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Where the Rhythm Takes You



by
Sarah Dass

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Balzer + Bray
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9780063018525
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use
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A lush, romantic debut novel inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion and set in the author’s native Trinidad and Tobago.

Seventeen-year-old Reyna has spent most of her life at the Plumeria, her family’s gorgeous seaside resort in Tobago. But what once seemed like paradise is starting to feel more like purgatory. It’s been two years since Reyna’s mother passed away, two years since Aiden—her childhood best friend, first kiss, first love, first everything—left the island to pursue his music dreams. Reyna’s friends are all planning their futures and heading abroad. Even Daddy seems to want to move on, leaving her to try and keep the Plumeria running.

And that’s when Aiden comes roaring back into her life—as a VIP guest at the resort.

Aiden is now one-third of DJ Bacchanal—the latest, hottest music group on the scene. While Reyna has stayed exactly where he left her, Aiden has returned to Tobago with his Grammy-nominated band and two gorgeous LA socialites. And he may (or may not be) dating one of them…

Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Where the Rhythm Takes You is a romantic, mesmerizing novel of first love and second chances.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

352

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2021

Book Genres

Fiction

Topics

Caribbean and Latin America. Trinidad and Tobago. Resorts. Music. Romance. Dating (social customs). Friends. Family. Afro Caribbeans. Art.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up–Seventeen-year-old Reyna has devoted her life to following her mother’s wishes and working at the Plumeria, their family hotel in Tobago. This included giving up her first love, Aiden, two years ago when he moved to the United States. Now Aiden is a famous musician back visiting Tobago with his band and celebrity friends while Reyna is stuck managing her late mother’s hotel. When Aiden’s friends book Reyna as a tour guide for their visit, the two must confront past emotions and current struggles, and decide if it is worth rekindling what they once had. Dass gives Jane Austen’s Persuasion a Caribbean twist. Dass, who is Tobagonian, uses her experiences to create a rich atmosphere that will make readers feel as if they are experiencing the islands. While romance is the main theme, other themes such as grief, artistry, and influencer culture are also included. VERDICT Part Jane Austen’s Persuasion, part love letter to Tobago, readers will enjoy getting lost in the lush atmosphere of the Caribbean. Give this #OwnVoices novel to romance readers and fans of Jane Austen retellings.–Ashley Leffel, Griffin M.S., Frisco, TX

Horn Book

Reyna, an artistic Afro-Caribbean teen, comes to terms with the past and paints a new picture of the future in this Caribbean spin on Austen’s Persuasion set in the author’s native Tobago. After her mother’s death, Reyna has all but accepted her narrow existence as the primary caretaker of her family’s oceanfront resort. Everyone seems to be moving on except her—her father has a new love interest, her best friend is heading off to college, and her first-and-only ex- boyfriend, Aiden, has become a global music star after leaving the island two years ago. When Aiden’s glamorous, jet- setting friends book a villa at the resort as a birthday surprise for him, Reyna’s dad inveigles her into acting as their tour guide. Romantic tension builds as the old flames are forced to revisit their bad breakup and unresolved feelings. Faced with big changes at the hotel, Reyna must decide if she’s ready to heal from loss, reclaim her stifled artistic talents, and give love a second chance. The narrative seamlessly moves back and forth from the present to the early years of Reyna and Aiden’s childhood friendship and eventual star-crossed love. Populated with a cast of believable characters and flush with authentic Trinidadian English dialogue, the story artfully draws from its captivating tropical backdrop. A layered, bittersweet tale of young love, self-discovery, and redemption that marks a promising debut for Dass. SUMMER EDWARD

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up–Seventeen-year-old Reyna has devoted her life to following her mother’s wishes and working at the Plumeria, their family hotel in Tobago. This included giving up her first love, Aiden, two years ago when he moved to the United States. Now Aiden is a famous musician back visiting Tobago with his band and celebrity friends while Reyna is stuck managing her late mother’s hotel. When Aiden’s friends book Reyna as a tour guide for their visit, the two must confront past emotions and current struggles, and decide if it is worth rekindling what they once had. Dass gives Jane Austen’s Persuasion a Caribbean twist. Dass, who is Tobagonian, uses her experiences to create a rich atmosphere that will make readers feel as if they are experiencing the islands. While romance is the main theme, other themes such as grief, artistry, and influencer culture are also included. VERDICT Part Jane Austen’s Persuasion, part love letter to Tobago, readers will enjoy getting lost in the lush atmosphere of the Caribbean. Give this #OwnVoices novel to romance readers and fans of Jane Austen retellings.–Ashley Leffel, Griffin M.S., Frisco, TX

Horn Book

Reyna, an artistic Afro-Caribbean teen, comes to terms with the past and paints a new picture of the future in this Caribbean spin on Austen’s Persuasion set in the author’s native Tobago. After her mother’s death, Reyna has all but accepted her narrow existence as the primary caretaker of her family’s oceanfront resort. Everyone seems to be moving on except her—her father has a new love interest, her best friend is heading off to college, and her first-and-only ex- boyfriend, Aiden, has become a global music star after leaving the island two years ago. When Aiden’s glamorous, jet- setting friends book a villa at the resort as a birthday surprise for him, Reyna’s dad inveigles her into acting as their tour guide. Romantic tension builds as the old flames are forced to revisit their bad breakup and unresolved feelings. Faced with big changes at the hotel, Reyna must decide if she’s ready to heal from loss, reclaim her stifled artistic talents, and give love a second chance. The narrative seamlessly moves back and forth from the present to the early years of Reyna and Aiden’s childhood friendship and eventual star-crossed love. Populated with a cast of believable characters and flush with authentic Trinidadian English dialogue, the story artfully draws from its captivating tropical backdrop. A layered, bittersweet tale of young love, self-discovery, and redemption that marks a promising debut for Dass. SUMMER EDWARD

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