Ander & Santi Were Here

Ander & Santi Were Here Book

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Reading level 14 - 18 years.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe meets The Sun is Also a Star in this YA contemporary love story from Jonny Garza Villa, Ander and Santi Were Here, about a nonbinary Mexican American teen falling for the shy new waiter at their family's taqueria.

Finding home. Falling in love. Fighting to belong.

The Santos Vista neighborhood of San Antonio, Texas, is all Ander Lopez has ever known. The smell of pan dulce. The mixture of Spanish and English filling the streets. And, especially their job at their family's taquería. It's the place that has inspired Ander as a muralist, and, as they get ready to leave for art school, it's all of these things that give them hesitancy. That give them the thought, are they ready to leave it all behind?

To keep Ander from becoming complacent during their gap year, their family "fires" them so they can transition from restaurant life to focusing on their murals and prepare for college. That is, until they meet Santiago Garcia, the hot new waiter. Falling for each other becomes as natural as breathing. Through Santi's eyes, Ander starts to understand who they are and want to be as an artist, and Ander becomes Santi's first steps toward making Santos Vista and the United States feel like home.

Until ICE agents come for Santi, and Ander realises how fragile that sense of home is. How love can only hold on so long when the whole world is against them. And when, eventually, the world starts to win.

"This book is a living, breathing love letter, and I felt every beat of it. Jonny Garza Villa's fiercely vulnerable writing leaves a permanent mark."
Becky Albertalli, award-winning author of 
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

"Beautifully heartbreaking. This book will fill you with warmth while breaking you to pieces, and the tears you shed will be completely worth it."
Dustin Thao, 
New York Times bestselling author of You've Reached Sam

"With a swoony romance full of sex positivity, humour, and PAIN, Jonny Garza Villa will destroy your heart and piece it back together and you will thank them for it."
Sonora Reyes, author of
 The Lesbiana's Guide To Catholic School

"A beautiful ode to holding on--to our precious family histories, to home wherever we choose to make it, and most importantly, to love."
Laekan Zea Kemp, author of Pura Belpré Honor book 
Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet

Author Jonny Garza Villa
Format Hardback
Pages 368
ISBN 9781250843999


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