The Dirty Girls Social Club (Dirty Girls #1) by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

February 22, 2016
The Dirty Girls Social Club, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, Book Review, InToriLex
FOUR STARS
The Dirty Girls Social Club (Dirty Girls, #1)

SYNOPSIS:

In this irrepressible, can't-put-it-down novel of six friends-each one an unforgettable woman in her late twenties-you'll meet:

--Lauren, the "caliente" columnist for the local Boston paper whose love live has recently led her to her boyfriend's closet...to catch him in the act with someone else
--Sara, the perfect wife and mother who's got it all but who is paying a high price
--Amber, raised a Valley girl without a word of Spanish but who is becoming a huge rock en espanol star
--Elizabeth, the stunning black Latina whose TV anchor job conflicts with her intensely private personal life
--Rebecca, hyper-in-command in the world of her glossy magazine, Ella, but totally at sea when it comes to men
--Usnavys, fabulous and larger than life, whose agenda to land the kind of man who can keep her in Manolos almost prevents her finding true love
 

REVIEW:

This book is more than just chick-lit. It explores  the challenges of finding your cultural identity and self worth while keeping up appearances. I could really relate to this book because I am Guatemalan and Black, and am still trying to understand what that means for me.  I am also a true born and raised Bostonian, where this book takes place, and it was nice to recognize the places described. These woman  all have to deal with doing what's best for themselves when that's not the easiest choice to make. I really enjoyed all of the characters and felt like this was a coming of age narrative for women in their late twenties. You never stop learning and evolving and this book demonstrates that well.

"I do not think it is wise to fight prejudice with prejudice, so I cannot hate my best friend for being ignorant. I prefer to hide from her hatred and bask in her laughter."
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While this book does focus on how each woman deals with the people they love, the drama was so familiar I wanted to throw my book. Most women have felt rejected and lost, and because I've made questionable choices in my love life, I found myself in the author's descriptions. The characters unpack what being a Latina means for them, and each has a different but important interpretation. The use of Spanish and the changing point of views of these kept me immersed in these women's lives, and inspired me. It's important to read things where you are taken from your comfortable American existence and this book did this in a fun and sometimes funny way. 

"Because you were the perfect woman for this town. A beautiful black woman who talks like a white woman who is actually Hispanic."

There are destructive relationships described and the writing style is more stream of consciousness than some readers may appreciate. But to me everything worked well together. The shocking cultural insensitivity and violence described was refreshing because I've seen and experienced it myself. Reality for many is not pretty and easily digested and I appreciate the author getting that across to readers. The only reason this wasn't a five star rating is because the opening chapters read are a bit of a info dump before the rest of the book picks up.  I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read about some memorable Latina's, who make it through very hard times through friendship and perseverance.

6 comments:

  1. I love love that these type of reads are really starting to flourish this year, I think it is awesome because like you said, so many of us need them and crave them!

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    1. Yes it was so good, the chick lit label often unfairly scare people away!!

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  2. I probably would have been scared away from
    This one because it's labeled as chick lit. Which I am not a big fan of. However this one does sound like a lot more than just that! It looks great and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. yes it was a book club read which is the only reason I picked it up, but it was really good!!!

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  3. Definitely sounds like a read that I might like. Thanks for putting this on my radar. I'd never heard of it before.

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    1. Yeah this one was good. I was really surprised by just how good!!

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