Pura Vida by Annette Montez Kolda
The unexpected hero, that is what this book is all about. A nun, that seems to have tendency to fall into trouble, and a teenage boy that's struggling to overcome the death of his idolized older brother. An unlikely duo, but they seem to find each other and get the job done.
In between there is the Story of Miguel's (the teenage boy) parents. His mother travels to mexico to retrieve her husband after he vanished ten years before.
As a native Texan, I felt a connection with this book. It takes place between Austin and Mexico, this book was a bit like home to me. I felt immersed into the beautiful Mexican-American culture that I see around me on a daily basis, living in the southern region of Texas. (Not to mention the fact that I'm married into it.) Kolda does a beautiful job with her characters, and painting that picture. I enjoyed it very much.
The pace in this book wasn't to fast and wasn't to slow. Honestly, I felt that it matched the characters, a fifteen year old hothead and a sweet nun. Any faster wouldn't have felt right. The story was realistic, genuine, and at times heartwarming.
I have no problem giving this book five stars, and I hope to see more from this author.