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A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  6,047 ratings  ·  1,211 reviews
A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is an absolute delight. Cozier than a hand-knit gray cardigan and richer than Abuela’s pastelito recipe, Namey takes you from Miami to Winchester, and leaves your heart belonging to both.” —Rachael Lippincott, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Five Feet Apart

Love & Gelato meets Don’t Date Rosa Santos in this charming, heartf
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 10th 2020 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Imani In my personal opinion the romance was clean, but the language was not. There was a lot of swearing here and there used in casual conversation which s…moreIn my personal opinion the romance was clean, but the language was not. There was a lot of swearing here and there used in casual conversation which surprised me.

If you want clean language, I would recommend YA by Kasie West. (less)
imani there's swearing, drinking, and kissing. it's a straight romace, like cordelia said, mentioned LGBTQ+, but that wouldn't make it unclean or unpure wha…morethere's swearing, drinking, and kissing. it's a straight romace, like cordelia said, mentioned LGBTQ+, but that wouldn't make it unclean or unpure whatsoever if that's what you're implying.(less)

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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
I loved a lot about this book, but I also had too high of expectations, which seems to be a recent issue. I try not to go in with expectations but it's kind of impossible. But that's not to say I didn't really like this book! I just didn't fall in love entirely. I wasn't expecting all of the food and cooking stuff, and that was such a nice pleasant surprise! It made me super hungry while reading it honestly. I loved the passion Lila had. I also loved how steeped in culture it was. Lila's Cuban h ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2021
3.5 stars. This was a bit of a weird reading expereince for me if I'm being honest. I thought this was very well written and I especially appreciated the way that the author depicted grief and depression, and I also thought that the romance at the center of this felt well flushed out and that the characters had great chemistry. However, something about this book just didn't wow me the way that it seems to have wowed everyone else? If I'm being honest, I think that most likely has more to do with ...more
If I had to rate the story alone, I'd give it 4 stars. The reason my final review is 2 stars is because of the blatant casual racism regarding "Africa", which I'll discuss later in this review.

Look, this is a very beautiful book and one I wanted to love because it's SO CUTE. It started out so well and if the author didn't do what she did with Africa, I'd recommend this book to everyone. I also hate that I'm giving this such a low rating because a lot of the authors personal life went into this b
Laura Namey
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Ashley Nuckles
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! I absolutely loved this story! I love Lila’s passion for baking and how she finds ways to incorporate her Cuban roots into everything she does in the kitchen. She’s proud of her heritage and family, and I love how it was incorporated into the story. Orion was a cutie patootie and now I want a cute British boy to eat all my baked goods and help me find a tea I like. I also want to travel to the English countryside now. So, thanks to this book for fueling my passion for travel during a ...more
Claude's Bookzone
3.5 Stars - Update: I've decided to round up to 4 because 2 hours after finishing I am still thinking about the last quarter of the book and that earns an extra half star because it has left an impression.

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i just finished a cuban girl's guide to tea and tomorrow for the second time in two months; the first time i'd picked it up because i'd heard great things about it. the second, was partially because of a book club, but also because i was looking for a way to heal after my own grandmother had passed.

a cuban girl's guide to tea and tomorrow is a book that has found a special place in my heart forever. it's a love story to your family and the places and people that are home, to healing and finding
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poc-heroines
I really wanted to love this one but unfortunately I really struggled with this from beginning to end.

I love the culture and I loved getting to know Lila's family but I struggled with Lila herself. I found her hard to empathize with, which feels ridiculous to say when so many bad things have happened to her. But I think her stubbornness and the way she could come across as entitled and a bit of a "know it all" was irritating and made me roll my eyes one too many times. One example of this was w
Abbie | nerdyabbie
Jul 04, 2020 rated it liked it
⭐️ 3.75/5 ⭐️

A wonderful, #ownvoices travel rom-com about family & the true meaning of home.

“Teenage master of Cuban cuisine, Lila Reyes, is eager to inherit her family’s Miami bakery along with her sister, Pilar. But between spring and graduation, Lila’s abuela dies, her best friend abandons her, and her long-time boyfriend dumps her. Fearing Lila’s emotional health, her parents defy her wishes and entrust her summer to family and their Winchester, England inn.

Days into her stay, Orion Maxwell b
Kate (GirlReading)
I loved this book so very much. It was simply delicious in every sense of the word and will undoubtedly be one of my most memorable 2020 reads.

What I adored about this book:

- Lila Reyes. Lila was such a wonderful character to follow. She was charismatic, warm, passionate, hard working, brave and had so much love to give whilst unwilling to allow anyone to walk over her. I could honestly listen to her talk about her passion for baking all day. Her journey of self discovery was subtle in some wa
Rachel Solomon
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely lovely, and I am very, very hungry now.
✰ Aileen ✰
“You love that boy like you love the kitchen. . .but you add yourself like too much sugar sometimes.”

Review to come.
Feb 04, 2020 marked it as to-read
Book: *is about a Cuban girl written by a Cuban girl*

Me: Say no more
5 stars.

i am an ABSOLUTE wreck right now. review to come because i adore this book way too much to not talk about it!!
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
wow, this story crept its way into my heart so stealthily that before i knew it, i looked up at the clock to find that hours had passed and i had finished the entire thing in pretty much one sitting. a lovable and deeply relatable cast of characters where even the side characters felt fully three-dimensional; a story about finding yourself and reconnecting to your roots even in unexpected places; healthy familial, romantic, and friendship dynamics; countless descriptions of food that *will* make ...more
Zoe (Book Hooked)
I do wanted to love this. But this is a DNF.

