The Other Side of the World

All fifteen year-old EJ Ramos wants is to be more like his older brother Charlie. Charlie is popular, athletic, and about to go to Harvard. Plus he’s their dad’s favorite kid—he says so at Charlie’s going away party, in front of all their family and friends, much to EJ’s horror. Charlie can also pass for white, unlike EJ who takes after their Filipino dad more than their white mom.

When EJ’s Nanay (grandma) dies, his dad drags him to the Philippines for her funeral. It is EJ’s first trip to Asia and he’s stunned when he sees the one-room shack where his dad grew up. While going through Nanay’s things EJ’s dad finds a bucket list and asks EJ to work on the list with him. As EJ helps his dad with Nanay’s bucket list and bonds with his cousins, he learns life—and people—always have the ability to surprise you.

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