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Flowers in the Sky

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  216 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Fifteen-year-old Nina Perez is faced with a future she never expected. She must leave her Garden of Eden, her lush home in the Dominican Republic, when she's sent by her mother to seek out a better life with her brother in New York. As Nina searches for some glimpse of familiarity amid the jarring world of Washington Heights, she must uncover her own strength. She learns t ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by HarperTeen
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I cannot say with sufficient words how much I loved this book! I felt the beauty of the Dominican Republic, the grime of Washington Heights, the struggle of NY, and I loved the innocence and fulfillment of the flowers in the sky for Nina. And, the happy ending/new beginnings! I want to know what happens next to Nina!!
Wanda (Good Choice Reading)
This was such a good book. I started this book in the morning and finished it at night. That's how good it was. This book immediately grabs you and draws you in. I guess the fact that the characters are Latin as am I, made it really easy to connect. The language, the food, the description of the island felt all too familiar. And that made the book enjoyable. I loved the whole Latin culture in this book.

But as good as this book is, her mother annoyed me from the beginning. Like in any country,
"Flowers in the Sky" is a sweet, gentle story about seeing the beauty in the everyday and making your own way in life. Girls will love the story, as will teachers for the fascinating multicultural aspect - a lovely book!
Kaleena Melotti
Flowers in the Sky by Lynn Joseph is probably one of the most fantastic books that I've read recently. I picked it up this morning and literally could not put it down.

First of all, the cover is very literal and beautiful. One thing that Nina has is her beautiful garden at her home in Samana, Dominican Republic, but when she is so abruptly plucked and replanted in Washington Heights, the Dominican section of New York City, that all changes. However, life is full of changes and we all must adapt.
This book is about a 16 year old girl named Nina who lived in the Dominican Republic. She enjoyed her life very much and loved where she lived. Although she had to move away to New York because her mom insisted. All her mom wanted was for Nina to marry a rich man. She didn't take her daughters feelings into consideration. Nina's life changed completely, she thought she would never adapt to her new life. Nina kept asking her mom to move back but she no longer could. From a beautiful island in th ...more
Nina is forced to leave the Dominican Republic to live with her older brother, Darrio, in New York. She misses the DR and her mom a lot as she settles into Washington Heights. Nina starts high school right away and meets a boy who is studying to become a doctor, just the kind of boy her mom wants her to marry. He is kind to her and likes her. She also meets a mysterious, green-eyed boy at a barber shop who she is drawn to... but how did he get the money for such a nice car? And why doesn't her b ...more
Flowers in the Sky by Lynn Joseph is a coming-of-age young adult romance with a multicultural palette. The main character of Nina leaves her lush island home of the Dominican Republic to live with her brother in New York and to seek a better life. In this tale of innocence and intrigue, Joseph recognizes the gloriousness of living in the land of opportunity, while not shying away from an exploration of the darker and grittier side that immigrants can face in the United States. I related strongly ...more
HNGC Library
Nina loves her life in the Dominican Republic. She goes to school, sees her friends and sells flowers from her treasured garden. But her mother worries that she will become too familiar with the tourists and ruin her life so she sends Nina to New York to live with her brother. New York is not the utopia Nina's mother has lead her to dream about. The busy streets are very different from the peaceful island life Nina is used to. As she learns to accept life in New York, Nina learns some ugly truth ...more
Ms. Yingling
Nina is quite happy living in the Dominican Republic seaside town of Samana, but her mother thinks that Nina would be better of in the US, where she might be able to find a rich husband and send money back home. Nina's brother, Darrio, has been in the US a number of years, and when Nina's mother thinks Nina is becoming to forward with men, Nina is packed off to Washington Heights, New York City to go to high school and then college. Since Nina's favorite thing to do is to garden, her brother's b ...more
Daisy Dardon
*Won through Goodreads giveaway*

After eagerly awaiting this book I finally received it today! As soon as I saw it I immediately started reading it and I couldn't stop. Being a Spanish speaker I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I felt connected to the character, Nina, a Dominican girl who leaves her home in order to go to New York to live a better life. Her struggles, her hope, ambition everything about her appealed to me. I found her to be a strong feminine character. After all how many people coul
Flowers in the Sky was a touching coming of age novel filled with family secrets and a since of belonging for 16 year old Nina. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Nina is forced by her mother to move to New York City in hopes for a better life. A life where finding the perfect husband is a top priority. Nina takes the long trek to the states, where she is greeted by her loving brother Darrio. Little does she know that Darrio has other plans of his own. Nina will continue to attend high scho ...more
This book "Flowers in the Sky" by Lynn Joseph is about Nina, a teenage girl who lived in the Dominican Republic. She liked her life there but unfortunately her mother wanted to move away with her to New York. Her mom wanted her to marry a rich man but Nina didn't care about how much rich a guy is as long as he has a rich personality. When she moved to New York she wanted to leave right away, she wasn't used to living in a crowded place. She missed where she lived and thought her mom was making a ...more
I'm giving this book three stars because I couldn't give it five, so I was going to give it four, but then I thought about it more, and I can't like it that much. The beginning was pretty slow, then I started to really like it because it was so real. It was almost too realistic because it made me think of my life. But it kept at the same pace so it wasn't so special, it's just that there were a lot of good truths in it that in small sentences gave a whole lot of life meaning, but then I got to t ...more
Kat's Review

