The Cilantro in Apple Pie is a charming contemporary coming of age tale. The main character, Rubie, is fresh off the plane from Trinidad and Tobago. She flew to the states with her sister and brother-in-law to go to a private school on scholarship. While there, she tries her best to be a loner and stay as invisible as possible. All of her plans to that effect are dashed when a young man by the name of Gil worms his way into her life. Not only is his older brother one of the popular kids, but he also belongs to a prominent family in the area. Both are going through tough times and together, they seem to be stronger. But can that friendship stand the test of time when the two are from completely different backgrounds?
I would first like to state that I received this from the author for an honest review. This was a beautifully written coming of age story full of teen angst and emotional turmoil. The characters were complex and likeable. The plot was engaging and well rounded. I love how the author has perfectly captured the dynamics of true friendship. It’s never perfect, it’s tumultuous and messy at times. For me, this was a great page-turner and touched on several important topics for young adult readers. I would definitely recommend this book and am looking forward to future works by Ms. Knights.