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The Cat King of Havana #2020

The Cat King of Havana By Tom Crosshill The Cat King of Havana Rick Gutierrez is the Cat King of Havana A cat video tycoon turned salsa dancer extraordinaire he ll take Cuba by storm romance the girl of his dreams and ignite a lolcat revolution At least that s
  • Title: The Cat King of Havana
  • Author: Tom Crosshill
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  • The Cat King of Havana By Tom Crosshill Rick Gutierrez is the Cat King of Havana A cat video tycoon turned salsa dancer extraordinaire, he ll take Cuba by storm, romance the girl of his dreams, and ignite a lolcat revolution At least that s the plan.It all starts when his girlfriend dumps Rick on his sixteenth birthday for uploading cat videos from his bedroom when he should be out experiencing the real wRick Gutierrez is the Cat King of Havana A cat video tycoon turned salsa dancer extraordinaire, he ll take Cuba by storm, romance the girl of his dreams, and ignite a lolcat revolution At least that s the plan.It all starts when his girlfriend dumps Rick on his sixteenth birthday for uploading cat videos from his bedroom when he should be out experiencing the real world Known as That Cat Guy at school, Rick isn t cool and he knows it He realizes it s time for a change.Rick decides joining a salsa class is the answer because of a girl, of course Ana Cabrera is smart, friendly, and smooth on the dance floor Rick might be half Cuban, but he dances like a drunk hippo Desperate to impress Ana, he invites her to spend the summer in Havana The official reason learning to dance The hidden agenda romance under the palm trees.Except Cuba isn t all sun, salsa, and music There s a darker side to the island As Rick and Ana meet his family and investigate the reason why his mother left Cuba decades ago, they learn that politics isn t just something that happens to other people And when they find romance, it s got sharp edges.
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    1. Tom Crosshill

      Tom Crosshill s fiction has been nominated for the Nebula Award thrice as well as the Latvian Annual Literature Award His stories have appeared in venues such as Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Lightspeed In 2009, he won the Writers of the Future contest After some years spent in Oregon and New York, he currently lives in his native Latvia In the past, he has operated a nuclear reactor, translated books and worked in a zinc mine, among other things Tom s young adult novel The Cat King of Havana is forthcoming from Katherine Tegen Books HarperCollins in 2016.

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    1. Originally posted over at Lekeisha the Booknerd Stop by and enter the giveaway US onlyThe Cat King of Havana is full of fun, dance, culture, and love I love the characters, and the settings of New York and Cuba just added so much to the story Rick is one of the coolest, geekiest teens I ve ever had the pleasure of reading about His love for cat videos is just the icing on the cake He starts out with the plan of getting the girl, but he learns so much about his mother s history and the politics [...]


    2. A nonstop celebration of life, love, family, Cubad dance I read this quirky, hilarious, moving and perceptive book on an ARC tour, and now I find that I m extremely reluctant to send the book to the next person on the list I just don t want to let it go I want to delve again and again into its pages, to re read my favorite scenes Some of them made me laugh so hard, I had to read them aloud to my amused and probably annoyed family Others were chilling Still others made me stop and think deeply.Pr [...]


    3. A saucy, compelling, altogether satisfying read that will appeal to teens and adults Rick is a cat video enthusiast who just can t seem to catch a break, until he starts salsa dancing and meets Ana This is a fast paced, often very funny book with dark undertones about politics, grief, and heartbreak.


    4. THE CAT KING OF HAVANA is a thoroughly charming, funny, and thoughtful coming of age novel With a unique setting, and a plot that takes a number of welcome and unexpected turns, it reads like John Green meets Strictly Ballroom by way of Joseph Kanon a fascinating blend of self exploration, the art of dance, and even some political intrigue thrown in for good measure It s an ambitious array of themes, and it s a credit to Tom Crosshill s talent that he is able to balance them so well in a read th [...]


    5. Such a fun, vivid, and fresh novel I can honestly say that I never expected to read a novel about salsa dancing, Cuba, and funny cat videos and I didn t know how much I wanted that until I started reading My favorite books are the ones that blend humor and sadness, and this book does that so skillfully This is a book that reads like a really great vacation, with a few disasters and surprises along the way Highly recommended


    6. Rick is good at one thing posting lolcats on the internet.But when his girlfriend breaks up with him, he realizes that maybe he needs other things in his life Salsa dancing seems to be the solution, even if maybe he came to that decision after meeting Ana and seeing her dance.To impress her, he invites her to Cuba for the summer, hoping he can get closer to her, but also hoping he can learn about his late mother s family and why she left Cuba.But getting close to Ana is as hard as prying free f [...]


