Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
Arturo Zamora is a 13 year old boy who lives in Miami and is looking forward to a great summer playing ball with his friends and helping with his family's restaurant. Then Carmen, a former friend and classmate, shows up for the summer. She is beautiful, and her braces make her look so mature. They work together to try to save the restaurant from a smarmy real estate developer while learning about poetry and protesting.
You have to love a book that begins with, "Note to self--I'm officially resigning from love. Time in a cell will do that to you." This is a poignant story of family loyalty, first love, and finding the courage to stand up for something you believe in. The author reads the audiobook.
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