The Luis Ortega Survival Club The Luis Ortega Survival Club

The Luis Ortega Survival Club

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Publisher Description

From the bestselling author of the National Book Award Finalist The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School comes a revenge story told with nuance, heart, and the possibility of healing. An ideal next read for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson.

Ariana Ruiz wants to be noticed. But as an autistic girl who never talks, she goes largely ignored by her peers—despite her bold fashion choices. So when cute, popular Luis starts to pay attention to her, Ari finally feels seen.

Luis’s attention soon turns to something more, and they have sex at a party—while Ari didn’t say no, she definitely didn’t say yes. Before she has a chance to process what happened and decide if she even has the right to be mad at Luis, the rumor mill begins churning—thanks, she’s sure, to Luis’s ex-girlfriend, Shawni. Boys at school now see Ari as an easy target, someone who won’t say no. 

Then Ari finds a mysterious note in her locker that eventually leads her to a group of students determined to expose Luis for the predator he is. To her surprise, she finds genuine friendship among the group, including her growing feelings for the very last girl she expected to fall for. But in order to take Luis down, she’ll have to come to terms with the truth of what he did to her that night—and risk everything to see justice done. 

Young Adult
May 23
Balzer + Bray
Eighth Grade

Customer Reviews

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Important subjects and perspectives

I really enjoyed this book. I found it through TikTok and it was a diversion from the Black romance novels I’ve been reading lately. TLOSC focused on serious subjects and topics, and the main characters consisted of queer and/or neurodivergent Latino people.

It brought up a lot of memories of real and fictional stories surrounding SA, but Sonora Reyes gave us Ariana, a Latina queer teenager with autism & selective mutism; I learned a lot from Ari. She’s a survivor along with the friends that provide her with solace while on their quest for justice (and revenge, or is justice the best revenge?)

There’s a lot to be learned from this book. One of the most important lessons I took is that you are more powerful than you believe. Ari was seen by people who wanted to truly see her, and that’s one of the highlights of the book. I wish that people experiencing something similar finds their community too.

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