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How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love With the Universe

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Poignant, funny romance works through serious issues.

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This at times funny, dreamy, and moving novel is both a sigh-worthy romance and compelling coming-of-ager neatly woven together with humor and sensitivity. Teens will easily relate to Moon as she falls in love, finds artistic expression, gains greater independence, wonders where she fits in the world, and starts to really believe that she's lovable.

The romance follows a pretty predictable story arch, but lots of witty banter between Moon and Santiago keep it entertaining, and the realistic voices in How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love With the Universe make the characters believable. The writing really excels when Moon is thinking about nature and the universe, and drives her toward a place where she can explore and appreciate her own value. Food plays an important role, too, with mouthwatering descriptions of Santiago's gourmet cooking. Lots of strong language, frank sex talk, abuse, and mental illness make it best for teens and up.

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