Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet

Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet

by Laekan Zea Kemp

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Authentic and emotional, Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet is a coming-of-age story about two teenagers on the verge of adulthood as they navigate first love and the struggles that come with growing up. Rich with Mexican culture and mouth-watering descriptions of the food that connects them, this emotional contemporary is sure to resonate with many readers who have questioned their place in the world.

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 pastelería 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.


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ISBN-13: 9780316460279
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 04/06/2021
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 65,078
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Laekan Zea Kemp is a writer living in Austin, Texas. She has three objectives when it comes to storytelling: to make people laugh, cry, and crave Mexican food. Her work celebrates Chicane grit, resilience, creativity, and joy while exploring themes of identity and mental health. Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet is her debut YA contemporary novel. She invites you to visit her at laekanzeakemp.com or follow her on Twitter @LaekanZeaKemp.

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