Don't Date Rosa Santos
Rosa Santos is cursed by the sea-at least, that's what they say. Dating her is bad news, especially if you're a boy with a boat.But Rosa feels more caught than cursed. Caught between cultures and choices. Between her abuela, a beloved healer and pillar of their community, and her mother, an artist who crashes in and out of her life like a hurricane. Between Port Coral, the quirky South Florida town they call home, and Cuba, the island her abuela refuses to talk about.As her college decision looms, Rosa collides-literally-with Alex Aquino, the mysterious boy with tattoos of the ocean whose family owns the marina. With her heart, her family, and her future on the line, can Rosa break a curse and find her place beyond the horizon?

Don't Date Rosa Santos Details

TitleDon't Date Rosa Santos
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 14th, 2019
PublisherDisney-Hyperion
ISBN-139781368039703
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Young Adult Contemporary

Don't Date Rosa Santos Review

  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    The ''curse'' annoyed me. Like, really? And there's miscommunication, concealment of information, angst. That was bound to drive me crazy. So I stopped right before reaching that point. There is a lot that can make you want to shout in exasperation in this world, why let a book do that to you? Cute cover and some cute scenes though.
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  • Zoraida
    January 1, 1970
    This book is just everything. It is a love song to Cuba, to diaspora, to complicated families. It captures the way generations of Latinx women can communicate—or NOT communicate at all. It is about love and loss and grief. It is so absolutely charming and pure poetry. It is magical realism in the way Latinos only understand and it is romantic AF. I hope everyone gives it a chance and reads this book.
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  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 stars*WOWOWOW, i loved this a whole lot. Full review to come!
  • Angelica
    January 1, 1970
    I've been reading so many bad books lately. I need some cute contemporary romance to come save the day!**An ARC was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own**Follow Me Here Too: My Blog || Twitter || Bloglovin' || Instagram || Tumblr
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  • Sara➽ Ink Is My Sword
    January 1, 1970
    Hi hello, my name is Sara and I am confessing my sins. I may have murdered everyone for not telling me about this book earlier. Girlmore girls! To all the boys I have loved before! Latino Culture! Bad boy-tattoos! Contemporary-romance! THE FUCK, I AM IN SO SO SO IN. TAKE MY MONEY NOW!
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    Buddy read with Kristin!4.5 stars! This was such a wonderful YA contemporary filled with magic, culture, and a whole lot of love. I loved being able to accompany Rosa on this journey of hers from start to finish!
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Nina is such a gifted writer, and I can't wait for everyone to read this Gilmore Girls meets Practical Magic YA! It's a story about Rosa, an artistic soul with a passion and determination to visit her family's country, a country forbidden legally and by her own family to visit in any capacity. Toss in the cultural elements, the diaspora, the lyrical language, and a whole lot of delicious pastries, and I was a goner. This book is gorgeous. *proud agent*
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  • ✩ Ashley ✩
    January 1, 1970
    When you totally forgot about that requesting spree you went on that one day months ago... and you get approved for and arc you’re SUPER EXICTED to read!!!!!
