A review by virago
How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love With the Universe, by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

adventurous emotional funny sad 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


This book was absolutely amazing!  The book follows Star and Moon Fuentes, twin sisters who couldn't be more different.  Star is the "pretty twin" and Moon is forced, by everyone, to live in Star's shadow.  

The summer after high school graduation, they go on an influencer's tour to expand Star's following and brand.  However, Moon spreads her wings and her own brand grows, and begins overshadowing Star's brand.  This, of course makes not only Star unhappy, but mama Fuentes as well.

Spoiler Moon is the over-weight, "ugly" twin and has been the punching bag of her mother and sister for years.  When the ridiculously attractive younger brother of the tour's creator shows interest in Moon, and disinterest in Star, it throws both sisters for a loop.  Moon is a talented artist, photographer, and editor.  When head of the tour, inadvertently learns of Moon's talent, he promotes it on his own social media, and earns Moon many new followers.  It gives Moon such joy and confidence, but makes her sister jealous.  And of course she tries to sabotage her budding success.

This book really took me through it.  There were laughs, second-hand embarrassment, sadness, shock, anger, and joy.  The story was well thought, and well written.  They characters were loveable, and strangle-worthy.  The journey this novel took me on was incredible, and ended with great character developement.   

I would/will read this again!

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