    7. What a beautiful, brilliant book about two things I knew very little about Cuba and Salsa and now know a little about While I think TCKOH may have tried to tackle a few too many things in its salsa brisk pages, I think everything was handled with great grayness things that seemed black and white evolved into that true gray mess of politics and humanity but all that s secondary to the characters richly developed, painfully human a beautiful romance that goes in a realistic, less fairy tale way [...]


    8. This is a fun, and timely, YA novel NYC teenager Rick is the son of a German father and a deceased Cuban mother Rick is a geeky computer nerd who has made a bit of name, and some money, creating a website of cat videos Rick is challenged to try salsa dancing where he meets Ana another NY teen, this one actually talented in the salsa department, who also has a complicated life The two end up on a summer trip to Cuba to meet Rick s relatives and get better at salsa dancing The pair learn than the [...]


    9. Sixteen year old Rick Gutierrez joins a salsa class to impress his crush Ana Cabrera Even though she makes it clear that she has no romantic interest in her, Rick plans a trip to Cuba with Ana ostensibly so that they can visit his family and experience authentic salsa He is hoping to change her mind about him What Rick does not expect is that they would wind up embroiled in dangerous political machinations This enjoyable book is rich in cultural details and romantic entanglements Such fun


    10. FANTASTIC Diverse, accurate, inspiring, funny holy crap A YA book about Cuban salsa This is needed Review to come next week.


    11. LolcatsForTheRevolutionWell this was interesting is ir st sts par ka iem, salsu, imenes sakn m un revol ciju Autoram ir oti pat kams rakst bas stils Nekad neesmu bijusi Kub , bet lasot man bija saj ta, ka es vismaz mazliet ieelpoju to gaisu Viss st sts s kas ar to, ka Riks piev r as salsas dejo anai Lik s jau, ka viss b s super gi un nu tikai vi dejos, nu tikai b sBet nu reality Nu, un tad vi non k Havann , kop ar deju partneri Annu, par kuru vi am ir romantiska interese OKay, s kum tas nebija n [...]


    12. This book raises a lot of questions Will it be a cute, snarky story about a guy who posts lolcat videos An escapist summer romance with a salsa beat A serious issue book about the current state of Cuba Answer It s some of each of those things, and the combination works like magic.Initially, I thought Rick s self aware, borderline cocky voice might wear on me If you feel that way, I encourage you to read on, because Rick soon gets pushed way out of his comfort zone And then even further out He s [...]


    13. Just finished an amazing YA book, THE CAT KING OF HAVANA by Tom Crosshill, Katherine Tegen Books, my publisher Its main protagonist, Rick Gutierrez, is awkward and geeky and spends his time in his room on his computer with his website, CatoTrope His Mom has died, his first girlfriend has dumped him and the room is so much easier than being out in the world that is, until he meets Ana Cabrera and salsa dancing He invites Ana to his mother s native Cuba for the summer with the hopes of impressing [...]



    14. 3.5 starsI picked up The Cat King of Havana for one simple and perhaps shallow reason I m going to Cuba in November And I know basically nothing about the island, the culture, the history, and only bits and pieces about the political situation What better way to get a taste of all of that than through fiction Well, The Cat King of Havana, while for the rest not being a typically me story, did deliver on that.The Cat King of Havana is about Rick, a Cuban American webmaster of a cat video site who [...]


    15. I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.Ever since his mom died, Rick discovered a cache of cat videos on his mother s laptop Now Rick runs a popular website that is all about cats to honor his mom He is even known at THAT CAT GUY at school When Rick is dumped by his girlfriend, Rick decides it s time for a change That change leads him to meeting Ana Next thing he knows, Rick is on a plane to Havana, Cuba with Ana attempting to not only connect with [...]


    16. I received this book as part of a Giveaway, although I don t think that has affected my review.From the beginning, I wasn t sure if I would like this book I m not a big follower of LOLCats, and, well I m really just not a fan of LOLCats.The Cat King of Havana is far from immature It is full of life, joy, humor, and reality I find myself thinking about it and smiling at the memories created by Rick and Ana Rick s thoughts run from typical teenager to witty hero to profound truths at unexpected mo [...]


