Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Merci Suárez Can't Dance

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Book Review - Merci Suárez Can't Dance

Merci Suárez Can't Dance

About the Book

In Meg Medina’s follow-up to her Newbery Medal–winning novel, Merci takes on seventh grade, with all its travails of friendship, family, love—and finding your rhythm.
Seventh grade is going to be a real trial for Merci Suárez. For science she’s got no-nonsense Mr. Ellis, who expects her to be a smart as her brother, Roli. She’s been assigned to co-manage the tiny school store with Wilson Bellevue, a boy she barely knows, but whom she might actually like. And she’s tangling again with classmate Edna Santos, who is bossier and more obnoxious than ever now that she is in charge of the annual Heart Ball.
One thing is for sure, though: Merci Suárez can’t dance—not at the Heart Ball or anywhere else. Dancing makes her almost as queasy as love does, especially now that Tía Inés, her merengue-teaching aunt, has a new man in her life. Unfortunately, Merci can’t seem to avoid love or dance for very long. She used to talk about everything with her grandfather, Lolo, but with his Alzheimer’s getting worse each day, whom can she trust to help her make sense of all the new things happening in her life? The Suárez family is back in a touching, funny story about growing up and discovering love’s many forms, including how we learn to love and believe in ourselves.

My Take on the Book
The author continues to bring you a great follow up to her amazing first book in the series. The characters are ones that you can relate to and cultural nuance that will draw you in and keep you connected from page one to the end of the book. In this book Merci is in a new school and that beings many challenges that she has to address. On top of this, she is also having to deal with the fact that her grandfather now has Alzheimer's and there is a sense of loss that she is struggling with. Outside of this, there are so many other characters that are so fun. You will love this book and stepping back into Merci's world.

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