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A vibrant and absorbing novel of six friends - each an unforgettable Latina in her late 20s - and the complications and triumphs in their lives. 

As soon as it was written, The Dirty Girls Social Club began turning heads. The Chicago Tribune reported that the book "set off a bidding frenzy" among publishers. The Associated Press reported that "even people running the copy machines at major publishing houses just had to read The Dirty Girls Social Club." 

It's no wonder the media is all in a whirl. In this heartfelt and absorbing novel, Valdes-Rodriguez opens up the lives of six upwardly mobile Latina friends in their late 20's. These women, who come from widely varied backgrounds, meet at Boston University and, after graduating, reunite every six months to share their stories. Facing the complications and pressures of everyday lives, the Social Club offers a chance to meet regularly, dish, dine, and help each other over the bumpy course of life and love. 

Filled with humor, drama, and the redemptive power of friendship, The Dirty Girls Social Club promises to be one of the most talked-about books of the year. 

©2003 Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez (P)2002 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Ce que les critiques en disent

"This is a fun, irresistible debut." (Publishers Weekly

"As a guilty pleasure I would say The Dirty Girls Social Club ranks somewhere between Valrhona chocolate and Jimmy Choo shoes - I simply could not put it down." (Whitney Otto, author of How to Make an American Quilt)  

"This is a heartfelt, fast-moving, and often funny page-turner." (Booklist

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • MelindaCogs
  • 2004-10-02

Entertaining but not spectactular

This book was a light, entertaining listen as long as you don't expect too much. While the character were interesting, the story was somewhat predictable. My biggest disappointment with this audiobook however was not with the story, which was amusing enough. Instead- it was with the author who insited on reading the book herself. She tries to hold on to character voices and accents, but slips back into her natural voice an accent within a few sentences. This became distracting to the point of annoyance at times. Other than that, it was a fun, easy listen.

4 les gens ont trouvé cela utile

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jennifer
  • 2004-10-13

Lots of fun!!

Just need to pay attention ....a lot of characters! I really loved it and would highly recommend it!

3 les gens ont trouvé cela utile

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • JLH
  • 2004-11-19

The Dirty Girls Social Club

Absolutely loved this book. The characters were colorful and wonderful. Women of all ages will appreciate the deep friendships and their circle of love and support. It was a treat to hear the author 'read' her book to us. My only criticism is I would have preferred an unabridged version. I look forward to a sequel from this talented writer.

6 les gens ont trouvé cela utile

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lyn
  • 2004-02-16

Go unabridged!

A great book - would have rather had an unabridged edition to hear every last detail!

8 les gens ont trouvé cela utile

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Chaz
  • 2003-10-08

Great American stories

This book does a great job of of setting a common American story, that which describes the experiences, differences and similarities between immigrants and natives of (perhaps) the same ethnic group. This group of girlfriends explore the varied hardships, adventures,and joys that comprise the latina experience in the USA. The well written stories are sad, thought provoking and at times hilarious. This would make a great movie and do much to show other Americans how varied Hispanic life and culture can be. The only problem with this book is that it wasn't long enough. I would peek at the timer and lament that this book was almost over.

9 les gens ont trouvé cela utile

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • G. Galanti
  • 2004-11-02

Great stories!

I loved this book! The characters were interesting and I cared about them. Even though I am not Latina, I could totally related to the characters. They were women, who happened to be Hispanic. As an anthropologist, I found the variations between different subcultures fascinating.

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Adora Curry
  • 2019-11-22

Good But . . .

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is an incredibly talented writer. This book certainly captures your interest an as an African American woman I appreciated getting a glimpse into the world of my Latina sisters, but at times I also felt like I was intruding. The characters were well developed, but one scene in particular was too cringeworthy to stomach. I've never been so physically repulsed and at the same time angry from reading a book. My only recommendation for the author is give us more because 3 hours from such a talented writer is too little. I hope to have an 8 to 12 hour book from her in the future, the writing and characters are that great!!

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • RCD
  • 2019-06-07

Buena Sucia!

I love all of Alisa's books. She writes so well that I can picture what the characters in the book would look like. And I'm lucky enough to have met Alias. She is great responding to fans. I look forward to listening to the rest (even though I've read them, it's a joy to listen to).

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • AudioBookHoe
  • 2017-04-24

Nostalgic

What did you love best about The Dirty Girls Social Club?

It was extremely diverse and highlighted very different latinx narratives

What did you like best about this story?

Elizabeth, she reminded me the most of me

Have you listened to any of Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't but she did a great job. I wish she narrated the sequel

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were too many to mention

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jacob
  • 2016-05-03

If Donald Trump read this book, he'd have a heart attack.

Beautiful expression of Latina culture in America. Would recommend to immigrants and all Americans who don't fully understand the impact of our cultures on each other. It beautifully portrays how women view themselves and others and the complex issues that women and immigrants have to deal with in a patriarchal society that essentially forces immigrants to assimilate or get out. It shows that America is a melting pot of cultural diversity and we can't ignore the prejudice in our country against women and immigrants.