    17. This is a cute story about Rick, who is known for making cat videos When Rick decides to take on salsa dancing as a new hobby, his world changes around him He is part Cuban, but has never known that part of his heritage When he gets a chance to go to Cuba and learn to dance everything changes.I enjoyed this book because of the culture I love learning about new places and this book exposed me to a place I know very little about I enjoyed the romance in the plot line, but also how much self discov [...]


    18. This book was actually pretty good I almost didn t pick it up when I got the chance to get some advanced copy books from my library but it called out to me a bit It makes me really wish I could spend a summer in a foreign country learning about love and life and all that This book surpassed my expectations and I pretty much read it all in one day It really does transport you to a whole other place, which is than I can say for some books.All in all, I would recommend reading this book


    19. From Tom Crosshill, I didn t expect a mainstream story of computer geek lolcat salsa dancing and journeys of discovery to Cuba I did expect the smooth prose and understated but fun humor I haven t read a novel in one day since well, since SERIOUSLY WICKED by Tina Connelly This was quite the fun ride that had me googling words and listening to youtube and considering buying albums from Los Van Van to The Buena Vista Social Club And maybe taking dance lessons, too.


    20. Did not meet the needs of my collection at this time More high school, and I thought it might be historical fiction about Cuba, which would be fun.


    21. The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill follows the misadventures of Rick Gutierrez, an entrepreneur of hilarious cat videos for views When his girlfriend Rachel dumps him because of this time consuming and very nerdy hobby, he decides to turn his life around and start taking salsa dancing classes Yes, it s to connect with his Cuban roots, but it s also to spend time with Ana Cabrera, the fiery and beautiful salsa dance teacher Rick soon invites her to spend the summer in Cuba with him and his f [...]


    22. After getting dumped by his girlfriend for spending too much time indoors working on his lucrative CatoTrope website which posts tons of funny, cute cat videos, teen Rick decides to defy his past and take new risks in his life What s the worst that can happen His mom died two years from a serious illness and he s just been dumped.Teens will like the unique narration of this story by the main character, Rick Guitierrez, who speaks directly to the reader He promises an edge of your seat tale of th [...]


    23. With the hype that s been surrounding Cuba lately, I was interested in the book primarily because I wanted to see how Cuba would be represented, because A it s not a topic of interest in the YA book world B I am Cuban Born there and raised in MiamiAnyway, I had some reservations seeing that the writer was anything but Cuban, but those reservations drifted away as I read the story Crosshill did a phenomenal job of representing today s Cuba with all it s beauties and imperfections, but he captured [...]


    24. This book is about a boy named Rick know as Cat guy is the owner of the website the Last Catbender He spends most of his time managing his website up in his room, but when Ricks girlfriend breaks up for him because he spends to much time working on his website Rick re,loses its time to change He decides to get involved with a real world activity, and because of his cuban roots and a beautiful dancer named Ana he decides to learn how to salsa As he learns to salsa he falls in love with Ana but s [...]


    25. The Cat King of Havana, by Tom Crosshill is a delightful read about one boys journey into adulthood Rick, or the Cat Guy, learns to dance the Salsa to get closer to a girl He then invites her to go with him to Cuba to learn about dance While in Cuba Rick discovers so much than the romance he wanted This book showcases the richness of Cuban culture and importance of families while touching on hardships of the Cuban people Its a fun book that meshes lightheartedness while touching on complexitie [...]


    26. I thought the book started out very, very slow, and didn t get interesting until the last 3 chapters The beginning was a little confusing, but i has to get the right mind set on reading this book Rick was a little to into Ana I also didn t like Yosvany, at All But my favorite character was Yolanda, because she was powerful and has the courage to stand up against the government in Cuba I thought this was a good book, it just could of used action.


    27. it was a really good read but i found myself being bored or confused at times as I am not someone who dances nor do I live in Havanna and the boom seemed to talk of these things as if you already knew them I also did not find a connection between myself and the character as they were incredibly basic characters but I did like them It was an okay read and I think if maybe you were from Havanna or you were a dancer you may have enjoyed this book than I did


    28. Rick and his friend Anna go to Cuba to compete in salsa dance He wants to see his Mom s relatives and her reason for leaving I m not sure why Anna wants to go They discover a lot about themselves and about Cuban government Not my kind of story It was all right and well written, but I couldn t get into it.


    29. I am a Cuban American who s father was born in Havana So this book kind of helped me see my roots a little also I really loved the characters and the plot It s definitely a favorite of mine for sure.


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