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Avocado Bliss

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Dacre Vinson has spent the majority of his life in quite the predicamenteven the surf and his books cant erase his Type 1 diabetes. But when Dacres family moves to a new Mexican town, an eccentric girl obsessed with trees offers him a job on the spot, leading to what could be the perfect distraction from his problems.

Salbatora Tames has one true love, her avocado farm. Her
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Published March 27th 2020 by Evernight Teen
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Avocado Bliss is the latest novel co-written by Candace Robinson and Gerardo Delgadillo. Like some of their previous work, it revolves around young adults from (or living in) Mexico who deal with the art of growing up, identifying with different cultures, and figuring out how to balance falling in love and not getting hurt. I've read several books by both authors and always enjoy them, and this is definitely the case again. I highly recommend this book, and let's talk a little bit about why...

Candace Robinson
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Type 1 diabetes, avocados, Mexico, road trip, Welcome To The Jungle, and more!
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Young love, new, just beginning, full of the insecurities of youth and for Dacre, the embarrassment of a medical condition that is out of his control. As a teen juggling living with each of his parents, he doesnt have the connection, the platform to spring into adulthood or even the mysteries of finding love, let alone being caught in between childhood and adulthood.

Sal has built her life around her father and their avocado farm. Socializing is not her strong point, but her quirky ways and a
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review
4.5 stars.
An amazing take on living with Type 1 diabetes.
Raw and very tender.

Avocado Bliss, by Candace Robinson & Gerardo Delgadillo (Evernight Teen), is a sweet, emotional, heartfelt story, with an amazing, realistic depiction of a 17-year old boy living with Type 1 diabetes.
A very slow burn romance set in Mexico, a refreshingly different heroine, Sal, and a hero, Dacre, who stole my heart. Dacre (and Sal, too) is wise beyond his
Alexa Whitewolf
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If youre looking for a sweet young adult romance with plenty to give in terms of characters, plot and overall romance, then you HAVE to give Avocado Bliss a shot! I fell in love with Dacre and his sweet strength, and Sal and her quirkiness. The banter and love/hate/friends relationship between these two totally made the book! Youll get to see how two teenagers deal with very adult-like issues in the shape of grief and diabetes, but also see a sweet romance bloom. When a delivery sidetracks them ...more
Emma Katherine
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read my full review here:

Opinions: OMG. I can't remember the last time I read a book as rich and stimulating as Avocado Bliss! Each page was more exciting than the last and a range of emotions were drawn forward by the complex and realistic protagonists. Rage, anticipation, sympathy, fear, excitement, and utter bliss just begin the list of things I felt during this rollercoaster of emotion! As a reader, I enjoyed multiple things about the book. Setting
Theresa Braun
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Robinson and Delgadillo do it again! These authors have knack for fleshing out fun characters who have a quirky dynamic and share witty dialogue. Dacre and Sal are complex and realistic, full of angst and spunk, all at the same time. I love how this book tackles loss, heartache, and illness, as well as the excitement of meeting someone new. Robinson and Delgadillo capture magic of getting butterflies from the promise of a budding romance really well. The backdrop of Mexico adds such a wonderful ...more
Ann Keeran
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic novel with two teens and their families. Sal and Dacre meet at Sal's avocado farm and learn to work together. They face adversity and find a new relationship developing. Candace Robinson is a brilliant author with an amazing new book.
Amber R. Duell
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a cute, witty story! Avacado Bliss is layered and touching with an authentic, almost nostalgic feel to it. Just what I expected from these authors!
Gerardo Delgadillo
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my second published collaboration with the amazing Candace Robinson. On the fun side, Avocado Bliss features many-many avocados, a gorgeous Mexican setting, and an adventurous road trip. On the serious side, this novel deals with teen type 1 diabetes, loss, grief, and self-discovery.

Writing Avocado Bliss involved lots of laughs, tears, and countless revisions!
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This was such a cute/fun book and exactly what I needed right now. Sal is pretty content with her life, but her friends and family are nudging her to be less robotic and more "normal" when it comes to socializing with those beyond her beloved avocado trees. Dacre is less than pleased with recent life events and would prefer to put walls up and keep others from getting too close. But a seemingly straightforward avocado delivery bring adventure, danger and the two of them together in a way that ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Avocado Bliss is the second book written by Candace Robinson and Gerardo Delgadillo, and its left me with one firm belief. The duo are trying to take my millennial card away. First there was Bacon Pie. Bacon, a food I am indifferent to. Now there is Avocado Bliss. Avocado, a food I hate. I know Im in the minority with that view, and I accept that.

Despite my dislike of avocados, I really enjoyed Avocado Bliss. In fact, its the only avocado related thing I can claim to like. Sure, there were
Janet Womack
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had no clue what to expect from a book titled Avocado Bliss. It's a sweet story of two teenagers trying to find their way while dealing with illness and loss. It's funny and touching, and gives people a glimpse into what it's like to deal with diseases that can't be cured but affect every part of your life. It makes you think about the walls we put up to keep others away because it's easier than dealing with someone else's reaction to your medical condition. I hope you enjoy it as much as I ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Grief and diabetes are themes in this YA contemporary book set in Mexico. It has all the quirkiness and quick witted banter I have come to expect from a Candace Robinson novel. Plus it has a very authentic feel since one author is from Mexico, and the other has a husband dealing with type 1 diabetes.
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews

Avocado Bliss was refreshing YA contemporary romance that revolved around Avocado lover, Salbatora and Diabetes fighter, Dacre. It was about life of Type 1 diabetic, everyday struggle with disease, passion, coming out of shell and grief, insecurities with new friendship and love.

