The Dirty Girls Social Club: A Novel

By Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

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daryl
I just finished teaching this June and I found this book in the local bookstore. The book cover's story line intrigued and appealed to my sense of cultural individuality. I purchased the book on a Thursday and finished reading it the following Sunday. This book was extremely enjoyable to start in a summer book reading club. Of the five "Suscias" I saw myself in two of the finely developed characters.
I highly recommend this novel to many aficionado's book collection. Not only will it appeal to your pleasure senses, it will awaken and tantalize your intellect.
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sam brumbeloe
THE DIRTY GIRLS SOCIAL CLUB is a juicy, profound, well-written, and emotionally riveting novel about six professional Latina girlfriends who are all going through various stages of life. From Rebecca, a magazine owner who is trapped in a marriage she cannot stand, to Elizabeth, the attractive television anchor who has a secret that threatens her career, the sucias (dirty girls) all have hurdles to jump, decisions to make, new lessons to learn.
When the manuscript was on submission, this book caused a bidding frenzy and after reading, it's easy to understand why. The Dirty Girls Social Club is destined to earn a lot of attention. It's culturally rich, yet relatable as it deals with the universal themes of women, friendship, family, work, and relationship issues. The content is heavy on the Spanish, but it's a very sophisticated novel, textured, detailed, and is eye-opening in many ways in terms of exposing cultural stereotypes uncommonly known.
Some scenes caused the hair to rise on my neck and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Fantastic plot twists, great description that places the reader in the scene (whether you're in Boston, LA, or Rome), there are dozens of compelling scenes, and so many elements of life and love which ring with honesty regardless of your ethnicity.
This is the book to get, the book to read, the book that will cause tongues to wag from the East Coast, to the West Coast and beyond. It's a kicker of a novel, one of those types where the more you read, the better it gets, and the warmer you feel. Women all over will be cheering for The Dirty Girls Social Club.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jennifer jones
I read this book in under twenty four hours. It was incredible! Each chapter is written from the point of view of the six separate characters, which helps the reader gain a more in-depth idea of each girl's personality. The ups and downs of these very different, yet bonded friends urge laughter, tears, anger, and hope. My only criticism would be the character of Amber. She really wasn't necessary to the story. Otherwise, this book is a reader's dream. Go get it!
Good Harbor :: The Saturday Evening Girls Club: A Novel :: This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare :: I Know I Am, But What Are You? :: An Old-Fashioned Girl (Puffin Classics)
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therese
My only complaint with the author's reading of her book is that it had to be abridged. The abridged version was enjoyable (can a CD be a 'page-turner?'), but it was over too soon! The author did a great job of differentiating voices for characters, without going over the line into the ridiculous.
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michael cordell
This book was just OK. It's not fabulous, and not horrible. The biggest weakness is that there were just too many characters. If Valdes-Rodriguez had four main characters instead of six, the book might have been better. There just wasn't enough character development to really get interested in the lives of the six. Usnavys, I felt, was very undeveloped. They were also stereotyped characters in a way. There's a token lesbian, a token victim of spousal abuse. Sara and Usnavy could easily be left out, spend more time on the other four, and the book would be a lot better.

I came away from this book not loving it and not hating it. I didn't feel like the time I spent on this book was wasted, but then again, I didn't have a lot to do on the day I read it.

It was nice to see a book set in Boston though.
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argona
I felt the characters in the book were very compelling. The women in her story came from different Latina backgrounds and still had an incredible bond. I cried when reading about Sara and her abusive husband, and also laughed out loud with all of Usnavys hysterical comments. Amber the Mexica Princess, was amazing, and even uptight Rebecca was fascinating. I actually indetified with each of these characters in some way or another. I would love to see this made into a movie. Thanks Alisa. Looking forward to your next book!
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nicolette
I finally got this book out of my to-be-read pile and now I'm mad at myself for taking so long to read it! It's a wonderful story of women and friendship. That these women happen to all be Latina is somehow both only a part of the story AND the whole story. Valdes-Rodriguez is truly gifted, giving so many different women such full and complete voices. I gave it three instead of four stars because I felt some of the characters had much weaker voices toward the end.
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doug duncan
While looking for a new book to read i took one look at this one and had to have it! I loved this book so much, it was just a emotional rollercoaster! every girl knows she has some friends like this and its great to see something written about it that isnt a exact replica of Sex in the City. i loved the way it was written giving you different views of every girl in the group. it also had a nice mix of spanish but not leaving you completely dumbfounded if your not to good with your espanol. i would definetley reccommend this to anyone who wants a little taste of the latina life and who liked books like Devil Wears Prada!
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baranda
A remarkably superficial book that reads like tossing a stone across a pond - the author seems to want to touch down in so many places, but doesn't focus on any one thing in particular. As a result, the reader skims across the surface of what might be interesting characters, being told all of their innermost thoughts and feelings instead being allowed to discover them or watch them unfold.

