I honestly thought I’d already written about Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno before. Turns out I can’t find this post and I probably just read about it somewhere or commented on something I found on Twitter. It’s not a book that I’m excited to read or anything–though I’ll admit the curse aspect is fascinating–but rather a very contemporary sounding book that turns me away. I feel like this could be wonderful for many other readers. It just doesn’t seem like a book for me.
Rosa Santos is cursed by the sea-at least, that’s what they say. Dating her is bad news, especially if you’re a boy with a boat.
But Rosa feels more caught than cursed. Caught between cultures and choices. Between her abuela, a beloved healer and pillar of their community, and her mother, an artist who crashes in and out of her life like a hurricane. Between Port Coral, the quirky South Florida town they call home, and Cuba, the island her abuela refuses to talk about.
As her college decision looms, Rosa collides – literally – with Alex Aquino, the mysterious boy with tattoos of the ocean whose family owns the marina. With her heart, her family, and her future on the line, can Rosa break a curse and find her place beyond the horizon?
What do you think of Don’t Date Rosa Santos? Does this sound like a book you’d be interested in reading or one you’d rather pass up? What are your thoughts on the curse she’s said to have? The relationship with her abuela and mother? Let me know in the comments! And happy reading!