Hello readers!! another month has gone by, and I read one book 😀
I feel like I’m in an endless slump and I cannot see the end. But let’s look at the bright side, I’ve passed a really stressful month where I had exam after exam, and now I have maybe a month or so left before everything goes into chaos mode again! I actually thought that this month was going to be somewhat better, but it wasn’t at all terrible! I read Once Upon a Quince and I loved it!! Since I don’t have much to say I thought I’d review it here for you all so here it goes!!
thank you to edelweiss for the free copy
Jenny Han meets “Jane the Virgin” in this flashy and fun Own Voices romcom from debut author Monica Gomez-Hira.
Carmen Aguilar just wants to make her happily ever after come true. Except apparently “happily ever after” for Carmen involves being stuck in an unpaid summer internship! All she has to do is perform! In a ball gown! During the summer. In Miami.
Fine. Except that Carmen’s company is hired for her spoiled cousin Ariana’s over the top quinceañera.
And of course, her new dance partner at work is none other than Mauro Reyes, Carmen’s most deeply regrettable ex.
If Carmen is going to move into the future she wants, she needs to leave the past behind. And if she can manage dancing in the blistering heat, fending off Mauro’s texts, and stopping Ariana from ruining her own quinceañera Carmen might just get that happily ever after after all.
in a few words this book was: cute, had incredible character development, and so much quince stress!
It was nice to be able to dive into a small portion of the stressful event of planning a quince, something that’s so important in the Latin-American culture. Each country has it’s own traditions so it was really interesting seeing how Cuban families prepare. Things from cortes to dress fittings and tiara’s it was nice to relate to somethings and at the same time seeing new traditions.
Apart from quince planning, seeing Carmen struggle through finishing high school, and trying to be someone that isn’t known for being daughter of was refreshing. You usually see main characters struggle with academics but I think it’s refreshing to see a character who at the start of the story hadn’t graduated, and didn’t really have any plans for the future. It’s important to have that change in Young Adult and Teen books.
Carmen as a character was both frustrating but you could understand why she made decisions, she comes from a difficult family situation where her dad left when she was a baby and her mom is doing everything she can to make sur she has a great life. And she does, until family drama happens and she becomes distant with them, all until of course she has to spend and entire summer with said family.
I think what I loved most about the whole plot was seeing Carmen change and turn into a new person, being able to forgive people but still standing up for herself. Carmen is an amazing character who triumphs through her struggles and grows into a more mature person, but still keeping her fiery teen self close.
Another thing that stands out is that the romance isn’t the main part of the story, this is definitely Camren’s story and not the story of her and her ex Mauro, although his character is an important part of the story, you aren’t forced into a romantic story with a dash of quince.
The writing is quick and easy, every time I picked it up I’d easily sit and read for a few hours. Although it did take me a solid 2 weeks to read, but that’s purely because I was prepping some exams and nothing to do with the book itself.
All in all, it was a nice comfort read with an interesting character development and I enjoyed reading about Carmen’s journey.