Thirty Talks Weird Love by Alessandra Narvaez Varela

Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)

Academically-driven Anamaria is an awkward, earnest 13-year-old with homework and friend drama, supportive parents, and all the truths she thinks she knows about her life and the world. When a woman shows up claiming to be her 30-year-old self, Anamaria does not welcome the woman’s cryptic advice from the future, especially her advice to “just love you.”

Everything about the 1990s Mexico setting and vibrant characters came to life in the author’s rich verse, but the conversations between Anamaria and Thirty were my favorite part. They had such an interesting dynamic and it made me think about having conversations with my past or future selves. I’m happy to report that I found the unique premise to be deftly executed in this novel in verse.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC NARVAEZ-VARELA)

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