Harmony Book Reviews

Amor and Summer Secrets

Posted on: November 8, 2008

Amor and Summer SecretsTitle:Amor and Summer Secrets
Author:Diana Rodriguez Wallach
Rating: 9/10
Summary: (Taken from author’s site)
Fifteen-year-old Mariana Ruiz has no desire to step foot outside her affluent Philadelphia suburb. BUT she may not have a choice.

With total disregard to the high-glam Sweet 16 her best friend is hosting, Mariana’s father ships her off to a tiny mountain town in Puerto Rico to stay with family she’s never met. The heat is merciless, the food is spicy, and only one of her relatives—her distant cousin Lilly—speaks English. Her consolation prize is Lilly’s homespun Puerto Rican Quinceãnera. Only the riotously festive party exposes Mariana to more than just her culture. She uncovers new friends, her first love, and a family secret that’s been buried on the island for more than 30 years.

My Thoughts:Amor and Summer Secrets is a fun, well-written novel about exploring your heritage, secrets, and friendship.

Mariana and her two best friends seem exceedingly conceited at the beginning of the novel. All they seem to care about is spending thousands of dollars on their Sweet Sixteens. But, as the novel continues on, their personalities become more distinct. Mariana, especially, becomes a truly unique character, and not just because of her ancestry. Lilly, too, is a great character to read about.

Once you get going, the plot flies by fast, but not to the point where it feels rushed. With all of the party-planning, dating, and family drama, there’s hardly a place for boredom.

While Amor and Summer Secrets is quite stereo-typical in some places, it’s definitely a fun, fast read that I definitely recommend. I can’t wait for the rest in the series!

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