I'm not illiterate I'm just trying. Jan 10, Jen rated it it was ok. The story was fun--like the other books about Las Sucias. However, the editing was poor and the ending was rushed. I enjoyed the first two books in this series, but the lack of editing in this one made it really difficult to get into. Rebecca's child switched genders a couple times, and her storyline never really was resolved. Ms Valdes made a great decision to publish independently, but she needs some good beta readers and editors.
Hopefully this book was an anomaly for her work. May 06, Lois rated it liked it. Fun, interesting, goes across a wide span of American cities, places, cultures, ethnicities, classes, and religions. I like the stories of those who have to inhabit multiple worlds and go back and forth between them. Oct 08, Angela rated it it was amazing Shelves: Valdes-Rodriguez knows how to interweave multiple plots in a way that keeps the reader turning the pages.
Lauren, fresh from a breakup with Jason Flynn, a Boston detective, is pushed into the subway tracks by a few Irish gangsters Flynn hired to get rid of her. With the help of her friends, she flees Boston and heads to New Mexico, hoping to start over. Rebecca, a wife, mother, and successful career woman, has grown apart from her sexy husband ever since she failed to first conceive, and then deliver through a surrogate, a perfect child.
Her high-functioning autistic son fixates on sprinklers, unable to connect with those who love him most. Finally, Usnavys, a big, bold, colorful businesswoman, finds herself back where she started—in the ghetto where she grew up, without her husband, her children, or the money she has become attached to over the years once she loses her job, her house, her BMW, and her picture-perfect life. Mar 29, Sofia Galvez rated it liked it. That book spoke to me in so many ways. It was awesome reading about smart Latina women who weren't the help or couldn't speak English. I have to say I follow Ms.
Valdes on facebook so I knew the book was only going to feature 3 of the the dirty girls. But I still had tiny hope they were gonna be a part of it by ways of a phone call or email but they weren't. To be honest they were slightly mention is passing. This book focuses on Lauren, Usnavys and Rebecca at the age of 36 with troubles in their relationships, the economy and their family issues.
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I really liked Usnavy and Rebecca story but felt their endings were too rushed. I wanted to know about Rebecca and her sister meeting each other and Rebecca confronting her father. She lost everything, her job, her kids, and her husband. But her character is still one of my favorites. The way she talks and the way she is a no holds bar type of person is great.
But I guess I am going to have to wait for their books. Valdes on FB and I gather she basis this character on herself, and Lauren's cowboy on her own cowboy. I know when you fall in love you think the person you are falling in love with is perfect but thats not reality.
At least Lauren has found a good man. Overall I liked the book and and can't wait to read more. Jan 22, Frances rated it it was amazing. I love how some of the book is set in places I know..
I live in Albuquerque. I just love how Alisa gets the scenery just right!
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Alisa uses a very unique style for telling us the story that is sure to charm some readers and annoy others, the story is told from the first person point of view of the chapter author, thus we get to know each of these Latinas from how they seen themselves, and then how their friends see them, a very unique and enchanting style. It is sobering to see how what we see and know about the ones we love, can be totally different than their lived experiences. That even the assumptions we make about others, is not always the way it is for them.
I love the technique and know it is not very easy to do…it is a writing style that requires a lot of research and planning. Mar 02, Rachel rated it it was ok Shelves: I had to read this book for a class. Let's just say forty pages of flat exposition and Lauren's judgmental description of her "friends" had me impatient from the start.
Once things finally started happening I became more invested in these women's lives. However, on some level, it felt like each woman was assigned a specific "problem," as though her entire character was centered around her issue. To relate it to YA, it felt like a Chris Crutcher book--nearly every po I had to read this book for a class. To relate it to YA, it felt like a Chris Crutcher book--nearly every possible serious problem works its way into the story. I feel like that method sometimes undermines certain issues in favor of others.
Like, "Oh, you're upset you got a bad grade on an exam? Well, there are starving children in Africa! Both Lauren and Sara had serious problems, but because more time and effort was devoted to Sara's trauma, Lauren's disorder was brushed off and neatly "resolved" in a few words, if only to make sure Lauren was included in the happy ending. When it comes down to it, this book just wasn't written for someone like me. I read it, it's done, two stars. I loved this book. It wasn't your typical immigrant success story book, it wasn't poverty porn or struggle porn, it was just about a group of Latina friends, and their lives and struggles as Latina professionals in a white-dominated world.
And it was great. The commentaries on casual racism in the workplace, microaggressions, homophobia, domestic abuse, and interracial relationships was intelligent and well-written. This book is hugely underrated. May 20, Megan rated it really liked it.
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This book is often dismissed as chica lit which isn't in and of itself disparaging though detractors would connote it as such. Our stories, stories about latinx bodies and experiences needn't be about the immigrant struggle in order for it to have critical value. Stories about love, sex, and womanhood are valid and this is an excellent place to start. This book has latin women from all backgrounds, representing our community as it actually is rather than how the media portrays it. I liked this a lot! I kind of felt like everything became too perfect too fast towards the end but on the other hand it's what the girls deserved!!
