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Cuba 15


Cuba 15

Violet Paz knows little about her half-Cuban, half-Polish heritage.
She simply feels American. So when her Cuban grandmother insists
that she have the traditional Quinceanera (the celebration of
Violet's 15th birthday), she is reluctant. Will she have to wear an
awful ruffled dress and be put on the market for marriage? She
finds that quince is instead about tradition, family and

CUBA 15 is a wonderful book filled with humor. Armed with "The
Dummies Guide to Quinceanera," Violet learns that she can have a
theater theme for her special day, a subject that's very important
to her. She does not have to employ all of the old traditions, but
she does use enough of them to create a magical mix of cultures
with old and new traditions.

While preparing for the big event, Violet studies and writes about
her family in an attempt to understand them. Her family's marathon
domino games become the subject for a comedy sketch she performs
for competition. She secretly participates in a rally for Cuba,
inspiring great anger and division in her family, who lived among
the political strife there. She also finds her first boyfriend and
discovers again how valuable her two best friends are to her.

The actual event is anticlimactic but fun. CUBA 15 is a
well-written novel about the journey of growing up.


Reviewed by Amy Alessio on October 18, 2011

Cuba 15
by Nancy Osa

  • Publication Date: June 10, 2003
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0385730217
  • ISBN-13: 9780385730211