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Somewhere Between Bitter And Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp Exclusive Cover Reveal

In collaboration with Hear Our Voices Book Tours, The Booked Shelf is excited to take part in an exclusive cover reveal for the upcoming Young Adult novel, Somewhere Between Bitter And Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp!

This 2021 contemporary is pitched as a “stunning story of first love, familial expectations, and the power of food.” Here is the cover and summary:

As an aspiring pastry chef, Penelope Prado has always dreamed of opening her own pastelería next to her father’s restaurant, Nacho’s Tacos. But her mom and dad have different plans — leaving Pen to choose between disappointing her traditional Mexican-American parents or following her own path. When she confesses a secret she’s been keeping, her world is sent into a tailspin. But then she meets a cute new hire at Nacho’s who sees through her hard exterior and asks the questions she’s been too afraid to ask herself.

Xander Amaro has been searching for home since he was a little boy. For him, a job at Nacho’s is an opportunity for just that — a chance at a normal life, to settle in at his abuelo’s, and to find the father who left him behind. But when both the restaurant and Xander’s immigrant status are threatened, he will do whatever it takes to protect his new found family and himself.

Together, Pen and Xander must navigate first love and discovering where they belong — both within their families and their fiercely loyal Chicanx community — in order to save the place they all call home.

The cover artist is Poppy Magda. Zea Kemp has also officially launched her pre-order campaign featuring digital swag, bookmarks and more:

Links to pre-order Somewhere Between Bitter And Sweet, which releases April 6, 2021:
Barnes & Noble
Apple & Google Play

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