I finished another Mariana Zapata book, Wait For It, yesterday and it was so good. I loved it so much. I honestly could’ve finished it faster, but I kept rereading parts or whole chapters even because I loved it so much and didn’t want it to end!
The novel follows Diana Casillas, who has been the guardian for her two young nephews for the past 2 years after her brother died. If you read The Wall of Winnipeg & Me then you may remember Diana as Vanessa’s best friend. And if you read Kulti, you may remember that Sal’s last name is Casillas. She is Diana’s cousin.
Diana has recently moved to Austin for a fresh start for her and the boys. Her older nephew, Josh, loves baseball and the coach for a local competitive baseball team for his age group (he is 10, almost 11) just so happens to be her neighbor across the street, Dallas Walker. He also happens to be the cousin of her friend and boss. He’s older, very good looking, but also more quiet, reserved, and grumpy in comparison to Diana’s louder, friendlier personality. They don’t exactly get along at first, but they’re not enemies. Diana just thinks that Dallas isn’t the friendliest and he thinks she’s nuts. Once the two get to know each other better and understand each other, they become friends. Diana refuses to let herself like Dallas because of some things going on in his life and there are hints that Dallas likes Diana too but he won’t let himself get involved with Diana either until he sorts out his personal life. In that sense, it’s a Mariana Zapata slow burn, but this one has a different vibe from The Wall of Winnipeg & Me and Kulti in the sense that the feelings are much more clear earlier on. Maybe it’s a little more like All Rhodes Lead Here if anything in that regard. Anyway, it’s so good and I love their friendship turned slow burn love. And the relationship Diana has with her nephews is so heartwarming and oh my god, her 5 year old nephew, Louie is sooo adorable! And then Dallas’ relationship with the nephews was so sweet.
I don’t want to give too much of the storyline away, but it’s so good. An easy favorite for April. The fact that Vanessa, Aiden, Sal, and Kulti make appearances just made it even better.
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