Ramirez's debut is a captivating memoir from beginning to end; it is raw, relatable, warm, unapologetic, and educational. Readers encounter the author's struggle with love, identity, and family, as well as her rich discoveries of womanhood, diversity, and culture. Mirroring the cover illustration, Ramirez's life is filled with uphill steps that get steeper as the story progresses. Yet despite all the heavy, excruciating, sharp, and overwhelming experiences, the finale is resilient, loving, and familiar. This memoir dances between Ramirez's life and that of her grandmother, Ita. Ita, an important figure in her life, gives Ramirez the name Prieta and teaches her valuable survival lessons, including boxing. Ramirez grows up with an absent father and straddling two worlds, Mexican and American. A native of El Paso, Texas, she experiences an all-American childhood and young adulthood, with all its pop culture charm, rebellion, and disappointments. Later, she moves to Dallas for college, where she encounters racism, ageism, and other difficulties. Ultimately, she finds connections, in relation to her grandmother and cancer survival. The book closes with a brief history of Ramirez's ancestors and how their lives were shaped in Texas. The hard-lived stories found within are not afraid to shine through, even as the author shares the heaviness of being a woman, single mother, survivor, and historian. This memoir salutes love, family, traditions, biculturalism, bilingualism, and the beauty of dark skin tones. It is a raw and vivid interpretation of Ramirez's life, intertwined with Ita's influences. In an interesting technique, she invites readers to interact with the text by providing a music playlist that recounts the feelings, emotions, and era of the narratives. As an added bonus, Ita's authentic homemade recipes are included to further enrich the experience. This is a must read!