Summer in the City of Roses by Michelle Ruiz Keil

Summer in the City of Roses

Michelle Ruiz Keil

fiction magical realism young adult emotional reflective medium-paced

336 pages | first published 2021


Inspired by the Greek myth of Iphigenia and the Grimm fairy tale Brother and Sister, Michelle Ruiz Keil's second novel follows two siblings torn apart and struggling to find each other in early '90s Portland. All her life, seventeen-year-old Iph ...
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emotional 85%
reflective 85%
mysterious 71%
adventurous 57%
challenging 28%
hopeful 28%
inspiring 28%
sad 28%
dark 14%
funny 14%
informative 14%
lighthearted 14%
tense 14%


medium 85%
slow 14%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 57% | A mix: 42%

Strong character development?

Yes: 100%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 100%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 33% | No: 16%

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