A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow
Written by Laura Taylor Namey
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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.
Primary ISBN: 9781534471245
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, eBook
Young Adult, Age 12 or older
Community Represented: Cuban/Cuban American
Themes: Audiobook, Coming of Age, Cross-Group Dating, Cross-Group Friendship, Cultural Empowerment & Joy: Food, Family Separation: Living with Other Family or Friends, Generation: 1st, Genre: Romance, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Trauma & Healing: Death of Family or Friend, Welcoming by Community
Setting: Winchester, England
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: 1st Generation
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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