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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Original edition (February 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780446519380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446519380
  • ASIN: 0446519383
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,377,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

After he is given a second chance at life, Asher Sebastian Stone seeks out the woman who gave him his first chance, his birth mother, Rita Ortiz. Finding Rita, however, is no simple task, and it leads Asher to the story of a small Colombian town, a beautiful lonely girl, a forbidden love with a dangerous outsider, and a painful family rejection. In notably rich language, Cobo paints a vivid picture of an intelligent young woman whose strict and unaffectionate parents leave her with a deep longing to be loved that follows her throughout life. The story is told from both Rita’s and Asher’s perspectives, and although Rita’s story is thoroughly compelling, Asher’s tale struggles to attain the same level of emotional vibrancy. Still, difficult questions regarding adoption, acceptance, belonging, and what makes up a family are addressed perceptively, and Cobo skillfully resolves some story lines while leaving readers to draw their own conclusions for others. --Eve Gaus

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"Cobo's second novel is a graceful, skillfully woven tale of Rita and the son who comes to find her more than two decades later....Through Rita, Cobo explores the human toll of a violent chapter in Colombia's history....The Second Time We Met is a beautifully well-told novel that will captivate readers."—San Franciscan Chronicle om The Second Time We Met

"The heart of the novel-about a young Colombian girl-shines."—Kirkus on The Second Time We Met

"[A] poignant tale of truths hidden and laid bare."—Booklist on TELL ME SOMETHING TRUE

"The smooth prose and authentic Colombian settings provide a unique spin to familiar territory."—Publishers Weekly on TELL ME SOMETHING TRUE

"Raw, passionate, honest and fearless."—Examiner.com on TELL ME SOMETHING TRUE

"[Tell Me Something True] is a well told story. The characters are alive and maintain a reader's interest until the last word."—Midwest Book Review on TELL ME SOMETHING TRUE

"What saves this novel of forbidden love and its repercussions from trite predictability -- in addition to its poignant ending -- are its sensuous setting and insights into the dichotomy of Colombian and American cultures....Cobo smoothly imparts the importance of familial ties and family honor in Colombia, alongside American priorities of success and security....Tell Me Something True is a bittersweet journey about coming to understand and forgive the indiscretions of one's parents through the simple act of living one's life."—Miami Herald on TELL ME SOMETHING TRUE

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About the Author

Considered one of the leading Latin music journalists in the world, Cobo is also Billboard's executive director of Latin content and host of "Estudio Billboard," the critically acclaimed interview show that airs weekly on the V-Me network.
Also a former concert pianist, Leila Cobo is a native of Cali, Colombia, the setting of her debut novel, "Tell Me Something True."
Leila decided early on to blend her two loves--music and writing--into one, and has forged a career as a leading music journalist who considers that being a musician is essential in accurately covering other musicians.
Leila is the the organizer and host of Billboard's annual Latin Music Conference, where where a major component are her one on one interviews with superstars like Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Paulina Rubio and Enrique Iglesias. Leila has also written liner notes for the likes of Shakira and Chayanne. She is also the host of the television show Estudio Billboard, which features in-depth interviews with top Latin acts. Leila is Fulbright Scholar with a master's degree from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California and also holds dual degrees in journalism, from Bogota's Universidad Javeriana, and in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music.
She concertized extensively as a classical pianist before dedicating herself full-time to writing and journalism.
She lives in Key Biscayne, Fl. with her husband and children.

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I loved the development of the characters, especially Rita; to me, she had depth, as if Cobo were writing about a real person.
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This book is amazing and inspiring, since the first chapter I could t stop reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Quiltinfun on March 19, 2012
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This book was very close to my heart, as I have two adopted children from Colombia. I enjoyed the tour of Colombia and felt she had the emotions correct especially regarding the adoptive parents. Asher seemed very much like my son with his looks and love for soccer. Unlike Asher, my son didn't get a second chance. He suffered with depression and took his own life at age 20. So this story was even harder for me to read.

What I hoped for didn't happen. I felt the ending, the meeting with Rita, was rather anticlimatic. Rita even thinks so in the novel. I would like to think and I will continue to think that my children's birth mother did love them. She gave them life and then gave them to me both major sacrifices that I will cherish and honor.

