The pre-publicity is pouring in for Isabel Quintero’s debut novel, Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, which hits bookshelves next month! This new YA novel from Cinco Puntos Press follows Gabi Hernandez’s diary entries as she navigates senior year: Cindy’s pregnancy, Sebastian’s coming out, the cute boys, her father’s meth habit, the food she craves, and best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity.
Digital review copies are available on Edelweiss. Please make sure to download your copy of the book Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist are all raving about! Please consider adding Gabi, A Girl in Pieces to any Diverse Books collections you might be developing!
Check out the rave reviews about Gabi:
“With this first novel, Quintero excels at presenting a life that is simultaneously messy and hopeful. Readers won’t soon forget Gabi, a young woman coming into her own in the face of intense pressure from her family, culture and society to fit someone else’s idea of what it means to be a ‘good’ girl. A fresh, authentic and honest exploration of contemporary Latina identity.”—Kirkus Reviews, July 16, 2015, starred review
“A refreshing take on slut- and fat-shaming, Quintero’s work ranks with Meg Medina’s Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (Candlewick, 2013) and Junot Diaz’s Drown (Riverhead, 1996) as a coming-of-age novel with Latino protagonists.”—School Library Journal, August 1, 2014, starred review
“Reading Quintero’s debut is like attending a large family fiesta: it’s overpopulated with people, noise, and emotion, but the overall effect is joyous. . . . Quintero [is] utterly confident, gifting us with a messy, complicated protagonist who isn’t defined by ethnicity, class, weight, or lifestyle. Gabi is purely herself—and that’s what makes her universal.”—Booklist, September 2014, starred review