From Publishers Weekly
Quintero's debut chronicles four college-age Latinas' road trip, a New York to San Francisco sojourn that'll have most readers tuning out before the chicas traverse New Jersey. Quintero's anxious young women misinterpret predictable conflict as epiphanies (one girl wants to keep driving while another wants to stop, and the lesbian realizes she doesn't want her straight best friend to have a boyfriend back home), and other than bickering and an asthma attack (worry not, no one dies), little happens. And, anathema to the road novel, Quintero fails to portray the cities visited, varied though they may be, as anything more than vanilla backdrops. Quintero obviously feels strongly about addressing Latino rights and homosexuality in a mainstream novel, but she lets her agenda hamhandedly steer the book, leaving the characters-and the reader-choking in a cloud of noxious exhaust.
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In Quintero's sassily smart novel about four New York Latinas on a cross-country road trip, e-mails and freestanding first-person monologues give voice to educated young Chicanas coming to terms with multiple issues. Hazel hopes her friendship with Jackie will evolve into something more. Worldviews collide as New Agey Irena plans gift offerings for their "embarking ritual," and man-loving Jackie finishes her master's thesis and plans a trip itinerary to satisfy her urge to "par-tay." Then there are transportation glitches when Lourdes wrecks the SUV, perhaps because the wealthy "princesa" wannabe photographer is distracted by her desire to defy her mother's insistence on a premed major. Quintero, the "Blaktina" author sometimes called an "Ivy League homegirl," provides a glossary for the uninitiated of the Spanish terms and references sprinkled liberally throughout this lively and hip on-the-road coming-of-age tale, although readers will be reluctant to interrupt the flow of this thoroughly enjoyable romp. Whitney ScottCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved