A British Girl's Guide to Hurricanes and Heartbreak

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A British Girl's Guide to Hurricanes and Hearbreak
Age Range
13+
Release Date
September 26, 2023
ISBN
978-1665915335
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In this highly anticipated companion to the New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club YA Pick A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, Flora Maxwell heads to Miami to find a path for her future…and finds her heart along the way.

Winchester, England, has always been home for Flora, but when her mother dies after a long illness, Flora feels untethered. Her family expects her to apply to university and take a larger role in their tea-shop business, but Flora isn’t so sure. More than ever, she’s the chaotic “hurricane” in her household, and she doesn’t always know how to manage her stormy emotions.

So she decides to escape to Miami without telling anyone—especially her longtime friend Gordon Wallace.

But Flora’s tropical change of scenery doesn’t cast away her self-doubt. When it comes to university, she has no idea which passions she should follow. That’s also true in romance. Flora’s summer abroad lands her in the flashbulb world of teen influencer Baz Marín, a Miami Cuban who shares her love for photography. But Flora’s more conflicted than ever when she begins to see future architect Gordon in a new light.

Laura Taylor Namey’s newest novel navigates heartbreak that feels like a hurricane in a city that is famous for them.

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More than a rom-com
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
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After experiencing the devastating loss of her mother Flora Maxwell is struggling to cope with her grief. Adding to her emotional turmoil Flora's best friend Gordon reveals he has romantic feelings for her. Overwhelmed with life Flora impulsively leaves her family and goes to Miami for a journey of self-discovery. It's while she is in Miami and about to experience a hurricane that she begins to look at her own emotions and feelings.

What I Liked: As soon as I heard the title of this book, I thought it would be a fun rom-com, but it was so much more than that. At the heart of this story, it was Flora trying to figure herself out and what she wanted out of life all while processing her grief for her mom. Each character in the book brings something unique to the story. I especially like the Cuban family that Flora stays with while in Miami. Their family bond and how they welcome Flora is so heartwarming. I like how author Laura Taylor Namey portrayed Flora's pain in a way that readers could feel. I found myself rooting for Flora to find her happiness.

What Left Me Wanting More: The last few chapters of the book show Flora making some major strides in her love life and her dreams and ambitions, but it feels a bit rushed. I want to read more chapters of Flora being happy.

A British Girls Guide to Hurricanes and Heartbreak is part rom-com, part self-discovery, and all-around entertaining.
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