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Adios to My Old Life [Kindle Edition]

Caridad Ferrer
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Does a seventeen-year-old from Miami have what it takes to be the next big Latin superstar? And does she really want it?

As a talented singer-guitarist with a dream of going pro, Alegría Montero is getting fed up with the endless, boring parade of quinceañeras and other family party gigs. She's longing for something bigger. And Oye Mi Canto -- a new reality TV show that's searching for the next Latin superstar -- is definitely that. Ali figures she'll never make the cut, but auditioning seems like a good way to get her overprotective father to take her ambitions seriously.

To Ali's complete shock, she passes her audition. Next thing she knows, she's dealing with wardrobe fittings, cameras, reporters, vocal coaches, and websites designed by lovestruck fanboys. She's also dealing with jealousy, malice, and sabotage among the contestants, all of which has her wondering: Is it really time to shoot for the stars and try to win the whole competition, or is it time to say "Cut!" and become a normal teenager again?

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Ali Montero, 17, has been brought up by her father, a music professor in Miami, to be a good Cuban American girl as well as a talented singer and guitarist. But he's not pleased when she makes the finals in a nationwide TV competition to find the "next Latin superstar." Could she win? Caught up in the performance rush with makeup, wardrobe, and publicity, she is helped by cute Jaime Lozano, a smart production major from NYU, who loves her. Ali's first-person colloquial narrative is "totally" with it. But there's also a real story here, with frenetic action, romance (including some hot sex), pop-scene fantasy, and surprises to the very end. What shines through in Cuban American writer Ferre's first novel (part of the MTV Fiction series), though, is the rich diversity of Latino culture, and the celebration of music and its universal connections. Teens who liked Nancy Osa's Cuba 15 (2003) may like this as well. Hazel Rochman
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"This brilliant debut resonates with the sparkling rhythm of Ali's talent. Her path to independence via reality show madness makes us cheer for her every step of the way . . . because all a girl really needs is love, laughter, and a rocking guitar." -- Alesia Holliday, author of American Idle

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  • File Size: 381 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1416524738
  • Publisher: MTV Books (July 4, 2006)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming story of music, teen angst, and family August 11, 2007
When she sneaks out to enter a 'Next Latin Star' show, Alegria (Ali) Montero figures it's just a chance to be seen. But when she's selected as a finalist, the Catholic schoolgirl has to confront her old-fashioned father and persuade him that her dreams, while not his, deserve a chance. Ali lives for music and for performance. And she's completely in her element while she's on the stage. Of course, as soon as she's off the stage, she just might be hurling out her guts--she is, after all, a virgin schoolgirl competing with some of the hottest talent in the Latin world. Unfortunately for her, the one other contestant from Miami, sultry Fabiana, will do anything in her power to sabotage Ali and keep her from reaching her dreams. Only one of the finalists will make it all the way to the recording contract, the guaranteed single, the final stardom.

Old-fashioned Latin American sponsors insist that Ali have a chaperone since she's under 18, unlike all of the other finalists who get to live in a mansion and enjoy the finest of Miami, but Ali doesn't mind too much since her chaperone is a woman who's had the hots for her father for a long time and who is close to Ali's best friend. She's also not a very strict chaperone and Ali finds she can spend a bit of time with a cute college intern production assistant. But when the pressure is really on, will he be there for Ali--and will Ali be able to cope with the fact that she really is saying adios to her entire old life?

Author Caridad Ferrer spins a charming tale of coming of age and young love. With Ferrer's Cuban heritage and bilingual upbringing, the Latin American aspects of the story ring true. The musical elements, too, are completely convincing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adios to My Old Life September 25, 2006
Read this book.

It doesn't matter if you're a guy or a girl, if you're not a fan of Enrique or Shakira, if you're not even an MTV watcher. You'll fall in love with this. Ally is the most liveliest, most likable character I've read in a long time.

This is definitely one of the best music themed books I've read. Ferrer's ability to translate music into the written word is magical.

I'd give this book ten stars if the option was available!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hello, Adios July 3, 2006
Adios to My Old Life by Caridad Ferrer takes readers into the world of Oye Mi Canto, a televised singing competition, as seen through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Ali. This otherwise reserved high school student wows the judges with her voice and her guitar playing. After she is chosen to be one of the finalists on the program, her life changes in a million ways. All the while, she tries to remain true to herself, her family, and her music.

Think Latin American Idol, but instead of relying upon pop culture and backstage gossip, the story focuses on Ali's life, her relationship with her father, and her love of music. Ali tries to balance her culture and her future, respecting her father's traditional values while enjoying her life as a modern-day teen in Florida.

