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All You Knead Is Love

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Twelve-year-old Alba doesn't want to live with her estranged grandmother in Barcelona.

But her mother needs her to be far, far away from their home in New York City. Because this is the year that her mother is going to leave Alba's abusive father. Hopefully. If she's strong enough to finally, finally do it.

Alba is surprised to find that she loves Barcelona, forming a close
Published March 30th 2021 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Kaela Noel
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to read an advanced copy of ALL YOU KNEAD IS LOVE and I want to shout from the rooftops for everyone to get their hands on this absolutely brilliant upper middle grade tour-de-force. It’s sensitive, funny, emotionally complex, and extraordinarily well written, and it’s just so vivid in every way—characters, sense of place, food descriptions (!), and emotional nuance. 5 stars, deserves every award, wow. It is one of my favorite books I've ever read. I can't wait to have a finished ...more
Cassie Thomas
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a heart print story. I cringed, I was angry, I laughed, and then I cried.
A story of belonging. Acceptance.
A story of being true to who you really are and learning to not settle.
Alba is a main character that everyone should meet. The way Tanya touches on physically abusive relationships allows kids to maybe see themselves or others in that situation, and not to pass judgement. Tanya hit some major issues in middle grade lives without overdoing it and making the reader feel uncomfo
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for an eARC of this book.

I loved the author's debut book, How to Make Friends With The Sea, so I was delighted to get a chance to read this book before its publication date. There are many things I enjoyed about this upper middle grade story, including all the BREAD!

Alba's mother unexpectedly sends her to live with her estranged grandmother in Spain for a while. Feeling rejected, Alba is surprised to arrive in Barcelona and find a welcoming and loving gr
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: domestic abuse

All You Knead is Love warmed my heart. You know that joy of biting into a warm pastry and feeling the warmth in your hands? Of being transported by food to a memory? All You Knead is Love contains all of that. It's an emotional middle grade story about feeling unwanted. About trying to figure out our passions. Alba was such a relatable character, especially as she n
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Alba copes with her emotionally detached mother and physically abusive father by running away and hiding, both physically and mentally. When her mother sends her to Spain to live with a grandmother she doesn't know, Alba feels like it is the end of the world. As she slowly begins to open up to Abuela Lola and life in Barcelona, she also begins to come to terms with her life before. Slowly, slowly she begins to heal and trust both herself and others. This book needs a playlist for all of the musi ...more
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t partake in any quarantine bread baking (I guess there’s still time...sigh), but I was delighted to live vicariously through sweet Alba as she rose (bread pun) to the challenge in a bakery in Barcelona. ALL YOU KNEAD IS LOVE (3/31/21) by Tanya Guerrero is a touching story about dealing with trauma and learning to trust and open your heart again. Alba, a half-Filipino, half-Spanish, gender non-conforming twelve-year old, is sent to live with her estranged grandmother in Spain for the summ ...more
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When Alba was put on a plane and sent to Barcelona to live with her grandmother for a while, she was not happy. New York City was her home. Even though there were problems at home, that was no reason for her mother to send her to the other side of the world. She hadn’t even seen her grandmother since she was about 3.

Alba felt like her mother didn’t love her any more.

When the flight finally landed in Spain, Alba found her grandmother and they headed back to her grandmother’s apartment, over the
Ms. Yingling
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Alba is sent to live with her Abuela Lola in Barcelona, Spain for the summer. She's angry with her mother for making her leave New York, even though Alba understands that her father is abusive, and her mother is probably sending her away so that she will be safe. Abuela Lola is very understanding, even asking Alba how she identifies, since she has a short hair cut and wears boyish t shirts and jeans. Alba meets the daughter of the couple that run her grandmother's
Jenna (Falling Letters)
Review originally published 16 March 2021 at Falling Letters. I received a free copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

I feel like I have now read enough excellent middle grade books that feature protagonists cooking or baking that I should make a list of them. All You Knead is Love would be the latest addition to that list.

When I read middle grade contemporary, I often do so from a professional perspective. I prefer fantasy; I read contemporary to be aware of great new titles with diverse repres
Gabriella Crivilare
All you knead is this book. And after you read it, all you'll knead is bread. (Luckily, my boyfriend is a bread fiend, and he's been baking it himself lately.)

