Don't Date Rosa Santos

Don't Date Rosa Santos

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...

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Don't Date Rosa Santos Reviews

  • Zoraida

    This book is just everything. It is a love song to Cuba, to diaspora, to complicated families. It captures the way generations of Latinx women can communicate—or NOT communicate at all. It is about love and loss and grief. It is so absolutely charming and pure poetry. It is magical realism in the way Latinos only understand and it is romantic AF. I hope everyone gives it a chance and reads this book.

  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)

    *4.5 stars*

    WOWOWOW, i loved this a whole lot. Full review to come!

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was fun and beautiful and sassy and somber all rolled into one and I enjoyed the heck out of it.

  • chan ☆

    happy release day to this own voices excellence!

    this was a lot of fun! to be honest, i requested it because of the buzz i was hearing from some of my lovely latinx friends but i didn't know much about the story going in. i think had i known what the premise was i probably wouldn't have requested it. "save our town" kind of stories usually aren't for me. but i'm glad i listened to my friends because this was great!

    it's a story about a cuban americ

    happy release day to this own voices excellence!

    this was a lot of fun! to be honest, i requested it because of the buzz i was hearing from some of my lovely latinx friends but i didn't know much about the story going in. i think had i known what the premise was i probably wouldn't have requested it. "save our town" kind of stories usually aren't for me. but i'm glad i listened to my friends because this was great!

    it's a story about a cuban american girl named rosa who's in her senior year of high school. she's trying to figure out where she fits in both in terms of her heritage and in what she wants to do. she wants to go to cuba, she wants to feel a deeper connection to her family and she wants to understand where she comes from. all of this struggle is happening internally as she tries to help her town raise enough money to keep their marina from being bought by developers. and of course there's a love story.

    i really enjoyed the cuban rep in this and i really enjoyed the family relationships in this. it was messy and real and even though i'm just a whitey, i could relate to the family dynamics. i also loved the town of Port Coral where this was set. everyone knew everyone and it felt like a cuban Stars Hollow.

    the only thing that i didn't absolutely love about the story was the romance. it was kind of swoony at points but it didn't grip me. i think YA contemporaries are VERY hit or miss with the romance for me so this isn't too surprising. but alex was a super sweet guy and i didn't actively root against their relationship so i'll take that as a win in my book.

  • Angelica

    My little Latina heart was filled with so much happiness while reading this book. We don't enough cute Latinx contemporaries. We never just get to see some cute Hispanic kids just falling in love without the backdrop of racism, immigration or something equally serious or tragic in the background. NOt that this is bad, it's

    My little Latina heart was filled with so much happiness while reading this book. We don't enough cute Latinx contemporaries. We never just get to see some cute Hispanic kids just falling in love without the backdrop of racism, immigration or something equally serious or tragic in the background. NOt that this is bad, it's just that we never get any light and enjoyable stories, just for the sake of being light and enjoyable. We also rarely get any Latinx contemporaries where the culture is so ingrained in the story and in the characters in a way that is not stereotypical or superficial.

    Seriously though, a part of me kind of hates when Latinx characters are added to books. They always have an accent, have like five siblings living in cramped quarters, call everyone 'chica' or some sort of Spanish nickname, and are usually nothing more than background characters to further the plot of the 

     white main character. 

    So, you can imagine how happy I was to read this book and love it. It was like a breath of fresh air and y'all should totally read it.

    This is a contemporary romance and it's also about a curse. I was so curious to see how this so-called 'curse' was going to play into the story and I was not disappointed.

    One of my favorite things about contemporaries is how they, more than any other genre in YA, take the time to explore families and the beautiful and messy ways they interact. They give you all the sides to the story and give you flawed characters you can understand and root for. 

    The book also did a wonderful job with all the secondary characters and their relationships with their families. Family is very important in Latinx cultures and this book illustrated that perfectly.

    Speaking of culture, this was one of my favorite parts of the book.

    As was the food! Tres Leche is honestly the best thing ever. I also appreciate all the other foods mentioned that I knew so well. And even the ones I didn't as honestly, not all Hispanic cultures are the same or have the same foods.

    Lastly, the romance. this is a contemporary

    , after all, so let us hop to it. 

    There is nothing much to say other than that it was super cute. That said, it felt a bit rushed to me. It was like, despite loving it and wanting them to end up together, I wasn't fully convinced, you know what I mean. Still, it was really cute and I overall really did like Alex and Rosa together.

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  • Chloe

    This had major Jane the Virgin vibes & I adored it!