Caridad Ferrer's teen fiction debut makes for a compelling story and is composed of many elements. It will strike a chord with teens who can relate to any of those elements: Ali's passion for music, the loss of her mother, her bilingual family, and her attempts to make her dreams come true.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too October 20, 2006
If you're a fan of American Idol, like I am, you're going to love this book. If you don't like American Idol, that's okay, too, because you're still going to love this book! ADIOS TO MY OLD LIFE, the debut young adult novel of author Caridad Ferrer, stars seventeen-year-old Ali Montero, a Latino teen who is determined to be a finalist on the reality music show Oye Mi Canto.

Ali is a typical teen with a major difference--she has real musical talent. When she's singing and playing her guitar, she can forget about the usual family problems, the crazy friends, the insane school life. When she's inside her own head with only the music, Ali is transformed beyond a normal teenager into a star. The wonderful thing about Ali, though, is that she refuses to let stardom, or even normal trends, change the type of young woman that she is. There's no Jennifer Lopez or Shakira skimpy outfits or butt-shaking in her routines; there's no Ricky Martin or Marc Anthony wannabe groupies worming their way into her life.

With fresh and witty dialogue and a heroine that is truly easy to relate to, ADIOS TO MY OLD LIFE is a glimpse into what it means to live your dreams. While Ali lives the life of having her daily highs and lows shown on national television, she's smart enough to know that her music--and not fame and fortune--is what's important.

Kudos to Ms. Ferrer for a winning debut novel. This is the perfect story for everyone, whether male or female, young or old, American Idol fan or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rockin' Good Read August 4, 2006
What a treat! Caridad Ferrer's debut young adult novel "Adios to My Old Life" is a must read for people of all ages who love books as well as music. It has everything starting with a lovable heroine in Ali Montero, a young woman who pursues her artistic dreams but refuses to sell her soul and having a happy (but plausible) ending. Although the story is set in the world of a reality TV show competition for Latino musical artists, Ali's journey deals with issues we all face from the experience of first love to the attempt to individuate from our parents. These elements make the story cozy even as the heroine -- a Cuban American teen who can rock -- is unique. Kudos, Caridad!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book Worth Re-Reading
There are some books I want to experience all over again--Adios to My Old Life is one. The reader gets swept along as the main character, Ali, struggles with conflicts over the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Nevada
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Story for Music Lovers
Having read and adored When the Stars Go Blue: A Novel by the same author, I thought I'd check out her award-winning first novel. Read more
Published on February 6, 2011 by Sarah Moon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
Full review can be found on my blog: [...]

I was quickly hooked on Alegría (Ali) Montero's adventures on a Latin equivalent of American Idol, Oye Mi Canto. Read more
Published on February 2, 2009 by A. Villagomez
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to buy Ali's CD!
Ali is a 17-year-old musician. She lives with her widowed father, who's slightly overprotective. With the aid of her best friend Sosi, she sneaks out of the house to audition for... Read more
Published on November 24, 2008 by D. K. Stokes
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting YA Review: Adios To My Old Life

Rating: 4.5 Enchantments

Alegria "Ali" Montero is a strong seventeen year old who knows exactly what she wants in... Read more
Published on July 4, 2008 by Enchanting Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Latino AI
Talented singer-guitarist Alegria Montero is sick of the endless, boring parade of quinceaneras and other family party gigs. Read more
Published on May 16, 2007 by Kim Baccellia, "YA Books Central reviewer"
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful debut
While I generally tend to miss the YA category, I found myself loving this one. In her debut, Ferrer hits all the high notes; it's fast-paced, the dialogue has a clear authentic... Read more
Published on July 22, 2006 by Deborah Grabien
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting teen character study
Seventeen years old Ali Montero has dreamed of being a superstar Latina performer for years. She is good as evident by how often friends and family ask her to sing and play the... Read more
Published on June 28, 2006 by Harriet Klausner
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More About the Author

Caridad Ferrer is a first generation, bilingual Cuban-American, whose young adult debut, Adiós to My Old Life was Romance Writers of America's 2007 RITA® winner for Best Contemporary Single Title Romance as well as being named to the 2009 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list, awarded by the ALA and winning the Bronze medal in the Young Adult category of the Florida Book Awards.

Her latest young adult novel, When the Stars Go Blue, a contemporary retelling of Bizet's Carmen, was released by Thomas Dunne Books with Booklist calling it, "Well written, with contemporary characters and an engaging story line." Recently, Stars was honored as the first place YA Novel: English Language at the 2011 International Latino Book Awards.

A native Floridian, Ferrer now makes her home in the Pacific Northwest, thriving amidst the rain and cooler weather, finding it the perfect writing environment as she hangs out with her dogs, family, and good coffee, dreaming up new stories with which to entertain herself and her readers.

Follow her on Twitter at @BarbFerrer or on Facebook at Barbara Caridad Ferrer.

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