About The Book

A shy, rule-following teen joins a local rock band and finds herself caught between staying on the path she’s always known and straying off-course to find love, adventure, and danger in this novel that’s perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell.

Victoria Cruz inhabits two worlds: In one, she is a rock star, thrashing the stage with her husky voice and purple-streaked hair. In the other, currently serving as her reality, Victoria is a shy teenager with overprotective Cuban parents, who sleepwalks through her life at the prestigious Evanston Academy. Unable to overcome the whole paralyzing-stage-fright thing, Victoria settles for living inside her fantasies, where nothing can go wrong and everything is set to her expertly crafted music playlists.

But after a chance encounter with an unattainably gorgeous boy named Strand, whose band seeks a lead singer, Victoria is tempted to turn her fevered daydreams into reality. To do that, she must confront her insecurities and break away from the treadmill that is her life. Suddenly, Victoria is faced with the choice of staying on the path she’s always known and straying off-course to find love, adventure, and danger.

From debut author Janelle Milanes comes a hilarious and heartfelt tale of the spectacular things that can happen when you go after what you really want.

About The Author
Alex Plasencia

Janelle Milanes is the author of The Victoria in My Head and Analee, in Real Life. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two cats. Her favorite Disney princess is Belle, since she was also a big book nerd.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (October 2018)
  • Length: 416 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481480901
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99
  • Lexile ® HL660L

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Raves and Reviews

“[A] brisk and confident debut.” —Publishers Weekly

“An endearing, fast-paced read with a realistically sweet, if sheltered, first-generation-American protagonist.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Victoria’s ability to conquer her own fears in this coming- of-age story might inspire adolescents to follow their own dreams.” —Booklist

“Fans of Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park will appreciate this slightly off-kilter romance and its ready-made playlist.” —School Library Journal

Awards and Honors
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title
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