A review by selysrivera
Fifteen Hundred Miles From The Sun, by Jonny Garza Villa

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


I know the dedication to this book is to queer brown boys, but this book meant a lot to this queer Latinx girl. I didn’t have books with diverse characters Jk terms of ethnicity and sexuality growing up.

This book has trigger warnings. Don’t get me wrong. But these are all serious realities that still exist in the ultra conservative Latinx world. 

I was impressed with how the book covers nuances related to religion and language. It’s also sex positive, and portrays a healthy romantic relationship along issues of friendship and growing up. 

I’m in love with Jules and Mat. I want to hang out with their friends. And I cannot tell you the amount of times my stomach growled at the different descriptions of food, whether it was Mexican or Vietnamese or American. 

My heart swelled with affection and my eyes watered as I read the sweetest of scenes, the saddest of scenes. I gasped in shock when certain characters acted the way they did. And the only reason I ended the book unsatisfied wasn’t because the ending happened too quickly for me. I wasn’t ready to leave. 

If you can handle the triggers, read this book. You won’t regret it. 

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