Written by Jessica Parra
Published by St. Martin's Publishing Group
Graduation is only a few months away, and Rubi Ramos’s “recipe for success” to get into prestigious Alma University is already off track.
When Alma waitlists Rubi’s application, Rubi will need to be distraction-free to make the grade and keep her parents—who have wanted this for her for years—from finding out. Which means falling for her cute surfer-slash-math tutor, Ryan, definitely won’t work. And neither will breaking her mother’s ban on baking—her parents didn’t leave Cuba so she could bake just like them.
But some recipes are begging to be tampered with.
When the First Annual Bake Off comes to town, Rubi’s passion for baking goes from subtle simmer to full boil. Add to the mix her crush on Ryan may be turning into a full-fledged relationship and Rubi’s life is suddenly so different from what it was. She’s not sure if she has what it takes to win the Bake Off, or where the relationship with Ryan is going, but there’s only one way to find out—even if it means going against her parents’ priorities.
Now Rubi must differentiate between the responsibility of unfulfilled dreams she holds and finding the path she’s meant for.
Primary ISBN: 9781250862525
Publication Date: May 2023
Available As: Hardcover, Audiobook, eBook
Young Adult, Age 12 or older
Community Represented: Cuban/Cuban American
Themes: Audiobook, Cross-Group Dating, Cross-Group Friendship, Cultural Empowerment & Joy: Family, Cultural Empowerment & Joy: Food, Discrimination: Racial, Family Relationship: Parents, Generation: 1st, Generational Differences, Genre: Romance, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Recommended: Las Musas
Setting: United States
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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