Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet

Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet

3.99 (1,924 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.99 (1,924 ratings by Goodreads)

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As an aspiring pastry chef, Penelope Prado has always dreamed of opening her own pasteleria next to her father's restaurant, Nacho's Tacos. But her mom and dad have different plans -- leaving Pen to choose between disappointing her traditional Mexican-American parents or following her own path. When she confesses a secret she's been keeping, her world is sent into a tailspin. But then she meets a cute new hire at Nacho's who sees through her hard exterior and asks the questions she's been too afraid to ask herself.

Xander Amaro has been searching for home since he was a little boy. For him, a job at Nacho's is an opportunity for just that -- a chance at a normal life, to settle in at his abuelo's, and to find the father who left him behind. But when both the restaurant and Xander's immigrant status are threatened, he will do whatever it takes to protect his new found family and himself.

Together, Pen and Xander must navigate first love and discovering where they belong -- both within their families and their fiercely loyal Chicanx community -- in order to save the place they all call home.
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Product details

  • 12-15
  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 144 x 212 x 34mm | 460g
  • Little, Brown Young Readers
  • London, United States
  • English
  • 0316460273
  • 9780316460279
  • 1,243,871

Review quote

"Like the delicious food and decadent desserts described within its pages, Kemp's debut explores the often bitter and sweet complexity of family, new love, and what it means to find home. "--Mia García, author of The Resolutions
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About Laekan Z Kemp

Laekan Zea Kemp is a Latinx author and ESL teacher living in Austin, Texas. Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet is her debut YA contemporary novel.
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3.99 out of 5 stars
- 1,924 ratings
5 29% (561)
4 45% (865)
3 22% (424)
2 3% (63)
1 1% (11)
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