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The Victoria in My Head

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  414 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Victoria Cruz inhabits two worlds: In one, she is a rock star, thrashing the stage with her husky voice and purple-streaked hair. In the other, currently serving as her reality, Victoria is a shy teenager with overprotective Cuban parents, who sleepwalks through her life at the prestigious Evanston Academy. Unable to overcome the whole paralyzing-stage-fright thing, Victor ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by Simon Pulse
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Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Victoria in My Head is a laugh-out-loud debut novel that is the perfect blend of intensity, awareness, and possibilities. This story is told in the first person by Victoria, a Cuban-American who dreams of more than her boring every day existence. When suddenly she becomes, upon sight, positively smitten with a gorgeous boy, she decides that now is the moment! The moment where she does something amazing! Now is the time for her to try out for lead singer in a band.

She is indomitable in that m
UPDATE: because maybe I should try to give an actual review?

The first thing I want to get out of the way is that this is a completely subjective 5-star read that, if I wasn't in the right state for/if I had ever had something that represented me in this way growing up, I might not have loved as much but you can fight me if you think I'm going to change that rating.

In essence, this is a sweet, coming of age contemporary that's centered around a young Cuban-American girl who's learning to rebel a
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
3.5 stars

I love books with music. I find that they’re
always fun and guarantee a good time. This one is no different. We follow shy girl Victoria Cruz as she combats the monotony of her daily life by joining a band. We see Victoria’s personality and get to rock out along side her.

Things I Liked :
Victoria is a really relatable character. She’s bored with the monotony of her life and starts to want more, hence the band. She feels pressured by her family to get into a great school because that’
4 stars

This book was just?? So much fun?? I went into it not having a clue what it was about because I had enjoyed the author’s sophomore novel and I’m honestly so glad that was the case because this novel ended up defying whatever expectations I might’ve had for it. Essentially, this book follows a teen girl who becomes part of a band and all of the shenanigans that come along with that. It’s very chaotic and I loved every second of it.

I really enjoyed Victoria’s character. Not only because I
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
3. 5 / 5 Fangs

The Victoria in My Head was a relatable, funny, and heartwarming story about discovering yourself. I liked how this book felt authentic and so incredibly real. It took me back to my high school days and how it felt to go through all the big "firsts" in my life. The teenage angst involving boys, family, and self-worth all reminded me of what it was like to be a teenager.

The main character, Victoria, was such a realistic character. She wanted more with her life and wanted to discove
Ashley Urquhart
Sep 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF pg 182 - I really tried with this book. Maybe it's my age showing, but I just found Victoria to be the most annoying character. She was whiny and immature and just not a strong character. Cuban American representation is great, but it didn't really effect her life beyond the quince. Why is her mom making spaghetti every night? And where's the Spanglish? ...more
Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
Janelle Milanes’s debut The Victoria in My Head is a feel-good contemporary with an easy-to-relate-to protagonist. Victoria Cruz doesn’t exactly live her life on the edge. As a scholarship student and the daughter of parents with Harvard aspirations, Victoria’s life is pretty much laid out for her. She’s good at going through the motions, of never taking a chance on anything, even if it’s something she really wants. When she gets the opportunity to audition for a rock band, Victoria isn’t sure s ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, ya, romance, arcs
I enjoyed getting to be there as Victoria tried to figure out who she wanted to be. Fun friendships and lots of family time made this more than a romance, AND I got a grand gesture.

Pro: Victoria was a great character. I feel like there was some part of her everyone could related to, whether it be having overprotective parents, being part of the race for a space in the Ivy League, feeling unattractive, thinking your sort of boring, or trying to please your everyone in your life.

Pro: I love the w
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4 stars
Yes, yessss Janelle Milanes yes!!

I specifically sought out a YA book that would have a latinx main character. I wasn’t expecting much, if we’re being totally honest, but I am so glad I went in with low expectations because oh my god it was amazing and it blew me out of the water.

Victoria, as a character, has flaws – I do see them but she’s so well rounded for someone her age. I know what it’s like to have latinx family like that and to live under the pressure of being a straight A stude
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Most of my favorite reads this year have been rereads, which is always a bit disappointing. I mean, obviously I want my rereads to be amazing (ideally, the books just get better every time), but I also want the books I’m reading for the first time to be amazing. Is that really so much to ask? For all my reads to be outstanding? Logic tells me yes, but my heart says no. Finally, though, for the first time in what feels like months but is probably actually weeks (because reading so much really doe ...more
Alexandria  Ang
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Don't forget to join us on our liveshow for this book on April 29th at 4 pm EST at! ...more
My Rating: 5 stars ★★★★★
The Victoria In My Head is easily one of my favorite books of the year~
This is definitely a book to check out + add to your TBR!
~Such a diverse story, fantastic writing +unique plot, everything was fantastic!! I adored everything about this book! Such a breath of fresh air in YA!

It's a YA Contemporary about Cuban-American protag Victoria and how she overcomes her anxiety and joins a band! But its so much more than that! Over the co
Jessica Young
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am not a huge romance fan and this book was quite predictable as far as who ended up with who, but I still loved it!! The characters were well developed and believable and I enjoyed all of the music references throughout the book - especially the main character’s obsession with making very specific playlists.

Speaking of playlists... I now have a really cool new playlist thanks to this book! Each chapter of the book is a song title and artist, so after I got done reading the book, I went back
When 15-year-old Victoria, a daughter of Cuban immigrants, decides to stray from her well-behaved, straight-laced life and join a band, she keeps it a secret from her parents. But...she can't keep it a secret for too long, since the lies start adding up.

