The Hating Game meets I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter in this irresistible romance starring a Mexican American teen who discovers love and profound truths about the universe when she spends her summer on a road trip across the country.
When her twin sister reaches social media stardom, Moon Fuentez accepts her fate as the ugly, unwanted sister hidden in the background, destined to be nothing more than her sister’s camerawoman. But this summer, Moon also takes a job as the “merch girl” on a tour bus full of beautiful influencers and her fate begins to shift in the best way possible. Most notable is her bunkmate and new nemesis, Santiago Phillips, who is grumpy, combative, and also the hottest guy Moon has ever seen. Moon is certain she hates Santiago and that he hates her back. But as chance and destiny (and maybe, probably, close proximity) bring the two of them in each other’s perpetual paths, Moon starts to wonder if that’s really true. She even starts to question her destiny as the unnoticed, unloved wallflower she always thought she was. Could this summer change Moon’s life as she knows it?
Title: How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe
Author: Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
Publication Date: August 10, 2021
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Top 5 Reasons to Read this Book
- Moon is the best! She has doubts and fears at the beginning of the book and it‘s amazing to see how she conquers these and moves forward with her life.
- I love road trip type stories and this one was a lot of fun! It was especially great to read after being kept away from traveling and concerts for so long.
- The relationship between Moon and her man felt believable. Sometimes, YA romances can be rushed or way too cringy, but this one was really well done. It was perfectly paced and felt well developed.
- This book was painfully honest in so many ways. One of the ways was talking about how Moon was the “underdog sister”. She was the one no one really looked at or paid attention to. Vasquez Gilliland does a great job of allowing us to feel this pain of Moon’s and then helping her to reach her true potential.
- This book was very relatable. I think everyone can relate to Moon or something that she goes through at some point.
About the Author
Raquel Vasquez Gilliland is a Mexican American poet, novelist, and painter. She received an MFA in poetry from the University of Alaska, Anchorage in 2017. She’s most inspired by fog and seeds and the lineages of all things. When not writing, Raquel tells stories to her plants and they tell her stories back. She lives in Tennessee with her beloved family and mountains. Raquel has published two books of poetry. Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything is her first novel.