  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    starting off April with a BANG rtcOhhh my god. This book was so much more than I was expecting it to be. I will forever be obsessed with fluffy, cute YA contemporaries. This is that with a deeper, more meaningful layer hiding underneath. I wouldn’t say this book always reads as being realistic, but it's somehow unrealistic in the most charming way possible. The story follows Rosa. She’s what I would consider a type A, highly motivational person. She’s in her last year of high school while simult starting off April with a BANG rtcOhhh my god. This book was so much more than I was expecting it to be. I will forever be obsessed with fluffy, cute YA contemporaries. This is that with a deeper, more meaningful layer hiding underneath. I wouldn’t say this book always reads as being realistic, but it's somehow unrealistic in the most charming way possible. The story follows Rosa. She’s what I would consider a type A, highly motivational person. She’s in her last year of high school while simultaneously in her second year at her local community college. She has goals, and she checks off every single one of them in her perfectly organized bullet journal. She lives with her grandmother who has the most envy-inducing collection of plants. Her mother is constantly traveling so only pops into her life every once in awhile. There is a supposed curse on the women of the Santos family. When Rosa’s abuela was fleeing Cuba with her grandfather a storm hit. She reached the other side with only her daughter, Rosa’s mother. When Rosa’s mother was still pregnant with her, she also lost her husband to the sea. Only his boat was found. So basically, everyone in this small community of Port Coral believes these women to be bad news for any sailor. (see: Don’t Date Rosa Santos)I love stories that focus on tight-knit communities that are so alive with description they seem to be a character themselves. The community of Port Coral came alive to me in its description of the delicious food (omg I was basically drooling the whole time), the smell of the sea, and the sunny harbor. Maybe I’m just jealous because it’s April and still freezing here. I really don’t want to say too much about the plot, because I think it’s more magically if you go in not knowing to much. I’m so excited for you to discover this community, the Santos family, and the sweetest of romances. If you want a quick taste of hot, Florida sunshine, please read this asap. A Must-read if you like:Complicated family dynamicsRealistic magicDrool-worthy food descriptionsCuban American mcDepiction of diaspora
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  • Fafa's Book Corner
    January 1, 1970
    Mini review:DNFTrigger warning: Mention of death. Up till the point I read. I received this E-ARC via Disney Book Group and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. When I saw this book on Netgalley I jumped to request it! Unfortunately it wasn’t for me. As I started reading I lost interest. I thought it was just because I didn’t know the characters or the story. But this kept on happening. Eventually I realized I had no interest in the book. Still recommend. I really believe this is an impor Mini review:DNFTrigger warning: Mention of death. Up till the point I read. I received this E-ARC via Disney Book Group and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. When I saw this book on Netgalley I jumped to request it! Unfortunately it wasn’t for me. As I started reading I lost interest. I thought it was just because I didn’t know the characters or the story. But this kept on happening. Eventually I realized I had no interest in the book. Still recommend. I really believe this is an important book.
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  • Scrill
    January 1, 1970
    "Gilmore Girls meets Practical Magic"GILMORE GIRLS
  • Anna Banana
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED THIS BOOK SO DAMN HARD!!!I honestly cannot even begin to explain how much this book sang to my heart and made me fall in love with reading in a way I completely forgot I could feel. I loved everything about this book. But what I especially loved was how this book is about family, it's about culture, it's about trying to figure out who you are when you have two different country's pulling for your heart and soul. I related so much to feeling like you aren't "enough" like how Rosa struggle I LOVED THIS BOOK SO DAMN HARD!!!I honestly cannot even begin to explain how much this book sang to my heart and made me fall in love with reading in a way I completely forgot I could feel. I loved everything about this book. But what I especially loved was how this book is about family, it's about culture, it's about trying to figure out who you are when you have two different country's pulling for your heart and soul. I related so much to feeling like you aren't "enough" like how Rosa struggles with not feeling Cuban enough. I lost count of the amount of times while reading I would find myself thinking, "THIS is the book I needed to read when I was in high school. This would've made me feel not alone, it would've validated so many of my feelings and thoughts that I constantly felt nobody but me felt." I love how diverse this book was as well and how casually it was inserted all over this book. Having LGBT+ rep, biracial couples, etc was not this big thing that was talked about, it was treated like it was just a normal, regular thing which I really appreciated because, well it is! Sometimes it can feel like authors make these character stand out but I love that Nina Moreno made them feel so accepted and just normal, because it's exactly how the world is. I also cannot go without mentioning the absolutely cute romance in this book. I loved Alex so much and I love how sweet and shy and just perfect he was. While the romance wasn't the main part of this book, it was still very much a big presence in this book. However, I like how it was balanced perfectly with what the overall message/plot of this book was. Which, in case I didn't make clear: this book is abut family and the many different, complicated versions of family. It's about how family can be so many different things, sometimes it's a smell or a place and family isn't always blood but perhaps a community.I am so thankful to have been able to read this book and I cannot wait to see what this author publishes next. If you enjoy contemporary YA, this is not a book you want to miss! And even if you don't typically read contemporary YA, I'm pretty sure this is a book for everyone and you'd be seriously missing out! I think the publishers really hit in on the head when they said this book was perfect for fans of Gilmore Girls and To All the Boys I've Loved Before because it definitely gave me those vibes. *copy given in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!!
