North of Happy

North of Happy

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His whole life has been mapped out for him... Carlos Portillo has always led a privileged and sheltered life. He lives in Mexico City with his wealthy family attending an elite international school. A rule follower, Carlos is happy to tread the well-worn path in front of him. He has always loved food and cooking, but his parents see it as just a hobby. When his older brother, Felix--who dropped out of college to live a life of travel--is tragically killed, Carlos begins hearing his brother's voice pushing him to rebel against his father's plan for him. Worrying about his mental health but knowing Felix is right, Carlos runs away to the United States and manages to secure a job with his favorite celebrity chef. As he works to improve his skills in the kitchen and pursue his dream, he begins to fall for his boss's daughter--a fact that could end his career before it begins. Finally living for himself, Carlos must decide what is most important to him and where his true path really lies.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 132 x 201 x 23mm | 227g
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 1335659994
  • 9781335659996

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"An exceptional tale of grief, ambition, love, and maturity." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Alsaid strongly evokes the frenzied atmosphere of a restaurant kitchen and the equally turbulent emotions of a young man struggling to sort his priorities. Carlos's frequent visions of Felix add extra dimension, shedding light on the brothers' history and underscoring Carlos's underlying grief." -Publishers Weekly
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911 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 20% (181)
4 42% (381)
3 31% (286)
2 5% (48)
1 2% (15)
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