Book Review: Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

Was it such a terrible thing to change?

Rosa Santos is cursed by the sea and she’s not alone. The curse goes back three generations and it’s kind of hard to escape when you live right by the ocean. I mean it’s called Port Coral for god’s sake lol. Rosa lives with her abuela and is in the middle of deciding where to go to college, well she has decided, the problem is she doesn’t know how to break it to her abuela. The college she has chosen has a study abroad to Cuba where she is dying to go to and it is where her grandparents have fled from. Combine that with Rosa’s mother who drops in and out of her life whenever she pleases AND Rosa meeting a boy she likes whose family owns the marina. Aka a man of the sea. AKA big dilemma for somebody cursed by the sea. This senior year is a bit wavy for Rosa. Haha, get it?

This book was fabulous. Especially so for the author’s debut novel. It was hilarious with little lines like this:

It also had sweet touching moments that made me sob uncontrollably.

The dynamics in family are never simple. Ever. Nothing is picturesque and the way the author portrayed it was wonderful. I could see myself and my family in these situations. The quiet simmer of anger and the defeat as you let things go.

I also loved the community aspect of the small town. I grew up in a maybe somewhat small town by the sea so the image to me was crystal clear in my head and I loved it. I adore reading new novels by authors who bring so much diversity into their work. I say again and again this is exactly what we need because representation is always what’s necessary.

Alex and Rosa were simply too adorable. Hot guy with tattoos who BAKES? Keep him.

Rosa’s relationship with her grandmother was beautiful and with the recent passing of my grandmother it made me happy and stung. This is a book defined by love, laughter, and community. We need more of this.

OH and the brujeria was simply awesome. I loved reading about that. Great all around.

๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ 5/5

My abuela taught me to listen to the world around me.

that’s the third book down in my reading rush challenge ๐Ÿ™‚ i’m removing royals because i read some reviews and saw that it was grossly inaccurate to the people of scotland and i am not down with that. not sure what i’ll read next but my to read list is very long @_@ i know i won’t finish this challenge anyway so i’ll probably drop it soon but it’s been fun!

  1. Read a book with purple on the cover โ€“ Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
  2. Read a book in the same spot the entire time โ€“ The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox
  3. Read a book you meant to read last yearโ€“ ???
  4. Read an authorโ€™s first book โ€“ Donโ€™t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
  5. Read a book with a non-human main character โ€“ InuYasha: Turning Back Time by Rumiko Takahashi
  6. Pick a book that has five or more words in the title โ€“ The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen by Ada Bright
  7. Read and watch a book to movie adaption โ€“ The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
  8. BONUS โ€“ Read 7 books

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