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  • Rocky
    January 1, 1970
    I don't write reviews on Goodreads, ever, but I had to for this book. It is everything my Cuban American heart could've asked for in a book, and then some. The romance, the characters, the wit, the writing, the perfect capturing of what it feels like to be the granddaughter of a Cuban immigrant, it was all so wonderfully executed. I cannot praise this book enough.
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  • Rachel Strolle
    January 1, 1970
    Perfection
  • Liv (Stories For Coffee)
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful Cuban Gilmore Girlsesque summery novel. While I didn’t click with the writing style fully and wished the descriptions and scenes flowed better because some parts had me rereading the page over again to see what happened, it was still a lovely novel about Cuban diaspora and finding out who you really are.
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  • Chanel Cleeton
    January 1, 1970
    Perfect for fans of Jane the Virgin and One Day at a Time, Don’t Date Rosa Santos is both a relatable coming of age story and a heartfelt and evocative multigenerational tale of three women bound by a legacy of love, loss, and exile. Rosa is a heroine to root for and the charming fictional town of Port Coral—and its delightful residents—will find a place in readers’ hearts as Moreno infuses each page with rich Cuban culture and the unique magic of Florida.
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  • Paige
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Don't Date Rosa Santos. From the very beginning, and all throughout the novel, we are thrown into a world where things don't make sense and that's okay. Rosa feels lost and torn between two different cultures and worlds. She longs for the old all while embracing the new, trying to desperately grab at the small pieces of the past that will connect her to her family.The whole concept of family and striving for a future that will connect her with the past is so interesting and intertwined a I loved Don't Date Rosa Santos. From the very beginning, and all throughout the novel, we are thrown into a world where things don't make sense and that's okay. Rosa feels lost and torn between two different cultures and worlds. She longs for the old all while embracing the new, trying to desperately grab at the small pieces of the past that will connect her to her family.The whole concept of family and striving for a future that will connect her with the past is so interesting and intertwined all throughout the different adventures Rosa gets up to in the novel. However, I think because of this, some of the other characters surrounding Rosa get lost in the shuffle and I would have liked to see a little bit more of them. Even Alex is kind of lost and we don't really seem to get his full story.Honestly a short and sweet novel that made me yearn for the ocean and tropical weather with heavenly descriptions of food and cute little side-quests throughout to keep the plot moving, this was a fantastic debut novel.
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  • Natasha
    January 1, 1970
    Rosa Santos is cursed. Or, at least her family is. Every time a Santos woman falls in love with a sailor, he is tragically lost at sea. And everyone in her sleepy coastal town knows it. So Rosa stays away from the ocean, and sailors. Even though the ocean breeze calls her name. But when an opportunity to visit Cuba in a study abroad program presents itself (and a stoic, handsome sailor with waves tattooed on his arms), Rosa must decide if it is all worth the risk to reconnect with her roots. Can Rosa Santos is cursed. Or, at least her family is. Every time a Santos woman falls in love with a sailor, he is tragically lost at sea. And everyone in her sleepy coastal town knows it. So Rosa stays away from the ocean, and sailors. Even though the ocean breeze calls her name. But when an opportunity to visit Cuba in a study abroad program presents itself (and a stoic, handsome sailor with waves tattooed on his arms), Rosa must decide if it is all worth the risk to reconnect with her roots. Can she find herself without losing everyone she loves?This book is magical, lyrical, and dynamic. With each page, I became more and more of a part of the small south Floridian town of Port Coral. I could see the viejitos sitting outside the cafe, drinking coffee, smoking cigars, exchanging chisme; I could smell the fresh guava pastelitos mixed with the salty breeze from the sea. For just a moment, I was home. I was a child listening to my parents speak Spanish over a plate of arroz con pollo, with the driving beat of the drums and Celia Cruz’s powerful voice tying the memory together in a neat little bow. I felt Rosa's struggle to not be Latinx enough. It's been a personal struggle for me too. I come from a mixed family—my mother is Cuban and Puerto Rican, and my dad is white. I grew up knowing Spanish, but never really speaking it. I would get glimpses of the culture, touches here and there that reminded me that I was mixed, but I never felt fully one side or the other. Rosa Santos, like me, doesn’t fully understand herself. She is Latinx, but there is still one part of herself she will never truly know. I understood her desire to visit her native land, and stand where her grandfather stood. To experience her culture in a way that made it feel wholly hers, that she could be enough, and be proud of where she comes from. For me, this book was more than a cute love story, more than a story of family, it was a piece of my heritage that I could connect to. I loved every moment of this book, and I can't wait to see what Nina Moreno does next.
