I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Angie Character Analysis

Olga’s best friend. Angie is a complete wreck after Olga’s death, and the level of pain and dishevelment she’s experiencing doesn’t make sense to the unemotional Julia. After Julia finds lingerie and a hotel key card in Olga’s room, she goes to Angie to try to find out more about who Olga really was—and what she may have been hiding—but though Angie clearly knows something, she refuses to let Julia in. Later on in the novel, after Julia hacks Olga’s emails and discovers that Olga was pregnant when she died, she confronts Angie once again—this time, Angie is more open, and reveals that though she knew about Olga’s years-long affair with an older man (and her resultant pregnancy,) she believed that telling Olga’s family about her less-than-perfect personal life would only hurt them. Angie is important to Julia’s reluctant understanding of the fact that sometimes, the secrets people keep and the lies they tell help more than they hurt.

Angie Quotes in I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

The I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter quotes below are all either spoken by Angie or refer to Angie. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Knopf edition of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter published in 2017.
Chapter 1 Quotes

Olga’s friend Angie comes running in, looking like she was the one hit by a semi. She’s beautiful, but, damn, is she an ugly crier. Her skin is like a bright pink rag someone has wrung out. As soon as she sees Olga, she starts howling almost worse than Amá. I wish I knew the right thing to say, but I don’t. I never do.

Related Characters: Julia Reyes (speaker), Olga Reyes, Amá/Amparo Montenegro Reyes, Angie
Page Number: 10
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Chapter 4 Quotes

“You know, Julia, you’re always causing trouble, creating problems for your family. Now that she’s dead, all of a sudden you want to know everything about her? You hardly even spoke to her. Why didn’t you ask her anything when she was alive? Maybe you wouldn’t have to be here, asking me questions about her love life.”

Related Characters: Angie (speaker), Julia Reyes, Olga Reyes
Page Number: 53
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Chapter 24 Quotes

“I understand that it hurts, believe me, but this isn’t about you. […] Why would you want to cause your family more pain?

“Because we shouldn’t be living lies,” I say. […] “I’m tired of pretending and letting things blister inside me. Keeping things to myself almost killed me. I don’t want to live like that anymore.”

“What are you talking about?”

“Forget it.” Part of me wonders if Angie is right—who am I to do this to my family?—but I hate this feeling, like the weight of this will make my chest collapse.

Angie wipes the tears from her eyes with her palms. “Some things should never be said out loud, Julia. Can’t you see that?”

Related Characters: Julia Reyes (speaker), Angie (speaker), Olga Reyes, Amá/Amparo Montenegro Reyes, Apá/Rafael Reyes
Page Number: 295-296
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Angie Character Timeline in I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

The timeline below shows where the character Angie appears in I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...Julia briefly wonders who the man could be, but is distracted when Olga’s best friend Angie enters the room, wailing and “howling” in grief. Julia wishes she could comfort Angie, but... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...her sister’s dresser she finds a hotel key card from a hotel called The Continental. Angie, Julia knows, works at a hotel—but not The Continental. As she hears sounds of someone... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...When Julia asks if the hotel is connected to the Skyline—the hotel where Olga’s friend Angie works—the associate reveals that they’re owned by the same parent conglomerate. (full context)
Chapter 4
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...afternoon, Julia tells Amá that she’s going to the library to study—but secretly heads for Angie’s house instead. She’s called Angie several times, but her sister’s best friend won’t return her... (full context)
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At Angie’s house, Julia is welcomed inside by Angie’s mother, Doña Ramona, who is cooking some spicy... (full context)
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Julia sits down on the bed in Angie’s room, the walls of which are covered with photos of her and Olga. Julia immediately... (full context)
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Julia is intrigued by Angie’s voluntary admission that something was up with Olga’s love life, and asks her to say... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...stop worrying that Milagros will tell her parents about what happened in the bathroom. When Angie shows up late with a gift in tow, Julia corners her and demands to know... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Julia calls the hotel where Angie works, and, once confirming that Angie’s there, hops on a train to get downtown. She... (full context)
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At a nearby coffee shop, Julia asks Angie why she didn’t tell Julia the truth. Angie insists that no one would have “gain[ed]”... (full context)