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Don't Date Rosa Santos

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,689 ratings  ·  794 reviews
Rosa Santos is cursed by the sea-at least, that's what they say. Dating her is bad news, especially if you're a boy with a boat.

But Rosa feels more caught than cursed. Caught between cultures and choices. Between her abuela, a beloved healer and pillar of their community, and her mother, an artist who crashes in and out of her life like a hurricane. Between Port Coral, the
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Nina Moreno My publisher picked it, and I love it! It's so fun. (And thank you!)…moreMy publisher picked it, and I love it! It's so fun. (And thank you!)(less)
Lola The character Rosa was actually a good person, so I don’t think it puts a negative light on the name. I don’t think people should be judged by their n…moreThe character Rosa was actually a good person, so I don’t think it puts a negative light on the name. I don’t think people should be judged by their names, honestly. (less)

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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was fun and beautiful and sassy and somber all rolled into one and I enjoyed the heck out of it.
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This had major Jane the Virgin vibes & I adored it!
Larry H
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars.

"We try with all we have. We fight hands we can't see. We stomp against the earth and whisper all the right prayers, but sometimes it isn't meant to be. You believe life will always be as it is, and you make plans, but the next thing you know, you're climbing into a sinking boat in the dead of night because the land you love is no longer safe. The sun sets, he doesn't swim above the water again, and time runs out."

Rosa Santos has been raised to believe that the women in her family are
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is just everything. It is a love song to Cuba, to diaspora, to complicated families. It captures the way generations of Latinx women can communicate—or NOT communicate at all. It is about love and loss and grief. It is so absolutely charming and pure poetry. It is magical realism in the way Latinos only understand and it is romantic AF. I hope everyone gives it a chance and reads this book.
This book was so gosh darn cute. It was everything I didn't know I needed.

The culture, the language, the family, the romance, the curse! Everything was so cute and I loved it!

My little Latina heart was filled with so much happiness while reading this book. We don't enough cute Latinx contemporaries. We never just get to see some cute Hispanic kids just falling in love without the backdrop of racism, immigration or something equally serious or tragic in the background. NOt that this is bad, it's
chan ☆
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
happy release day to this own voices excellence!

2019 is the year of good ass latinx contemporaries

this was a lot of fun! to be honest, i requested it because of the buzz i was hearing from some of my lovely latinx friends but i didn't know much about the story going in. i think had i known what the premise was i probably wouldn't have requested it. "save our town" kind of stories usually aren't for me. but i'm glad i listened to my friends because this was great!

it's a story about a cuban americ
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*4.5 stars*

This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

There are always a few books every year that, from the very first page, you know are going to land among your favorites of the year. Don’t Date Rosa Santos was one of those such books for me. It’s a gem of a YA contemporary that deals with identity, history, family, culture, and home, set against the whimsi
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was legit here for the “cursed girl and the sea” story line and didn’t need much more than that.

I loved Rosa. I loved her loyalty and her steadfastness. I loved her need to explore and learn. Her friends were all great and so were the secondary characters. Of course Mimi stole every scene she was in and I don’t even know what to do with Alex {aka the boy who bakes and read silently next to her in school and is so shy and charming}

Plot wise, it was good. There were loads of characters and I fi
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tucker by: Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

Many thanks to Ian at Disney Hyperion for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
"I was a collection of hyphens and bilingual words. Always caught in between. Two schools, two languages, two countries. Never quite right or enough for either."

To be completely honest, this book just made me realize how not in touch with my heritage I am.... whoops.

So, what's this book about?
Rosa Santos is cursed by the sea-at least, that's what they say. Dating her is bad news, especiall
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
Jan 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
Hi hello, my name is Sara and I am confessing my sins. I may have murdered everyone for not telling me about this book earlier.

Girlmore girls! To all the boys I have loved before! Latino Culture! Bad boy-tattoos! Contemporary-romance!

CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
This book was warm, heartbreaking, delightful, and so so... beautifully human.
I adore this book immensely, and adore Rosa Santos even more.

- Follows Rosa Santos, a bi Cuban-American teen who lives in the small coastal town of Port Coral with her abuela. The story is an array of threads that weave together to form a wonderful slice-of-life story in a pivotal moment in Rosa's life: deciding on a college, in which one may possibly give her the opportunity to visit Cuba and learn more about her her
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Thank you, Netgalley, for providing me with an ARC of Don’t Date Rosa Santos in exchange for an honest review!

Actual rating: 3.5 ★’s.

This was the perfect summer contemporary that was equal parts cute but also heartbreaking, which I didn’t expect.

While I did quite enjoy this, there was just something missing for me. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it, either. It was just okay. The writing was beautiful and I did highlight a lot of quotes and passages. I also loved the dialogue, Nina M
I was home, and talking about Cuba had no place here. Mimi was never returning, my mother was always leaving, and I was a flightless bird left at her harbor, searching for answers that were buried at the bottom of a sea I could not know.

So ends chapter 1.

Don't Date Rosa Santos is so much more to me than just a sweet story about a girl on the brink of summer romance. I mean, it is that too and I'm sure that'll be enough to draw in plenty of lovers of YA contemporary. But for Cuban-Americans
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was ok

I read unrelatable books before but to like them I need an interesting plot and some sort of quirky characters. This unfortunately wasn't relatable and had nothing interesting to me.
It's the kind of book I'll forget everything about tomorrow.
I did like the ending tho, and that was enough for me to say that I can see some people loving this, this book has its audience but I'm not one.
Vicky Again
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
please note that my reading experience wasn't perfect because all of the first pages of each chapter were missing so I kept getting jerked out of the story when it could have been smoother

BUT this was really good!!
Julie Zantopoulos
A generational story about family, curses, and the price we pay for our family's prior sacrifices. The weight you feel when your family sacrificed so you could have a better life and how that can limit you, cripple you with fear and anxiety and the desire to overachieve. It was a really atmospheric and wonderful LatinX story and I found myself really enjoying the audiobook.

