A coming-of-age story about home, hope, and hidden strength.
Griselda ‘Geez’ Zaragoza loves beautiful things, like her collection of First Ladies of the United States teacups and the flower garden she and her dad planted in the front yard. But when his business fails, Griselda loses not just her home, but also her confidence and trust in her unflappable parents.
Tagging along with big sister Maribel, who postponed college for a job selling Alma Cosmetics, Geez dreams up a way to reclaim the life she thinks she lost. If she can sell enough tubes of glistening, glittery Alma lip gloss, she’ll win a cash prize that could help jump start her dad’s business.
Along the way, Geez discovers that beauty isn’t just lost or found, but made and re-made.
“Fans of Kelly Yang’s Front Desk (2018) will enjoy Geez’ entrepreneurial spirit and appreciate another strong-minded young woman of color seeking ways to relieve her family’s financial burden. An enjoyable story about the ingenuity and bonds that help a family withstand tough times.”―Kirkus Reviews
“An affectionate portrayal of a Latinx family struggling with a life-changing crisis.”―The Bulletin