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My Heart Underwater



by
Laurel Flores Fantauzzo

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Quill Tree
ISBN
9780062972286
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use , Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Contact Between Adult and Minor , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
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After Corazon's mother catches her kissing her older female teacher, Corazon is sent to the Philippines to live with a half brother she barely knows. There she learns more about loss and love than she could have ever imagined.

Corazon Tagubio is an outcast at her Catholic school. She’s attending on scholarship, she keeps to herself, and her crush on her teacher Ms. Holden doesn’t help anything. At home, Cory’s less-than-perfect grades disappoint her mom and dad, who are already working overtime to support her distant half brother in the Philippines.

When an accident leaves her dad comatose, Cory feels like Ms. Holden is the only person who really sees her. But when a crush turns into something more and the secret gets out, Cory is sent to her half brother. She’s not prepared to face a stranger in an unfamiliar place, but she begins to discover how the country that shaped her past might also change her future.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use , Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Contact Between Adult and Minor , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

320

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Feb 2021

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

Brothers and sisters. Filipino Americans. High schools. Lesbians. Quezon City, Philippines. Manila, Philippines. LGBTQ. Family. Identity.

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

After seventeen-year-old Cory’s mother witnesses a kiss between her and her long-term substitute teacher, twenty-five-year-old Ms. Holden, she sends Cory to spend two months in Quezon City in the Philippines with her half-brother, a brooding engineering student and amateur musician. Cory—also dealing with the fact that her father back in California is in a coma—must navigate Kuya Jun’s stiff presence, meet her cruel and unforgiving grandfather, and maintain balance between two worlds as a FilAm, a Filipina American. But amid the unfamiliar customs, Taglish vocabulary, and rhythm of a new city, Cory finds acceptance in the most unexpected places. As Kuya Jun says, “Love is weird. But it’ll find you again. The right kind, next time. Let it be. Give it time.” His comforting words turn out to apply to many complicated relationships in Cory’s life, including a new romantic interest. Fantauzzo’s emotional story extends beyond Cory’s search for identity and belonging, adding insights about both historical and metaphorical colonization, while readers are immersed in the uncertainty that surrounds new and ongoing family crises, resentment, and forgiveness. GABI K. HUESCA

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

After seventeen-year-old Cory’s mother witnesses a kiss between her and her long-term substitute teacher, twenty-five-year-old Ms. Holden, she sends Cory to spend two months in Quezon City in the Philippines with her half-brother, a brooding engineering student and amateur musician. Cory—also dealing with the fact that her father back in California is in a coma—must navigate Kuya Jun’s stiff presence, meet her cruel and unforgiving grandfather, and maintain balance between two worlds as a FilAm, a Filipina American. But amid the unfamiliar customs, Taglish vocabulary, and rhythm of a new city, Cory finds acceptance in the most unexpected places. As Kuya Jun says, “Love is weird. But it’ll find you again. The right kind, next time. Let it be. Give it time.” His comforting words turn out to apply to many complicated relationships in Cory’s life, including a new romantic interest. Fantauzzo’s emotional story extends beyond Cory’s search for identity and belonging, adding insights about both historical and metaphorical colonization, while readers are immersed in the uncertainty that surrounds new and ongoing family crises, resentment, and forgiveness. GABI K. HUESCA

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