Sunday, November 20, 2011

An Early X-MAS gift...

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Friday, November 18, 2011

The Real Friday Night Chicas

Now that we have finished our four-part review of the book, the girls get together for a real Friday night. One night. Three hot movies.

With a bowl of popcorn in the middle, we will sit back and watch the most sizzling and hilarious movies of all--Dance with me, Chasing Papi, and Real Women have curves.

We will return with more reviews after this.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Friday Night Chicas - Pt. 4

The more things changed by Sofia Quintero

Gladys’ friends throw her a bachelorette party at one of NYC’s raunchiest male strip joints. They expected a party, but they didn’t expect the not-so-blushing bride to disappear with one of the strippers!

Reviewed by: Minnie G.

Review: This story begins with Ricky’s POV, but the story is not centered on her; it’s supposed to be on Gladys (at least, that’s what I deduced from the plot summary above.) No, the whole thing is told by Ricky, who is married. Shouldn’t she have been single at least? I mean, that’s what I gathered from the main title of the book: Friday Night Chicas. I assumed every girl in the story was going to be single. Well, certainly for the main character at least.

When Ricky is reunited with her college friends, they play catch-up with the “are you married?” and “do you have any kids?” kind of thing—boring! The only thing that woke me up was Lisa’s secret affair….with a girl! The stripper scenes were kind of gross. My god, those women were practically having sex with these guys right on the stage!

It really only tells more about the past and their friendship, not what’s going on in the present.

I guess it sort’ve made sense that Gladys was not the main character, because you develop an instant dislike to her; and, by the end, you hate her guts. What a horny slut! She should’ve told her fianc├ę what happened that night.

Really, all this night did was raise some old resentment that divided the foursome. Yet, it also renewed the bond between the dynamic duo—Ricky and Lisa.

Ultimately, I feel that this story just did not belong in a book filled with stories of love burgeoning from a wild Friday night. Not that it was a bad story. It actually was a critical study of how women forge lasting friendships, even if it doesn’t really last forever.

Friday Night Chicas is a good book to curl up with on a cold night when guys aren’t knocking down your door for a date and all you have left are a pair of PJ’s and a warm bottle of tequila.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Friday Night Chicas - Pt. 3

Revenge of the Fashion Goddess by Berta Platas

The once-shy Cali has decided to attend her high school reunion. She slips into her slinkiest Donna Karan and puts on her highest Manolos. After all, she’s out to seek revenge, Latina style….

Reviewed by: Sandra L.

Review: Okay, first of all, the character’s name was Cali, short for California. Wow, what an interesting name! It’s unique and can be shortened to a cute title. I would almost consider naming my daughter that. I liked how it starts off with Cali wanting to show all the people she went to school with that she wasn’t the same geek anymore. A slap in the face can be so sweet. The former geek’s desire reminded me of Carrie, one of my favorite movies of all time. I secretly wanted Cali to waste them all!

Eventually, Cali meets up with Rick—you know, that guy who was like your best friend but whom you secretly had a crush on. Rick was a hottie! But then Cali finds something out about Rick while hiding in the bathroom stall. It surprised me too!

This story had a bunch of flawed reality, full of repressed fear and personal growth, which made for a true-to-life page-turner. I was glad that this wasn’t about a dog that’s been in heat all these years and is now finally letting go of her inhibitions. No, there was a real lesson to be learned for the main character. After all these years, Cali still needed to “grow” out of her teenage self.

This was the best story of all!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Friday Night Chicas - Pt. 2

Hearts are Wild by Caridad Pi├▒eiro

It’s Tori’s thirtieth birthday and all she wants is a nice, quiet night with her family and friends. However, Tori’s friends have other plans, and, during an overnight casino cruise, Tori finds herself taking the gamble of her life.

Reviewed by: Celia F.

Review: I liked Tori. I could relate to her in almost every way—from her putting work first above all else, including love, to having friends practically shove a man-whore in your face. Even your own mother!

At first, “Mr. Papi Chulo” (the guy she meets while gambling) seemed like a player (what else would you find in a casino, right?) but then he revealed a shy, clumsy side, which made him a whole lot sexier than showing off all that bravado. I enjoyed how the author turned the tables in the story by having Tori think like a guy with all her rules: no names, no expectations, no disappointments. But then the guy surprised her by thinking like a chick—he wanted to know her name.

I found the ending to be too coincidental, even for a romance story. It definitely could’ve used some more editing. Some phrases just didn’t make sense. I think the author needed to merge her sentences for a better flow.