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Elena Flores Woodview Stories

Elena Flores is a major character in the Woodview Stories series and the narrator of It Could Always Be Worse. 

After being raised by a single mother for most of her life, Elena must unexpectedly move to Woodview to live with her father, stepmother, and half-sister. 

 My father’s been mostly quiet since I arrived in Woodview. It’s hard to tell if it’s guilt, disdain, or just disinterest, but he can never seem to figure out what to say to me. Either that or he simply doesn’t want to try.

Name: Elena Mariana Flores

Pronouns: she/her

Age: 15

Birthday: July 1

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican, Irish

Languages: English, Spanish

Grade: Sophomore

Activities & Interests: Music, Drama Club (Costumes & Props)

Appearance: Elena is a teenage Latina girl with long wavy dark brown hair, dark brown eyes, and light brown skin. She is curvy and petite height. She doesn't wear a lot of makeup, except for the occasional red lipstick. She loves to wear big hoop earrings, but doesn't dress very flashy. She usually wears jeans and a modest shirt (except when Jo forces her to wear something else, so she can "fit in.")


Maria Flores (Mother)


Kevin Reilly (Father)

Meg Reilly (Stepmother)

Jo Reilly (Half-sister)

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Ren Hayashi

Marisol Castillo

Brooke Kaminsky

Zeke Abramowitz

Ollie Fisher-Sampson

Violet Donovan

Levi Haddad

Lana Perez

Pilar Alvarez

Rosa Vasquez

Tina Romano

It Could Always Be Worse by Ian Rose Castro

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After a traumatic experience in her hometown of Miami, Elena Flores moves away to live with the father she’s never met. It’s not easy starting a new school in the middle of October, so when her half sister invites her to a party, she thinks “what’s the worst that could happen?” Elena must learn to navigate her new life in the wealthy suburbs of Long Island and try to build relationships, but that’s hard to do when she doesn’t know who to trust and she can’t let go of her anger and sadness.

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