Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel

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2 Responses to “Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel”

  1. Chloe S. Says:

    Summary;
    Like Water for Chocolate, By Laura Esquivel is a beautiful love story. The main character Tita, falls madly in love with a man named Pedro. Tita is the youngest daughter and because of her family’s tradition is forbidden to marry and forced to take care of her mother. She struggles between wanting to be with her true love, Pedro, and fulfilling her obligation to take care of her mother. Cooking is a big part of Tita’s life and it helps her deal with the issues in her life. Throughout the book there is lots of family conflict. Tita’s mother knows that she loves Pedro so she sets up Tita’s sister with Pedro. Tita struggles with her family and true feelings but in the end gets to be with her love.

    Evaluation:
    Like Water for Chocolate is a well written book. It was easy to read and an interesting story. Some parts were tough to understand because of all that was going on. Laura Esquivel incorporated Tita’s love for cooking well with a recipe at the beginning of each chapter. I would recommend this book, It was easy to read and a very sweet story.

    Rating: 4 out of 5

    Recommendations: The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Looking for Alaska by John Green, Divergent by Veronica Roth

  2. Lili P. Says:

    Summary:
    Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel, is a touching story about a Mexican woman named Tita, and her struggle to be with her true love. Tita is an amazing cook she practically grew up in the kitchen learning recipes from her family’s chef, Nacha. She lives on the De la Garza ranch with her mother and her two older sisters. According to her mother’s strict family tradition Tita cannot marry and must live at home to take care of her mother until her mother dies because she is the youngest daughter in the family. She is taught to wait on Mama Elena like a servant from the moment that she is able to attend to her mother’s needs. Mama Elena is very strict and unforgiving. Even though Tita cannot marry, she has fallen in love with a young man named Pedro. Pedro understands that Tita can’t marry him because of Mama Elena’s strict tradition, but asks for her hand in marriage anyways. Mama Elena denies Pedro a blessing for he and Tita to get married and instead, offers her second eldest daughter Rosaura. Rosaura and Pedro marry and live together under the same roof as Tita, on Mama Elena’s ranch. Mama Elena then punishes Tita for even thinking that Mama Elena might make an exception, by forcing her to bake Rosaura and Pedro’s wedding cake. Tita struggles with her forbidden love for Pedro and her relationship with her sister.

    Evaluation:
    Each chapter of the book starts with a new recipe. And I thought that to be very unique. The book was beautifully written and was a quick and easy read. However, it was a tortured storyline and became difficult to continue reading because there was so much tense energy between all the characters. Tita has a terrible relationship with her mother because Tita is the youngest daughter who cannot marry but is in love. She has an uncomfortable relationship with her sister because she married Tita’s love instead of Tita, and she has an awkward relationship with Pedro, the one she loves, because they are living under the same roof, deeply in love, but unmarried. Even though it was uncomfortable at times, Esquivel does a great job of showing the many layers to each relationship between the protagonist and the other characters. And similarly keeps the reader hooked long enough to continue reading and rooting for Tita. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romantic stories. It was a unique read and overall a pretty good book.

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

    Recommendations: Between Shades of Gray by: Rupta Sepetys, I Am the Messenger by: Marcus Zusak, and I Am Malala by: Malala Yousafzai

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