The dialogue is stilted and the situations too melodramatic to allow for any meaningful emotional resonance or engagement.
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katiesmurphy
This book was improperly marketed and was poorly written. Why all the hype? I have no idea other than the fact that Latinas are searching for more representation. This book was not thoroughly researched in terms of Christianity being that she does make it a focal point of her story but with the ignorance of someone who has never actually read the Bible herself. Also, this book was not a "fun" read. This book dealt with very serious and controversial issues that she tried to make "funny". I was deeply disappointed by this book and felt that it was very misleading to a whole generation of up and coming Latin American women. I also will not be watching this as a movie. I enjoy Jennifer Lopez as an actress but not enough to listen to this immature story twice. Pass this book up!
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ed stafford
I loved this book! I am not a Latina but still was able to enjoy the stories of the women in this book. Some reviews said the men were either too perfect or complete A-Holes. What's wrong with that? This is a fiction not non-fiction. The book was very entertaining and I will pick up the sequel to Dirty Girls on Top.
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carrie pomeroy
This book is something that I have been looking for! It has everything! It's a fun book and the characters are wonderful! I wish these sucias were my amigas!
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linda weisholtz
I was so looking forward to this book after reading about the bidding war and the movie rights, but unfortunately it doesn't live up to the hype.
The characters, six Hispanic girl friends in their late 20s, don't have any depth to them. The dialogue sounds forced. They read as representatives of whatever ethnic group they happen to be from, and not as characters unto themselves. In good books, the characters take on a life of their own, but that just doesn't happen here. One character is so out there (Amber), it's just silly.
Overall, I just wasn't convinced.
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raissa chernushenko
I started reading this book because of a recommendation!!! All I can say is that is somewhat entertaining at the beginning but the Disney ending and the stereotypes ruins the mood and credibility even thought this is supposed to be fiction/poetry.
Main things against this book are the liberal use of stereotypes ;also the nationalities represented are NOT properly researched...
Everybody knows ( if your are college educated Latino and fluent in Spanish ) that Cuban(And Caribbean women in general) women -Sara- are kind of loud, feisty and don't put up with B.S. much less a pounding from their husband.
Everybody knows that a "Spanish" from New Mexico (Rebecca) can be either half and half Spanish+ Indian= mestiza ....or probably a descendent from one of the first Spanish colonizers after Columbus set foot in the Americas = translation ...not very likely to be involved with a black men not even as a joke.
Everybody knows that mexxicas such as Amber in reality are from "Del Pueblo ( from the people= poor lower class) not likely to be involved in Rock en español, but do listen to Latin rap or gruperas, etc...That a Cuban American ..Lauren ( actually more American than Cuban ) living outside from south Florida is probably not that proud of her heritage and/or most likely not really Cuban =A pseudolatina ala Cameron Diaz or Christina aguilera ...only using the Latin surname to get some points or to appear exotic !!!
Usnavys is probably the most likely character but a thick mullatta from PR is unlikely to live the life that is portrayed in the novel...she is to big for her breaches !!!!
And Elizabeth really tops the cake....Although there are blacks in Colombia ( more like 10% of the population) most of the Colombian women are on average light skinned ( somewhat a mix of Italian and Spanish looking ) and quite a few white ones too but yet they choose a black one and to top it off make that one a lesbian...shhheeessss!!!!
In the end is sad because checking the people's reviews most of the 4 or 5 starts were given by Anglo (white ) women and citing adjectives like fun, entertaining, good summer reading, etc..in other words they probably laugh at the lives of this women (and probably at the ones in real life !!!) and some of these stereotypes will stay on their heads next time they meet a latina or latino ....
In the end this what happens when you get somebody that knows nothing about Latin culture writing a book about one.
Reading the hyphenated miss Alisa Valdez -Rodriguez bio would reveal as to why of this mishap. Simply stated she is the daughter of a Cuban father and an American (Irish descent ) mother...HMMmmm ...No wonder, next time miss Valdez please use your maternal last name so you can spare us the embarrassment of calling you a latina.
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bita
I was disappointed by this book. I usually like to read women oriented stories, especially from different cultures and expected the same of this. Unfortunately it didn't keep my engrossed at all. It took me few months to finish it...wasn't interesting enough to compel me to pick it up every night. There are many better ones out there, so don't waste your time and money on this.
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vickie jager
This book was an EXCELLENT read! The characters were awesome and hilarious! This book made me laugh, cry and gasp in astonishment! The author did a great job in meshing the caracters together and making them so unique and different in their own little ways. I could relate to Lauren the most in this book.

