Avocado Bliss by Candace Robinson, Gerardo Delgadillo
Publication Date: March 27th 2020
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Dacre Vinson has spent the majority of his life in quite the predicament—even the surf and his books can’t erase his Type 1 diabetes. But when Dacre’s family moves to a new Mexican town, an eccentric girl obsessed with trees offers him a job on the spot, leading to what could be the perfect distraction from his problems.
Salbatora Tames has one true love, her avocado farm. Her family constantly nudges her to be more social, but Sal much prefers the dirt, the sun, and the solitude. Besides, trees listen better than people do.
For Sal and Dacre, their job won’t stay easy breezy for long, not when an avocado delivery to Palenque, Mexico pops up on their radar. Together, they embark on a road trip across the jungle, where they form a tighter bond. However, as obstacles arise, their new-found troubles may lead to more woes than bliss.
Other books I read by the same authors:
- By Candace Robinson
- By Gerardo Delgadillo
Avocado Bliss was refreshing YA contemporary romance that revolved around Avocado lover, Salbatora and Diabetes fighter, Dacre. It was about life of Type 1 diabetic, everyday struggle with disease, passion, coming out of shell and grief, insecurities with new friendship and love.
This was my second book coauthored by Candace and Gerardo and let’s not count individual books by them I read. I read all their books and like those books, this was written wonderfully. I enjoyed this even more than Bacon Pie. It was lovely and refreshing to read alternative perspective of Salbatora (Sal) and Dacre.
It started with Dacre flying with his two baby brothers from US (where dad lived) to Mexico (where his mother lived and had great job). His whole life he and his brothers travelled back and forth to live with each parent. Moreover, diagnosed with Diabetes Type 1 at very young age made life even more struggling and challenging for Dacre. This time when they shift to new Mexican town, he stumbled upon a job at organic avocado farm, offered by peculiar avocado obsessed girl, Sal.
Sal lived robotic life, too organized and too methodical. But behind her robotic shell she was suffering from grief of losing her aunt. Ever since her aunt’s death she lost herself in her passion, Avocado farm. It was her true love and she didn’t feel it practical to dress and live like other normal girls even though her family and friends pushed her to be more social.
When Sal and Dace started working together both formed friendship but there was a big delivery and road trip filled with adventure and danger. It was interesting to find out what happened on the road trip, how it will affect their new found friendship and if it will stay same even after the trip.
I liked all characters. They were interesting, realistic, and both authors brought them to life. Dacre’s both brothers and Sal’s dad were cool. I loved Dacre and Sal most.
Dacre was clever, an amazing brother and person. He carried responsibility as son, elder brother and of his diabetes so well. He put everybody’s feeling before him and smiled for them. I could see and feel why it was tough for him to cope with new change on returning to his mom’s house. Even with his reasoning, he overreacted a little. It was like he traded place with his middle brother for this particular situation and to come out of it or rather put a distance and have breathing space, he joined avocado farm and later two days road trip with Sal. I liked how this trip changed him and his feelings towards his mom and Sal.
During the trip I knew more about his thoughts and feeling towards his disease, why he was single, what he was going through inside, and why he took that decision after climax.
Through him I got to know more about Diabetes Type 1. My grandmother had Diabetes type 2, my aunt has it as well but I don’t know anybody with Type 1 in real life. While reading this book I could see their situation was not as bad as it was with Type 1. I saw them taking tablets, exercise regularly, and some food restriction and have seen how bad it can be if they didn’t take care, but they didn’t have to check sugar as frequently as Dacre was checking here. Authors had represented the disease, symptoms and struggle of diabetics so well.
Sal was peculiar but cute peculiar. She loved her avocado farm and trees like a baby. The farm and her Pa was her life. I liked her the way she gave them priority, organized her day, took care of deliveries and trees. I don’t know why everybody pushing her. She was truly comfortable with her life and in fact loved it. They were right to worry but I felt she was amazing with the way she was and lived. I admired her more when she got to know about Dacre’s diabetes and the way she handled it throughout the trip.
The road trip to Palenque and then adventure in jungle was both hilarious and dangerous. I wouldn’t give much detail. It’s best that way because it’s so much fun reading this part with its surprises. I do feel they shouldn’t have gone in that forest. It was stupid but oh God, the series of events in there were so eventful. They both acted exactly opposite how I expected. That little Mayan world info was interesting. Both Dacre and Sal were developed but weren’t perfect and I liked how the seed of their friendship grew throughout this book and found perfect bond with their imperfection. I enjoyed conversation and chemistry between these two.
Climax made my heartbeat stop for a sec. I knew this was coming and yet I wasn’t prepared for it. I was tense and worried along with all characters. Dacre’s decision, his talk with his mother and then his change of heart on arriving back was fabulous. I loved the way Sal was taking it. The hope and happiness and arrived with firecrackers at the end. I absolutely loved the end and those last few lines. It was amazing.
Overall, it was lovely, delightful, and refreshing contemporary with serious topic and unique characters. I highly recommend this book to contemporary romance lovers.
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