U.S.A./Dominican Republic / 2007
"Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd, a New Jersey romantic who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the fukú — the ancient curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still dreaming of his first kiss, is only its most recent victim - until the fateful summer that he decides to be its last."— GoodReads.
I loved this book. It's crazy how you can see a book literally everywhere for years, yet never pick it up. In late 2015, I finally read it. It was worth the wait. I don't know if it's just me, but Junot Diaz and Zadie Smith have such similar writing styles. I still really need to read Drown.