Series: Unsure if this will be a series
Genre: YA Contemporary
How I Obtained this Book: I received an eBook copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Fragnut. Confused? Well so is everyone else at Lumiere Hall Prep when sixteen-year-old Rubie Keane rolls in from Trinidad and Tobago talking her weird lingo. Not that she minds the culture confusion; she's determined to leave the past behind her and be overlooked—but a certain stoic blue blood is equally as determined to foil her plans.
Gil Stromeyer's offbeat personality initially makes Rubie second-guess his sanity, but she suspects his erratic outbursts of violence mask a deeper issue in his troubled, charmed life. Despite his disturbing behavior, a gradual bond forms between the two. However, on the night of the annual Stromeyer gala, events unfold that leave Rubie stripped of her dignity and kick Gil's already fragile world off its axis.
Both their well-kept secrets are uncovered, but Gil's revelation proves that sometimes the best remedy for a bad case of lost identity, is a dash of comradery from an ally packed with flavor.
The thing I loved the most about The Cilantro in Apple Pie was the characters. Most of the story (with the exception of two chapters) is told in first person by Rubie Keane.
She was a fun and feisty character and I enjoyed seeing the world through her perspective. I also enjoyed learning about a new culture.
I'm not used to reading many contemporaries so I may be wrong about this, but I felt like there wasn't much of a plot. The story was very character driven, which I liked. The story basically followed Ruby on her day to day life, giving glimpses at her home life, having fun with her friends, and getting to know new people. This was something I I loved because the things they did were fun. I enjoyed spending time with her and her family and the things they went through together. The plot may not have been fast paced like I'm used to but it was still interesting and enjoyable.
I was a bit disappointed with the big reveals that the book had been leading up to through most of the story. I found a few things in the story to be a bit far fetched and unrealistic. There was also one scene that was a bit disturbing to me in how a character handled the situation. It didn't make sense. Though I can't say more without giving away spoilers.
I enjoyed the majority of the story, however, after the big reveals I felt the story became a bit too unrealistic for me, but maybe it's just me.
I would recommend this book for fans of contemporary, coming of age, YA fiction who love character driven, family stories.
About the Author
Born and raised in the tropical twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago, when this Caribbean girl isn’t creating new plotlines for her ever growing lineup of fictional characters, she spends her time strumming her guitar to indie rock songs and snapping once in a lifetime photos halfway across the globe in countries such as Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and France.
She's an avid fan of The Walking Dead series and firmly believes that The Food Network should consider her being a judge on the next Chopped challenge.
"The Cilantro in Apple Pie" is her debut novel.