Mar 23, Katherine Marple rated it liked it. Each woman gets her story told in a chapter, then they switch off and we see through another woman's eyes. We learn about being a career woman in her 20s, being powerful as a spanish woman, love as a spanish woman, drugs and therapy- interwoven "The Dirty Girls Social Club" is about six spanish women from different ethnic backgrounds who come together every year to recap their lives and support one another. We learn about being a career woman in her 20s, being powerful as a spanish woman, love as a spanish woman, drugs and therapy- interwoven relationships and the tie to family.
Then, the next pages were And partway through, I was thinking "If Lauren was my friend, I'd tell her to shut the heck up right about now. But, as the pages wore on, and just about when I thought I should just give up and move on I'm terrible at giving up on stuff , I began to love a few of the lead characters. I started to like Amber halfway through the book. She was "different" and demanding, strong and powerful.
Her ties to her "roots" was a little dramatic, but I liked Elizabeth, who halfway through the story, was out-ed as a lesbian and had to struggle through being a news reporter, and now on the other end of the limelight. There wasn't much these ladies had in common other than their being "spanish", but even what KIND of "Spanish" was different. And they each pointed out HOW different every other page. The story got bogged down a lot with stereotypes and the difference between races. I started to feel like I was being preached to after only a few pages She was the worst of them If you don't mind struggling to connect to charcters and don't mind fighting to feel something for the story- "splashing through the mud" so to speak- then it's worth the read.
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If you've read a different book about girlfriends, relationships and spanish people Jul 22, Tammy rated it liked it Shelves: I enjoyed this book but when it finished I realized that I wanted more but it wasn't because I was so enchanted by these women and their lives, it was because Valdes-Rodriguez tried to do too much and just didn't have the room for it. Each chapter is told from the pov of a different sucia. That device should have given the reader more insight into the world these women inhabit but it actually served to further separate them as it frequently talked about the lives they lead away from each other.
N I enjoyed this book but when it finished I realized that I wanted more but it wasn't because I was so enchanted by these women and their lives, it was because Valdes-Rodriguez tried to do too much and just didn't have the room for it. Now, I liked all six women to varying degrees but I didn't get enough of them in the way I wanted. Less women would have worked better, maybe, because then the story would have been able to be more balanced.
Don't get me wrong, I liked this book a lot. I like the characters, I like their lives and their choices, I like their friendships. I also really liked the social issues that were a natural part of this book. Nothing was presented as if I was being lectured, but nothing was glossed over and made to be okay, either. There are things all these women have to deal with that come from being Latina and that's just the way it is. It was nice to read something that approached these issues honestly.
The book takes place in Boston which, to be honest, was why I bought it. I've read criticisms of the book that say it presents Boston as less liberal than it is, and I think those criticisms are wrong. Yeah, sure, we're liberal, but that doesn't mean there aren't problems, because there are, and what these women run into seemed very appropriate to me. I have read a handful of books by author Alisa Valdes , and I have loved every single one of them from the beginning. Not so with this book. All these women bonded in college because they all came from a Latina background of some sort.
Lauren, who is only half Latina talks with I have read a handful of books by author Alisa Valdes , and I have loved every single one of them from the beginning. Lauren, who is only half Latina talks with a thick southern accent and seemed to be prejudice against the "different types" of Latina. I did not like her or her storytelling, and was turned off. Had I not been listening to it on audiobook, this might have ended up in my "dnf" pile. In the end, Alisa came through, drawing you into each and every one of the ladies lives like you grew up with them.
You know they are pains in the asses, but you can't help but love them at the end of the day. I wouldn't say this is her best work, but when it was all said and done, it brought my 3 stars up to a 4. Oct 20, Shameyn Dones rated it did not like it. If we only had the option to rate 0 stars on books!!!!! Let me say that even when I respect the author and the hard work she put for this story, I hate what I read, cause I dind't even finish it.
And from what I've seeing here, I'm not the only one. I find it boring, dragging and way to much description. And I'm sorry, but some bits of the story made us latinas look BAD!!! We made call eachothers names when we are together and all, but to call one sucia, is If that' If we only had the option to rate 0 stars on books!!!!!
If that's how the author call her friends, then by all means, good for you. I call mine, a sister, cause that's what she is to me, not sucia, not puta or any other word that lower us womans down. The writing was good, but the concept was not. And that part describing how Usnavy got her name was lame. I'm sorry, but this made the poor mother look so dumb. If the author wanted to make that point that some latinas are dumb, then congratulations!! The chapter that I read was so horrible it gave me a headache. I'm sorry if the author is insulted by my review. I never write bad reviews, but this one made me do it.
As a latina, I hate the reputation that had been labeled us as a bitch, problematic, full of drama, and now thanks to this, dirty!!! Aug 05, Shannon rated it it was ok. I'm one chapter in and, so far, I feel kind of meh about this.
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