I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on September 6th 2016
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Rick Gutierrez is . . . the Cat King of Havana! A cat-video tycoon turned salsa-dancer extraordinaire, he’ll take Cuba by storm, romance the girl of his dreams, and ignite a lolcat revolution!
At least that’s the plan.
It all starts when his girlfriend dumps Rick on his sixteenth birthday for uploading cat videos from his bedroom when he should be out experiencing the real world. Known as “That Cat Guy” at school, Rick isn’t cool and he knows it. He realizes it’s time for a change.
Rick decides joining a salsa class is the answer . . . because of a girl, of course. Ana Cabrera is smart, friendly, and smooth on the dance floor. Rick might be half-Cuban, but he dances like a drunk hippo. Desperate to impress Ana, he invites her to spend the summer in Havana. The official reason: learning to dance. The hidden agenda: romance under the palm trees.
Except Cuba isn’t all sun, salsa, and music. There’s a darker side to the island. As Rick and Ana meet his family and investigate the reason why his mother left Cuba decades ago, they learn that politics isn’t just something that happens to other people. And when they find romance, it’s got sharp edges.
5 Reasons to read The Cat King of Havana
- You can’t help but love Rick. He’s flawed but has moments of growth. We see him figure himself out.
- Cuba. I’ve never been, but this book makes me want to visit.
- Salsa. There are books that make me want to try the impossible, but this book makes me want to try something I know I can conquer.
- We see many aspects of Cuba, some are fun and carefree, while others are dark and terrifying.
- Family and friendships. Both of these are important parts of this book. Friendships come and go, but family… that’s forever. Even when you don’t agree with them.
Even with the darker sides, this is a fun read. I loved seeing everything Rick did to learn salsa, and seeing him around his family that he’s never met. It’s the perfect book to wind down from the summer days.