Somewhere between bitter and sweet

by Kemp, Laekan Zea,

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary

I'm Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter meets Emergency Contact in this stunning story of first love, familial expectations, the power of food, and finding where you belong.

Penelope Prado has always dreamed of opening her own pastelerĂ­a next to her father's restaurant, Nacho's Tacos. But her mom and dad have different plans--leaving Pen to choose between not disappointing her traditional Mexican American parents or following her own path. When she confesses a secret she's been keeping, her world is sent into a tailspin. But then she meets a cute new hire at Nacho's who sees through her hard exterior and asks the questions she's been too afraid to ask herself.

Xander Amaro has been searching for home since he was a little boy. For him, a job at Nacho's is an opportunity for just that--a chance at a normal life, to settle in at his abuelo's, and to find the father who left him behind. But when both the restaurant and Xander's immigrant status are threatened, he will do whatever it takes to protect his newfound family and himself.

Together, Pen and Xander must navigate first love and discovering where they belong in order to save the place they all call home.

This stunning and poignant novel from debut author Laekan Zea Kemp explores identity, found families and the power of food, all nestled within a courageous and intensely loyal Chicanx community.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Penelope Prado is head honcho at Nacho's Tacos when her father isn't there--until he fires her for skipping out on her college classes. Like many immigrants, her parents' cloak their desire for a better life for her under tough love, but she perceives it as a rejection of her dream to open a pastelerĂ­a. Just as Pen's thoughts of inadequacy begin to take hold, she meets Nacho's newest hire, Xander, who's searching for his estranged father and under the threat of having his undocumented status exposed. When the restaurant is in trouble, the two learn the true meaning of family, both inherited and found. The portrayal of a tight-knit Chicanx community brought together by food and love is at the core of this novel, and Kemp's precise writing flows from Pen's perspective to Xander's effortlessly, even while revealing their individual lives. Some alcohol abuse might push this into older YA territory, and issues of mental health are handled with care. Recommended for readers who enjoy strong stories about found families, expectations, and food."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Set in a close-knit community in Austin, Tex., debut author Kemp's exquisite YA contemporary romance follows two Latinx teens after their lives intersect at a beloved neighborhood restaurant. When 18-year-old Penelope "Pen" Prado makes the difficult decision to come clean to her Mexican American parents about having skipped a semester's worth of community college classes, as well as her real dream of owning a bakery, she is promptly fired from her father's restaurant, Nacho's Tacos. Mean-while, 18-year-old Alejandro "Xander" Amaro, a new hire at Nacho's, longs to find his absent father and lives with constant worry about his own undocumented status. When Xander runs into Pen on his first--and her last--day working at Nacho's, romance ensues. Told in the protagonists' alternating, refreshingly candid voices ("So I have to decide what's scarier: living a life that doesn't belong to me, or losing the one I love"), Kemp's novel serves up finely rendered, stirring character arcs for both, as well as an intimate portrait of two teens grappling with mental health, complicated family relationships, and newfound love. Much like Elizabeth Acevedo's With the Fire on High, Kemp has created a truly special combination of deliciously described food, expressive prose, and dreamy romance. Ages 14--up. Agent: Andrea Morrison, Writers House. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Mexican Americans -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Restaurants -- Fiction.
Cooking, Mexican -- Fiction.
Fathers -- Fiction.
Immigrants -- Fiction.
Illegal aliens -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Social problem fiction.
Romance fiction.
Publisher New York :2021
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 343 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780316460279
0316460273
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