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How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe, by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

halfassedreader's review

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4.0

This book is incredible, beautiful, and magical. Moon is hilarious, fat, and learning to love herself.

There are many TW so be aware.

I loved so much about this book and found myself falling in love with the way it was written. Moon’s character development is refreshing and inspiring, however I did find some of her creative expressions to be a little bit cringe at times.

I definitely think that sometimes the emphasis put onto Santiago’s love of Moon’s body felt a little bit fetishized which rubbed me the wrong way, and I think that Star’s arc was too quick and not explored enough to feel whole.

Deposited these little critiques, I LOVED this book and it made me smile so much. I love the imagery, the integration of divination, flowers, and food. The research that the author put into this is evident and is woven into the story incredibly well.

I am seriously looking forward to reading this authors previous works and displaying this beautiful book and cover on my shelves. I imagine I will revisit this story again and again.

chloehanstra's review

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emotional funny hopeful medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

pagesofwyn's review

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5.0

this book made my fall in love with the universe

kazingel's review

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emotional funny hopeful inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.75

ashleyloohoo77's review

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emotional hopeful inspiring reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

toloveisdestroy's review

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2.0

The writing felt a bit odd at times. Like it was using YA language while trying to appeal to an older audience. Not my personal cup of tea tbh.

bluesclues1's review against another edition

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emotional lighthearted sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

tammytxt's review

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5.0

Loved this book! If you like any of these topics: (Food, spirituality, magical realism, enemies to lovers romance, and self discovery) you’ll definitely love this book as much as I do. Raquel Gilliand played with my emotions. I cried with Moon, I got angry for Moon, I got angry with Moon and I cheered for Moon. I related so much to the main character being that I was the DUFF of many of my social groups and it caused me to do bad things and had me people pleasing like a mfer. I dimmed my own light so others could shine. I wish high school me could’ve read this book. It would’ve been inspiring to watch Moon shift and phase into her final form.

allysunsun's review against another edition

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5.0

Moon Fuentez has convinced me to fall in love with the universe too! This book is absolutely stunning filled with gorgeous descriptors and well thought out characters. I loved how well Moon grew as a character throughout the book and she overcame all the obstacles that life had thrown at her. I also absolutely loved Santiago, big grumpy men who are softies and protective of who they like are my favourites. I can't wait to read more of Raquel Vasquez Gilliland's work.
Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an arc.

safiyareads_'s review

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dark emotional inspiring reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

4.5