Salt and Sugar by Rebecca Carvalho
**We picked up an advanced copy of this book at ALA in exchange for an honest review. We’d like to thank Rebecca and Inkyard Press for the opportunity. This book comes out on Nov 1st and you can get it here or at your local independent bookstore**
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: It’s a “doctor night” with Parker… in which we no longer watch Doctor Who. But I’ve had a whole bottle of wine, which arguably is not a lot for me these days but i feel like it should be enough to write a review.
Lari Ramires has always known this to be true. In Olinda, Brazil, her family’s bakery, Salt, has been at war with the Molinas’ bakery across the street, Sugar, for generations. But Lari’s world turns upside down when her beloved grandmother passes away. On top of that, a big supermarket chain has moved to town, forcing many of the small businesses to close.
Determined to protect her home, Lari does the unthinkable—she works together with Pedro Molina to save both of their bakeries. Lari realizes she might not know Pedro as well as she thought—and she maybe even likes what she learns—but the question remains: Can a Ramires and a Molina truly trust one another?
Drunk Overview: so this is sort of like Romeo and Juliet but with warring bakeries and without the tragedy… Idk what else to say.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: So I asked the publicist at ALA “what is the book you’re most excited about this season” and without hesitation… she handed me this one. She said it was what everyone needs in the COVID Times and she was NOT WRONG. I loved this.
Characters: so our two love interests, Lari and Pedro are the kids of two family bakeries that are across the street. Their grandmothers mothers had issues and it’s been a feud for like no reason. Lari is this fierce teenage Latina and has been told all her life… no babe, you’re not gonna bake, but she HATES math (which is what her mom wants to her to do). Then there’s Pedro, who has his grandpa who hate change at all costs. So like when Pedro was all “let’s try more modern stuff, Abuelo”he kicked him out…. So there was that. I like these characters a lot not because of the angst, cause there’s plenty of that, but because of the lack of hate at the beginning. They’re like… indifferent. And it was great.
Plot: the next best part was overcoming the biases through indifference like… yes their families hate each other but i don’t think they ever really HATED each other only had one or two spats as kids that tainted their friendships. So what do they do? They’re in a cooking club together its amazing.
Writing Style: typical YA romance but loved it
World Building: I do love the Hispanic heritage here. Like… as someone from Argentina but didnt’ get to grow up with a lot of that culture, it was so comforting to me…. LOVED IT.
What to pair it with: this is a cozy drink. I want to think of something Latino that’s warm and cozy and alcoholic but i can’t think of anything so I’m gonna go with a Hot Toddie. Super cozy.
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,