The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico

The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico

by Sarah McCoy
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The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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bookworm1954DB More than 1 year ago
An endearing and compassionate coming of age story. Sarah has captured the very essence of Puerto Rico in the life of an adolescent girl. This book is extremely well written , with a cast of characters that will capture your heart. The characters are so well developed you will feel what they fee, you will come to know them. This to me is the essence of story telling and Sarah does it with grace. Sarah has told not only a story of growing up, but a story of love and acceptance. An extremely great story that you don't want to miss. Read this one,it is well worth it.
thebookwormNJ More than 1 year ago
Being of Puerto Rican descent myself, I could not help but connect with The Time it Snowed in Puerto Rico. Taking place during the early 1960's over the course of two years, we see this story through the eyes of eleven year old Verdita as she lives on the island. This is a coming of age story for Verdita. Like so many girls her age, she has a strained relationship with her mother and she tends to put her father on somewhat of a pedestal. Verdita longs to be an American and live what she believes to be a glamorous life in the States. She is in that awkward phase caught between childhood and young adulthood. Wrapped up in the plot is also the issue of whether Puerto Rico will remain a commonwealth or become a State. I felt like the author captured Verdita's voice well. Her feelings, emotions and actions felt realistic. One part of the story that I found both sad and comical is when Verdita wants to bleach her curly dark hair blond and she lies to the hair stylist, telling her she has her mom's permission to color and straighten her hair so drastically. ...This was it! I was going to be more beautiful than the girls in the States-more beautiful than Mama. Titi Lola brushed out the snarls, and my hair expanded, rising like a black sea sponge. I hated that reflection. Ugly and dark with island hair and island dirt. ... p.93 I have to admit, I had my trepidations about this book because I had high expectations. I've visited Puerto Rico several times both during my childhood and adulthood. The summers that I was twelve and thirteen I spent three weeks on the island, so needless to say, Puerto Rico is close to my heart. One thing I really appreciated about this book was that I never felt cheated as I read about the setting and customs. Author Sarah McCoy captures the culture nicely, the sights and sounds came to life through her prose. The characters speak some Spanish words here and there throughout the story. I felt this was enough for native speakers to relate to, yet I don't think it would overwhelm those who don't speak the language. However, my one qualm with The Time it Snowed in Puerto Rico is that I found myself somewhat bored towards the middle of the book. I lost interest in Verdita's story and the book never really picked up for me again. Upon visiting the author's website I see that her mother is Puerto Rican and that she visited the island throughout her childhood. It shows well in her descriptive writing. Everything from the piraguas, to Old San Juan, to the foods and sweets to her Papi, all conjured nice memories for me and I felt an instant connection with the story in that aspect. I just wish the storyline itself wasn't so slow going. I have to say, this book took me down memory lane a bit and I would try this author again. Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I purchased my copy of this book.
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LeftTurnLady More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for an enjoyable coming-of-age story that transports you to 1960's Puerto Rico I highly recommend this debut novel by Sarah McCoy. Conflicts abound for 11-year old Verdita as her safety net of childhood starts to unravel and she begins the transition to adulthood. Not only is Verdita struggling with the physical changes to her body, but she is also struggling with her alternating child and adult viewpoints of the conflicts that surround her - politics, parents, traditions. family and more. Though serious issues are dealt with throughout the book, the tale is woven with such care that it was a light-hearted romp, preventing this reader from feeling weighed down. Instead, I was anxious to turn the page to see what would happen next and how Verdita would view and react to whatever unfolded. The author's love and knowledge of her family's home country is clearly evident as vivid pictures of the beliefs, traditions and life of Puerto Rico fill every page. This knowledge also helped create a character that even the author has called "saucy". And like good sauces, Verdita oozes everywhere, even into nooks and crannies where she shouldn't be. She's at times sweet and creamy and at other times spicy, but Verdita is always interesting, which makes this book a fun read! Pick it up, turn to page 1 and let the fun begin!
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ChrisAnn4 More than 1 year ago
Loved this novel! The feisty main character, Verdita, pulled me right in. Her trials and experiences were so relatable. We've all been there, when you realize your parents are human, your peers have a huge influence on your likes/dislikes, and you are just bursting to be any age older than the one you are. Verdita's story is one that made me reflect on everything in my life and past that makes me who I really am. This novel shows that no matter the time period in history or the culture we grow up in, there is a journey of self-discovery that we all take in our lives. I've already recommended this one to all my friends!