Synopses & Reviews
The Hollywood where Sammy Santos lives is not one of glitz and glitter, but a barrio at the edge of a small New Mexico town. In the summer before his senior year, Sammy falls in love with the beautiful, independent, and intensely vulnerable Juliana. Sammy's chronicle of his senior year is both a love story and a litany of loss, the tale of his love not only for Juliana but for their friends, a generation from a barrio: tough, innocent, humorous, and determined to survive.
“A powerful and authentic look at a communitys aspirations and the tragic losses that result from shattered dreams.” School Library Journal
“Sammys story of love, loss, and strong family ties is hard to forget.” The Horn Book
“An illuminating and edifying story.” Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
About the Author
Benjamin Alire Sáenz is the author of In Perfect Light, Carry Me Like Water, and House of Forgetting, as well as the author of several childrens books. He won the American Book Award for his collection of poems Calendar of Dust. Sáenz is the chair of the creative writing department at the University of Texas-El Paso.