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2 Books set in Puerto Rico

Here is a list of every book I managed to find set in Puerto Rico.   If you know of a book that is NOT on this list please share below as I am ALWAYS looking for books set in certain places. 🙂 Enjoy!

A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

Summary: Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the señoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

My Review: At first this book took for ever or me to get into.   I almost didn’t finish it when I was about to throw the towel in I decided to give it another 10 pages and the story changed in a way that it suddenly became a page turner.   SO what am I trying to say here???? If you find yourself ready to quit this book, don’t.  It is a slow building burn that is so worth it.

The writing is fantastic the plot is curious.   The characters are memorable and if you are like me about to spend a lot of time in Puerto Rico, worth reading.

I really enjoyed the complexity of this book.  The story is fascinating and really good.   I liked the characters and how the relationships were not forced.

This was a solid 4 star book for me and once I got past  the slow build it turned into quite the page turner.

The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson

Summary: Made into a major motion picture starring Johnny Depp, The Rum Diary—a national bestseller and New York Times Notable Book—is Hunter S. Thompson’s brilliant love story of jealousy, treachery, and violent lust in the Caribbean.

Begun in 1959 by a twenty-two-year-old Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary is a brilliantly tangled love story of jealousy, treachery, and violent alcoholic lust in the Caribbean boomtown that was San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the late 1950s. The narrator, freelance journalist Paul Kemp, irresistibly drawn to a sexy, mysterious woman, is soon thrust into a world where corruption and get-rich-quick schemes rule and anything (including murder) is permissible. Exuberant and mad, youthful and energetic, this dazzling comedic romp provides a fictional excursion as riveting and outrageous as Thompson’s Fear and Loathing books.

My Review-  As Puerto Rico is on my distant horizon for my next adventure I decided it was time to read perhaps one of the most famous books set in Puerto Rico.

While it was one wild ride, I think I was expecting a bit more.   This is what happens when you are told over and over that a book is amazing and a must read because it is so amazing.  You set such high expectations for the book that you end of disappointed.   This has happened to me a few times and I think it happened this time.

Our main guy finds himself in one crazy ass situation after the next and I have to admit I did find myself laughing and thinking jesus… what is next dude quite often.

Overall there isn’t much I can say about this book that has not already been said.   I will say if you are planning a trip to Puerto Rico then this book is a must read for you.