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KLIATTTo quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, September 2005: The major problem is announced with the first scene. Seventeen-year-old Isabel Diaz, born in America, is engaged in cultural warfare with her mother, a native-born Cuban. Isabel wants to be more American; her mother wants her to be more Cuban. Isabel, just graduated from high school, plans her escape to college in Minnesota. In the meantime, she breaks off her two-year-old relationship with a Cuban boyfriend to get "a fresh start." Just one more summer teaching kids at an Everglades day camp and she's off and won't look back. More problems arise when she meets another boy, an older boy, a dreamboat boy, a boy who wants all of her, but a boy who doesn't have her family values. Naturally, her mother doesn't approve, and her friends and family warn her that he's just using her. Just as naturally, Isabel refuses to listen until she makes a couple of startling (if predictable) discoveries. The tone of this novel is humorous even though the theme is serious and the plot somewhat tried and true. The setting evokes the tropical climate of Florida. Today's multicultural girls will find its theme relevant. Plus, it has the added bonus of featuring girl power as Isabel gets revenge on the one who did her wrong. KLIATT Codes: S--Recommended for senior high school students. 2005, HarperTrophy, 195p., $7.99.. Ages 15 to 18.