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Product Details

  • Series: Many Cultures, One World
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: One World/Ballantine (March 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345482387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345482389
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,335,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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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From Booklist

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 Scott
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More About the Author

After graduating from Columbia University with a BA in history-sociology and an MPA from its School of International and Public Affairs, Sofia Quintero began her first career as a policy analyst and advocate. She worked for various nonprofit organizations and government agencies including the Vera Institute of Justice, Hispanic AIDS Forum, and the New York City Independent Budget Office. After years of working on diverse policy issues, however, Sofia heeded her muse to pursue an entertainment career.

Determined to write edgy yet intelligent novels for women who love hip hop even when hip-hop fails to love them in return, Sofía wrote her debut novel EXPLICIT CONTENT under the pen name Black Artemis. Booklist said of her debut, "Fans of Sister Souljah's The Coldest Winter Ever will find this debut novel just as tantalizing. . ." Since then Sofia has authored four more novels and almost twice as many short stories and novellas including her award-winning young adult debut EFRAIN'S SECRET (Knopf 2010.)

She recently earned an MFA in writing and producing TV at the TV Writers Studio of Long Island University and contributed the children's anthology WHAT YOU WISH FOR, the proceeds of which go to build libraries for Darfuri children in Chad. Her journalistic writings have been published in Urban Latino, New York Post, Ms., Cosmopolitan for Latinas and El Diario/La Prensa.

As an educator, she is a writing mentor at Urban Word NYC, a teaching artist at the National Book Foundation's reading program BookUpNYC and the co-publisher of the hip-hop feminist curriculum Conscious Women Rock the Page. Sofia was nominated for the Women's Media Center Social Media Award in 2010 and is completing her next young adult novel SHOW AND PROVE.

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I look forward to the next offering from Sofia Quintero.
Ann Cardinal
I love Jackie's pit bull vision, Hazel's identity crisis, Irena's quest for voice and Lourdes' quest to be loved for more than her money.
Elisha Miranda aka E-Fierce
One is bound to relate to at least one of the characters in the book.
Shari Vasquez

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elisha Miranda aka E-Fierce on April 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
A fan of the first two Black Artemis books, I was eager to read Sofia's first novel written under her real name--DIVAS DON'T YIELD. I found this book entertaining, thought provoking and very well written. This book is a page turner, I completely disagree with the PUBLISHERS WEEKLY review and from the sounds of it, the critic must not have read the book. Quintero's voice is fresh and she speaks to an entire generation of Latinas and non-Latinas that have yet to see our experience reflected on the page. Her characters are rich. I love Jackie's pit bull vision, Hazel's identity crisis, Irena's quest for voice and Lourdes' quest to be loved for more than her money. Thank you Sofia for creating smart and funny Latinas that transcend the typical Latina sabor stereotypes we see in much of the Entertainment Media.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Kaebisch on December 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
Although this novel focuses on a road trip between four Latinas that is more or less a metaphor for their own personal journeys, I don't believe that this is what makes the novel poignant or worth reading. Unfortunately all of the characters feel contrived and because there are so many issues surrounding each character, there is very little depth given to anyone person. What is refreshing about this novel, however, are the brief, but important discussions on violence against women, the factions amongst both queer and latina identities/organizations, and the complexity race, class, and sexuality play in our daily lives. These are topics left untouched by many writers of literature and there are even fewer women of color being published let alone being published with works that remind us race is still very real in America. Although this novel lags at times and lacks depth, one cannot help but appreciate the light it shines on contemporary women's issues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shari Vasquez on April 27, 2006
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This book has something for all Latinas. Although it is not only limited for Latinas it has something for every female. One is bound to relate to at least one of the characters in the book. This is a real chic lit and a must read. There is a lesson to learn amongst the characters in the novel. Sofio Quintero will be one of the breakout authors of 2006. Don't miss out.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla M. Castillo on May 17, 2006
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I was more than happy to read another book written by Sofia Quintero I have read several of her books and this one has been my favorite. It was great how Sofia had these women all of different personalities and nationalities come together. They very much reminded me of my group of girlfriends. Each person had their strengths and weaknesses which made it easy to relate to the characters. The road trip they went on was not just about the cities they drove through or making it to the woman's conference but it was also about a journey of revelations and self discovery for Hazel, Jackie, Lourdes & Irena and the bonds of their friendship. I really enjoy reading books like Sofia's where the woman have strength and dignity, they may have flaws but she really breaks the mold when it comes to her characters by making them woman of substance. It is easy to read and believe other books that have their characters be young, hip and successful yet for some reason it's hard for some to grasps that latinas are having the same success's. I thank Sofia for being of strong character herself and for sharing her great works with us! I would highly recommend this book and can't wait to read more of her books.
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Divas Don't Yield draws you in from the start. I could barely put the book down - even on a ski vacation with my family!! A mixed blessing ot be sure. But I just loved hanging with Jackie, Hazel, Irena, and Lourdes, and so will you, I can promise you that. Sofia deals with hard hitting issues like sexuality, spirituality, and racism with honesty, friendship and devotion. This is much of a fun read as a book that will make you cry and think about what you can do to improve the worls, even just a little. I highly recommend this book.
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By Elva Newman on September 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
Where can I begin. Sofia Quentero's book is a show stopper.

As a Puerto Rican female reader, I enjoyed Ms. Quintero's fresh outlook on self-awareness of four multi-cultural divas, including her down to earth, fresh look of a road trip that turned into lasting friendships that only multi-cultural friends could realize. This is a road trip you will never forget. You have to read this book from cover to cover to enjoy every last tasty morsel.
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