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  • Sydni
    January 1, 1970
    “Where are we today?”this was more like a 3.89/5 for me :”)I just gotta say: AWWWWWWThis book really spoke to my Latina heart <3 What a heartwarming book :,)! Are you looking for a sweet romance that’ll make you feel lonely as heCk? A family curse that keeps the girl from the boy? A bunch of heartwarming encounters that’ll make you want to immediately call your family?????Yes? Great here you go!!No? You should still read it This was a super quick—even though I’ve been reading this for 6 days— “Where are we today?”this was more like a 3.89/5 for me :”)I just gotta say: AWWWWWWThis book really spoke to my Latina heart <3 What a heartwarming book :,)! Are you looking for a sweet romance that’ll make you feel lonely as heCk? A family curse that keeps the girl from the boy? A bunch of heartwarming encounters that’ll make you want to immediately call your family?????Yes? Great here you go!!No? You should still read it This was a super quick—even though I’ve been reading this for 6 days—but very cute read. I was about love, family, and the important of discovering yourself. I’m so glad I read this because it does make me think about my culture that I’ve never truly experienced due to my lack of traveling. A very feel good book :,)Arc kindly provided by publisher via Netgalley <3 Thank you!
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  • Seema Rao
    January 1, 1970
    There is something epic about Don't Date Rosa Santos, or maybe the old world. In this story, Rosa is an awesome human who feels she might have an un-awesome curse when it comes to love. In comes the swoon-worthy Alex. Love and hijinx ensue. There is the sort of misinformation and cross-timing of an age-old epic or Shakespeare. The blurb mentioned Han's To All the Boys..., and I can see the comparison. But, I'm going to give an unpopular opinion. Han's female characters, like good ole Kovey, aren There is something epic about Don't Date Rosa Santos, or maybe the old world. In this story, Rosa is an awesome human who feels she might have an un-awesome curse when it comes to love. In comes the swoon-worthy Alex. Love and hijinx ensue. There is the sort of misinformation and cross-timing of an age-old epic or Shakespeare. The blurb mentioned Han's To All the Boys..., and I can see the comparison. But, I'm going to give an unpopular opinion. Han's female characters, like good ole Kovey, aren't all that strong. Rosa was a charming character, who often tries things even if they might fail. She was more the kind of girl I want my children to be. Overall, this book was well-written, enjoyable, and romantic. It's the kind of book you would want to own to reread periodically, particularly the parts with the maritime hottie. It's got interesting, complex Latinx characters that generally don't fall into stereotypes. A sweet, light-hearted YA Romance.
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  • Isabel Ibañez
    January 1, 1970
    Man, I LOVED this book. There’s something truly amazing that happens when, as a reader, I can relate to the characters—in a cultural way. As a Latina, that happens SO rarely. This book is beautifully written, with so much heart and a swoony love story that absolutely melted my heart. I wanted to stay in the pages of this story forever and ever. I highly recommend the read!
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  • Natasha Diaz
    January 1, 1970
    This book is perfect. Moreno skillfully crafts a world is so real that you can taste it, smell it, touch it right on the page. Don't Date Rosa Santos is a tour de force debut and I cannot wait to see what else Nina Moreno brings to the writing world.
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  • Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
    January 1, 1970
    This is right down my alley!! I LOVE such stories! It sort of reminds me of Woman On Top starring the gorgeous Penelope Cruz, and cover is so beautiful (yellow and blue)! I love the Latina spirit these two years have given us!
  • Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. What an amazingly vibrant book! I really love how Nina Moreno writes- she's so good with turns of phrase and descriptions that pull you into the story without being Too Much. The description of baked goods, my god. And the scents on the air, the ocean waves. It's so lyrical and charming. The story was heavier than I anticipated in some ways and made me a little melancholy in the middle, but I also loved the feeling of family and community, and the romance! So sweet and perfectly balan 4.5 stars. What an amazingly vibrant book! I really love how Nina Moreno writes- she's so good with turns of phrase and descriptions that pull you into the story without being Too Much. The description of baked goods, my god. And the scents on the air, the ocean waves. It's so lyrical and charming. The story was heavier than I anticipated in some ways and made me a little melancholy in the middle, but I also loved the feeling of family and community, and the romance! So sweet and perfectly balanced. Who can resist a baking Ravenclaw?! I felt like I was in Port Coral in this Cuban community- the writing was so immersive. I also loved Rosa herself- she was relatable and curious and I enjoyed her relationships with many of the characters. Her mother and abuela were very complex and that added so much dimension to the story. I can see the Practical Magic and Gilmore Girls comparisons SO clearly, they're really good comps- just add a huge helping of Cuban & Latinx culture :) I can't wait to see what Nina writes next.
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a combination of Jenny Han's To all the Boys I've Loved Before, and Wild Beauty which made it a well-written young adult romance novel. Fans of To all the Boys I've Loved Before will really love Don't Date Rosa Santos because it is a typicl young teenager romance story that is about overcoming the "curse" Rosa has about dating and signifies the point that there is always someone out there for everyone and it was such a treat to read. This book will do very well on our shelves and th This book is a combination of Jenny Han's To all the Boys I've Loved Before, and Wild Beauty which made it a well-written young adult romance novel. Fans of To all the Boys I've Loved Before will really love Don't Date Rosa Santos because it is a typicl young teenager romance story that is about overcoming the "curse" Rosa has about dating and signifies the point that there is always someone out there for everyone and it was such a treat to read. This book will do very well on our shelves and that is why we are giving this book 5 stars!
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  • Adiba Jaigirdar
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a sweet book filled with a lot of heart. Once I started, I breezed through it. My favourite part of this book is definitely the way Moreno writes about culture, exile, and the diaspora experience. It's something you can tell she really understands, and the way she weaves it in here is really beautiful. From Rosa's desire to travel to Cuba, the loss she feels for a place that she has never known and a culture she feels like she doesn't quite understand, all the way to how she feels This was such a sweet book filled with a lot of heart. Once I started, I breezed through it. My favourite part of this book is definitely the way Moreno writes about culture, exile, and the diaspora experience. It's something you can tell she really understands, and the way she weaves it in here is really beautiful. From Rosa's desire to travel to Cuba, the loss she feels for a place that she has never known and a culture she feels like she doesn't quite understand, all the way to how she feels that maybe she is not really Cuban because of whatever reasons. I think a lot of kids from the diaspora will be able to relate to Rosa's loss of culture and her love of culture. I also loved just how diverse this book was. And I mean...obviously you think it's diverse because it's about a Cuban girl from a Cuban family. But no, this book is diverse. There's a wonderful cast of characters and most of them are Latinx and many of them are Afro Latinx. This isn't a book with a main character of colour and a supporting cast of white characters (like we often get let's face it), it's a book full of really wonderful diversity and that is super awesome to read! I highly recommend reading this, especially if you love One Day At A Time and Gilmore Girls. It has all of the heart and humour of the former, and the small-town charm and quirky cast of characters of the latter.