I have been looking forward to this book for what feels like months now, and I am so delighted to say that it did not disappoint. The story follows Alba, who is sent to Barcelona to live with her estranged grandmother for the summer while--unbeknownst to her--her mom works up the courage to leave her abusive husband. While she's in the ci
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All You Knead is Love by Tanya Guerrero is a fantastic middle grade novel that tells the story of Alba, a twelve year old girl who goes to live with her grandmother in Barcelona . While Alba initially does not want to go live with her grandmother, she grows to love the world that she discovers and she is able to find herself.

I absolutely loved this story, and would wholeheartedly recommend it for middle grade and above readers. Alba's character is beautifully complex and my heart ached for her w
Elza Kinde
When sent away to live with an estranged relative in Barcelona, Alba takes it as a sign that her mother has sided with her father—an abusive man who does not approve of Alba's independent streak. Expecting more rejection, Alba is surprised to be welcomed by a loving grandmother and the community her mother left behind long ago. She soon finds her place at the local bakery, but Alba's not the only one ready for a fresh start.

Reasons to read All You Knead is Love:
~the flight risk girl
~tourist town
Leighellen Landskov
If you are looking for one more middle grade book to finish off your #middlegrademarch reading? This book just came out and it was fabulous!! It was the first book I read for our #springbreakathon readathon over spring break. It's filled with diversity, culture, and delicious food!!

The story follows a twelve-year-old girl named Alba who is sent away by her mom to live with her estranged grandmother in Barcelona. She is mad at her mom for sending her away, mad at her dad for being an angry drunk
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC.
3.5 stars
I'm torn about this book. I loved Alba and really felt for her, but something just seemed off about how the kids are portrayed. As a middle school teacher, I spread a lot of time with 12-year-olds and the kids just didn't seem like authentic gen z kids to me. I honestly wasn't sure when this book was set until a reference is made to the movie Elf and Alba starts a Pinterest board. Take out those two references and this book could have tak
Jessica Harrison
3.5 stars

The setting for All You Need is Love is excellent. Tanya Guerrero transports readers to the streets of Barcelona. The senses come alive with her descriptions, especially in the bakery. Some familiarity with baking is helpful, but the author does a fine job of describing the processes.

All You Knead is Love is a balancing act. Alba is coming to terms with the trauma she faced at home, and there is a lot of emotional pain spread throughout. Guerrero does a fairly good job balancing the hea
Alba is sent away to Barcelona to live with her grandmother, because her mother needs to think. At least that is what she is told. Her mother's side of the family was originally from the Philippines.

This is a wonderful story of finding home when you are not home. Despite not knowing any Spanish and not much Tagalog, Alba manages to make friends and discover that she loves to bake. And it all seems that maybe life will be good.

But of course, if that was all to the story, it wouldn't be much of a
Mar 23, 2021 rated it liked it
The description of All You Knead is Love intrigued me! I don't think I've ever read a book set in Barcelona, and I loved reading about the different neighborhoods, amusement park, and especially the train trip to see the sunflowers. Alba's grandmother is a wonderful character, and I adored how easily she integrated her granddaughter into her life -- what an incredible community of friends!

As a childhood abuse survivor, I thought the New York flashbacks were handled in a delicate manner. But I re
Mark Alpheus
Mar 26, 2021 rated it liked it
TW: Domestic abuse

Home is where the heart is, but when your heart is lost, where go? This is a question we'll go through when we follow Alba's story of love and passion.

Something I like about this book: Alba used to run away, like literally, from her problems, and as we go through this novel, we will see her growth where she would try to do something about a problem she's passionate about.

I also liked the conversations between mother and daughter a lot, they're wholesome.

There's this quot
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Twelve-year-old Alba doesn't want to live with her estranged grandmother in Barcelona.

But her mother needs her to be far, far away from their home in New York City. Because this is the year that her mother is going to leave Alba's abusive father. Hopefully. If she's strong enough to finally, finally do it.

