A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

- Laura Taylor Namey

Goodreads Book Blurb:

For Lila Reyes, a summer in England was never part of the plan. The plan was 1) take over her abuela’s role as head baker at their panadería, 2) move in with her best friend after graduation, and 3) live happily ever after with her boyfriend. But then the Trifecta happened, and everything—including Lila herself—fell apart.

Worried about Lila’s mental health, her parents make a new plan for her: Spend three months with family friends in Winchester, England, to relax and reset. But with the lack of sun, a grumpy inn cook, and a small town lacking Miami flavor (both in food and otherwise), what would be a dream trip for some feels more like a nightmare to Lila…until she meets Orion Maxwell.

A teashop clerk with troubles of his own, Orion is determined to help Lila out of her funk, and appoints himself as her personal tour guide. From Winchester’s drama-filled music scene to the sweeping English countryside, it isn’t long before Lila is not only charmed by Orion, but England itself. Soon a new future is beginning to form in Lila’s mind—one that would mean leaving everything she ever planned behind.

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My Review:

meh, nothing special:
2.5/5

If you’ve seen one rom-com, you’ll be able to predict what happens in A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow within the first three chapters. Maybe five if you’re feeling slow. I considered DNFing at the halfway point but stuck with it. I’m not really sure why…

The problems these teenagers face would’ve felt too mature for people in their mid-twenties. Lila is seventeen, has just broken up with her boyfriend of three years, her friend takes off to Ghana, and Lila is supposed to be taking over her recently deceased grandmother’s bakery. At seventeen. It was difficult to accept as reality, and I spent a lot of time questioning why these characters had to be teenagers.

I think the worst part is that not only is the ending predictable, but the story follows the exact path you expect it to. I can’t remember feeling surprised at any point. Thankfully, the writing flows easily, making this a quick read. The predictability probably helps with this, actually. If you’re looking for easy-to-read chick lit, this certainly fits the bill. It was just a bit meh for me.

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