Rubi Ramos's Recipe for Success (Hardcover)

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Graduation is only a few months away, and so far Rubi Ramos’s recipe for success is on track.

*Step 1: Get into the prestigious Alma University.
*Step 2: Become incredibly successful lawyer.

But when Alma waitlists Rubi’s application, her plan is in jeopardy. Her parents–especially her mom, AKA the boss–have wanted this for her for years. In order to get off the waitlist without her parents knowing, she needs math tutoring from surfer-hottie math genius Ryan, lead the debate team to a championship–and remember the final step of the recipe.

*Step 3: Never break the ban on baking.

Rubi has always been obsessed with baking, daydreaming up new concoctions and taking shifts at her parents’ celebrated bakery. But her mother dismisses baking as a distraction–her parents didn’t leave Cuba so she could bake just like them.

But some recipes are begging to be tampered with…

When the First Annual Bake Off comes to town, Rubi’s passion for baking goes from subtle simmer to full boil. She’s not sure if she has what it takes to become OC’s best amateur baker, and there’s only one way to find out--even though it means rejecting the ban on baking, and by extension, her parents. But life is what you bake it, and now Rubi must differentiate between the responsibility of unfulfilled dreams she holds, and finding the path she’s meant for.

As a lawyer and daughter of Guatemalan and Cuban bakers, Jessica C. Parra never objects to an extra slice of cake. She’s a Los Angeles native who loves to write about Latinas with big hair (and even bigger dreams), complicated families, cats living their best lives (all nine of them), and the healing magic of acceptance. When she isn’t drafting books you can find her sipping kombucha, cuddling with her kitties, or co-piloting the Millennium Falcon at Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250862525
ISBN-10: 1250862523
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: May 16th, 2023
Pages: 320
Language: English

“By the last words of the first page—“hazelnut conchas”—I was hooked (& hungry)! As someone who grew up in an immigrant household & dreamt of being a novelist, I related too well to Rubi’s struggle between pursuing her passion for baking & making her Cuban parents proud. My heart rooted for Rubi as she rose to each challenge—college admissions, falling in love, baking & debate contests, & of course, sharing her true self with her parents.” — Romina Garber, author of Lobizona and Cazadora

"An earnest, charming coming-of-age story that will come for your heart and your appetite. Rubi's deeply relatable (and often laugh-out-loud hilarious) struggles in balancing her dreams, family, and first love will have you rooting for her on every page." — New York Times bestselling author Emma Lord

"Witty and warm. Rubi Ramos’s Recipe for Success is a story filled with laughter, baking, love, and puns galore. Every page is a baked delight and leaves your mouth watering for more. It’s impossible not to root for Rubi Ramos’s joy." - Tashie Bhuiyan, author of Counting Down with You and A Show for Two

"With language I wanted to devour, RUBI RAMOS’S RECIPE FOR SUCCESS is both a sensory experience and stunning exploration of immigrant ambition and next generation joy. A delightfully delicious and hopeful love letter to honoring our legacies while learning to not just survive but thrive. " - Nina Moreno, author of Don't Date Rosa Santos and Our Way Back to Always

Rubi Ramos's Recipe for Success deftly handles both the heartwarming and heartbreaking aspects of the immigrant experience with great empathy and nuance, all while charming you with a thrilling competition, mouthwatering treats, and a drizzling of teenage fun. With so many things to enjoy, this book brings new layers with every bite.” —Jesmeen Kaur Deo, author of TJ Powar Has Something to Prove

"Filled with delectable pastries that will make you wish there was an accompanying recipe book, Jessica Parra's RUBI RAMOS'S RECIPE FOR SUCCESS has just the right balance of new love sweetness, family dynamics, and rich cultural history." - Mia García, author of The Resolutions

"Rubi Ramos's Recipe for Success is a delectable debut filled with fierce Cuban rep, generous portions of heart and good humor, and an abundance of scrumptious baked goods sure to impress the judges (even Paul and Pru!). A truly sweet delight." —Susan Azim Boyer, author of Jasmine Zumideh Needs a Win