrayed sympathetically; as much as I hated the titular character, I knew that was my personal bias, and I could start to see why she would act the ways she did.

    • misty103 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sefina Hawke 

      3 years ago

      Hi Sarah,

      Thank you for your comment. I also cried, I hate reading about abuse. It was still a well written book. Do you think it would be a good book for high school reading projects?

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      Sarah Koz 

      3 years ago

      Thank you for featuring Jesusita today. I cried several times when I first read it. Many of the scenes of abuse were too real, too close to home. At the same time, it was validating to read a book that discusses the reality of these situations so bluntly. Definitely worth reading.


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