Don't Date Rosa Santos

By: Nina Moreno

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?

ISBN: 9781368039703

JLG Release: Jul 2019


Sensitive Areas: Mild sexual themes, Occasional use of "shit" and mierda
Topics: Family life , Cuban Americans , Blessing and cursing , Magic , Love , Ocean , Florida , Small towns

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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. 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. A sweet story that celebrates Latinx culture.

Book Details

ISBN

9781368039703

First Release

July 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

6 x 8 1/2

Page Count

336

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.7; Points: 11;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level HL660L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Disney-Hyperion

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild sexual themes, Occasional use of "shit" and mierda

Topics

Family life, Cuban Americans, Blessing and cursing, Magic, Love, Ocean, Florida, Small towns,

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