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Length: 286 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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About the Author

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is a New York Times bestselling author with more than 1 million books in print. She was named among the 25 most influential Hispanics in the nation by Time magazine. A Latina magazine woman of the year, and an Entertainment Weekly breakout star, Valdes-Rodriguez is a former staff writer for the Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times. She lives in New Mexico.

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  • File Size: 318 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456547070
  • Publisher: Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez (January 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J1761C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,177 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many novels. Published in 11 languages and with more than 1 million books in print, Alisa was named one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Time magazine; Latina magazine named her a Woman of the Year; Entertainment Weekly hailed her as a Breakout Literary Star; and Hispanic Business magazine has twice named her among the 100 Most Influential people in the nation. Alisa is a former staff writer for the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times, and holds a master's in journalism from Columbia University. Alisa lives in New Mexico.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Odilia L. Mcbride on March 9, 2013
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This novel was very bad. For me it was the self-conscious characters always concerned about their looks, their brand name clothes, etc. The characters are one-dimensional, and the story line is somewhat unrealistic. I have read other novels by the author, a writer of Hispanic chic literature, and I consider the author to be an interesting writer, although not exactly a first-rate writer. I would not recommend this novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kennedi on May 10, 2013
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I downloaded this book as a book to have to simply kill time. I began reading it and found myself immersed in the story. While the book was a nice read, I would have loved it was longer. I quickly devoured this book in about 2 days. As far as the depth of the characters I have to say that McKenzie's story isn't as ridiculous as others make it out to be. Many women are involved in relationships that may not be in their best interest. All in all, I enjoyed this book and will be reading more from this wonderful author.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Boone on April 6, 2011
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I picked this up because I read "The Dirty Girls Social Club" and I decided that I loved Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez. This one isn't as incisive and enjoyable as that book. Although the story does treat some less commonly-treated subjects and concepts (women actually not wanting to get married, sexual desire in women, dating - or considering dating - a younger man) and the story does star two women of color - a young Latina in her 20s and a powerful black woman in her 30s - the characters aren't as full and three-dimensional as the soucias from Dirty Girls. We hear that Mackenzie is smarter than she looks, but there's no reason for us to believe that, because a lot of the things she does are stupid. Her insecurity goes from realistic to grating. There's very little backstory, for example, about how she got with her dumb-as-rocks football-playing boyfriend (and more importantly, why a young woman supposedly as intelligent and strong-willed as she allowed herself to get into that relationship). Also, Valdes-Rodriguez kind of leaves you hanging with regards to Mackenzie's parents' relationship - you begin to be curious about their backstory, too, and where her father stands - but they're just props.

On the other hand, Zora's story is a lot more satisfying than Mackenzie's, and yet my suspension of disbelief was a little broken. What would've been wrong with making her 10 (or even just 5 years) older? A fresh-out-of-high-school 18-year-old negotiating the biggest contract in sports history with a hard-hitter isn't just amazing, it's unbelievable. Still, if you are able to get past that, her story is pretty good and she shows up as a far more flawed character than Mackenzie, and thus a better one.

Basically, it's worth the read, but don't expect it to be as sharp and witty as Dirty Girls.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ilovebooks on June 8, 2013
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Loved the main characters and how each were given a chapter at a time allowing the readers to get to know them. Would have liked to have seen some of the other characters developed.
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By anjellyca on January 1, 2014
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I'm a big fan of Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez. Although this book wasn't as good as DGSC, it was still an interesting read. I love reading about educated Latinas! So many times we are depicted in the media as uneducated with a lot of kids living on government aid. How about reading a story about those that don't fit that stereotype? The ones that go to work and come home and make tamales? Thanks for a good read Alisa!
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By Danielle on August 11, 2013
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I liked how this book talked about two women on a path to happiness. Their routes to get there where different but they were still trying to find the things that made them happy. I could relate to them since sometimes we can get caught up doing what our family thinks is best for us instead of what we want. Overall, the book is really good I was skeptical at first but it grew on me the more I read.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Kramer Bussel VINE VOICE on February 22, 2011
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This is a story about two women, one who's already come into her power, Zora Jackson, who's been working since age 18 (!) as a sports agent, and the other, Mackenzie de la Garza, who is on the cusp of figuring out who she is, and is looking for answers as to how to escape the life that's in front of her. That life involves a proposal from her hotshot athlete boyfriend, who is so full of himself he sits around the restaurant where he's asked her out basking in his own popularity. Zora and Mackenzie are, in some ways, unlikely friends, and it takes them each a little while to see where they can help each other.

Mackenzie is juggling multiple jobs, including being a professional cheerleader (in Valdes-Rodriguez's world, not all it's cracked up to be). She takes photos on the side, but since that talent has never been encouraged by anyone except her aunt Rosie, she doesn't think it's a viable career option. Zora, meanwhile, is still hung up on her ex-husband, the one she represented at age 18, shooting them both to their own kind of superstardom, while raising his daughter alone. Zora is the more prickly character, the one it's harder to like, but whose struggles Valdes-Rodriguez does justice to, and who couldn't be charmed by Yardbird, 12 years her junior, who woos an older woman with a sly panache that makes him perhaps my favorite character in the book? Indeed, there are some slimy men here, and others who show their support by simply stepping back and letting the women see what they can do when not trying to live up to someone else's standards. If this is a fairy tale of a chick lit book, it's one where the heroines work their butts off to succeed, and earn every word of their happily ever afters.
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