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?
Waiting on Wednesday was created by Breaking the Spine, and is now hosted by Wishful Endings (as Can’t Wait Wednesday). It’s a feature where they discuss one of the most anticipated upcoming book releases. The anticipated book release of the week is Nina Moreno’s first novel Don’t Date Rosa Santos!!!
Why I’m Waiting
Don’t Date Rosa Santos feels like a book that is made for me. Being a Cuban-American I am a huge supporter of Latinx authors. The fact that the author Nina Moreno is an own voices Cuban-American author whose book is described as a Gilmore Girls meets Practical Magic is an instant read for me. Not only does this look like the perfect fluffy and quirky read, but the main character in the story is also Cuban and the book has magical realism elements in it which is my favorite genre of all! My little Latinx heart cannot contain my absolute excitement for this book because it has all the ingredients of being my favorite book of the year!