The Cilantro in Apple Pie
Author: Kimberley Nadine Knight
Publication Date: May 5, 2016
Genre: Young Adult/New Adult, Coming-of-age
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.
The Cilantro in Apple Pie is a quirky, feel-good novel that will have you so emotionally invested you won’t be able to put this one down.
The characters are fantastic. Well-written with depth and personality, Rubie and Gil are just amazing. They look beyond each other’s quirks and oddities and develop this deep bond that carries them through a difficult time. Their lives are better with each other.
Don’t let the funky title fool you, this book is a must read!