Just Like Us tells the true story of four young Mexican-American women who have lived in the United States since childhood. The friends are split down the middle in terms of their legal status. The author spent six years following the young women as they come of age, delving deep into the predicament facing the two without legal status and the political backdrop to their circumstances. The story opens on the eve of the girls’ senior prom in Denver, Colorado. All four young women have performed strongly in high school, and all want to make it into college, but only two possess the documents that let them to qualify for most scholarships. Meanwhile, after a Mexican immigrant shoots and kills a local police officer, Colorado becomes a place where national arguments over immigration rage fiercely. The girls’ lives play out against a backdrop of intense debate over whether they have any right to live in this country. Moving, timely, and passionately told, Just Like Us is a riveting nonfiction story about girlhood, friendship, identity, and survival.