Book Review | A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow | By Laura Taylor Namey

 

 

 

Book Review | YA Romance

A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow
For Lila Reyes, a summer in England was never part of the plan. The plan was 1) take over her abuela’s role as head baker at their panadería, 2) move in with her best friend after graduation, and 3) live happily ever after with her boyfriend. But then the Trifecta happened, and everything—including Lila herself—fell apart. Worried about Lila’s mental health, her parents make a new plan for her: Spend three months with family friends in Winchester, England, to relax and reset. But with the lack of sun, a grumpy inn cook, and a small town lacking Miami flavor (both in food and otherwise), what would be a dream trip for some feels more like a nightmare to Lila…until she meets Orion Maxwell. A teashop clerk with troubles of his own, Orion is determined to help Lila out of her funk, and appoints himself as her personal tour guide. From Winchester’s drama-filled music scene to the sweeping English countryside, it isn’t long before Lila is not only charmed by Orion, but England itself. Soon a new future is beginning to form in Lila’s mind—one that would mean leaving everything she ever planned behind. (Goodreads)  

 

My thoughts

 

 

Narrative and Plot

 

 

 

 

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is a book that comes from a loving heart. It shows in the voice of the main character Lila. Someone who passionately hates her new world , and slowly begins her journey to accept change. If you look at the cover and go, this must be a sweet and pleasant read, then you are absolutely right.

 

 

The plot is evenly paced and just flows easily. I am a fan of books that feature good food and this one never missed a single chance to talk about deliciousness. At the same time, food in itself was an important character relevant to the plot.

 

 

 

Characters and Conflicts

 

 

 

As someone who has moved throughout my life, I don’t relate to a lot of things with Lila. At the same time I relate to a lot of things with her, if that makes sense. The whole process of becoming accustomed to a new city and new life has always been a part of my life. And Lila’s felt real as she made the connections and a place of her own in Winchester. Yet, the knowing that none of it is permanent and the slight agony surrounding that was portrayed very well.

 

 

Sibling relationships are my favorite part of any story and the Cuban girls aced that one as well. The family connections and commitments felt very similar to my Indian roots and what I see around. The romance was subtle but touching. Orion truly is an adorable character.

 

 

Conclusion

 

 

This is a feel good YA romance and a perfect one if you want to start the year with some positivity. It talks about change, grief, growth, hope and most importantly  mañana and tea. If cozy YA contemporaries with sweet romances are your thing, you would not want to miss out on this one.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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