Review: Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

Title: Don’t Date Rosa Santos

Author: Nina Moreno

Rated: YA

Tropes: Curses

Summary: 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?

My Thoughts:

Things to Love About This Book:

  • Rosa Santos
  • Rosa’s Abuela
  • Alex Aquino
  • The town of Port Coral
  • The angst
  • The love
  • The pastries
  • Everything

This book takes place in a world I wish I could visit on the daily. Port Coral seems like a magical place filled with magical people and some of the best pastries money can buy.

Rosa Santos is one of those magical people and she is impossible to keep from loving. Trust me. She is sweet, and fierce and funny.

Her Abuela? Amazing. She is just amazing.

Her mom? Well, she’s got her problems and not without reason.

This book is a love letter to Port Coral, and to Cuba, but it’s not without its very real conflicts. Cuban Americans go through a lot; and most of it I will never understand, or be able to comprehend. It is touched on within this novel, as well as the yearning for home, even though that home might be a place you’ve never been to, or a place you left because of extremely valid reasons.

You should read this. And you should enjoy it. If you don’t, don’t blame me.

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