North of Happy

North of Happy

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Baker & Taylor
A wealthy dual citizen of Mexico and the U.S. rebels against his family's strict plans for his future in the aftermath of his older brother's tragic death, an event that compels him to secure a job with his favorite celebrity chef, a relationship that becomes complicated when he falls for his boss's daughter. Simultaneous eBook. 100,000 first printing.

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His whole life has been mapped out for him… 

Carlos Portillo has always led a privileged and sheltered life. A dual citizen of Mexico and the United States, he lives in Mexico City with his wealthy family, where he attends an elite international school. Always a rule follower and a parent pleaser, Carlos is more than happy to tread the well-worn path in front of him. He has always loved food and cooking, but his parents see it as just a hobby. 

When his older brother, Felix—who has dropped out of college to live a life of travel—is tragically killed, Carlos begins hearing his brother's voice, giving him advice and pushing him to rebel against his father's plan for him. Worrying about his mental health but knowing the voice is right, Carlos runs away to the United States and manages to secure a job with his favorite celebrity chef. As he works to improve his skills in the kitchen and pursue his dream, he begins to fall for his boss's daughter—a fact that could end his career before it begins. Finally living for himself, Carlos must decide what's most important to him and where his true path really lies.



Baker
& Taylor

A wealthy dual citizen of Mexico and the United States rebels against his family's strict plans for his future in the aftermath of his older brother's tragic death, an event that compels him to secure a job with his favorite celebrity chef.

Publisher: [S.l.] : Harlequin, 2017
ISBN: 9781488015359
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: 3M Cloud Library

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Aug 09, 2017

After struggling to cope with the death of his brother, Carlos goes against his parents’ wishes and decides to travel to the United States to eat at the renowned restaurant, Provencho. There, he hopes to honor his brother by following in his footsteps, by taking a detour from his carefully planned out life in Mexico.  With a stroke of luck, he manages to secure himself a job as a dishwasher at Provencho. His culinary skills garner the attention of his colleagues as well as the head chef, who decides to teach Carlos the art of cooking. Unfortunately, he begins to fall in love with the chef’s daughter, Emma, something that could end his career as a cook and send him packing back to Mexico. To be honest, this book did not reach my expectations. After reading Never Always Sometimes, I expected a book that was funny but still managed to retain its romantic atmosphere. But in this book, I felt that the humor was dry and the relationship between Emma and Carlos was poorly developed. 
- @Vaseline of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

AL_KELSEY Jun 13, 2017

Adi Alsaid can do no wrong. In his third book for teens, we meet a lovable aspiring chef just trying to figure out life after the death of his brother. Alsaid's characters are always quirky and addictive. This is his best story yet!

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