ISBN9780373212286
PublisherHarper Collins Publishers
PublishedApril 25, 2017
Pages304
AuthorAdi Alsaid
FormatHARDCOVER
Weight0.4 Kg.
Height8.4 in.
Width5.8 in.
Depth1.1 in.

North of Happy

Adi Alsaid

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April 25, 2017

Carlos Portillo has always led a privileged and sheltered life. A dual citizen of Mexico and the United States, he lives in Mexico City with his wealthy family, where he attends an elite international school. Always a rule follower and a parent pleaser, Carlos is more than happy to tread the well-worn path in front of him. He has always loved food and cooking, but his parents see it as just a hobby. 

When his older brother, Felix—who has dropped out of college to live a life of travel—is tragically killed, Carlos begins hearing his brother's voice, giving him advice and pushing him to rebel against his father's plan for him. Worrying about his mental health but knowing the voice is right, Carlos runs away to the United States and manages to secure a job with his favorite celebrity chef. As he works to improve his skills in the kitchen and pursue his dream, he begins to fall for his boss's daughter—a fact that could end his career before it begins. Finally living for himself, Carlos must decide what's most important to him and where his true path really lies.

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ISBN9780373212286
PublisherHarper Collins Publishers
PublishedApril 25, 2017
Pages304
AuthorAdi Alsaid
FormatHARDCOVER
Weight0.4 Kg.
Height8.4 in.
Width5.8 in.
Depth1.1 in.

Synopsis

Carlos Portillo has always led a privileged and sheltered life. A dual citizen of Mexico and the United States, he lives in Mexico City with his wealthy family, where he attends an elite international school. Always a rule follower and a parent pleaser, Carlos is more than happy to tread the well-worn path in front of him. He has always loved food and cooking, but his parents see it as just a hobby. 

When his older brother, Felix—who has dropped out of college to live a life of travel—is tragically killed, Carlos begins hearing his brother's voice, giving him advice and pushing him to rebel against his father's plan for him. Worrying about his mental health but knowing the voice is right, Carlos runs away to the United States and manages to secure a job with his favorite celebrity chef. As he works to improve his skills in the kitchen and pursue his dream, he begins to fall for his boss's daughter—a fact that could end his career before it begins. Finally living for himself, Carlos must decide what's most important to him and where his true path really lies.

Buy North of Happy by Adi Alsaid at Fully Booked online and at Fully Booked branches in the Philippines.

Editorial Reviews

"An exceptional tale of grief, ambition, love, and maturity."

– Kirkus

"Alsaid strongly evokes the frenzied atmosphere of a restaurant kitchen and the equally turbulent emotions of a young man struggling to sort his priorities. Carlos's frequent visions of Felix add extra dimension, shedding light on the brothers' history and underscoring Carlos's underlying grief."

– Publishers Weekly

"Alsaid has created a quiet, introspective novel dealing with love, loss, and the spaces in-between."

– School Library Journal