Get this book, its worht it, its hard to put down!!!

I cant wait for 'Playing Wiht Boys' coming out in Spetemebr 04'!

yay!
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kylee
I found the book extremely entertaining and very relatable. While I am not Latina, I could see myself and my close group of friends mirrored in the charatures. I think we all have a "Lauren" or a "Rebecca" that we know. As for people who feel that Latino men are not represented well, stupid men are found in all races. This book has a similar flavor (but milder) as "Sex and the City". I can't wait for the author's next book
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andriana
Such a fun read! It's chicana "sex in the city"

Highly recommend it!
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harpreet
I laughed out loud, I don't do that with many books.I would say this is a good lite read, nothing that is going to change your life. It was worth the price, because I spent a few hours with some lively mujeres. It turns out Disney, but who cares it was fun while it lasted.I enjoyed it for what it is, living La Vida Latina! Hasta luego, can't wait for her next novel.
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rachel jones
This book is wonderful! I bought it based on a recommendation from a fellow "sucia"... couldn't put it down. It's a fabulous tale of friendship, romance, and culture. Alisa knows what she's talking about. Every Latina is one of these characters. This is a laugh out loud book full of everything you're looking for from a book. Buy it today!
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blakely winner
The Dirty Girls Social Club is what I would call a relaxing book. It takes you away for a little while into the lives of others and also teaches you a little something about different latin cultures. Great book to take with you on a vacation to fill the travel time - short enough to finish & can be read between flights or events. Just enjoy it & don't expect to be blown away, it is just a pleasant book to read.
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pudji tursana
This is great book that keeps you hooked. My college friends recommended this to me and said that it would remind me of our college years and friendship.... and they were right!!! Makes me and my college friends think... "Why didn't we write a book?!?!" Highly recommended for those that stay close to their college buddies... or at least wished they did...
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cassandra
You will not be disappointed with this book. Especially if you
are Latina (or a wanna-be latina like me) you will appreciate
the sections in Spanish and her comments about different aspects
of the Hispanic culture. It was a beautiful and unpredictable story of friends in their 20's. I laughed, I cried, and if you are unsure of buying this book, I'm telling you---it's worth it!!! I can't believe this is her first book and look forward to reading many more!!!
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
luke albert
The Dirty Girls Social Club is about a group of Latinas who meet in college and who meet a few times a year to dish the dirtt.
The characters aren't believable, and everybody is stereotyped, especially the men. They're like something from a bad telenovela. Plus the author doesn't seem to know anything about Latinas outside of her own background, and the errors make you cringe.
I don't recommend this book.
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janice kay
Don't let the title fool you into thinking this will just be some sexual romp. In reality it is a great novel that delves into the psyches of 6 very different and very real women. It deals with domestic abuse, self esteem, divorce, and many other very current and important topics, in a funny but not trivial way. Read this book!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
doris pearson
I loved it! Alisa is a local girl who has done extremely well in this effort! I loved the book and have all my girlfriends reading it. It is a great representation of how girls are there to support each other, regardless of their race or ethnicity. Because it wasn't "beat-you-over-the-head" Latin, it made the cultural references all the richer! This story of friendship and love for your girls is great!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
erika baker
Great book and very funny at times. There are a lot of characters and storylines to follow but the book is structured in a way that allow the reader to easily do so. I love the way Valdes-Rodriguez weeves the culture and history into her modern-day characters. I would recommend Playing with Boys as well.
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donna
I am very impressed with this book. Great characters. Good story and ending.
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katrina
LOVED IT!!!!
Nice easy fast read.....could NOT put it down. I am looking forward to reading other books by this author. A must read.....Hollywood should consider a movie.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
maria goldsmith
I liked the book enough to read it on while on vacation. It's not a great literary masterpiece, but it's witty and funny enough to enjoy. I think people are reading too much into this "latina" thing, maybe it's the "it" word now, just like "Waiting To Exhale" was in the 90's. Don't read to much into it, just enjoy it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
alexis
This was a great book! It was one of those that you hated to finish, because once you did, there was no more. Until Alisa writes another one, that is.
My advice to you? Buy it and read it. It's a keeper.
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k rlis s manis
This book was a letdown. I saw it in all different magazines, so I picked up a copy. I though it was going to be funny, but it wasn't. The girls are supposed to be "sassy" and "feisty" (that's what other reviewers have said), but the girls let people in their lives walk all over them. I only gave it three stars because I'm a nice person.
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amir hossein fassihi
This book gives latinas a bad name. Basically it's about a group of empty headed, useless, lazy, out of shape, and on the top of that boring girls. They are a disgrace to latina community. The book was the most boring one I've seen in ages. Yuck!
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shakeel
I read this for women's studies at university level. It is dramatic and has real-life issues written into it that confront women in general, but especially women of race. A little too detailed in sexual matters, but the details are also realistic.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
aparna sanyal
Great book! I could not put it down. Valdes does a good job of tying together the cultural differences of each of the characters and how those differences help shape their individual identities. Can't wait for her second book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
katharina
I loved this book, I could relate to every one of the girls, by the end of the book I felt like I knew these girs personaly. So did my best friend since I kept feeding her parts of the story. lol

