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.