Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
On Sale: 08/10/2021
Hardcover Teen Fiction
Ages 14 and up
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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?
Indie Bookstores Love How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe!
“Moon’s twin sister is a influencer and is asked to go on a tour with other influencers to raise money for charity and Moon is forced to go. I liked the love story but it was also covered some pretty tough topics like abuse and mental illness. The plot was really good and the characters were likable. - Teen Reviewer, East City Bookshop (Washington, DC)
"I really liked the characters as well as their different personalities. The story as a whole was an incredible read and I really loved it and would totally recommend it." - Teen Reviewer, East City Bookshop (Washington, DC)
“Raquel Vasquez Gilliland has written another YA novel that gets to the root of things and unearths the magic that was always there, waiting for us; this is her special power. Where Sia Martinez’ story brought us new worlds, Moon Fuentez’ story powerfully dissects our current one; the everyday magic of fireweed, moths, dragonflies, mulberries and salt burst off the page in Vasquez Gilliland’s kaleidoscopic prose. How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe is also a story of sisterhood and grief, of trauma and religion, of abuse and mental health, but at its heart lives a romance of epic proportion. Moon Fuentez is the beautiful, artistic, fat, witchy Latinx heroine that we all need and I adore her gorgeous love story.” – Cristina Russell, Books & Books (Coral Gables, FL)
"I was completely mesmerized: Gilliland has not just written a love story, but a story about grief, self-worth, rebirth, and breaking through cycles of abuse. Only words of the highest caliber can be used to describe How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe. This novel is phenomenal, extraordinary, spiritual, and breathtaking—just to name a few. This book cracked open my ribcage and made both my heart and soul ache in the most wonderful way. Moon talks of how flowers become seeds, to flowers again, and how life remakes us anew through all sorts of experiences—just being on this journey with her had that effect on me. I was wholeheartedly immersed in this stellar narrative of bittersweet healing.” – Andrew King, University Book Store (Seattle, WA)
“This is one of those stories that is truly beautiful. A love story that rattles in your bones and seeps into your soul because it's about loving someone romantically, loving your family, and loving yourself just the way you are. As heartbreaking as it is triumphant, How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe will stay with you forever.” – Marielle Orff, Town Book Center & Café (Collegeville, PA)
More Moon Fuentez Industry Raves!
"Breathlessly atmospheric, with a voice that grabs you on page one and doesn’t let go. A gorgeous, hopeful book about spirituality, sexuality, and self-acceptance. I fell in love with Moon falling in love." - Rachel Lynn Solomon, Indies Introduce and multi-Indie Next bestselling author of You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone and Today Tonight Tomorrow
“As in her debut, the author’s prose is lush and lyrical, emphasizing the natural world and ancient spirituality. The story’s magical elements are integrated beautifully, as is the main characters’ Latinx heritage: the Fuentez sisters are Mexican American, and the Philips brothers have a Colombian mother and presumed White father. In addition to important sex-positive messages, the book sensitively explores grief, trauma, abuse, disability, and sisterhood as well as the negative impacts of homophobia and purity culture. Readers will fall in love with this poignant, powerful, and poetic coming-of-age tale." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"More than just a romantic drama of enemies turned lovers, this passionate novel is a sex-positive, body-positive celebration of self-love and self-confidence. With lyrical prose, the narrative flows between past and present, revealing pain, hope, and a mixed-up sense of self. Moon is a model of resilience, determined to thrive with her own gifts; Santiago is hot, dark, and brooding, with his own emotional damage, and their love offers a romance less about saving the damsel, more about supporting her… This will please those who loved Quintero’s Gabi, a Girl in Pieces or who love honest, romantic stories about young women surviving and thriving." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review