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Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet (Compact Disc)

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By Laekan Zea Kemp, Andy Aragon (Read by), Arami Malaisé (Read by)
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"SOMEWHERE BETWEEN BITTER AND SWEET brings together all of my favorite things: romance, family, beautiful language, themes of identity and self-acceptance, and a passion for food that rivals my own (which is saying A LOT)... I thoroughly enjoyed the cast of characters and alternating POVs, plus there's so much descriptive writing that will make your mouth water. Make sure you have snacks-- you're in for a bookish treat as sweet as Pen's signature coconut cake!"

— Eugenia


I'm Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter meets Emergency Contact in this stunning story of first love, familial expectations, the power of food, and finding where you belong.

Penelope Prado has always dreamed of opening her own pasteler a 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 newfound family and himself.

Together, Pen and Xander must navigate first love and discovering where they belong in order to save the place they all call home.

This stunning and poignant novel from debut author Laekan Zea Kemp explores identity, found families and the power of food, all nestled within a courageous and intensely loyal Chicanx community.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781549111327
ISBN-10: 1549111329
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 6th, 2021
Language: English