It was not capturing. I was trying to get through it but I was so bored. Also I was mega confused. The first chapter they hop right into the story. Like she just arrived in England and I had no clue what’s was happening. They gave no context. Not to mention the racism.

I don’t even want to review this
Feb 09, 2020 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts  ·  review of another edition
10/10 WOULD READ FOR THAT CUTE COVER ALONE. But also, set in England \O/
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
i loved this so much shut up
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WAIT. a YA contemporary with a CUBAN main character?? living in MIAMI?? the representation I've never seen is right here in this book.

this lovely little book follows Lila, as she deals with some tragic events in her life: her lifelong best friend abandons her to follow her own after-high-school-dream, her boyfriend of 3 years breaks up with her, and her dearest abuela passes away. these are all pretty traumatizing things for a 17-year-old to experience at once- evident in Lila's spiraling mental
☆Pelumi☆ (Fly high DMX)
Well, since some of the reviews fail to mention at the 'casual racism' towards Africa in this book but focus on the cuteness, I'll just drop this link
That is a friend's review of the book

This is just a friendly reminder that Africa is a continent, not an island or country!!
Also, there's electricity here thank you very much! I live in Nigeria which is in Africa and I have a working wifi, electricity and water!!!

I would read this if i wanted to!
The author i
Carol (Bookaria)
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
An adorable story of wonder and self-discovery that follows a Cuban-American girl from Miami to England.

Lila Reyes thought she had her life mapped out, but after graduating high school, her plans crumbled, and she finds herself begrudgingly traveling to England to spend the summer there.

The book is funny, light-hearted, and easy to read. I loved the depictions of food and the cooking process mentioned in the story; it made my mouth water while reading about it. Highly recommend it.
Samantha (WLABB)
Lila had her future all mapped out! Her boyfriend and best friend would go to college in Miami, while she assumed her responsibilities at the family bakery. Yes, the future looked bright until her beloved grandmother passed away, her boyfriend broke up with her, and her best friend left for Africa. With her heart broken beyond repair, her family shipped her off to England, which helped Lila come to terms with her heartbreak and her future.

I don't want to sound like a fangirl, but SQUEEEEE! I LO
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK. Okay, this book was everything my Cuban heart needed and more. I was so worried at certain moments that it would head down a cliche path, but then it surprised me! This was a stellar debut and I'm so happy that the author made it so authentically Cuban.

I saw myself in so many moments in this book. From the Cuban dialect to the baking, and just the overall experiences and love that the MC has in her Cuban family. One of the reasons why I love being Cuban is our culture and another is
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
I am not the target audience for this book so please take my review with a grain of salt. I am sure many people love this book but, unsurprisingly, this book was not for me. I found it really tedious. The romance was lackluster and underdeveloped but I also found the main character borderline insufferable. Look, I am Latino. I grew up with and was very close to (and baked with) my grandmother...and even I think this character is overdoing it. Girl! Enjoy England! You don't need to be talking abo ...more
Jen Ryland
This was super cute!

The opening chapters felt a little info-dumpy with backstory, but once the action moved to the UK I was HOOKED. I loved watching Lila adapt from sunny Miami to the UK. (I have also gone to London in the summer and been like... what? I need sweaters?) I loved her closeness to her family and the way she shared her Cuban-American culture with the people she met -- and in her baking. She was definitely headstrong (and Brits are a little bit more understated) so I was expecting a
Lisa Wolf
Jan 15, 2021 rated it liked it
A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow was one of Reese Witherspoon’s YA book club picks, and I can see a lot of what makes it appealing — romance, family, grief and recovery, friendship, and cultural diversity and celebration.

The girl of the title is Lila Reyes, a 17-year-old with a broken heart who has suffered too many losses in too short a period of time. Her boyfriend breaks up with her, her best friends makes plans to work in Ghana after graduation without telling Lila, and most devastat
Yawny ☾
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, wishlist

⭐️ 5/5 ⭐️

I’m not usually a fan of contemporary, but I cannot stop talking about this book!

If you’ve ever lost a loved one, grown apart from a best friend, unwillingly broke-up with a long term partner, or just really love food … this is the book for you.

Lila Reyes is one of the most memorable characters of 2020. The more I read, the more I recognized myself and the people around me. In a weird way, we are all Lila. We have our own traditions, hardships, and ambitions; that’s what makes this
Joleen (starlightbooktales)
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was so cute!
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
very emotional. rtc.
Jacqueline Firkins
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy of ACGGTTAT, so I got to preview this beautiful story of culture clashes, baking wars, and the many ways both grief and love shape us day to day and year to year. With her sophomore novel, Namey continues in the vein of The Library of Lost Things, giving us a warm and thoughtful portrait of a teenage girl grappling with big issues while also coming into her self and falling in love. Lila is slammed with losses at the start of the story. What fo ...more
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Laura Taylor Namey is the New York Times bestselling author of Reese’s Book Club pick A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, and The Library of Lost Things. A proud Cuban-American, she can be found hunting for vintage treasures and wishing she was in London or Paris. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two children.

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