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Vanessa M. reviewed How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents on
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!
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.
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.
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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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