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Viva Lola Espinoza

By Catherine Marie Beck, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Romance falls flat in tale of Mexican authenticity, culture.

Book Ella Cerón Romance 2023
Viva Lola Espinoza Book Cover: Young woman walks down a street in Mexico

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This thoughtful book digs into authenticity and culture, but the romance sometimes feels underdeveloped. Viva Lola Espinoza's exploration of race and cultural dynamics may spark relevant conversations and counter stereotypes. Lola navigates her family's expectations, while defining what she feels and thinks. As she explores the family curse, readers can decide whether they believe in an unseen world or scientific knowledge. Teens may also appreciate Lola's observations about how people's phones and online life can influence them. The story has some Pride and Prejudice parallels, like the themes of class and family, but explores its own themes of race and authenticity.

Book Details

  • Author: Ella Cerón
  • Genre: Romance
  • Topics: Friendship , High School , History
  • Character Strengths: Integrity
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Kokila
  • Publication date: April 11, 2023
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: June 6, 2023

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