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Spanish Ages 12+
Pages: 160
Themes: Family relationships, crime, expectations
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/11/2011
Fry Reading Level: 2.6
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Ria es bonita, rica, delgada y popular. Si sólo la conocieras de la escuela, pensarías que tiene una vida de ensueño. Pero de repente todo cambia para ella. El matrimonio supuestamente perfecto de sus padres se ha roto y antes de que Ria tenga tiempo de hacerse a la idea, su padre desaparece en un accidente aéreo. Y todo empeora cuando empiezan los rumores de que tal vez él no era el hombre—ni el padre—que todos creían. Ria decide que tiene que tomar medidas desesperadas para protegerse a sí misma, a su hermano menor y la reputación de su padre.

Ria is rich, slim, pretty, popular. You'd think she led a charmed life—and until recently you'd have been right. But her situation has taken a sudden, unfortunate change. Her parents' seemingly perfect marriage has broken up, and before she's had a chance to absorb the blow, her beloved father disappears in a plane crash. What's worse, rumors begin to surface that he may have perpetrated a multimillion-dollar investment scam and everybody—Ria's mother, her best friends, even her boyfriend—believes them. Ria sees no choice but to take her little brother and run. She vows to keep the memory of her father alive. Soon, though, she begins to wonder: is her memory playing tricks on her—or is he?

Tri State YA Book Review Committee - March 1, 2012
"The plot, characters, conflicts and theme will resound with teenagers everywhere...[Grant's] writing style is wonderful, and she captures the voice of a confused teen well. The bilingual audience will enjoy this translation."

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