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La vida es complicada

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Spanish novel for beginners. Three generations of men in the Medina family each have their own struggle with life.

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Leonardo is a Venezuelan engineer who lives and works for a U.S. petroleum company in Florida. He is used to solving problems in his work life. In fact, he is really good at it. He is so good that the company is going to honor him at a special event. But Leonardo’s problem-solving skills are put to the test when he is forced to deal with family issues, both with his son in Florida, and back home in Venezuela where his daughter still lives with her family.

In Venezuela Gustavo was a doctor and a prominent member of the community. He and his wife were living a good life with their two boys - at least until the accident. Unable to deal with the loss of his wife and younger son, Gustavo is forced to leave Venezuela behind and start anew with his older son at his parents’ home in Florida. Sad and angry with his new reality in the United States he tries to numb his pain and in doing so, alienates his parents and his son, Samuel.

Samuel had just started high school a couple of years ago when his mom and brother died in an accident in Venezuela. Like his father he is still sad and angry, but Samuel always has his music. Rock music. He loves his guitar and how playing it makes him feel: free. As if losing half of his family wasn’t enough of a burden, Samuel also has to contend with the typical teen issues - especially when it comes to relationships. And these relationships, while accepted by both of his grandparents, are the cause of some huge problems between Samuel and his father. 


  • 60 pages of text
  • written in present tense
  • written in 1st person singular
  • the story is told alternately from the perspectives of the three main characters
  • Spanish with several Latin-American characteristics
  • setting: Florida and Venezuela

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familie / family / father-son relationship / fathers / gender / homosexualiteit / hoofdpersoon is een jongen / hoofdpersoon is een man / immigratie / main character is a boy / main character is a man / meerdere hoofdpersonen / multiple main characters / ouders / perspective changes / sons / vader-zoon-relatie / vaders / Venezuela / wisselend perspectief / zoons
Author Jennifer Degenhardt
Year of publication 2019
Number of pages 87 (including glossary)
ISBN 9781733346450
Illustrated no
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