Monday, August 9, 2021

Book Review: How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

Title: How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe
Author: Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
Genre: Romance; Young Adult
Publication Date: August 10th, 2021
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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?



 *Thank you to Edelweiss+ for allowing me to read this. This is my honest and unbiased review*

Spoiler Alert. I devoured This book. I immediately fell in love with Moon’s character and I ached for her home situation. I won't go into too many details but Moon deserves so much more than the universe. While yes this book has romance with a Enemy to lovers trope, it was so much more character driven than I thought it was going to be which was a huge relief.

 Gilliland is such an amazing writer. There's humor, beautiful descriptors and each character was thought out and given actual Characterization. There was a perfect balance of sweet lightheartedness and seriousness that made this book so much more interesting. 

I was so happy when the conflict that came actually helped the plot rather than hinder it, and seemed to naturally make the story flow rather than grind it to a halt like most YA romances can do. I really liked Moon and Santiago’s dynamic and chemistry.  Their relationship developed naturally, no instant love but a gradual build up that made it seem real. I also really liked the relationship between Moon and her sister Star even if I did see the plot coming. The ending wrapped up pretty nicely and I was very content with how it ended, although I wished their was more consequences for a particular people.

Overall, a great read




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