I will say that there was a surprise sick family member/death and I was not okay with it as I'm at a point in my life where
Kate (GirlReading)
4.5* This was such a delight.

Truly the perfect springtime rom-com.

It truly had everything you could want from a cute contemporary with depth. It's got fantastic friendships, a gorgeous slow(ish) burn romance, the most adorably soft baker/sailor hufflepuff, complex but heart warming family dynamics, the most wonderfully descriptive oceanside town setting, nuanced discussions about diaspora and the YUMMIEST sounding food.

I absolutely adored Nina's writing style. It was easy flowing, comfortable
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of my reads for #LatinxHeritageMonth (I couldn't wait, sue me)

I started this book thinking that it would be a light, fluffy summer read. Although Don't Hate Rosa Santos IS that, it's also a book about grief, memory and identity. The first half is very cute and happy, which I loved. The second half is a definite curveball, with some intense moments. I had to put down the book a few times because it was too much to take in. And when I read the author's note, I was even more affected by the boo


I honestly cannot even begin to explain how much this book sang to my heart and made me fall in love with reading in a way I completely forgot I could feel.

I loved everything about this book. But what I especially loved was how this book is about family, it's about culture, it's about trying to figure out who you are when you have two different country's pulling for your heart and soul. I related so much to feeling like you aren't "enough" like how Rosa struggle
Priscilla (Bookie Charm)
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, latinx
Wow. I feel so full. I'll carry this feeling of hope and light forever. 🌺🌊


I decided to write up a full review even though the above really captures how I felt once I finished and how I feel about this gem now.

Nina Moreno created an unforgettable story that will resonate so much with Cuban-Americans and other Latinx folx like me. The title Don't Date Rosa Santos entices you with the promise of a YA summer romance but offers a story about, not only loving a boy, but also loving your
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: agenting
Nina is such a gifted writer, and I can't wait for everyone to read this Gilmore Girls meets Practical Magic YA! It's a story about Rosa, an artistic soul with a passion and determination to visit her family's country, a country forbidden legally and by her own family to visit in any capacity. Toss in the cultural elements, the diaspora, the lyrical language, and a whole lot of delicious pastries, and I was a goner. This book is gorgeous. *proud agent* ...more
Fafa's Book Corner
Mini review:


Trigger warning: Mention of death. Up till the point I read.

I received this E-ARC via Disney Book Group and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. When I saw this book on Netgalley I jumped to request it! Unfortunately it wasn’t for me.

As I started reading I lost interest. I thought it was just because I didn’t know the characters or the story. But this kept on happening. Eventually I realized I had no interest in the book.

Still recommend. I really believe this is an impor
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Buddy read with Kristin!

4.5 stars! This was such a wonderful YA contemporary filled with magic, culture, and a whole lot of love. I loved being able to accompany Rosa on this journey of hers from start to finish!
rae ✌️
despite taking forever to finish due to me being lazy af, this was super adorable!

full rtc!
starting off April with a BANG rtc

Ohhh my god. This book was so much more than I was expecting it to be. I will forever be obsessed with fluffy, cute YA contemporaries. This is that with a deeper, more meaningful layer hiding underneath. I wouldn’t say this book always reads as being realistic, but it's somehow unrealistic in the most charming way possible.

The story follows Rosa. She’s what I would consider a type A, highly motivational person. She’s in her last year of high school while simult
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: foodie, latinx-mc
A wonderful Cuban Gilmore Girlsesque summery novel. While I didn’t click with the writing style fully and wished the descriptions and scenes flowed better because some parts had me rereading the page over again to see what happened, it was still a lovely novel about Cuban diaspora and finding out who you really are.
This is beautifully written, but I wasn’t in the correct frame of mind to enjoy an unexpected grief storyline in the second half (it’s me, not the book. Clichéd but true). I’d still rec it for readers intrigued by the premise.
Jes Reads
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
My god I absolutly loved this book!
Don’t Date Rosa Santos

4 stars

I’ve been meaning to read this book for over a year at this point and I’m so glad I finally got around to it because I genuinely had such a good time with this one!

Don’t Date Rosa Santos follows a small town stressed high school senior who is determined to save her small town by throwing a spring festival fundraiser. There are also family curses, complicated family relationships, and a romance (!!) involved.

I loved the character of Rosa so much. Right from the mome
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
This is right down my alley!! I LOVE such stories! It sort of reminds me of Woman On Top starring the gorgeous Penelope Cruz, and the cover is so beautiful (yellow and blue)! I love the Latina spirit these two years have given us!

Rosa Santos, a Cuban American, works to save her Florida town, seeks admittance to study abroad in her homeland, and wonders if love can break her family's curse.

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Nina Moreno was born and raised in Miami until a hurricane sent her family toward the pines of Georgia where she picked up an accent. She’s a proud University of Florida Gator who once had her dream job of shelving books at the library. Inspired by the folklore and stories passed down to her from her Cuban and Colombian family, she now writes about Latinas chasing their dreams, falling in love, an ...more

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