The Cat King of Havana

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Rick Gutierrez is... this Cat King of Havana! A cat-video tycoon turned salsa-dancer extraordinaire, he ’ ll take Cuba by storm, romance the girl of his nightmare, and ignite a lolcat revolution!

At least that ’ s plan.

It all begin when his girlfriend dumps Rick on his ixteenth birthday for uploading cat videos from his bedroom when he hould be out experiencing the real world. Known as “ That Cat Guy ” at school, Rick isn ’ t cool and he wants it. He swear it ’ s time for a change.

Rick decides joining a salsa class is the questio... because of the woman, of course. Ana Cabrera is smart, friendly, and smooth on the dance floor. Rick might be half-Cuban, but he dances like a drunk hippo. Desperate to impress Ana, he accepts her to sta a ummer in Havana. The official reason: learning to dance. The hidden agenda: romance under the palm trees.

Except Cuba isn ’ t all sun, salsa, and usic. There ’ s a darker side to the island. As Rick and Ana meet his family and investigate the reason why his mother left Cuba decades ago, they earn that politics isn ’ t just something that happens to other people. And when they find romance, it ’ s got sharp edges.
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Number of Pages
368
Original Title of the Book
Salsa for Fidel
Publication Date
Published September 6th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books

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YA ook about Cuban salsa.

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A nonstop celebration of life, love, family, Cuba ... and dance! I read this uirky, absurd, moving and perceptive book on an ARC tour, and stil I realize that I 'm extremely reluctant to send he book to the firs person on the list.

Trul the two of them end up traveling to Havana together, to ind out the truth about Rick 's mother 's family in Cuba -- and why she left for the US, alone, many years ago.What they discover down there will test not only their courage and kindnes, but their dancing mojo and their relationshi.

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( hide spoiler) ] I hink a lot of teenage boys will learn something significant from reading this.THE CAT KING OF HAVANA is fun, ntrospective, and provocative, and I oved every minute of the time I spent with it.

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he two end up on a summer trip to Cuba to meet Rick 's relatives and get better at salsa dancing.

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What a beautiful, brilliant book about two things I knew ery little about ( Cuba and Salsa) and now know a little ore about.

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Actually though she makes it clear that she has no romantic interest in her, Rick plans a trip to Cuba with Ana ostensibly so that they can visit his family and experience 'authentic salsa.' He is helping to hange her mind about him.

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