Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

Cindy Seip

Raquel Vasquez Gilliland is a Mexican American poet, novelist, and painter. She has published two collections of poetry: Dirt and Honey: Poems and Tales From the House of Vasquez. Her previous young adult novel is Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything. Moon, the central character in How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers), accepts her fate as the ugly, unwanted sister hidden in the background of her twin, a social media star. But when she takes a job on a tour bus full of beautiful influencers, her unexpected bunkmate and new nemesis is the grumpy and hot Santiago. As chance and destiny bring them together, she starts to question her fate as the unnoticed, unloved wallflower. Booklist praised it as “amazingly realistic; this book is the coming-of-age story that teens need, wrapped in a gorgeously poetic package.”