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The Fortune of Carmen Navarro Hardcover – November 9, 2010
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I really loved that this book was written in the perspectives of four people: Carmen, Ryan, Will, and Maggie. This was great because I never got bored and I got to venture into each of their personal lives.
Carmen is a sexy and beautiful girl who is half-gypsy. According to her best friend and `sister', Maggie, all the guys flock to her and she uses them for a short time and moves on. I actually liked Carmen and that may be because she's full of life and likes to have fun.
Carmen has a band called The Gypsy Lovers. She gets all her ideas and writes her songs based on her relationships. When Ryan and Will, cadets from the near-by military academy, visit the Quikmart where Carmen works, she writes a song about Ryan.
Ryan is shy and cute and Carmen of course decides to reel him into her `web'. Ryan is a straight-A student that studies hard and when he feels so connected with her he wants to forget about school. Then there's a twist, but I'm definitely not telling you what that is! I will tell you that Ryan loves Carmen and things get too serious, too quickly.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, but it was just a side read, not one to absorb all your attention! A good quick read. :)
Carmen was a different kind of protagonist than you would normally find in a romantic young adult novel. She was very independent and knew what she wanted, not a love-struck, giggly and flirty girl that we usually read about. I was instantly drawn to her character however I wanted more! I felt like she was still a little out of reach even after the story ended. Also, the novel is written in four characters' perspectives. A lot of times I felt like Maggie and Carmen, the two best friends who are practically sisters, were almost the same person. They had identical personalities and talked exactly the same. The only thing different was their passions: music and school/studying. And then there was the two cadets, Will and Ryan. They, two, seemed to mix into one person. I wasn't quite sure where Ryan and Maggie came into the big picture: they were just minor characters and never really contributed to the storyline but instead acted as fillers for space I thought.
I did think that the main storyline was creative and grabbed my attention.Read more ›
However despite the onslaught of drama and feministic influences The Fortune of Carmen Navarro was short of being spectacular. Told through 4 different perspectives, The Fortune of Carmen Navarro still lacks awareness in the character's mind or behavior. Rather than a trajectory of movement as their thoughts would ramble on and off, there just seemed to be one or two main ideas lodged in each character. The novel is of moderate length, but once you split the book between 4 different people, it makes it so much smaller. The Fortune of Carmen Navarro needed to be more fleshed out.
Carmen is "a fiercely independent young woman" that we're told is exotic, is beautiful and that despite dropping out of high school to work at the local Quikmart, is smart. She is ambitious. Carmen wants her name out there and her band to be in the biggest spotlight of all. But I found her highly unapproachable and unlikable. Carmen was very much, in my opinion, a difficult girl to befriend in real life: selfish, stubborn, headstrong, and so used to getting her way. Boys come and goes. Friends are very few and those few are mostly male.
Maggie is Carmen's best friend and as close as not blood related sisters can be. It is uncommon for the secondary character to have their own role in novels, but Maggie does.Read more ›