Monday, November 28, 2016

Review: WITHOUT YOU by Yesenia Vargas

Ariana is a Latina high school girl that wants to go University of GA more than anything in the world. She seeks a adventure, independence, and a fresh start, especially after what happened last year. Who was this Carlos and what did he do to her? Unfortunately, this book doesn't go into any detail about Carlos. Probably because they want you to download the prequel.

The first chapter started well off, until we go to the basketball game. Really, we didn't need a play-by-play. (In fact, if the second book of this series centers mainly on the kid going for a basketball scholarship, then I'd better pass on it because I just know it'll go into intensive sport details - Oy!)

For the most part, this is a pretty good story. Ariana and Mayra are the best of friends and are there for each other. Ariana's family is supportive and honor their traditional Mexican values. I liked that Ariana was a smart, studious, and dedicated worker. Ariana is a great role model for today's Latino youth.

Best part about her is that she refuses to let anything get in the way of her dreams. Until...Lucas walks in. They begin their journey as awkward friends and, gradually, it turns into something meaningful and deep. Lucas and Ariana are actually great together. I liked that their romance wasn't all smutty; instead it was innocent and beautiful. There were a few lagging areas here and there, but, overall, this was an enjoyable YA story.

My rating: 4 stars

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