In Breaking Through, by Francisco Jimenez, the protagonist, Francisco himself, struggles to fit in with his peers at his new school, works long hours to help support his family, learns to be responsible and to respect his parents, and finds out where he belongs in the world. In the beginning of the novel, Francisco’s family crosses the border and Francisco starts going to school in California. He eagerly tries to fit in with the rest of the students. His attempts were shown even in the younger grades, “To make friends, he began to pay close attention to what his classmates did and talked about. During recess, the girls talked about boys, music, and dancing. The boys discussed sports, cars, and girls” (Jimenez 30). His goals to fit in are accomplished when he is elected president of the Spanish club.
Francisco also learns to respect and listen to his parents, especially his dad.