Read by the Author. I love hearing about how other cultures interact. The author reads about sucessful 20 something chicano women who all went to Boston University. It is told from each characters point of view, kindof like Little Earthquakes is. I really enjoyed this. Good Author.
A book about six girls who meet in college and stay friends even many years later. They all have their hispanic heritage in common, even though they are different religions and different colors. This book explores their lives as they are today as well as stories from their pasts and how they have changed (or not) over the years since their college days.
I had a hard time putting this book down, although I also had some character confusion in the beginning. I adored the characters in this book, who are richly textured and interesting. The relationships between the women are equally endearing. Just an all-around great book.
Meet the dirty girls--Lauren, Sara, Amber, Elizabeth, Rebecca, and Usnavys--six friends whose mutual support and (mostly)admiration society sorts out and celebrates the complications and triumphs in each other's lives. No matter what happens to each of them (and a lot does), the Girls dish, dine, and compare notes on the bumpy course of life and love. There's always a lot of catching up to do.
This is an entertaining and inspiring book about the lives of 6 friends. The author gives each character depth, and though they are completely different from each other, they maintain their friendship through all of life's ups and downs. Excellent debut novel!
I had a hard time keeping myself interested for the first 100 pages. After that I was pretty well aquainted with the six charaters and had a entertaining time reading their story. It was truley a celebration of what a friendship should be, no matter how different ones lifestyle or personality. It was abmirable to see these girls with such different views stick together and pull eachother thought their hard patches of live. All in all a good read.
I own the book, but found time to listen to it instead. I love this book, and the author did a nice job of changing her voice for the characters. All the stories lines were so varied about each woman, and it made it work well as the stories were woven together. I think that can be hard to pull off in a novel. You have 6 women all Latina, but from various Latina backgrounds, but all sisters from the same College who can find some common ground together. I would listen to this story again and again. The characters really have stuck with me, which one has which issue etc. Reading it might even be great and give you a different pace for the story.
For a white Midwestern woman this book was informative about the differences between the different sectors of the Latin American culture. Author read her own book and sometimes I had problems following which character was speaking. But overall the message in this book: The sisterhood of close female friends crosses all cultures -when you have a group of friends like that they always have your back.
I had a little trouble getting into the book becuase each chapter is written from a different character's point of view. But by the middle the book had my attention. The book is about a group of girls that met in College and still meet once a month years later.
This is one of those books that you hear about through word of mouth - from friends, sisters, amigas - and after you read it, you love it! Not only that, you start recommending it to your friends and sisters. Granted, you may have to be Latina to get this book, but I think if you are a woman with a close knit group of girlfriends, you can still identify with one of the six Sucias, which is the name the ladies refer themselves to. I have read this book at least three times.
Word's can't even begin to describe how much I loved this book. It was great and I would highly reccomned it to any other Chick Lit fans or girls who have a tight group of friends that are always there to support each other trough thick and thin after all this is what this book is all about.
Hilarious! This is the first novel by this wonderful writter. It's full of love, scandal, emotion, definately the type of book to share between girlfriends. Learn what a "Sucia" is really all about....
My book club was to read this but this was the only one I couldn't finish. I just don't like this Chick Lit. stuff. However, it did get very good reviews and was only the New York Time Bestseller list.
If you have some extra time on your hands and feel like reaing a stereotypical girl gets craped on by guy but then find the right guy then this is a book I would suggest. But if you have better things to do, i.e. feed the cat, watch paint dry, contemplate the meaning of life, I wouldnt suggest it. Its slow going at times and the plot is extremely transparent.
From Publishers Weekly
Valdes-Rodriguez's debut novel delivers on the promise of its sexy title, offering six lively, irreverent characters: the sucias ("dirty girls" in Spanish), who have been friends since college and get together twice a year to catch up. The book opens at just such a meeting, six years after they've graduated from Boston University, and takes us through an eventful year in their late 20-something lives. This diverse group of women defies stereotypes. There's reserved, conservative Rebecca, founder and editor of a magazine for Latina women, whose marriage to a preppy, Marxist theory-spouting academic is on the rocks; Sara, a full-time mom in Brookline, from a rich Cuban-Jewish family and married to an abusive husband; Usnavys, ambitious and entertainingly materialistic, who's an executive with United Way; Amber, a struggling singer and guitarist; Elizabeth, host of a Boston morning TV show and a born-again Christian; and Lauren, a feisty, hard-drinking newspaper columnist, half Cuban and "half white trash." The book addresses serious questions-prejudice, the difficulty of winning respect from Latino men-but balances them with enough budding (and dying) romances and descriptions of clothing and decor to satisfy any chick lit fan. The lively, humorous writing is peppered with Spanglish and attitude (watching Usnavys approach their meeting place, Lauren says, "Look at her. She just slid up to the curb out front in her silver BMW sedan.... She's on her cell phone. Wait, take two: She's on her itsy-bitsy cell phone. It gets smaller every time I see her. Or maybe she gets bigger, I can't tell. Girl loves her food.") This is a fun, irresistible debut.