How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
The Hating Game meets I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter in this irresistible romance starring a Mexican American teen who discovers love and profound truths about the universe when she spends her summer on a road trip across the country.
When her twin sister reaches social media stardom, Moon Fuentez accepts her fate as the ugly, unwanted sister hidden in the background, destined to be nothing more than her sister’s camerawoman. But this summer, Moon also takes a job as the “merch girl” on a tour bus full of beautiful influencers and her fate begins to shift in the best way possible.
Most notable is her bunkmate and new nemesis, Santiago Phillips, who is grumpy, combative, and also the hottest guy Moon has ever seen.
Moon is certain she hates Santiago and that he hates her back. But as chance and destiny (and maybe, probably, close proximity) bring the two of them in each other’s perpetual paths, Moon starts to wonder if that’s really true. She even starts to question her destiny as the unnoticed, unloved wallflower she always thought she was.
Could this summer change Moon’s life as she knows it?
What can I say about this book? It was such a pleasant surprise. I think that sometimes I pick up a book at just the right time and it pulls me in that much more. That was this book for me. It’s not a type that would normally be a favorite, but I loved everything about this. The writing was beautiful. I loved all the plants and food. Moon was wonderful and I felt for her all the time. I related at times, but nothing for me was as extreme as it was for Moon. Even though Santiago had some issues, I really adored him, too. The mean (playful) banter between him and Moon was perfect.
Moon and Star are twin sisters. They lost their father and their mom isn’t a good person. At all. But she at least likes Star because she’s perfect. Star is the beautiful, skinny twin. Moon is darker and plus sized. Her mom never lets her forget it. Moon takes the photos for Star for social media. Star gets invited to tour for the summer and Moon goes as a merch girl. She’s not thrilled, but she does work on her own secret project during the time. Early on, she meets the other merch person, Santiago. She says something mean and he overhears it. They do not get along at all. Over time, he warms up to her, but he’s a lot like Moon. His brother is the rich owner of the social media platform (like instagram) and I think it makes him feel insecure. Maybe not as bad as Moon with Star, but enough. He loves to cook and starts cooking for Moon, too. He got tired of seeing her eating crappy foods like peanut butter and microwave popcorn. Moon slowly opens up to him, but still keeps a lot of her life a secret. She can’t believe that someone like Santiago would even like her.
There is a lot of emotional and some physical abuse in the book. It was hard to read at times. Star and her mom are extremely religious and they slut shame Moon because she’s had sex. Star needs attention non stop and she can’t let Moon get anything she wants. But Star has secrets, too, and she’s not the perfect Christian girl she pretends to be.
There was just so much to love about this book. I gave this 5 stars. Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy for review.
Warnings for slut shaming, fat shaming, grief, insecurity, physical abuse, mental abuse, extreme religion, sex, depression, anxiety, suicide.
Have you read this yet? Is it on your TBR?