How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe

by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland is a coming-of-age story that also weaves in mythology, aspects of Indigenous culture, first love, and the joys and pitfalls of social media. Mexican American teens Moon and her twin sister Star couldn’t be more different. Star is gorgeous, fashionable, and has thousands of followers on social media, while Moon has always been considered the ugly sister, especially by their mother, and has been relegated to the role of Star’s photographer. The summer after the girls graduate from high school, Moon is reluctantly persuaded to accompany Star on a cross-country charity tour as Star’s “merch girl”, along with an entourage of beautiful influencers. On tour, not only is Moon in her sister’s shadow but she’s also forced to share a cabin with Santiago, who is incredibly attractive but also incredibly arrogant. After their initial hatred of each other starts to melt, Moon and Santiago share their passions--she’s designing tarot cards and he’s a fantastic cook--and engage in witty banter. This is an engaging enemies-to-lovers story that also deals with some of the harsh realities of growing up. (Young Adults)