Unbreakable

Jenni Rivera

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Summary

In Jenni Rivera's autobiography Unbreakable, she describes the most memorable moments in her life. She talks about her experience with domestic and sexual abuse, divorce, and body image issues. She wrote about getting accepted in the "male music" industry, raising her children as a single mother, and learning that to depend only on herself. Jenni describes herself as "Rivera rebel from Long Beach," the girl who remained strong and showed no one her weakest points. In this memoir, Jenni leaves behind inspiration that will forever live on through her precious family, friends, and fans.
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What was the most memorable thing you learned from this book?

In this memoir I learned that no matter where you come from or how you were raised, you can change who you are. Jenni Rivera grew up in Long Beach, CA. She did not have much when growing up. Luxuries and things she wanted were no where near. She wanted to be different from her parents. When she became pregnant at age 15, she promised herself that one day she would provide more than needed to her kids. She wanted to make sure that her kids never felt what she felt when kids at school had new book bags or a new pair of jeans. She faced many obstacles in her life that shaped her in the person she soon became. She went from having nothing, to having it all. Love, acceptance, money, strength and most important of all faith. This is something that is memorable because she proved to everyone that she could do more than fight boys, and be mean. She was determined to show everyone she was a great mom and a loyal partner.

What was the most important word? Why?

The most important word throughout the book was faith. Growing up Jenni Rivera came to multiple occasions where she wanted to give up. Her first boyfriend impregnated her with 2 girls. 7 years later, he turned into her younger sister, Rosie, and her oldest daughter's, Chiquis, rapist. She was physically and mentally abused by her first love. She was raped later in her teenage years, and met a man who would soon make everything worse. She fell in love again, and her new love cheated on her multiple occasions. She began to grow interest in the music industry and her songs would never make the radio. Jenni began to grow low self-esteem. She felt that she had no one, no one that understood. Having faith in God made her a strong person. God and her knew that she could handle anything that came her way. Jenni talks about how hard work and determination pays off. Having faith is what got her through her difficulties.

What was the most important phrase? Why?

“I vowed that I would never tell anyone of my shame. They say that when you kept a secret, it eats you up inside, but I felt it was better that way. I wanted to appear strong in front of my children and my family. I didn't want anybody to know. And I would maintain my persona as Jenni, the Rivera Rebel who had never lost a fight. But deep down inside I knew I had lost a piece of myself that I would never recover. My soul had been shattered, but to the outside world I did just as I had been taught since I was a little girl; I kept my head up and continued forward. It is, after all, the Rivera way.”


This phrase explains Jenni Rivera's life. She would hate when people saw her cry and saw her as weak person. Jenni wanted everyone to remember her as a fighter. Showing her weak side was not her favorite thing to do. Although, she later found out that she did wrong. She found so many people that cared for her and loved her. They would help her whenever she felt worthless and she felt like giving up. Her kids became the unconditional support and her siblings were there for her no matter what.

What was the most important quote or sentence? Why?

"Maybe I'm not Super Woman, maybe I'm not Wonder Woman, BUT I am UNBREAKABLE; They're not going to break me"


Despite all the struggles, Jenni Rivera soon found the loves of her life. They were all her 5 kids and her granddaughter. After everything she went through, something good came out of it; it was the strong family bond. Jenni Rivera came to realize that she was Unbreakable; she became the mom that she wanted her kids to look up to. There were many people that did not believe that she was going to make it big in the music industry, she proved people wrong when her song came on the radio while she was only a real estate agent. She soon became idolized by most women in California.

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What questions do you still have? What more do you want to learn about this topic/issue/person?

If you could relive any moment in your life, what would it be?


Did you ever consider putting your pride to the side and seeking for help?


What is your favorite part about the music industry?


Did you ever consider moving out of state for a fresh start?

Who would you recommend this book to?

I would recommend this book to anyone who at one point in their life wants to give up on everything. Putting aside all the problems, Jenni found a way out of everything. Many people judged her and believed she was a show off and did so much to fit in everywhere she went. We learn a lot from her and she gives great advice on how to maintain a smirk on your face no matter what.


I would also recommend this book to her fans, they will learn a lot from her through this book. This memoir puts the puzzle together and explains in depth about every motive she had when doing things.

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Vocabulary:

Scarce- hard to come by


Virtues -dignity and responsibility


Opted- decide to go on, settle