This is a beautiful book, from the cover to the story of a girl ripped from her home and forced to try and lay down new roots in a place that is foreign in both language and lifestyle. Nina, the 15 year old protagonist, is sent from her small village in the Dominican Republic by her mother to live in New York with her older brother Darrio, who she hasn't seen in ten years. In her village, Nina grows a garden of flowers, caring for them the way Darrio taught her before he left, and se
Nina Perez loves her garden and home in the Dominican Republic. She lives happily in her seaside town, but her mother wants her to marry a rich man to be happy. In a misunderstanding with her mother she is forced to move to New York with her older brother Darrio. Nina discovers that living in the US is not as glamorous as her mother had hoped. Her brother seems to be keeping secrets. Nina enters high school were she meets Carlos, a boy aspiring to go to medical school, who is everything Nina's m ...more
Rich in Color
I have to be honest — I borrowed this book because of its gorgeous cover. I mean, look at it! Those orchids, that blurred background, the italicized title — it’s like one of those artsy pictures on tumblr with the inspirational quote in the middle (“the road to love takes many paths”). Props to jacket designer Erin Fitzsimmons.

From the very beginning, you are awash with a sense of the bittersweet. The protagonist Nina Perez does not want to leave her “seaside home in Samana on the north coast wh
Real rating: 3.5 stars

Originally posted on hello, chelly.


The good: Nina Perez' story is one that felt familiar to me in many, many ways. I was born here but my parents and the majority of my family emigrated from the Philippines to live in the US. But I've heard stories about our country. The heat, the islands, their lifestyle in which maids and drivers are completely normal to have but most of all, how they all wanted to come to the US for the opportunities. I don't think it quite lived up
It took me awhile to be able to connect with the main character, reluctant Dominican Republican immigrant Nina, but I really enjoyed her relationship with her older brother Darrio and with Señora Rivera. In the end I enjoyed this story, but there were several things that detracted from it for me.

First of all, it reads more like middle-grade fiction than fiction for young adults, even though Nina is 15 years old. The decisions she makes and the way she thinks about things felt a little more imma
It took 100 pages (and a move to seedy Washington Heights) to grab me, but from then on I enjoyed it! Nina’s view of the world is slightly quirky so it took me a while to connect with the narrative. Her character arc is huge – she goes from being a coddled Dominican girl to someone who can and does make her own decisions– and eighteen year old Louis was a very surprising romantic interest for her. Although there are some quite philosophical moments and the novel featured a few darker topics (e.g ...more
Pheobe Johnson

Before I read this book I read some of the reviews on here, some were good some were not amazing, but I thought I'd give it a go anyway. As the main character is from the Dominican Republic she would speak random words of Spanish as would her mum in the beginning of the book while she was there, I found this hard to understand further on in the book it would be translated but I had to try any work out what the words where at first. I found that this was the biggest downfall for this book, apart
Sophia Mahoney
I really liked the book Flowers In The sky because the characters were really interesting and so was the book.I mostly liked the ending part because you would have never guessed what it was going to be like. I loved the characters Nina,Luis,Dario, and Serena Rivera;they were the perfect match for this story. Nina is from the DR and her mom told her it would be better to live with her brother in New York.
First off, this review of Flowers In The Sky by Lynn Joseph is going to be a bit of a mini-review as I read the book back in May 2013 and did not have a ton of things to say about it and as I write the review, it is now September and my memory is not at all perfect. I whipped through the pages of Joseph’s contemporary book and liked what I read well enough, but honestly Flowers In The Sky did not leave a huge impression on me. However, if you are in the market for an appropriate readathon type b ...more
Alma  Ramos-McDermott
Nina loves her life in the Dominican Republic, especially her beautiful garden of flowers. She misses her brother Darrio who moved to New York City when she was just 5 years old. Read the rest of the review on my blog: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.c...
I couldn't relate to Nina even though we were close to the same age. I also thought Luis was kind of scary and the whole relationship was really strange.
I adored this book, and I can't really say why. Maybe it was Nina, the protagonist, and her defensiveness about her naivete, the naivete that comes with being fifteen and thinking you know everything. Maybe it was Darrio's devotion to Nina and his mother - and the price he paid for it. I think this is realistic fiction in the truest, purest sense. This is a story that happens every single day in many different cities, and it's one that I found wonderfully written. The flower tropes are a tad hac ...more
Libenny Saint-Hilaire
Peach Award (3.5 stars)
I love this book! The story and writing are so simple yet beautiful, and the descriptions of The Dominican Republic and of NYC are so vivid!
- The entire beginning UNTIL she enters school
- Her backstory

- All the male characters
- Rushed (and open) ending
- Stupid cliche romance
- Plot holes
- Cheesy dialogue
- Weak protagonist
- Lack of logic

So it was going to be a 4 star rating until she entered school, that's when I got to like the 2 stars and eventually 1 star. So I rounded.
Started out pretty promising, almost like an alternative ending for Color of My Words. But the story got confusing and bogged down near the end. The main character was sometimes likable and sometimes irritating. I dare say it had a little too much of "he's so cute and he has a car and I'm in love" machismo boy story line.
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