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Vizcaya: A young adult novel Paperback – March 23, 2012
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About the Author
Lina Rivera was raised in Orlando, Florida where she caught the writing bug early on in elementary school after her teacher showed her how to make her own book. Excited by this idea, she ran home and made her first picture book which she bound with yarn and read to her mom. Lina attended the University of Southern California where she majored in Creative Writing and minored in Photography. After graduating, she ran an underground music zine before moving back to Florida and focusing her attention on her fiction writing. Her short story, “California,” was submitted to the Bomb Magazine fiction contest where it was shortlisted. When not daydreaming about her fictional character's lives, Lina enjoys traveling to places she's never been, always looking for that next great location for a story yet to be told.
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Vizcaya is coming of age story about teen dating and desires. It is a pretty typical young adult love story; boy dates girl, beautiful girl enters picture, beautiful girl steals boy from other girl, other girl is not happy. I always enjoy a good romance, but I have to say that this book was very predictable, until the very end. The end did surprise me, but I won't give it away. I liked the mixture if different character dynamics and personalities of Nikki, Nelli, and Diego. I loved that Nelli was a dancer because I am a dance. My favorite parts of the book were reading about Nelli and her privileged world and seeing Diego's normal world being mixed in. Diego has to make himself fit in with Nelli's family and the customs of the rich and famous. Other than that, I was slightly bored during the entire book. I thought that the plot was very drawn out and could have been shortened a bit. I do think that young adult romance fans will enjoy this book, but otherwise it is a hit or miss
TWO THUMBS UP!
Read it for yourself and you'll love it like I do.