Instead of losing the deposit on her wedding venue, a jilted bride decides to throw herself a quinceañera (times two) for her 30th birthday in this effervescent rom-com from Yamile Saied Méndez, the acclaimed author of the Reese Witherspoon YA Book Club Pick FURIA. For fans of Never Been Kissed, 13 Going on 30, and The Wedding Singer . . . con azucar y amor.
“An enchanting novel overflowing with self-love and second chances.”— Kirkus Reviews
A Goodreads Summer Romance Reading Recommendation A Scary Mommy Summer Book Pick
One month short of her wedding day—and her thirtieth birthday—Nadia Palacio finds herself standing up to her infuriating, cheating fiancé for the first time in . . . well, ever. But that same courage doesn’t translate to breaking the news to her Argentinian family. She’s hyperventilating before facing them when she glimpses a magazine piece about a Latina woman celebrating herself—with a second quinceañera, aka Sweet 15! And that gives Nadia a brilliant idea . . .
With a wedding venue already paid for, and family from all over the world with plane tickets, Nadia is determined to create her own happily-ever-after. Since the math adds up perfectly, she’ll celebrate her treintañera, her double quinces. As the first professional in her family, raising a glass to her achievements is the best plan she’s had in years. Until she discovers that the man in charge of the venue is none other than her college fling that became far more than a fling. And he looks even more delicious than a three-tiered cake . . .
Full of exuberant heart, Twice a Quinceañera is a pure delight for every woman who needs to be her own biggest fan—and who dreams of a second chance at first love.
Yamile (pronounced sha-MEE-lay) Saied Méndez is an Argentinian-American Pura Belpré gold medal-winning author of picture books, middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction. An inaugural Walter Dean Myers Grant recipient, she’s a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts and Voices of Our Nations (VONA). Her young adult novel, Furia, was a Reese Witherspoon X Hello Sunshine YA Pick and she’s a founding member of Las Musas, a collective of women and nonbinary Latinx creators. Born and raised in Rosario, Argentina—to a family with roots from all over the world—she now lives in Utah with her Puerto Rican husband, five multicultural kids, two bilingual dogs, and one majestic cat. Visit her online at YamileSMendez.com.
Praise for Twice a Quinceañera
“Méndez’s debut adult novel is a love letter to people starting from scratch and an ode to those searching to find their one true love…An enchanting novel overflowing with self-love and second chances.” —Kirkus Reviews
“YA author Méndez (Furia) makes her adult debut with a heartwarming romance centered on personal growth…It’s a fun, empowering romp.” —Publishers Weekly
Praise for Yamile Saied Méndez: “This book will set your dreams on fire . . . It’s fabulous.” —Reese Witherspoon on Furia
"In this stirring novel by Argentine American author Méndez, passion for sports and personal growth intersect in Camila’s powerful, feminist first-person narrative about her experiences as an ambitious athlete, a teenager deeply in love, the daughter of an abusive father at the point of taking charge of her own life, and a young woman finding her voice in a deeply sexist, patriarchal society . . . A riveting coming-of-age story.” —Kirkus Reviews,STARRED REVIEW on Furia
"Weaving rich cultural specifics and electric energy into her prose, Méndez crafts a dynamic, feminist narrative that commands attention from the very first line. At its core, this novel is a full-hearted love letter to Argentina and “incorrigible girls” everywhere, emboldening readers to stand up for themselves and chase the dreams they hold dear." —Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW on Furia
“An engrossing #OwnVoices novel.” —PopSugar on Furia
"[A] high-energy #OwnVoices novel . . . Written in a relatable first-person perspective." —Booklist on Furia
“In Furia, Saied Méndez captures both the breathless beauty of fútbol and the depth of its political power. Sports intersect with gender, class, race, and identities around the world, and there’s still so much ground to be covered in telling the stories that live at these intersections. This novel is a thoughtful, vibrant addition. Camila shows readers that they can have it all, even if it’s not exactly as they planned it. She insists girls have every right to dream, to want, to live, and it is a pleasure to watch this character do all three things with love and fury in equal measure.” —Chicago Review of Books on Furia
“Fun, fast, and full of laughs, you’ve never seen the White House like this!" —Ally Carter, New York Times bestselling author of the Gallagher Girls series on Shaking Up the House
"A delightful story of pranks and misadventures, proving that friendships with rocky starts are often the best friendships of all." —Saadia Faruqi, author of A Place at the Table and the Yasmin series on Shaking Up the House
"Laugh-out-loud funny and joyously optimistic, Shaking Up the House reminds us that even when things go utterly awry, good-intentioned and caring people can set them right again. Yamile Saied Méndez deftly juggles multiple viewpoints to weave together a timely tale of the power of tradition and friendship. And in these fraught times, the story of two first families coming together in respect and common purpose is a bromide for the soul." —David Bowles, award-winning author of They Call Me Güero and the 13th Street series on Shaking Up the House