About the Book
Release Date: May 5, 2016
Author: Kimberley Nadine Knights
Genre: Contemporary Young/New Adult
Number of Pages: 310
Imprint: Howling Wolf
Synopsis: Fragnut. Confused? Well so is everyone else at Lumiere Hall Prep when sixteen-year-old Rubie Keane rolls in from Trinidad and Tobago talking her weird lingo. Not that she minds the culture confusion; she's determined to leave the past behind her and be overlooked—but a certain stoic blue blood is equally as determined to foil her plans.
Gil Stromeyer's offbeat personality initially makes Rubie second-guess his sanity, but she suspects his erratic outbursts of violence mask a deeper issue in his troubled, charmed life. Despite his disturbing behavior, a gradual bond forms between the two. However, on the night of the annual Stromeyer gala, events unfold that leave Rubie stripped of her dignity and kick Gil's already fragile world off its axis.
Both their well-kept secrets are uncovered, but Gil's revelation proves that sometimes the best remedy for a bad case of lost identity, is a dash of comradery from an ally packed with flavor.
When sixteen-year-old Rubie moves to America with her sister and brother-in-law she is determined not to make any new friends, that way they can't let her down the way they did back home in Trinidad and Tobago. However, Gil Stromeyer, the son of a wealthy real estate tycoon, sets out to become just that, Rubie's friend. Rubie tries her best to avoid Gil, but no amount of put downs seem to deter the young man and an unusual friendship is formed. Both have their own secrets that they are unwilling to share, but Rubie begins to suspect that Gil's deep dark secrets are driving him down a dangerous road. Can she help her new friend overcome his inward struggles or will he too prove to be another disappointment in Rubie's life?
The Cilantro in the Apple Pie is a wonderfully written and absolutely touching young adult novel about the healing power of friendship. The author does a beautiful job of drawing the reader in with her intriguing characters and compelling storyline so much so that I felt invested in Rubie's and Gil's lives. I felt their struggles and understood their pain, I also laughed with them and rejoiced as they formed an unbreakable bond built on trust.
The book is a great reminder that things aren't always as they seem and everyone deserves to be accepted for who they are instead of being judged by others.
Kudos to this author for a job well done. I am looking forward to reading more of her work.
I recommend picking up a copy of The Cilantro in Apple Pie.
About the Author
Born and raised in the tropical twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago, when this Caribbean girl isn’t creating new plotlines for her ever growing lineup of fictional characters, she spends her time strumming her guitar to indie rock songs and snapping once in a lifetime photos halfway across the globe in countries such as Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and France.
She's an avid fan of The Walking Dead series and firmly believes that The Food Network should consider her being a judge on the next Chopped challenge.
The Cilantro in Apple Pie is her debut novel.