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- Print Length: 183 pages
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- Publication Date: August 14, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KG85F1Y
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In "My Brothers' Funeral," Bea laments her younger brother's choice to marry at nineteen. Instead of freaking out about being the family's old maid, Bea thinks of divorce as "the blissful release from a life sentence," and worries her brother's fiancé is "wearing his huevos like a necklace."
In "Night Caller," Iris remains cool as she fields calls from a late-night stalker who repeatedly asks, "Love me." Instead of being the one who does the begging, Iris questions why anyone would do so. Her poker group provides some hilarious answers.
The story "Single Chicas" tells the tale of a young woman recovering from a failed relationship, and (spoiler alert) ends with a woman who is pursuing her own life goals rather than giving them up for a man. This theme is also illustrated in "Old Maid" when Danica visits a bitter vieja in a nursing home who is "holding on to some old bones" while lamenting her choice to stay with an abusive mate.
In an era dominated by telenovas and selfies, plastic surgery and Kardashian role models, how often are women given the opportunity to read stories with an entirely different sort of message?
Read Lopez's funny, sad stories. They're like chicken soup for the lovelorn. Single Chicas offers readers a cure for the romantic illusions that make women believe they are nothing without a man. Isn't it time for postmodern women to chuck bad relationships in favor of living an authentic, independent life?
Single Chicas is a collection of short stories about and from the perspective of young single woman. The stories range from mourning a sibling who got married to dealing with an overly exuberant boyfriend to overhearing a stranger’s relationship play out on an airplane. There are some light moments and themes of self esteem, but mostly biting commentary about single life and relationships. If you are looking for stories about romance or seeking a HEA, these aren’t for you. But if you’re open to some snark and cynicism, these could be fun.
I received a copy of this story through Goddess Fish Promotions, and this is my unsolicited review.
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And so it is with this unusual collection, featuring a group of disparate young women finding their way through life and love. We see the ups and downs of coupledom in all its glory - though the 'downs' have the majority vote. These tales are not about the lovey-dovey side of relationships, instead the characters tend towards the mean, the jealous and the selfish. Many, such as the girl in the title story, start well but end abruptly or without reaching any kind of realistic resolution.
Having said that, there are some intriguing characters, like mechanic Cisco in 'Always a Price', whose outlook on life clashes with that of the heroine. I loved this guy and his dialogue, and okay, he was thoughtless and a bit stupid, but I wanted to know what happened to him. Instead, the story simply stops. But, like the aforementioned buses, that's the nature of short stories - sometime you get them, sometimes you don't.
Aimed at girls of all ages, the author has created some interesting scenarios with potentially fascinating characters, and while I'm sure this collection will have wide appeal for many readers, Single Chicas didn't quite do it for me.