"I dare anyone to read this book without a ginormous grin on their faces. Warmth, humor and enchantments burst off the page, and the colorful characters of the Granados family crackle to life with Cervantes's signature wit, aching empathy and enviable flair for whimsy." —Roshani Chokshi, NYT bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves trilogy.
Jane the Virgin meets The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in New York Times bestselling author J.C. Cervantes's charming, romantic YA debut.
Ava Granados will never forgive herself for being late to her beloved nana’s deathbed. But due to a flash flood that left Ava in a fender bender with a mysterious boy, she missed her grandmother’s mystical blessing—one that has been passed between the women of her family upon death for generations.
Then Nana’s ghost appears with a challenge from beyond the grave. As it turns out, Nana did give Ava a blessing, but it missed its target, landing with the boy from the night of the storm instead. Was it fate? Ava refuses to believe so. With the help of her sisters and Nana’s rather bumbling spiritual guide, she’s determined to reclaim her share of the family magic and set Nana free.
For guarded Ava, befriending some random boy is the last thing she wants to do. She’s gotten along just fine protecting her heart—keeping people at a distance is a great way to ensure no one ever hurts you. But as Ava embarks on her mission to retrieve the lost blessing, she starts to wonder if getting close to thunderstorm boy is worth the risk.
In her swoony, heartwarming young adult debut, New York Times
bestselling author J.C. Cervantes weaves an unforgettable tale about family, fate, and finding love where you least expect it.
April 19, 2022
12 and up
Grade 7 & Up
J.C. CERVANTES is a New York Times
bestselling author of books for children and young adults. Her books have appeared on national lists, including the American Booksellers Association New Voices, Barnes and Noble’s Best Young Reader Books, as well as Amazon’s Best Books of the Month. She has earned multiple awards and recognitions, including the New Mexico Book Award and the Zia Book Award.
She currently resides in the Land of Enchantment with her family, three spoiled dogs, and a lifetime collection of books. But she keeps part of her heart in Southern California, where she was born and raised. When she isn’t writing, she is haunting bookstores and searching for magic in all corners of the world.
"An original twist on the modern fairy tale amplified by sisterly affection and a poignant sense of place." —Kirkus Reviews
"With playful banter, well-drawn intergenerational familial relationships, and a delightfully atmospheric meet-cute, Cervantes’s romantic tale will charm readers in search of a little magic." —Publishers Weekly
"A stirring romance where the magic is rooted in the relationships among the characters. —Booklist
"A captivating romance and a heartfelt adventure at its core, mixed in with the magical tendencies of fate. A must read!" —Alex Light, bestselling author of The Upside of Falling
"Engrossing and enchanting, Cervantes' YA debut glows with magic on every page, entwining the mysteries and joys of family with utterly delightful romance in the Los Angeles hills. A sweet, spellbinding read." —Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of If I'm Being Honest
"I dare anyone to read this book without a ginormous grin on their faces. Warmth, humor and enchantments bursts off the page, and the colorful characters of the Granados family crackle to life with Cervantes's signature wit, aching empathy and enviable flair for whimsy." —Roshani Chokshi, NYT bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves trilogy.
"Flirting With Fate
is an epic celebration of destiny, a heartwarming ode to sisterhood, and the sweetest love story. The swoony romance and hilarious magical hijinks will leave you grinning wildly and wishing you were a Grandos sister!" —Angela Velez, author of Lulu & Milagro's Search for Clarity
"Flirting with Fate
is a sweet, summery romance infused with a touch of magic. Filled with strong bonds between sisters and between generations, this tale of love, fate, and family will warm your heart." —Hannah Reynolds, author of The Summer of Lost Letters