Hello book nerds! Today is a good day! Why’s that? Because it’s my tour stop on the How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe Book Tour!
This book is an instant favorite. I swear, I loved it so much! What I thought was simply going to be a fun, enemies-to-lovers romance, turned out to be this beautiful, hilarious, profound, sex-positive, body-positive book that managed to throw me in an emotional roller coaster in the last hour of reading it. (I wish I was kidding but I am not! 😂) See my review Goodreads here!
For my tour stop today, I’m giving you five main reasons why you should read How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe! Read down below:
There is humor everywhere
There is no doubt about it, How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe is one hilarious book! Moon Fuentez herself is such a funny character. Pair that with road trip shenanigans, a budding enemies to lovers relationship, twin sisters, and then social media influencers packed in one bus, you’re going to get a lot of humorous moments.
It’s deep and diverse
This is probably my favorite thing about this book: how deep and diverse the story was. I initially thought it was only going to be a fun, feel-good book but what I got was so much more.
How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe challenged fatphobia and misogyny, it also talked about mental illness, domestic violence, the prejudice against sexually-active women or women who had sexual experiences. The book also showed how religion can sometimes show the worst in people and can lead them to harm others instead of the opposite. It also had a bit of disability rep and queer/sapphic rep which was really nice to see.
Despite the humor, this book also packs quite a punch, and will make you cry and feel emotional just as much as it will make you laugh.
It highlights family, the good and bad
Family is a big theme in this book, and I’m not just talking about Moon’s relationship with her sister. This also highlighted their relationship with their mother, how estranged Moon actually was to her mother, her memories with her father, and good memories with her aunt.
A big part of the plot near the end also involved Moon dealing with her family. I’m not going to spoil of course! But just know that it’s going to be a turning point in the story and will show just how significant family is no matter what.
The romance is *chef’s kiss*
The romance in this book is just perfect. Enemies to lovers is a great trope especially if done right, and the author definitely did it right! Moon and Santiago as a pairing is so good. Yes, they started on the wrong foot, and they keep hurting and/or misunderstanding each other along the way. However, they compliment each other a lot and throughout the book, we see them bond. They’re so good together and I can’t deny that chemistry. Also, this book has an abundance of cute, funny, and swoon-worthy moments between Moon and Santiago, I know romance lovers will adore it!
This book has Moon Fuentez!
Moon Fuentez is truly the star of this book and she made this the story come alive. Her character arc is great, and her personality definitely shines. I had a great time reading the book through her perspective! Moon embodied the journey of learning to see yourself and loving what you see. She’s the kind of character you relate to, the kind of character you will root for, and the kind of character you won’t forget anytime soon.
And that makes five! How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe was truly an amazing read. It’s easily one of my favorite reads for 2021! Go get a copy now!
A big thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours for including me in this book tour, as well as Simon Teen/Simon and Schuster for sending ARC/physical copies my way! Click the banner for the tour schedule and see other reviews, creative posts, and bookstagram photos, interviews, and more!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe
Author: Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
Genre/s and tags: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, POC
Publication date: August 10, 2021
Content warnings: fatphobia, bigotry mostly influenced by religious views, misogyny, domestic violence/child abuse, unstable mental health, parental death, implied suicide, slut shaming, sexual harassment (minor/mild), sexual content (mild to graphic), racism
The Hating Game meets I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter in this irresistible romance starring a Mexican American teen who discovers love and profound truths about the universe when she spends her summer on a road trip across the country.
When her twin sister reaches social media stardom, Moon Fuentez accepts her fate as the ugly, unwanted sister hidden in the background, destined to be nothing more than her sister’s camerawoman. But this summer, Moon also takes a job as the “merch girl” on a tour bus full of beautiful influencers and her fate begins to shift in the best way possible.
Most notable is her bunkmate and new nemesis, Santiago Phillips, who is grumpy, combative, and also the hottest guy Moon has ever seen.
Moon is certain she hates Santiago and that he hates her back. But as chance and destiny (and maybe, probably, close proximity) bring the two of them in each other’s perpetual paths, Moon starts to wonder if that’s really true. She even starts to question her destiny as the unnoticed, unloved wallflower she always thought she was.
Could this summer change Moon’s life as she knows it?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Raquel Vasquez Gilliland is a Mexican American poet, novelist and painter. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Alaska, Anchorage in 2017. She’s most inspired by fog and seeds and the lineages of all things. When not writing, Raquel tells stories to her plants and they tell her stories back. She lives in Tennessee with her beloved family and mountains.