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  • Corinne Edwards
    January 1, 1970
    Rosa Santos is cursed - all the women in her family are. Both her Cuban grandmother and first-generation mom lost the men they loved to the sea, so Rosa just knows. The ocean isn't for her. Neither are boats. And of course boys who sail are completely out of the question. With a college decision looming and a deep desire to understand the Cuban world of her grandmother, Rosa's Florida town and her neighbors will be the backdrop as she makes sense of how to move forward as a girl who truly knows Rosa Santos is cursed - all the women in her family are. Both her Cuban grandmother and first-generation mom lost the men they loved to the sea, so Rosa just knows. The ocean isn't for her. Neither are boats. And of course boys who sail are completely out of the question. With a college decision looming and a deep desire to understand the Cuban world of her grandmother, Rosa's Florida town and her neighbors will be the backdrop as she makes sense of how to move forward as a girl who truly knows where she belongs.Rosa caught my heart from the beginning. I loved her open and vulnerable voice, her love for her grandma and her Cuban magic, her need for control and order while at the same time finding herself enchanted by the wild and forbidden. I really liked the role that Cuba - what it represents for her and for her family - played in this book. The magical realism in the story comes on softly, sometimes I had to stretch my suspended disbelief a bit, but I was rooting so hard for her that I was able to manage it. A few scenes left me wanting but overall the writing was strong. At one point I had tears at the tenderness of strong women who love each other and find ways to survive and thrive even as they are hurting in ways that no one may ever understand.
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  • Trianna
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 This is a special book. I thought it was just going to be a romance with a Cuban main character (which I was still super hyped for). But, this is a story about a girl trying to relate to her heritage and trying to feel more Cuban while not living there and having a grandmother who won't talk about Cuba. She is also trying to figure out where to go to college and what her future is going to look like. I loved the small town dynamic (think Gilmore Girls, but Latinx) and how everyone is a gos 4.5/5 This is a special book. I thought it was just going to be a romance with a Cuban main character (which I was still super hyped for). But, this is a story about a girl trying to relate to her heritage and trying to feel more Cuban while not living there and having a grandmother who won't talk about Cuba. She is also trying to figure out where to go to college and what her future is going to look like. I loved the small town dynamic (think Gilmore Girls, but Latinx) and how everyone is a gossip. The love interest is swoony and Rosa calls him "a Ravenclaw" so many times. Seriously, he reads, bakes, owns a boat, AND has tattoos. I loved the familial relationships. Seeing Rosa's relationship with her grandma was really special. I loved the non translated intermittent Spanish words sprinkled throughout. This book was so much fun to read. I laughed and I cried. Even though my grandparents did not come to America from Cuban (they came from South America), I still could relate to many of Rosa's thoughts and experiences related to being Latinx. *Thank you to NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really emotional read! Based off the title and cover, I initially thought this was going to focus heavily on dating and romance. Instead, I just read a book full of so much love for home and family with a side of cute romance. Rosa's relationships with her family, including the people in Port Coral, is everything: sweet, infuriating, embarrassing, nosy, fun, magical, and loveable. Honestly those words pretty much explain the entire book. I can't really pinpoint an obvious plot or conf This was a really emotional read! Based off the title and cover, I initially thought this was going to focus heavily on dating and romance. Instead, I just read a book full of so much love for home and family with a side of cute romance. Rosa's relationships with her family, including the people in Port Coral, is everything: sweet, infuriating, embarrassing, nosy, fun, magical, and loveable. Honestly those words pretty much explain the entire book. I can't really pinpoint an obvious plot or conflict other than the overarching issue of Rosa finding out who she is, where she comes from, and where she's going. Despite the lack of obvious plot, I loved this beautiful and unique exploration of self and family. Thank you, NetGalley and publisher, for the arc!
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  • Erin Hahn
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely adored this swoony debut. I'd classify it as a mashup between Practical Magic, Mama Mia and everything lovely and heartbreaking and perfect. Moreno knocked it out of the park for me and just to show you all how serious I am, I have the ARC next to me, but I went ahead a preordered it because I am already mourning this book and having to pass it on to the next reader. Rosa spoke to my heart and Alex charmed me and Mimi made me cry and Ana made me cheer and ugh. Beautiful. So beautifu I absolutely adored this swoony debut. I'd classify it as a mashup between Practical Magic, Mama Mia and everything lovely and heartbreaking and perfect. Moreno knocked it out of the park for me and just to show you all how serious I am, I have the ARC next to me, but I went ahead a preordered it because I am already mourning this book and having to pass it on to the next reader. Rosa spoke to my heart and Alex charmed me and Mimi made me cry and Ana made me cheer and ugh. Beautiful. So beautiful. Buy this book, friends.
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