A beautiful #OwnVoices tale of love!
O well… I have no words. I’m just a puddle of feels.
5 all-the-feels stars
About the Book
From the multi-award-winning author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe comes a gorgeous new story about love, identity, and families lost and found.
Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican-American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?
This humor-infused, warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging is a triumph.
How do I even describe how beautiful this book was?
If I actually hugged you and sobbed on your shoulder, you still wouldn’t know how deeply it moved me! Because there are not words beautiful enough to describe this book! And…
How do I EVER get over the fact it’s over??? I read it. The end. [sobs loudly]
These characters are so diverse I just want to sit and cry of joy [sobs even loudlier]
How come I want to be adopted by a man that doesn’t even exist??? And be BFF with three kids [Salvy, Sam and Fito] who don’t exist either??? I’m in such state of despair over the fact their are all FICTIONAL characters!!! [wuahhhh]
I kid you not… It took me forever to read this book because it’s so DAMN poetic that I would read a paragraph and then I would go on a philosophical marathon idiotically sighing-mussing-gaping-day-dreaming about every possible beautiful or ugly thing in life: family, traditions, friends, loneliness, isolation, sickens, grief, loss… you name it. I thought of it.
I especially thought about my wonderful family, my yaya and mami [my grandma and grand-grandma] who gave me the most wonderful childhood anyone could ask for and and how it made me who I am today. I thought so much about my upbringing, my family, my childhood friends, my siblings…. or… the mortality of crabs, for that matters! I got all philosophical about EVERYTHING! At the end I was just hoping I was half as good friend, sister, mom and daughter as this characters were.
Because Salvy and his dad had the most beautiful father son relationship! And Sam and Sally have the most splendorous friendship! And Mani was the most wonderful grandmother! And… And… And… she gets very sick… And… And let’s stop here because I need to keep it together if I want to finish this review.
And… You know what else I loved?? ALL THE FOOD AND THE COOKING! I really love family cooking and they cooked MEXICAN food, which I can’t get enough of, and so much cooking and so much family and friends cooking together, and all wonderful things that touch your souls… and so much love!
THERE IS SO MUCH LOVE IN THIS BOOK! SO MUCH!
If you need a mood lift, go get this book and treasure it! Here is my VERY LENGTHY Goodreads summary. Hope you enjoy it 🙂
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