I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

by

Erika L. Sánchez

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Dr. Castillo Character Analysis

A wealthy, married doctor, and Olga’s longtime boss—and lover. Julia discovers Dr. Castillo’s identity when she visits the office where Olga used to work and recognizes Castillo as a mysterious man who showed up at Olga’s funeral without introducing himself to anyone. Dr. Castillo seems to be in real turmoil over Olga’s death, and though Julia lambasts him for stringing Olga along for years, he insists that adult relationships are complicated and that one day Julia will understand what he and Olga went through together.

Dr. Castillo Quotes in I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

The I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter quotes below are all either spoken by Dr. Castillo or refer to Dr. Castillo. 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 26 Quotes

“What do I do with this?” I say to myself aloud. “How do I bury this, too?”

“What do you mean?”

“I mean, how am I going to keep this secret? Why do I have to be the one living with this shit?”

“Please, don’t tell your parents. Olga never wanted to hurt them.”

“Why wouldn’t I? And why should I listen to you?”

“Sometimes it’s best not to tell the truth.”

Page Number: 312
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Dr. Castillo Character Timeline in I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Castillo appears in I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 26
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...the office—it is the mysterious man from Olga’s funeral. The receptionist greets the man as Dr. Castillo. Julia hurries out of the office, but waits outside the building for Castillo to emerge. (full context)
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When Dr. Castillo comes out of the office, Julia follows him to his car—a shiny black BMW. Just... (full context)
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At the diner, Dr. Castillo tells Julia that he truly loved Olga—and that when Julia’s older, she’ll be able to... (full context)
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Dr. Castillo opens his wallet and takes out a picture—it is a folded-up ultrasound image. As Julia... (full context)