- Category: FICTION
- Format: TRADE PAPERBACK
- Publish Date: 8/11/2009
- Price: $13.99/$15.50
- ISBN: 9780446540513
- Pages: 336
- Size: 5-1/4" x 8"
All Ana Ruiz wanted was to have a traditional quinceañera for her daughter, Carmen. She wanted a nice way to mark this milestone year in her daughter's life. But Carmen was not interested in celebrating. Hurt and bitter over her father Esteban's departure, she blamed Ana for destroying their happy family, as did everyone else. A good man is hard to find, especially at your age Ana was told. Why not forgive his one indiscretion? Despite everything, Ana didn't want to tarnish Carmen's childlike devotion to her beloved father. But Ana knows that growing up sometimes means facing hard truths. In the end, Ana discovers that if she's going to teach Carmen anything about what it means to be a woman, it will take more than simply a fancy party to do it... ... moreAbout the Author:
Belinda Acosta has written and published plays, short stories, and essays. As a journalist, her work has appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, The Austin Chronicle, the
Acosta received a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from The University of Texas in 1997. She lives in
This was my first attempt to read a book that was a little out of my usual reading genre. I LOVED this book!! I thought I would struggle with it since there are some Spanish words in it but the book is written in a way that the reader can figure out the context of what is being said. This book opened up some dialog between the Spanish teacher at my school and I was able to learn a few new words!
I have always wanted to know about what a quinceanera is and the significance behind it. This book talks about it and how it can impact a family that is already struggling.
I found myself identifying with Bianca in this book. She is a work horse who does so to hide from issues at home. I could easily be here in this book with the exception of my inability to sew!
This is a great book for mothers and daughters alike! I would recommend it to all. There is some mild language so if that is something that bothers you, you might not want to read this particular novel. I am excited about the next book in the series, Sisters, Strangers, and Starting Over!
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Special thanks to Miriam and the Hatchett Book Group for hosting this blog tour and sending the book to review.
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