International Adventures Book 1
Mishaps and misadventures about when teenage artist Mila Gulick travels to Mexico to get away from warring influences and find herself. But life in the land of tacos is a far cry from her sheltered life back home. Mila must find the courage to step out from behind her sketchbook and get to know the people and culture around her. While her host family and the two boys vying for her interest are nothing but smiles, all may not be as it seems.
Soon Mila is questioning her choices and the beliefs she’s held dear. Her heart, her art, and even her safety are at risk as she struggles to find a balance between cultural differences, old assumptions, and strange romance. Will her trip end in disaster or will she find the strength for which she’s been searching?
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Praise and Media
“This modern coming-of-age story has it all – humor, heart, genuine characters, and spiritual depth. I highly recommend it to teen readers.” – Krista McGee, Inspy Award winning author of First Date and Starring Me
“Sketchy Tacos proves that the struggles and challenges (and triumphs) of young women in their teens are universal. Meg D. Gonzalez gives us a vivid look at life for an American teenager in Mexico and an even clearer picture of what happens when you decide to embrace who God made you to be. No matter what.Great first novel. Great read.” – Nancy Rue, Christy Award winning author of the Real Life series
“This was such a fun, sweet, coming of age story about a girl staying with a Mexican family as an exchange student. Mila is insecure, but lovable as she attempts to fit in with the more socially advanced girls at school, and her missteps with two of the boys were hilarious. But don’t mistakenly think this is a superficial story. Throughout the novel, Mila struggles to see herself as God sees her–imperfect and beloved. Her journey is complex and universal to us all. I highly recommend this debut novel by Meg Gonzalez”- Janice Boekhoff, author of faith-filled suspense novel Crevice