  • Stacee

    I was legit here for the “cursed girl and the sea” story line and didn’t need much more than that.

    I loved Rosa. I loved her loyalty and her steadfastness. I loved her need to explore and learn. Her friends were all great and so were the secondary characters. Of course Mimi stole every scene she was in and I don’t even know what to do with Alex {aka the boy who bakes and read silently next to her in school and is so shy and charming}

    Plot wise, it was good. There were loads of characters and I fi

    I was legit here for the “cursed girl and the sea” story line and didn’t need much more than that.

    I loved Rosa. I loved her loyalty and her steadfastness. I loved her need to explore and learn. Her friends were all great and so were the secondary characters. Of course Mimi stole every scene she was in and I don’t even know what to do with Alex {aka the boy who bakes and read silently next to her in school and is so shy and charming}

    Plot wise, it was good. There were loads of characters and I finally gave up trying to keep them straight. Even with all of the plot threads, the story is ultimately about family and finding your place in it and this was told beautifully. I loved the culture and the way food was basically a character and just how much longing there was for Cuba.

    Overall, it was a quick and passionate read. There were definitely some heartbreaking parts, but I was captivated from the start and could easily read more from these characters.

    **Huge thanks to Hyperion for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Larry H

    4.5 stars.

    "We try with all we have. We fight hands we can't see. We stomp against the earth and whisper all the right prayers, but sometimes it isn't meant to be. You believe life will always be as it is, and you make plans, but the next thing you know, you're climbing into a sinking boat in the dead of night because the land you love is no longer safe. The sun sets, he doesn't swim above the water again, and time runs out."

    Rosa Santos has been raised to believe that the women in her family are

    4.5 stars.

    "We try with all we have. We fight hands we can't see. We stomp against the earth and whisper all the right prayers, but sometimes it isn't meant to be. You believe life will always be as it is, and you make plans, but the next thing you know, you're climbing into a sinking boat in the dead of night because the land you love is no longer safe. The sun sets, he doesn't swim above the water again, and time runs out."

    Rosa Santos has been raised to believe that the women in her family are cursed by the sea, especially when it comes to love, and the men who get involved with them are doomed. When her grandparents migrated from Cuba when her mother was just an infant, storms hit their boat, and only Rosa's grandmother and mother survived. Eighteen years later, the young man her mother loved (and Rosa's father) left on his boat for a routine day of work and never returned.

    Since then Rosa has been afraid of even going near the water—and has steered clear of relationships. She lives with her grandmother, Mimi, in a small Florida town where everyone knows everyone's business. Mimi works as a curandera, the person everyone turns to for help with illness, crises, and everything in between. Rosa's mother drifts in and out of town, unable to stay for too long in the place where her heart was broken, and causing friction with Mimi whenever she returns.

    What Rosa wants more than anything is answers. She wants to know more about what Cuba was like for her grandmother, why she'll never speak of that time or of the family left behind. She wants to understand why her mother can't stay in one place, why she can't be the mother she's always needed. And more than anything, she wants to understand the whole idea of the Santos "curse," especially when she meets Alex Aquino, the brooding sailor with tattoos of the ocean and a passion for baking.

    How do you get a fresh start when everyone around you knows everything about you, and is watching your every move? Can we really overcome the challenges of our past, and outrun the "curses"? Is love worth risking everything for, especially the potential that you could "doom" someone else?

    is an utterly charming, sweet book about family, love, grief, and heritage, and is, in many ways, a love letter both to Cuba and to small-town America. The characters are fun and complex, and even if there aren't too many surprises to be had in the book, I got hooked pretty quickly and read the entire book in one day.

    Nina Moreno has created a magical place, and her characters are quirky and memorable. It does feel a little like Stars Hollow from

    , and the relationships between mothers and daughters are special. (Plus, Alex sounded hot.) This was a fun read without a tremendous amount of angst, which was a nice change of pace for me!

    NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion provided me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making it available!

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  • Lola

    The ''curse'' annoyed me. Like, really? And there's miscommunication, concealment of information, angst. That was bound to drive me crazy. So I stopped right before reaching that point. There is a lot that can make you want to shout in exasperation in this world, why let a book do that to you? Cute cover and some cute scenes though.

  • Sara➽ Ink Is My Sword

    Hi hello, my name is Sara and I am confessing my sins. I may have murdered everyone for not telling me about this book earlier.

    Girlmore girls! To all the boys I have loved before! Latino Culture! Bad boy-tattoos! Contemporary-romance!

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