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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.
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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? Product Details Price. Coming of Age. Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.
Become an affiliate. She graduated from the University of Florida and writes about Latinas chasing their dreams, falling in love, and navigating life in the hyphen. She lives by a swamp outside of Orlando where she enjoys listening to carefully curated playlists, hunting through thrift stores, drinking too much Cuban coffee, and walking into the sea every chance she gets. Don't Date Rosa Santos is her first novel.
Reviews "Perfect for fans of Jane the Virgin and One Day at a TimeDon't Date Rosa Santos is both a relatable coming of age story and a heartfelt and evocative multigenerational tale of three women bound by a legacy of love, loss, and exile.
Rosa is a heroine to root for and the charming fictional town of Port Coral-and its delightful residents-will find a place in readers' hearts as Moreno infuses each with rich Cuban culture and the unique magic of Florida.
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I fell in love with all three generations of Santos women as I rushed through the s on Port Coral's lemon-scented breeze. When I was done, I held the book to my heart, happy for love, happy for memories, and happy this book exists in the world. Don't Date Rosa Santos is alive with the magic of love, family, and Cuba. This enchanting novel will sweep you up like the sea.
As I floated through these s, I felt like a member of the Port Coral community and didn't want to leave. Rosa is a relatable American teenager guaranteed to make you smile.
Nina Moreno writes beautifully, pulling you into the story so wholly that you can almost feel the sea breeze as you read. Moreno paints a lush picture of what a crush can feel like when more than a potential break-up seems to darken your meet-cute.
Rosa is a compelling protagonist whose unique voice-smart and funny, but also warm-is refreshing in the YA landscape. Don't Date Rosa Santos is the perfect read for those searching for answers about their world and about themselves.
A beautiful story that will stay with you long after you reach the end!
Moreno deftly sails her readers through huge swells of emotion, highlighting the confusion and longing of both love and diaspora. I Love Myself!
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