Vanessa Chavez is a successful assistant chef in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She's rich with friends, loved by her family, but she has one giant Achilles heel: she keeps falling for married men. Not that she knows they're married: each and every time she's duped, mistaken, taken for a ride, outright fooled. When The Husband Habit begins, Vanessa has just fallen for a married guy yet again-but this time, the wife finds out about Vanessa and tries to run her over with her mini-van.
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.
"Lots of fun!!"
New York Times best-selling author Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez’s young adult debut is filled with sharp, witty dialogue and colorful characters. Pasquala Rumalda Quintana de Archuleta (“Paski,” please!) is happy with her quiet life in Taos, New Mexico. But when her comic book artist father Rudolfo gets a huge break in the film industry, the two of them quickly transplant to glamorous Los Angeles. There, Paski runs afoul of upper crust Jessica Nguyen and her beautiful friends. How will Paski get by in a place filled with nothing but haters?
In Dirty Girls on Top, the Sucias are five years older, five times as much fun - but, sad to say, maybe not five times wiser. Lauren is at the top of her game as a columnist for the Boston Herald but still hasn't figured out how to pick a guy - or how to eat (and not eat) like a healthy person.
"Great Book, uncomfortable accent"
Feminism was a religion in Alisa Valdes’s childhood home. Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem took the place of Barbies and left Valdes impressed with a feminist ideology that guided a prolific writing career - at 22 Valdes was named one of the top feminist writers under thirty by the editor of Ms. Magazine. Yet despite her professional success, Valdes hit forty-two a single mom and a serial dater of inadequate men in tweed jackets - until she met the Cowboy. A conservative rancher, the Cowboy held the traditional views on gender roles that Valdes was raised to reject.
In this stylish and sparkly novel, six Latinas, friends from college, form the Dirty Girls Social Club, a mutual support and admiration society. The woman are a varied lot: there is Lauren, the columnist for the local paper, and Usnavys, whose agenda is to land a wealthy man. There is also Rebecca, Elizabeth, Sara, and Amber, who all have different goals and different problems. They all meet regularly, no matter what, to share their lives and their adventures.
"What a great read !!"
Paski and her father move to Southern California, where his comic strip has been optioned for a movie. At her new high school, money is everything and the haters rule, especially beautiful, cruel Jessica Nguyen. While Paski tries to concentrate on mountain biking and not thinking too much about ultra-hot Chris Cabrera, she is troubled by visions.
In Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez's delicious new novel, three friends, each a Latina in her late 20s, take Los Angeles by storm. Marcella, Olivia, and Alexis have bonded not only over trouble with men but about how tough it is to make life work in L.A. no matter what you do.
"Chicklit full of Fluff"
The "him" in Make Him Look Good is Ricky Biscayne, sexy Latin singing sensation who has taken the pop world by storm. But it takes more than swiveling hips and dreamy eyes to get to the top of the charts.