Heart and Salsa
Cat Wilcox has left chilly Boston for sunny Mexico and a summer of girl bonding with her best friend, Sabrina. But Sabrina has a surprise. She is accompanied by her boyfriend--a boyfriend Cat didn't even know existed. So rather than Sabrina and Cat spending their study-abroad semester working together at the orphan school building site, Cat expects she'll be hammering nails all by her lonesome. Then she meets Aidan. He's cute, he's smart, and he's paying her a lot of attention. Cat can't tell if he's flirting or friendly, but she's not sure it matters. Isn't it easier to be just friends? But this is enchanted Mexico and, between hiking in the rain forest, diving off waterfalls, and finishing the orphan center, it's going to take a little bit of salsa spirit, and a lot of heart, for Cat to make it through the summer unchanged.
- Paperback | 214 pages
- 132.1 x 205.7 x 17.8mm | 204.12g
- 01 Jun 2006
- New York, NY, United States
- Illustrations, unspecified
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About Suzanne Nelson
Suzanne Nelson is an author and editor who loves Mexican food, especially cheese enchiladas. She is still grateful to her parents for making her take five years of Spanish in school, because now she'll never forget what chapulines are. She is known for her foodie romance middle grade novels, including Cake Pop Crush, Macarons at Midnight, and Hot Cocoa Hearts. She was born in New Jersey, grew up in Southern California, attended college in Texas, and spent eight years as a children's book editor in New York City. She now lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
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This installment in the S.A.S.S. series features Caitlin Wilcox, a student who is spending her summer in Mexico with the Students Across the Seven Seas program. Cat can\'t wait to spend time in Mexico, with its sunshine and clear blue ocean, to reunite with her best friend Sabrina, after spending the past few months with her mom and new stepdad in Boston rather than her sunny former home of New Mexico, and to practice her Spanish, a language she loves. Nothing, however, turns out as planned. Sabrina has brought along her boyfriend, Brian, whose existence Cat hadn\'t even known of, and it\'s more difficult than it should be for Cat to get some face time with her best friend. Luckily, Cat quickly begins to make new friends; Aidan, Rachel, and Pete are all friendly fellow students. Even Izzie, Cat\'s host sister with whom she gets off to a rather rocky start with, turns into a friend. Spending her days building a school for orphans in the hot, humid weather of Oaxaca will be tough, but it\'ll be a lot of fun, especially with great friends! When they\'re not working on the school, the students are doing their learning by traveling to nearby rain forests and museums. Cat and her friends are having a lot of fun, but she can\'t help but wish she had more time with Sabrina. Cat\'s even starting to suspect that Brian isn\'t as great as he seems, but she couldn\'t raise that issue with Sabrina...right? Cat\'s got her own boy troubles as well. Are she and Aidan just friends, or is there more to it than Cat would like to admit? HEART AND SALSA is a fun read that will have readers wishing to escape to sunny Mexico right along with Cat! It\'s full of adventure in a foreign country, likeable characters, and romance. Cat is a character to whom readers will be able to relate, especially anyone who has ever had to move away from friends and family. The only reason Cat\'s mother agreed to let her go to Mexico was because they had just moved to Boston from New Mexico a few months ago, and adjusting is tough for Cat. While Suzanne Nelson\'s book is an entertaining, quick read, it\'s not particularly remarkable; it won\'t earn a place on my favorites shelf, but it was certainly worth reading!show moreby TeensReadToo