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Publisher's Summary

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "simply wonderful", How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents captures the vivid lives of the Garcia sisters, four privileged and rebellious Dominican girls adapting to their new lives in America. In the 1960s, political tension forces the Garcia family away from Santo Domingo and toward the Bronx. The sisters all hit their strides in America, adapting and thriving despite cultural differences, language barriers, and prejudice. But Mami and Papi are more traditional, and they have far more difficulty adjusting to their new country. Making matters worse, the girls, frequently embarrassed by their parents, find ways to rebel against them.

A touching coming-of-age tale, this enthralling book perfectly illuminates the intergenerational struggles and multicultural clashes so common to the American immigrant family.

©1991 Julia Alvarez (P)2006 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"These interconnected vignettes of family life, resilience, and love are skillfully intertwined and offer young adults a perspective on immigration and families as well as a look at America through Hispanic eyes. This unique coming-of-age tale is a feast of stories that will enchant and captivate readers." ( School Library Journal)

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  • Karie A
  • Long Beach, CA United States
  • 06-25-14

How the Garcia Girls lost their reader

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I was expecting this book to be entertaining per previous reviews. However, i found myself lost in a myriad of stories and points of views. The book changes from a narrative of at least 5 characters the do not even give perspective into the same "story". They each go off into different times in the life that have no correlation. It's almost as if the book should have been broken down into several short stories of different people at one point or another in NY or the Dominican Republic. While some of these stories were good, overall the book was lacking a seamless transition.

Has How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents turned you off from other books in this genre?

It will not. I'm always excited to find new authors.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narration was not bad.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

dissapointment

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Reader

Needs to sound more realistic... Have some feelings you sound like a robot. Plus fix the fast forward effect. Thanks

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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tedious

I continue listening to this only because I paid for it. If I'd borried it from the library, I'd return it before listening to the end.
It's tedious. It lacks the joy of life inherent in hispanic culture. Each character monotonously probes their inner feelings.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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I loved it.

I really enjoyed this book.
its a truly lovely story told be a series of unrealisable narrators. It's a wonderful example of how a family stories, which are so engrained in our family's collective memory are usually remembered very different and how the stories that shape us evolved. I enjoyed the unusual structure of this book and the many truths it captures. Iencters are narated by different actors and I always enjoy that.

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Could not wait to finish book.

No overall big plot or theme. Seems like just mundane tales of everyday events. Boring.

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Difficult to follow

I normally listen to all books start to finish but I just couldn't keep going with this one. It felt disjointed, the stories jumped all over from time and place. It was jumbled and I was left disappointed.

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Genre misleading

Not a teen novel. Language and content is difficult. More appropriate for young college kids.

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Very poetic

It was a little scattered, but the stories were superbly written, and the imagery was stunning.

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Good book, interesting story

Good narrators but you couldn't really distinguish the change in voices when it came to the different characters.

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Garcia Girls

Struggled to finish...it might have been better if they never lost it. i will have to facithis read with my work...