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Avocado Bliss

4.65  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Dacre Vinson has spent the majority of his life in quite the predicament—even the surf and his books can’t erase his Type 1 diabetes. But when Dacre’s 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.
232 pages
Expected publication: March 27th 2020 by Evernight Teen
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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!
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, various, young
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.

Review to come.
Alexa Whitewolf
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you’re 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! You’ll 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 ...more
Emma Katherine
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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!
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
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!
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.
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 hasn’t 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 mother’s 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
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
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Avocado Bliss is the second book written by Candace Robinson and Gerardo Delgadillo, and it’s 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 I’m in the minority with that view, and I accept that.

Despite my dislike of avocados, I really enjoyed Avocado Bliss. In fact, it’s the only avocado related thing I can claim to like. Sure, there were
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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 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, I’d never read a book based there. I felt like the diabetes respresentation was fairly accurate.
Feb 01, 2020 marked it as need-to-sort
Omg I've been waiting for a book with t1d rep and we finally get it ...more
Hannah Bennett
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well if this wasn't the cutest romance involving avocados, then I don't know what is.

The story follows two main characters, Sal and Dacre, with alternating points of view between each character. Sal is such a lovable, type-A YA protagonist, and all she really cares about is her family and their avocado farm. Dacre is such a sweetheart, and is such a great older brother to his two younger siblings, and he also happens to have Type 1 diabetes. The story is set in Mexico, and has a lot of diverse
That Bookie Monster
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Avocado bliss was a fun, sweet and fast read about two teens trying to find their way through life while struggling with some serious issues. Teenage isn’t the easiest of phases for anyone, and the conflicts and confusions of that age were portrayed in a very relatable manner in the book. The story was adventurous, fast-paced and the characters were very engaging. Thus, throughout, I kept wondering what would happen next and how. The book was also pretty funny. In fact, some of the
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