My daughter has spoken about searching for her biological mother and after reading The Second Time We Met I truly hope she never does.
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The Second Time We Met combines the stories of Rita and her son Asher Sebastian Stone. The book opens with Rita living a protected middle class life in 1989 in a small hillside town in Colombia. Rita's father is a disciplinarian and has grown distant towards Rita ever since she started to blossom into a beauty. He's afraid of the attention that she is starting to attract. He responds to the changes in his daughter by drawing away, becoming cold, and ignoring her. Their small town is occupied by guerrillas, young rebels with guns. Rita attracts the attention of their leader. Months later, when Rita discovers she is pregnant, she is sent away from her family.

Rita leaves with little more than the clothes she's wearing. There is little support system but she manages to give up her child, hoping that he'll have a better chances with another family. Then Rita finds work as a maid, works hard, and somehow finds a way to turn her life around. We learn the cost of leaving her family and losing her son later in the book.

Rita's son, Asher Stone, grows up in an upper middle class Jewish family in Southern California. We get to know his parents well. His mother is a successful television producer and his father is a tax lawyer. Asher's athleticism and love of sports is novel for them and makes him even more of a wonder to them. I didn't know much about adoption and reading about it from the point of view of Asher's father made it real to me:

So many places seen and so many beautiful, useless things, he thought, all at the service of two people who had the luxury to be hedonistic and indulge in pleasure for the sake of pleasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Hanlon Stone, author of invisible girl on March 5, 2012
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The Second Time We Met by Leila Cobo takes us on a journey into the hearts of two very compelling characters: Rita Ortiz, a young, naive, Columbian girl, who dares to fall in love with the wrong boy and then face the harsh consequences of disgrace, and Asher Stone, a talented, privileged, American high school student, who wrestles with the loss of his dreams and the hunger to find the mother he never knew. As we travel with the characters we can't help but explore the issues in our own lives: What is the real meaning of motherhood? And who is entitled to claim it?
Cobo purposefully and artfully makes us uncomfortable. Stepping into Rita's shoes, we are plagued with the question of whether we would have acted differently in the same circumstances. We further ponder whether parenting is simply a privilege reserved for those with economic means and psychological support. Or, at its core, is a biological connection between a mother and a child so strong as to persevere over all time and distance, every present in the mother's heart, like a distant beating drum.
Don't pick up The Second Time We Met if you have anywhere to go, chances are you'll be late...
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By J. Rager on February 3, 2014
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This is one of the few books I have ever read that I feel the book flap description does not do it justice. I picked the book up thinking it would be kind of a sweet adoption story about discovering your roots, and it was so much more.

I absolutely loved the first third of the book that described the relationship between Rita and Lucas. The author did a wonderful job of painting their emotions and making them scared teenagers who thought they were so much more adult than they were. I just can't find the words to describe how much this touched me.

All of the characters in the novel were fully developed. They weren't perfect but they were human and their actions and reactions really drew me into the book and made me want to keep reading and find out what happened next. I just simply couldn't put this book down until I reached the last page.
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If you read one book this summer, you'll want to make it The Second Time We Met. Cobo's writing draws the reader into the lives of Rita and Asher and doesn't let go until the very end. In fact, I'm still thinking about the story after I've finished it. The mark of a great storyteller. Rita is young and beautiful growing up in Colombia when her town is filled with guerrillas. Months later, she's pregnant and her father casts her out. Owning nothing but the clothes on her back, she is determined her child will have a better life so she puts him up for adoption.

Asher grows up in a middle class home in America and although he knows he is adopted, really doesn't think about it too much. His parents love him unconditionally and he really hasn't wanted for anything. But when an accident almost takes his life, he sees the truth within himself. He wants to meet his parents and know why they gave him up. What embarks is a heart-rending journey that only Asher can take. With his girlfriend in tow, he travels to Colombia to find his mother, Rita. But Rita has been very careful rebuilding her life and may not want to be found.

The intensity of characterization and tight plotting will enchant readers and leave them with a deeper understanding of motherhood, adoption and the questions everyone usually asks at least one time in their lives... who am I?
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