|Don't date Rosa Santos|
Author: Moreno, Nina
Rosa Santos, a Cuban American, works to save her Florida town, seeks admittance to study abroad in her homeland, and wonders if love can break her family's curse.
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Interest Level: UG
Reading Level: 4.70
Points: 11.0 Quiz: 503737
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/01/2019 Rosa Santos knows she comes from a long line of heartbreak at the hands of the roiling sea. Her grandfather was killed on the boat from Cuba, and her father was lost to the ocean before she was born, so she grew up knowing her family always expected her to stay close to home and away from the water. That means things get very complicated when she sets her sights on studying abroad in Havana and meets a boy who feels the pull of the ocean just as much as she suddenly feels pulled toward him. This beautifully written first novel tells a story of finding your place. Moreno paints a lush picture of what a crush can feel like when more than a potential break-up seems to darken your meet-cute. Rosa is a compelling protagonist whose unique voice—smart and funny, but also warm—is refreshing in the YA landscape. Don’t Date Rosa Santos is the perfect read for those searching for answers about their world and about themselves. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 05/01/2019 Gr 9 Up—Rosa Santos has Cuba in her blood. Living in a seaside community in Southern Florida with her abuela, she knows only part of the family stories that tie her to the Caribbean island where her ancestors lived. Both her mother and grandmother have experienced tragedies related to the sea, and they caution Rosa to stay away from the water at all costs. Her mother, an artist who has abandoned Rosa to travel the country, returns intermittently, and though their relationship is strained, Rosa yearns to know more about the woman who gave birth to her. When Rosa encounters Alex, an attractive sailor who works by the docks, she cannot resist his charms and begins to fall for him despite her family's superstitions. As her senior year ends, Rosa struggles to make decisions about college, but one thing continues to influence her choices: her desire to connect to Cuba and her family's past. The teenagers in the book experience conflicts and growing pains, and the Latinx culture of their environment infuses the action with traditions, language, and attitudes that are refreshing. While there is room for more in-depth character and plot development, these deficiencies are easily forgiven in the midst of the vibrant setting. VERDICT A sweet story that celebrates Latinx culture.—Karin Greenberg, Manhasset High School, Manhasset, NY - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.