Fifteen-year-old Nina Perez is faced with a future she never expected. She must leave her Garden of Eden, her lush home in the Dominican Republic, when she’s sent by her mother to seek out a better life with her brother in New York. As Nina searches for some glimpse of familiarity amid the jarring world of Washington Heights, she must uncover her own strength. She learns to uncover roots within foreign soil and finds a way to grow, just like the orchids that blossom on her fire escape. And when she is confronted by ugly secrets about her brother’s business, she comes to understand the realities of life in this new place. But then she meets him-that green-eyed boy- who she can’t erase from her thoughts, the one who just might help her learn to see beauty in spite of tragedy.
From the acclaimed author of The Color of My Words comes a powerful story about a young girl who must make her way in a new world and find her place within it.
The first thing that grabbed me about this book was the cover, I love flowers on covers! Then the title, it reminded me of The Beatles’ Lucy in the Sky, and I love The Beatles. THEN! The synopsis. I love stories about characters who immigrate from other countries, and this one sounds like it packs a punch in a mere 112 pages. I really can’t wait to read it. :)