Twelve Days of…Latinx Book Recommendations: Day 11

This “Christmassy” series is brought to you by my love of books by Latinx authors and my need for all of you to read them. Every day for twelve days leading up to Christmas, I will be gifting you all with a recommendation of a book by a Latinx author, along with twelve reasons why you should pick it up. Hoping to have lots of fun with with series which I am not so subtly calling Twelve Days of… Latinx Book Recommendations. Covers are linked to Goodreads. Feel free to sing this first part to yourself aloud.

♬On the eleventh day of Christmas, my favorite Latinx blogger gave to me, a recommendation for…♬

Analee in Real Life by Janelle Milanes

      “Ever since her mom died three years ago, Analee Echevarria has had trouble saying out loud the weird thoughts that sit in her head. With a best friend who hates her and a dad who’s marrying a yogi she can’t stand, Analee spends most of her time avoiding reality and role-playing as Kiri, the night elf hunter at the center of her favorite online game.
    Through Kiri, Analee is able to express everything real-life Analee cannot: her bravery, her strength, her inner warrior. The one thing both Kiri and Analee can’t do, though, is work up the nerve to confess her romantic feelings for Kiri’s partner-in-crime, Xolkar—aka a teen boy named Harris whom Analee has never actually met in person.
      So when high school heartthrob Seb Matias asks Analee to pose as his girlfriend in an attempt to make his ex jealous, Analee agrees. Sure, Seb seems kind of obnoxious, but Analee could use some practice connecting with people in real life. In fact, it’d maybe even help her with Harris.
      But the more Seb tries to coax Analee out of her comfort zone, the more she starts to wonder if her anxious, invisible self is even ready for the real world. Can Analee figure it all out without losing herself in the process?”

Reasons You Need to Pick This One Up:

1. Fake dating trope
2. Self-love
3. Predictable yet unpredictable tropey storyline
4. Positive step-relationships
5. Introvert learning to get out of her comfort zone
6. Present family in a contemporary
7. MC dealing with the loss of a parent
8. Believable teen narrator
9. MC dealing with social anxiety
10. Cuban-American girl learning to love her body
11. MC’s personal arc > romantic arc
12. Realizing that some crushes are better off as friendships

Have you read this one? Are you planning to read it? What’s your favorite book with the fake dating trope?

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