I also read "Playing With Boys" by the same author, similar style, also a very enjoyable read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
joao rodrigues
This is by far the BEST chick book I've ever ready. Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez has an amazing way of making you feel like you're actually PART of this novel, like you're a character in it. Absolutely amazing writing, amazing story, and gives you amazing insight on the world and life. Good job Alisa. Girls, you MUST read this, you're truly missing out!
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
rybber
This book has a very dry start. It does not get good until page 200 or so and 306 is the end of the book. Take your chance if you want to but I would say don't waste your money and get it from the library.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
kristin huntley
I expected the book to be funny. Instead, the opening chapter was one long complaint about Latinos being sterotyped, discriminated against, etc. It was "poor,poor,pitiful me" paragraph after paragaph. The following chapters were downers. Not until the last chapter did good things seem to happen--not the high=spirtited funny novel I had expected.
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colleen
I just loved this book- it was a fun read and I can't wait to see the movie. Well I'd actually love to be in the movie because it would be so much fun. Being un Cuban-American I related to it very well and could see how it translates across cultural bounderies. FUN! FUN! FUN!

Carinos

to all the other Sucias.
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jenn court
This book is great, it's funny and tender it shows that Latinas can come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and economic backgrounds. It demonstrates that a Latina's best alliles are her amigas, no matter how the lives of these woman change they stick together.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nawir nawir
I really enjoyed the book!!! She touched subjects that have be lingering in the Latino community for years. Yet, people don't face up to it. Great Book!!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jean calloway
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. So much so that I did NOT want it to end!
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robynmwhite
This book is amazing. You laugh and cry thoughtout the entire book. It helps if you are Hispanic and understand Spanish. This is by far one of the best books I have ever read.
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alureq
I loved this book!! Great storylines with amazing characters. I couldn't put this book down. Worth reading!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
donna marie
This was an awesome book to read. Definately a chick book. I laughed, cried, was frustrated and felt the emotion of each characters. I highly recommend this really fun book for some social Latina relief.
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stacy b
I loved this author! I read two of her books and want to read others. They are VERY juicy! so much fun to read. :)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ann trimble
El mejor libro que aya escrito la autora. Hacian falta libros haci que uno relaciona con su cultura. Bien por Alisa, estoy loca que escriba otro libro.
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