Whatever you do...Don’t. Date. Rosa. Santos. They say she is cursed by the sea, and perhaps they are right, but love doesn’t keep to still waters.
After attending both high school and community college for the last two years, it is time for Florida teen Rosa to pick a four-year college, and she has made the perfect choice: one with a study abroad program in Cuba. For most students, this would be an exciting adventure, but for Rosa, it’s personal. Her grandmother left the island as an exile and will not entertain the idea of going back, while Rosa longs to understand the place her family came from. Now, if she can just tell abuela. Things get more complicated when she literally runs smack into Alex Aquino, a tall, dark, and tattooed guy who comes waltzing back into town—and into her life. Rosa soon learns that love is never easy, especially when the boy has a boat. Readers will feel Rosa’s excitement and anxiety as she not only navigates life’s difficult relationships, but pushes to make the journey to Cuba to find out where she came from and, ultimately, who she is. Rosa’s Cuban-American best friend, Ana-Maria, is Afro-Latinx. The text is enhanced by authentically Cuban Spanish.
Full of complex family relationships, a diverse community, and plenty of swoonworthy moments, fans of rom-coms won’t be able to put this one down. (Romance. 13-17)