Pony Express book of the week: ‘Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League’ by Dan-El Padilla Peralta

Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League is a memoir that follows author Dan-El Padilla Peralta’s journey as an undocumented immigrant in the United States. Dan-El moved to New York at the young age of 4 years old with his mother and youngest brother, hoping for a better life. Dan-El spent his childhood hiding his biggest secret: he did not have legal immigrant status in the country. Because of his desire to forge a bright future for himself and his family, he worked hard in school. His amazing academic performance caught the eyes of a teacher and this contributed to his great academic success. He achieved admission to Princeton University and continued to overcome obstacles. Padilla is now a professor at Princeton and a public speaker, inspiring millions of people in similar situations. 

Review: ★★★★★

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves memoirs and inspiring life stories. Dan-El’s life opened my eyes to the harsh reality of being an undocumented immigrant living in the states. His incredible drive and passion to learn made the memoir encouraging. I aspire to make a difference in the world similar to how Dan-El did.

Lauren Dempsky
Dan-El Padilla Peralta’s memoir cover pictures a young boy reading a book. His memoir provides an inside look about what his life was like growing up as an undocumented immigrant in the United States.

Author: Stefania Bitton

Stefania Bitton is a senior and the Co-Editor-in-Chief for the San Marin Pony Express. You will most likely find her singing and rocking out to any song that is playing. Ironically she doesn’t know how to sing but somehow she always knows the lyrics.

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