The notion of the American Dream has attracted and still attracts numerous immigrants to the United States. Although the US promise that one can reap the fruit of ones labor, ethnic minority groups such as Chicanos are still excluded from the possibilities to pursue their dreams. The latest political developments with Donald Trumps election to presidency and his plan to build a wall at the border between Mexico and the US demonstrate that inequality and racial prejudice continue to exist. This diploma thesis focuses on the persistent obstacles Chicanos encounter in their attempts to aspire to their dreams by analyzing three contemporary young adult Chicano novels: Victor Martinez Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida (1996), Benjamin Alire Sáenz Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood (2004) and Reyna Grandes The Distance Between Us. Young Readers Edition (2016). The aim of this thesis is to illustrate with which themes, motifs and symbols the American Dream is represented and what influence the subjects of assimilation and identity have on the attainability of the Dream. The analysis of the selected novels show that only after the ideational values of acceptance, equality and freedom are accomplished, can the economic aspect of success be pursued. However, the accomplishments of freedom, equality and acceptance require adapting to the US mainstream, which entails rejecting the immigrants Mexican cultural heritage, illustrated by the motif of loss. Further, typical universal problems of young adults, such as love, friendship and identity are addressed in the selected books. Nonetheless, adolescent Chicanos encounter special difficulties due to their ethnic background, highlighted by the motif of social, cultural and racial conflicts.