Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland. I was so excited when we scheduled this tour and couldn’t wait to start. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.
Thank you to Raquel Vasquez Gilliland and Simon & Schuster for providing me with an ARC for this review
Raquel Vasquez Gilliland is a Mexican American poet, novelist and painter. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Alaska, Anchorage in 2017. She’s most inspired by fog and seeds and the lineages of all things. When not writing, Raquel tells stories to her plants and they tell her stories back. She lives in Tennessee with her beloved family and mountains.
About The Book
Title: How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe
Author: Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: August 10th, 2021
Page Length: 431
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: YA
The Hating Game meets I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter in this irresistible romance starring a Mexican American teen who discovers love and profound truths about the universe when she spends her summer on a road trip across the country.
When her twin sister reaches social media stardom, Moon Fuentez accepts her fate as the ugly, unwanted sister hidden in the background, destined to be nothing more than her sister’s camerawoman. But this summer, Moon also takes a job as the “merch girl” on a tour bus full of beautiful influencers and her fate begins to shift in the best way possible.
Most notable is her bunkmate and new nemesis, Santiago Phillips, who is grumpy, combative, and also the hottest guy Moon has ever seen.
Moon is certain she hates Santiago and that he hates her back. But as chance and destiny (and maybe, probably, close proximity) bring the two of them in each other’s perpetual paths, Moon starts to wonder if that’s really true. She even starts to question her destiny as the unnoticed, unloved wallflower she always thought she was.
Could this summer change Moon’s life as she knows it?
Rep: Mexican, Latinx, Disability, Sapphic (side character), Fat
Content Warning: child abuse (physical and emotional), death of a parent, suicide, depression, fat phobia, disablism/disability discrimination, racism, shut shaming, lgbt-phobia, bullying
First off, GO READ THIS BOOK! I absolutely loved this book! Go! I’ll wait…
Raquel has such approachable writing. I found it flowed naturally and Raquel knew when to have her readers laughing, crying, or serious. I found it to be impactful in relaying its messages. At no point did I feel like Raquel was pandering or simply just using words. I found everything had a point – either to connect actions later or to give the character depth. Raquel also wrote dynamic, realistic characters with thoughts and feelings that we could connect and relate to.
I absolutely loved (or loved to hate) all the characters! I loved the dynamic between Moon and Santiago – but I still loved them on their own (difficult to get right). Moon was smart, caring and funny. The humour in this book is right up my alley (quick and sarcastic). Santiago is your perfect misunderstood, brooding, hot male lead. At no point did I want to write off a character – even the ones I truly loved to hate. In fact, the characters I hated, I wanted them back so they could learn their lesson lol. The supporting characters were fully fleshed out (there was never a point where I was like “wait, who?”). I loved Tia and Belle – I would love more of them!
Raquel has humour trickled in throughout the book, so that you are either smiling or laughing through many points. The chapter titles were beyond funny and adorable
The overall atmospheric tone was perfect for magical elements. They felt realistic, to the point where it felt real. And I think that may be the point Raquel was trying to make. There is magic in nature, we just need to take the time to appreciate its beauty. There are many natural, spiritual, and physical beauty that is explored – we are forced to evaluate our idea of beauty and what makes a person ugly. Those who preach certain points, but do not follow that on their own. There are characters with physical beauty, but ugly personalities – and I loved that Raquel included those contrasting characters.
This isn’t all love and happiness though. There are very traumatic and emotional points in this book. There is talks of suicide and loss; grief; physical and emotional abuse; bullying and self-hate; and racism, disablism, and lgbt-phobia. These are not easy topics on their own, but Raquel tackled all of them brilliantly. There was a perfect balance between the romance elements and hard-hitting elements.
I would 100% recommend How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe! I have a feeling this will be one of my favourites of the month and will likely end up in my favourites of 2021! If you like romances to have a little something more to them, then this is for you!
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