Pero like we all deserve a really good telenovela to help us escape the doldrums of everyday life. Let me tell you this is exactly the dramatic, saucy, lighthearted novela that even your abuela would tune in to. Set in Miami, Carmen just wants her high school diploma and to get it she takes a job to dress up as Belle for birthday parties. Then, her ex who ruined her quinceañera, Guapo Mauro, joins the same company and then they have to perform at her cousin's quince, who also ruined her quinceañera! Meda, listen, you will devour this book, learn some lessons along the way, and by the end you'll wish there was more. Escúchame y créeme when I say you will love this lovable novel. — From Quinn's picks
Perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Jane the Virgin, this immediately accessible and irresistibly fun rom-com debut will spin readers into an unforgettable summer of late-night dancing, broken hearts, second chances, and telenovela twists.
Carmen Aguilar just wants to make her happily ever after come true. Except apparently “happily ever after” for Carmen involves being stuck in an unpaid summer internship. Now she has to perform as a party princess! In a ball gown. During the summer. In Miami.
Fine. Except that’s only the first misfortune in what’s turning out to be a summer of Utter Disaster.
But if Carmen can manage dancing in the blistering heat, fending off an oh-so-unfortunately attractive ex, and stopping her spoiled cousin from ruining her own quinceañera—Carmen might just get that happily ever after—after all.
About the Author
Monica Gomez-Hira is the daughter of Colombian immigrant parents, the wife of an Indian immigrant, the mother of a half Latina/half Indian daughter, and the quintessential Jersey girl who loves her salsa as much as her Springsteen. After getting her BA in English at Wellesley College, Monica spent most of her professional life surrounded by books, and the people who love them. She began her career working for literary agencies, moved to publicity and editorial at Simon & Schuster and Random House, and most recently was a Children's Lead at Barnes & Noble. She lives with her family in Minneapolis, MN. Once Upon a Quinceañera is her first novel.
“Tempers fly, old wounds are reopened, and romance is in the air as this princess endures complex family dynamics and the infuriating attention of her very own Prince Charming… Compelling relationships and characters dazzle like a quinceañera tiara.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Debut author Gomez-Hira’s writing delights, handling the romantic tension between Carmen and Mauro, as well as the strained, aptly layered family dynamics and Miami setting, with fun and flair. Fans of Jane the Virgin will have a ball.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Carmen's tale unfolds in a riveting telenovela style that makes Gomez-Hira's book pretty impossible to put down. ”