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  • I read this very quickly, and enjoyed how the main character felt very real - she had strong opinions but was unable to express them because she was shy
  • I don't really think the description in the back for the book is all that accurate, because I think that she figures things out for herself more than has someone help her, but she does reach some sort of unnoticeable epiphany
  • I thought the secondary characters were pretty good, although Emily's parents don't seem very strongly present until her mom takes a more central role at the end, which feels weird because her mom is the reason she's in Puerto Rico for the summer in the first place

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      Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa by Micol Ostow is a light, fun read for teenagers. I read this very quickly, and enjoyed how the main character felt very real - she had strong opinions but was unable to express them because she was shy. I also thought that the way she ended up in Puerto Rico actually made sense - which is sometimes surprising in books. Her cousin is a good

      character too. And how they start out not getting along is logical considering that they’ve had such different lives.

      I don’t really think the description in the back for the book is all that accurate, because I think that she figures things out for herself more than has someone help her, but she does reach some sort of unnoticeable epiphany. It isn’t very strongly emphasized in the book, and without knowing that ...


      • you’re supposed to find some deeper meaning, I think a person could just read this book to read about a girl who has to spend her summer with relatives she doesn’t really know, and turns out to like the place she’s staying and get along a lot better with her family.

        The writing is light and flows well. Even though not a lot happens in the book, you just sort of travel

        along with Emily and don’t feel bogged down at all.

        I thought the secondary characters were pretty good, although Emily’s parents don’t seem very strongly present until her mom takes a more central role at the end, which feels weird because her mom is the reason she’s in Puerto Rico for the summer in the first place.

        In all, it’s a decent book and a nice summer read. I think younger teens would enjoy.




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