Book Reviews of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
Author: Julia Alvarez
ISBN-13: 9780452268067
ISBN-10: 0452268060
Publication Date: 6/1/1992
Pages: 290
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 161 ratings
Publisher: Plume Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 7
This is a great book about afamily, including four sisters, who left their home, in the Dominican Republic, to New York City in 1960. The chapters are tells about the different family members and how they are adjusting and trying hard to escape the Dominican characteristics to be normal Americans. Great story!
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Helpful Score: 3
It was an enjoyable tale, but I found the author's style a bit affected. Telling the story backwards was an interesting twist, but it made it hard to keep track of who the characters were and by the time I was finished, I needed to read the book again in order to reorient myself to the story. But it was not so interesting that I wanted to take the trouble to read it again.
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Helpful Score: 3
A latin chic-lit story about sisters from the Dominican Republic adjusting to America without losing their latin culture. The story is humorous and entertaining :)
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Helpful Score: 2
I took a moment before I wrote this review because I wanted to pull all my thoughts together. I read this book for a book club and I just wasn't sure how I really felt about this one.

I flip flopped back and forth as to whether I liked the fact that the book started in the present and went back in time with each set of stories. I love flashbacks, but I am not sure if I like going backwards in time - makes for hard reading. I had to take mental note as to the ages of the girls, where they were located and what was going on, it was hard.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was very interesting to read a book that was out of my culture and out of my normal realm of reading. I know that this story could be close to a true story because I have a great friend from my Enterprise Rent a Car days who was Panama (not the city, the country) and she had stories of her "Tias" and all of her cousins.

I would recommend this book to all of my friends who love to read stories involving sisters and families. This is a great read about how a family becomes what it has and how the smallest events affect each one in the family.
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Helpful Score: 1
its a really good book! I enjoyed reading it!
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Helpful Score: 1
I was disappointed in "How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents". I feel as if it had a lot of potential, but then just didn't live up to it. The book is more of a collection of short stories than a novel. If it were presented that way (instead of as a novel), it would have been a bit better.

The title has virtually nothing to do with the book. There is no connection between the stories. Because of the lack of connection between all the short stories, I never felt drawn in. The only reason that I even finished "How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents" was because I was hoping that by the end there would be some tie that binds. But nope.

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Helpful Score: 1
Constructed through a series of interconnected stories, Alvarez tells the stories of four sisters who emigrate to New York City from the Dominican Republic.
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Helpful Score: 1
I greatly enjoyed this audio book. I think it was especially nice in audio since you could hear each person's accent.

The characters are so richly developed and the story is so lush and wonderful.

I was truly sorry when the book came to an end.
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Helpful Score: 1
very entertaining! a good read.
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Helpful Score: 1
Uprooted from their family home in the Dominican Republic, the four Garcia sisters arrive in new York in 1960 to find a life far different than the genteel existence of maids, maincures and extended family they have left behind
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Helpful Score: 1
Great book for young chicana's
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Helpful Score: 1
If you are interested in Hispanic culture, this is a good place to start. It's a rich, colorful story that will pull you in from the first page.
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Helpful Score: 1
Relatively quick read, very engaging.
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Interesting, but I couldn't connect with the characters very well.
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I probably would have enjoyed this more, if I had some Spanish background (of the language)....read it for a bookclub.
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I found this book to be interesting, however it seemed to lack the ability to draw me in and connect honestly with the characters.
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It was..OK.
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Yet another great Allende book! Worth reading.
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Haven't read. Apparently "powerful, poignant...Beautifully captures the threshold experience of the new immigrant where the past is not yet a memory and the future remains an anxious dream."
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