Alba is surprised to find that she loves Barcelona, forming a close relationship with her grandmother, meeting a supportive father figure, and making new friends. Most of all, she discovers a p
Oliver Harris
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story that really grips you by the heart. You feel everything that Alba feels from happiness and joy to anger and pain. You laugh and cry right along with her. You feel her rage and her hurt.
This story is one of belonging and acceptance and of never settling. Despite this book dealing with some extremely heavy subjects its done with such grace. You really feel and understand what is going through Alba's mind as she faces these things that she must go throw.
This book is one I wish I
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It had such great family dynamics and really showed how close friends can be considered family. Alba is struggling with her mom and her family and at first when she arrives with Aubela Lola she is afraid to let her guard down, afraid it isn't real. But as she gets to know her and starts to find her place there and at the bakery with Toni, and make some new friends, things start coming together.
There is mention of abuse, and alcoholism, but I think how it was handled was done
Karly-Lynne (storybookcook)
CW: domestic abuse, shaming of gender nonconformity

All You Knead is Love is a beautiful story of three generations of women healing from the trauma of domestic abuse. I appreciated that rather than focusing on the abuse itself, the book explores the beginning of their healing process as Alba is sent away to live with her estranged grandmother in Barcelona while her mother works to get out of her abusive marriage. The treatment of this topic is honest and sensitive, honoring the anger Alba feels
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tanya Guerrero's "All You Knead is Love" felt particularly on point due to the pandemic in which my household joined the multitudes in experimenting with bread baking at home. The look and smell of Jabba and Jabba Jr. leapt from the pages from Guerrero's descriptions.

Guerrero tackles issues such as role models, familial abuse, and being accepted for who you are. I enjoyed seeing Alba evolve from a hurting teenager to one who is secure in being loved by her family and extended family and who has
Cass Moskowitz
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is incredibly special. Alba is dealing with a lot of bad feelings. Her parents seemed to have abandoned her, shipped her off to her long-lost grandmother in Spain, and she's pretty sure no one loves her. Even her grandmother who seems so sweet, it has to be an act right? She finds solace in a small bakery and learning to bake there.

This book has talks about identity, about abusive parents, about learning what love really means, and so many more things that are so important for young r
Jenny Lussier
All You Knead is Love is going to be an important book for many readers. The difficult topics such as abuse and identity are handled with care. You can’t help but love Alba as she navigates so many new experiences. She is surrounded by such a wonderful group of friends and family who help introduce us to the beauty of Barcelona and Spain. Due to the sensitive nature of these topics, as well as some language, I would recommend this book for upper middle grade readers.
E ARC provided by Netgalley.
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audio version of this charming novel as read by Becca Q. Co. Twelve year-old New Yorker Alba is sent to Barcelona to live with the grandmother she barely knows. Her father is abusive and her father is too afraid to leave him. Feeling resentful and unloved, Alba comes to know who she is and gain confidence with the help of her loving Abuela Lola and the neighborhood baker, Tony, who teaches Alba how to bake bread. Themes of gender identity, race, culture, and an abusive parent a ...more
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You are in for a treat with this book! Filled with delicious baking, beautiful imagery of Barcelona, David Bowie references and tons of heart, this book is sure to leave you feeling blessed and wanting a follow up novel to hear more of Alba’s story.

Don’t miss the Spanish/Catalan/Tagalog glossary in the back if you need to brush up on the languages!

Thank you NetGalley, publishers and author for this e-galley!
Aug 28, 2020 added it
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A heartfelt story about learning to love, trust, and thrive after trauma. This book transported me to Barcelona and made me laugh, cheer, tear up, and crave delicious bread! What a joy to get to know resilient, relatable Alba as she opens up to new experiences and becomes even more fully herself. I loved this and am eager to read Tanya Guerrero’s debut now!
Becky Abbott
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All you Knead is Love by Tanya Guerrero is a welcome addition to children's literature. Her characters are well drawn and the mix of ethnic groups and languages makes for an intriguing read. The location of Barcelona is an added bonus. The social problems with Alma's parents are well done as is the friendships Alma makes in Spain. I will certainly recommend this book. ...more
Jacob Rundle
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ALL YOU KNEAD IS LOVE is one of the best MG books I've read in quite some time. I read this book in one full sitting the other night. The characters were well written. Realistic. Dynamic. The plot was well written and thought out. The character arc was so realistic, it reminded me what it was to be a young adult. ...more
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Tanya Guerrero is Filipino and Spanish by birth, but has been fortunate enough to call three countries home—the Philippines, Spain, and the United States. Currently, she lives in a shipping container home in the suburbs of Manila with her husband, daughter, and a menagerie of rescued cats and dogs. In her free time, she grows her own food, bakes bread, and reads. Her debut, How to Make Friends wit ...more

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