This was my second book coauthored by Candace and Gerardo and lets not count individual books by them I read. I read all their books and like those books, this was written
Emily ~ breatheeasybooks
Special thank you to NetGalley and Evernight Teen for sending me an eARC in exchange for an honest review!

Such a cute story! There ended up being more going on than I was expecting and sometimes it felt a little too busy but I enjoyed the twists and turns for the most part. I personally feel like the writing couldve been developed a little bit more but its probably because this was my first YA book in quite a while.

I cant speak for the accuracy of the Mexican representation but its half own
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
Thank you so much to Candace Robinson for the pdf download of avocado bliss it has been about 3 day's since I read the book and Realized I never wrote my review so here it is first off the book was amazing and so was the writing I loved the plot line of the book I thought the idea of an avocado farmer was so cool and unique Dacre is a cool name so is Salbatora it was a cute story with some love along the way and a lot of avocado's and also Dacre has type 1 diabetes which is so cool it made the ...more
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it

I appreciate (DIABETES) what the authors were (DIABETES) attempting here but (DIABETES) the overall integration of Dacre's diabetes felt forced (DIABETES) totally unnatural, and (DIABETES) heavy handed. Did I mention diabetes? Unfortunately this made the book, like this review, difficult to read. Otherwise this was a charming teen romance set in Mexico. It wasn't overly sweet or rife with stereotypes or cliches, and as such it felt very authentic and mostly realistic, although there
Katie Sue
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Candace for an ARC copy of your book in exchange for an honest review!!

I am a fan of Candaces writing for contemporary romance. She has a way of grabbing your emotions! I really enjoyed this book. It was fun and written really well. The book flows nice and easy, which is one thing I loveeee!

Dacre and Sal were such a cute couple. I loved their personalities and how their relationship grew. I liked how its not an insta-love story. There were also a few parts towards the end that had me
Amber Hodges
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book. Ill be honest and say my life is utter chaos right now but this book gave me smiles and warm fuzzies in a time i needed it the most. I loved Dacre from the very beginning and found myself drawn into every one of his chapters needing more more more! Sal was a treat of a female character that was refreshing to say the least. She felt real and her robot persona made you wanna laugh as you kept reading. The romance that builds is one that makes you smile and have faith in the ...more
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Life hasnt been easy for Dacre Vinson. Growing up with type 1 diabetes has its own set of struggles. Sharing time with his divorced parents He, along with younger brothers Lachlan and Ezra, make their way to Mexico to visit their career driven mother. Upon arriving, they meet their mothers handsome and much younger boyfriend Francisco. Desperate to get away from home, Dacre ventures out on an errand to an avocado farm. But he finds more than just avocados. Dacre is offered a job on site by a ...more
Heather C
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really loved this sweet teen romance!! Set in Mexico, AVOCADO BLISS tells the story of Dacre, a seventeen year old with Type I Diabetes, and Sal, the daughter of an avocado plantation owner. When Dacre and his younger brothers arrive back in Mexico after spending a few weeks with their father in the states, they discover their mother has moved her MUCH younger boyfriend into their new home. Dacre, struggling with the ups and downs of a teenage diabetic, spontaneously takes a job offer at a ...more
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
Such a unique YA read I dont think Ive ever read before and I absolutely loved it, teenage romance and avocado farming you wouldnt put them together or think it would work, but it really does. Well researched and written, the characters are well developed, the diabetes is well represented ( having it in the family it rings so true) . Its a great emotional rollercoaster of a book, it teaches so many things like self respect , love and family. Its a great friends to lovers romance and a thoroughly ...more
Kat (from Minas Morgul)
Longer review on my blog Kat from Minas Morgul

the good:
- MC with diabetes type 1, never read a book with that illness before
- set in Mexico
- on an avocado farm
- girl who's passionate about avocados
- such beautiful family relationships!!!
- brotherly love!
- parent and child love! All the family love! YES
- the romance! so cute! so sweet!
- characters not knowing how to use words? how do they talk? we do not know
- there's only one bed!!!!!!
- much fun, much food, much love
- so warm, so good I feel
Hayley Johnson
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very heartfelt teenage love story.

This is a very easy read about 2 teenagers who are older than their years coming to terms with loss and illness.

I loved the 2 main characters in this book and would definitely recommend this book too!

Thank you to the author, publisher and netgalley for the opportunity to read this, story in return for an honest review
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A cute story about two teenagers becoming friends.

I enjoyed the fact that the story was set in Mexico, Id never read a book based there. I felt like the diabetes respresentation was fairly accurate.
S Dash
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The main reason I picked up this book was because I have never read one with a diabetic patient as the main protagonist. And I do not regret it. I knew some patients had a really difficult diabetic life but I never knew that they could have such self-conscious and self-esteem issues. I never knew that they could have problems in letting someone love them. So this book provided a great deal of insight on their lives and a different perspective from a diabetic point of view to ponder about.

Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Avocado Bliss by Candace Robinson and Gerardo Delgadillo is a beautiful young adult love story, and my first book by this author. I love this book! Dacre Vinson and his two little brothers travel between their father's in America and mother's in Mexico. Dacre's mother has a history of moving in with different boyfriends, than packing up and moving to different towns when the relationship ends. This time in another new town with her latest boyfriend who is much younger than her. When Dacre goes ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!!! It drew so many feelings out of me!!! I absolutely loved BOTH main characters, not to mention some of the side characters. Dacre and Sal both overcame feelings of insecurity, feelings of worry and sadness in their family, and dangers they went through. But through it all they became friends, and then more than friends. It was moving and I admit I got teary eyed more than once.

Robinson & Delgadillo write so well together. Everything flows beautifully and they write such
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