BLOG TOUR: How Moon Fuentez Fell In Love With The Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland // review + 5 reasons you should read this book

Hello everybody! Welcome back to the blog! Today, I have an exciting book to talk about. I loved my time reading this and I really hope my review convinces y’all to go out and purchase this book for yourselves because it’s so good! Thanks to TBRandBeyondTours and the publisher for allowing me a spot on this tour! You can check out all the other amazing bloggers also posting reviews and creative posts on this tour *HERE*! Let’s jump right into it!

Book Info:

How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliand

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Publishing Date: August 10, 2021


The Hating Game meets I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter in this irresistible romance starring a Mexican American teen who discovers love and profound truths about the universe when she spends her summer on a road trip across the country.

When her twin sister reaches social media stardom, Moon Fuentez accepts her fate as the ugly, unwanted sister hidden in the background, destined to be nothing more than her sister’s camerawoman. But this summer, Moon also takes a job as the “merch girl” on a tour bus full of beautiful influencers and her fate begins to shift in the best way possible.

Most notable is her bunkmate and new nemesis, Santiago Phillips, who is grumpy, combative, and also the hottest guy Moon has ever seen.

Moon is certain she hates Santiago and that he hates her back. But as chance and destiny (and maybe, probably, close proximity) bring the two of them in each other’s perpetual paths, Moon starts to wonder if that’s really true. She even starts to question her destiny as the unnoticed, unloved wallflower she always thought she was.

Could this summer change Moon’s life as she knows it?

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About the Author

Raquel Vasquez Gilliland is a Mexican American poet, novelist and painter. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Alaska, Anchorage in 2017. She’s most inspired by fog and seeds and the lineages of all things. When not writing, Raquel tells stories to her plants and they tell her stories back. She lives in Tennessee with her beloved family and mountains.

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5 Reasons Why You Need To Read How Moon Fuentez Fell In Love With The Universe

1. The spirituality and sort-of magical realism of it all. This is such a gorgeous read! Just the atmosphere and the culture and how her life intertwines with it all is really beautiful and makes for a much more stunning read. Also, there’s a family curse which is really cool.

2. The conversations surrounding religion and purity.

3. For all the self love and body positivity. We have characters of all shapes and sizes in this book and for once, the fat main character’s story arc doesn’t rely on her losing weight or learning to love herself or overcome some discomfort, at least in the physical sense.

4. The romance. Y’all know I can only love a book if the romance is spicy and this is the hottest thing I’ve ever tasted in such a whole body consuming way. Also, this was so sex positive and it had so much to say about slut shaming and rape and abuse and how sex doesn’t have to be this huge thing.

5. The conversations about family and disagreements and how difficult relationships develop the person you become.



It’s been so long since I’ve tried to read a book in one sitting, I almost forgot how good that felt. This is the kind of book you devour all at once and decide to reread as soon as your finished. It’s beautifully written and beautifully paced and it’s probably one of the best books I’ve ever read.

This follows Moon Fuentez who has always been her twin sisters shadow. Never the pretty one, never the talented one, never the special one. Until she comes on tour with her sister, Star, and realizes that there may be a whole world out their for her if she’s willing to stop being just “the photographer” and take the leap to become who she wants to be.

First off, I hate magic in books. I never understand it, my imagination doesn’t go that far. But this was done so well! It was incorporated so effortlessly and developed in such a beautiful and simple way. And the imagery surrounding it makes it feel so real. Moon has a love for tarot cards and alongside that, there’s a family curse that makes itself known throughout the book. All of it just works so well and ebbs and flows with the rest of the universe so well.

Next, the relationships. While it was hard to read about Moon and her mom and even Moon and Star at times, it brought out so many important conversations. The topic of both physical and verbal abuse is really strongly emphasized in this book so if that is one of your triggers, I recommend you skip this read. Their relationships are complicated and I appreciated that it does delve into the “why” and I like that her history builds her character instead of dragging her down. I thought she was incredibly strong and the kind moments between these members of her family are very touching. And as for the romance, I love a slow burn and I love how it didn’t overtake the story. Like, this is very much a young adult romance but it’s also so much more and it goes so much deeper than that.

Also, all the side characters are so well developed, like fully 3-dimentional. They have their own personalities and quirks and you don’t realize how rarely that’s done well until it’s right in front of you. I loved Santiago and Belle and even the more antagonistic characters, they just all brought so much to the story.

I just really loved my time with this novel y’all. It’s such a beautiful read and all I want to say is be aware of your triggers before jumping into this one and don’t read too much about this book before because I went into it expecting light fluffiness and what I got instead was so, so, so much more. This review is a little wonky but I really don’t want to spoil any of it for y’all and with a book as good as this, that’s really quite difficult to do. Highly recommend y’all go and check this one out!

Thank you so much for reading! Comment below if this sounds like a book you’d be interested in reading! You can go and purchase this book now wherever books are sold! Check out the rest of the tour *HERE*! Until next time!! BYE!!!!

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