Celi Rivera's life swirls with questions. About her changing body. Her first attraction to a boy. And her best friend's exploration of what it means to be genderfluid.
But most of all, her mother's insistence she have a moon ceremony when her first period arrives. It's an ancestral Mexica ritual that Mima and her community have reclaimed, but Celi promises she will NOT be participating. Can she find the power within herself to take a stand for who she wants to be?
The Moon Within Aida Salazar Arthur A. Levine BOoks, 2019 Source: Advance Copy
This is the ultimate coming-of-age book. I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to read it. I learned so much about a culture different from my own. My favorite part was definitely Marco's storyline. I wish that he had the opportunity to tell his story from his point of view. Perhaps we'll get a sequel or companion novel? Reading about their culture's ancient view on gender fluidity was inspiring and wonderful.
However, I am not sure if I would have liked it as a preteen myself. It was so much to take in. I definitely would have needed to discuss it with someone in order to sort through my feelings about it. And there's no way that I ever would have allowed a Moon Ceremony myself - but maybe that's because of my own culture. I am very curious to see what young people think about it.