"I dare anyone to read this book without a ginormous grin on their faces. Warmth, humor and enchantments burst off the page, and the colorful characters of the Granados family crackle to life with Cervantes's signature wit, aching empathy and enviable flair for whimsy." —Roshani Chokshi, NYT bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves trilogy.
Jane the Virgin meets The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in New York Times bestselling author J.C. Cervantes's charming, romantic YA debut.
Ava Granados will never forgive herself for being late to her beloved nana’s deathbed. But due to a flash flood that left Ava in a fender bender with a mysterious boy, she missed her grandmother’s mystical blessing—one that has been passed between the women of her family upon death for generations.
Then Nana’s ghost appears with a challenge from beyond the grave. As it turns out, Nana did give Ava a blessing, but it missed its target, landing with the boy from the night of the storm instead. Was it fate? Ava refuses to believe so. With the help of her sisters and Nana’s rather bumbling spiritual guide, she’s determined to reclaim her share of the family magic and set Nana free.
For guarded Ava, befriending some random boy is the last thing she wants to do. She’s gotten along just fine protecting her heart—keeping people at a distance is a great way to ensure no one ever hurts you. But as Ava embarks on her mission to retrieve the lost blessing, she starts to wonder if getting close to thunderstorm boy is worth the risk.
In her swoony, heartwarming young adult debut, New York Times bestselling author J.C. Cervantes weaves an unforgettable tale about family, fate, and finding love where you least expect it.
In Cervantes's (the Storm Runner series) heartening romantic comedy with a speculative twist, a 17-year-old journalism intern of Mexican heritage must befriend a handsome stranger to reclaim a family blessing, or risk cutting off her kin from otherworldly gifts forever. While "stubborn, quick-witted" rising high school senior Ava Granados "thinks very little" of fate, she does believe in benedición: a magical deathbed blessing that women of the Granados family can bestow upon their female descendants. After a storm and minor car accident delay her en route to see her dying grandmother, Margarita, Ava arrives with just enough time to say goodbye—and learn that it's too late to receive her blessing. But when the ghost of Margarita Granados returns with a saint in tow, Ava learns that all might not be lost if she can find the guy who received her blessing, instead. With playful banter ("I truly despise being a ghost, mija, and do not recommend it"), well-drawn intergenerational familial relationships, and a delightfully atmospheric meet-cute, Cervantes's romantic tale will charm readers in search of a little magic—and a touch of outside narration à la Jane the Virgin. Ages 12–up.