Book Review: Don’t Date Rosa Santos

This book is geared toward high school aged teenagers and young adults. Nina Moreno wrote this book focusing mainly on Rosa and the history of her family in previous generations. Her grandmother came with her husband from Cuba and her mom was born during that journey. As relations between the US and Cuba are somewhat improving Rosa sees her chance to finally see the home her grandmother grew up in. Rosa has always been yearning to see the country of her family though she has a completely new and great community in her harbor town in Florida. Throughout the telling of this story many other plots unfold. A wedding, a cultural festival, preservation of their town and a love interest most unexpected by Rosa.

I liked the overall story of the book. The author included some cultural rituals and beliefs and practices that kind of bothered me because it didn’t make any sense but that was part of the backstory for the grandmother.

I rate this book 4 out of 5.

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