A disclosure before this review: I am not an immigrant. I have no clue about the struggles they go through everyday, so please know that that will possibly influence the review.
As far as sequels go, it isn't a terrible book. I will read it again, but it is not as good as the original novel. I appreciated being able to see Lupe's struggles, and Mia's friendship with Jason flowering and growing. That being said! The change from Mia's family trying to save every penny, and hearing about their struggle for money in the first book to the family splurging on everything, Buying dresses that are two hundred dollars, trying to pay people money for dong nothing, etc. That is just the only problem I have with the book, but otherwise I loved it.