Triana, Gaby. Cubanita.

Author:Marler, Myrna
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

TRIANA, Gaby. Cubanita. HarperCollins. 195p. c2005.0-06-056020-7. $15.99. S

The major problem is announced with the first scene. Seventeen-year-old Isabel Diaz, born in America, is engaged in cultural warfare with her mother, a native-born Cuban. Isabel wants to be more American; her mother wants her to be more Cuban. Isabel, just graduated from high school, plans her escape to college in Minnesota. In the meantime, she breaks off her two-year-old relationship with a Cuban boyfriend to get "a fresh start." Just one more summer teaching kids at an Everglades day camp and she's off and won't look back. More problems arise when she meets another boy, an older boy, a dreamboat boy, a boy who wants all of her, but a boy who doesn't have her family values. Naturally, her mother doesn't approve, and her friends and...

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