A cute, fun, lighthearted romantic read about music, love, and learning to become your own person, rather than being the person you think you're meant to be. I loved that it's a younger teen protagonist a lot. The book ran a little bit long, but
Alyssa Palombo
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just ADORED this book. It made me smile practically the whole way through. I always love books about music (especially rock bands!) and this was a great one. It also captured the high school experience really well, I thought. I miss these characters already, and I can't wait to read whatever Milanes writes next! ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
read this book for a knee shlappin good hetero time !
Evan Maricle
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was just a typical tale of two cities kind of book of the romance of people that are polar opposites but, it was it's own rendition of that. Besides the love story, the main character, Victoria is stuck in a boring, repetitive life until she sees a flyer for a rock band and that's when her world changed. I would totally recommend this book! ...more
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars, rounded down because I was pretty underwhelmed and also Victoria's gaydar is so bad that it's on the line between hilarious and embarrassing. ...more
Nasty Lady MJ
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
DNF at page 64. Just not my thing very cliched and I'm bored. It's going in the giveaway bend.

Since I am on a semi blogging break for book I'm going to do a bullet point type of review to tell me what bothered me about this one:

*MC seemed ridiculously young-yeah, I know she is young but I'm talking like she was more of the age of pre-teen than early teen

*Insta Love

*Insta Good at Music because of a video she did for Youtube six years ago. No practicing at all, and she's good enough to join a ban
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Being latina and into old music, like Victoria, really made me connect to The Victoria in My Head. I really enjoyed how this story read like a coming of age, high school, rom-com. I loved the diversity of the main cast members, the adorable swoony moments, and the messages of being true to who you are and to love your body/yourself. Unlike other books in this genre, the dialogue wasn't cringy but relatable. Although my only problem is I how instant the first romance developed but I ended up liki ...more
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
This book would be pretty good for someone who likes close to real-world teen stories. If you feel any connection or relatability to the main character it’s worth the read. Now this review is coming from someone who experiences maladaptive daydreaming. The back of the book frames the main character as if she has maladaptive daydreaming herself and that’s why I was drawn to reading the book. Further this book has characters that are LGBTQ+ and alternative, I myself am both these things.

Now this p
Brooke Banks

Reasons To Read The Victoria In My Head:

Victoria is relatable, studious, rocker trapped behind anxiety and familial pressure. She's on track for Harvard. Has playlists for every event, occasion, and fantasy.
Her BFF Annie is much the same, wants a change from the same old routine but has to push Victoria to do it for herself and progresses on her own path.
You know how in Disney, there's always a shot of the guy falling for the girl? Well, here we get it from the Victoria's perspecti
Sandie, Teen Lit Rocks
This is a solid debut about a teen girl in between worlds -- she's a middle-class scholarship kid at a posh prep school and she's got traditional Cuban parents who expect a lot from her. The only slight hiccup is that I've read several similar books (in terms of Latinx themes and even in terms of the band/music set up) this year, so I keep mixing it up with others I liked slightly less (like I Am Not Your Mexican Daughter). But this one I really enjoyed with the notable exception of the romance. ...more
Jack Massa
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, ya
Excellent. Part hip coming of age story, part 21st Century urban comedy of manners. Loved the varied teen and adult characters and the way their different cultures were presented but not overplayed. The only flaw I felt was that the plot complication/misunderstanding that drove the last 50 pages felt overly contrived. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and was sorry when it ended.
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Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Fifteen going on sixteen, Victoria, feels like her life is in a rut, she longs to shake things up, but her parents expectations and her own fears of putting herself out there hold her back, that is until a cute guitar player, a poster for a lead singer audition, and her best friend encourage Victoria to finally take a few leaps.

While this is in large part about Victoria finding and asserting herself, it’s also about her finding romance and she has two love interests here, both in the band, one
Jessika Santulli
Summary: Victoria Cruz, a sophomore at a prestigious New York high school, works hard to fulfill her immigrant parents’ dream of sending their daughter to Harvard. But joining a band, falling in love, and discovering a passion for singing, open her eyes to a whole new world.

Thoughts: It was so fun to be back in high school again! I was actually jealous of Victoria and her friends/band mates because their experience at Evanston High was incredibly exciting compared to my high school days. Plus, t
Inah (Fueled By Chapters)
It has been a long time since I last read a book, and I'm glad I picked this up because I really enjoyed it! The concept of the book is fairly familiar to me, since I love reading stories with characters in journey towards finding themselves and doing what they love. Despite the familiarity, the book managed to stand out in terms of the writing, and character dynamics.

I can definitely relate to Victoria in many aspects, and it was nice be able to identify myself with another character. Victoria'
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this book so much!!! Victoria is a perfect character, genuine in her dialog and actions, and someone that you can feel close to.
Victoria Cruz is the daughter of Cuban immigrants living in New York City and attends a very exclusive private school, Evanston Academy. Her best friend Annie, a violin prodigy, is her lifeline to not being friendless and boring. Her life at school is predictable, classes are tolerable and everything goes by like clockwork. But one day she sees a cute boy staple a
Amber J
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
so this was a book about our mc victoria cruz, a 2nd generation latina whose parents immigrated from cuba so they could attain "the american dream". as such they have so many expectations of victoria as i can imagine the immigrant parents have of their children and victoria's life is a series of predictable constants which she has come to find boring but is too scared to try to change. that is, until she meets strand who's posting a flyer about auditions for a new lead singer of their band. vict ...more
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Janelle Milanes is originally from Miami, FL and received her BA in English Literature from Davidson College. A lifelong YA addict, she moved to New York for her first job as a children’s literature associate at Simon & Schuster.

For the past five years, Janelle has worked as a teacher and librarian throughout the New York City area. Her first novel reflects many of her own experiences growing up a

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