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The Luis Ortega Survival Club

May 23

Four brightly dressed young people are leaning toward each other and staring out at the viewer. The one in the back has a hot pink beanie on and long dark hair and brown skin. The one on the right has short curly hair, brown skin, and is wearing a hot pink shirt, glasses, and gold hoop earrings. The one in the cent at the front is wearing a read tank with pink squiggly lines running vertically. She has a dark bob and lighter skin. The final person on the left has green hair, fair skin, and is wearing hot pink pants and a purple t-shirt with a small hot pink skull and crossbones image. The Luis Ortega Survival Club by Sonora Reyes
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen

Ariana Ruiz wants to be noticed. But as an autistic girl who never talks, she goes largely ignored by her peers, despite her bold fashion choices. So when cute, popular Luis starts to pay attention to her, Ari finally feels seen.

Luis’s attention soon turns to something more, and they have sex at a party—while Ari didn’t say no, she definitely didn’t say yes. Before she has a chance to process what happened and decide if she even has the right to be mad at Luis, the rumor mill begins churning—thanks, she’s sure, to Luis’s ex-girlfriend, Shawni. Boys at school now see Ari as an easy target, someone who won’t say no.

Then Ari finds a mysterious note in her locker that eventually leads her to a group of students determined to expose Luis for the predator he is. To her surprise, she finds genuine friendship among the group, including her growing feelings for the very last girl she expected to fall for. But in order to take Luis down, she’ll have to come to terms with the truth of what he did to her that night—and risk everything to see justice done. — Cover image and summary via Goodreads


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