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Make Him Look Good

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,301 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
The "him" in MAKE HIM LOOK GOOD is Ricky Biscayne, sexy Latin singing sensation who has taken the pop world by storm. The women who orbit him include:

--Milan, Ricky's new publicist, smart as a whip and chubby as only a girl who still lives at home with her parents can be

--Geneva, Milan's sister and as lean and chic as Milan is not; her Club G promises to be Miami's hottest
Paperback, 432 pages
Published February 20th 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published April 1st 2006)
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Jun 28, 2015 Vannessa rated it liked it
Basically the book is about a self-absorbed pop star who is crossing over to become America's newest Latin sensation. It is told from the point of view of different the women in his life - his publicist (and biggest fan) Milan , her sister Geneva - who is opening a club in Miami with Ricky as an investor, his ex (and current) lover pop star/movie star Jill Sanchez, his high school sweetheart Irene, who also has his daughter, Sophia, and his current wife Jasminka, who is pregnant and he believes ...more
Dec 09, 2008 Dana rated it did not like it
I was surprised at just how shallow this book was. I didn't enjoy the stereotypes or the characters who were almost identical to "real-life" celebrities, such as the big-bottomed "jill" who was a dead-ringer for Jennifer Lopez in her earlier years. I felt like I was back in the '80's again, reading Jackie Collins... only much less enjoyable. The only redeeming quality to me were a few details of Cuban-American life in Miami and some of the delicious food the characters were eating.
Mar 06, 2010 Dexterine rated it did not like it
This book was disgusting, first of all, and full of it. It had everything i hate. Ricky the untalented, cheating husband. Milan i hated the most because of her- how do i say this- problems. Jasminka whose an idiot for not leaving when she had chances, and being so needy. However, the good thing about this book is how Alisa related all the characters so they knew each other from a friend, sister, childhood, or directly.
Apr 08, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some authors tend to write all their books in the same region. Nicholas Sparks can 19t seem to get out of North Carolina, and Chris Bojalian and Jodi Picoult are loyal New Englanders. Other authors feel most comfortable writing about a certain topic. John Grisham loves the law, and Kristin Gore uses her knowledge of politics in her writing. What I like about Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is that she writes about a culture. All of her books are full of Latin heritage, and her main characters are sassy, ...more
Oct 25, 2010 Dyschelle rated it did not like it
From the very first line in the prologue, I thought it was awful. I couldn't even finish reading it.
Mar 15, 2009 Natalye rated it it was ok
"Make Him Look Good" -Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez (2006)

Something I really like about the writing style in this author's books is her voice. It is a bit cumbersome to read, but she has one that is undeniably unique, that pronounces a sense of ownership over the things she writes. Unfortunately, that same voice is also somewhat annoying. I think this book was interesting, and I appreciate the way that she wove a whole slew of seemingly unrelated characters together, with changing viewpoints and narrat
Pat Wootton
Mar 14, 2013 Pat Wootton rated it really liked it
This book has all the makings of your classic chick-lit read. It details the life and loves of famous Latino pop singer Ricky Biscayne, his rail-thin long-suffering model wife Jasminka, his mistress - fellow pop star Jill Sanchez, his publicist, naive Milan, Milan's elegant and constantly superior sister Geneva, and in a somewhat separate story, firefighter Irene, a single mother raising Ricky's daughter on a meagre budget but with determination and spirit.

It is this elaborate cast of characters
Jun 02, 2015 Nicole added it
I started this book while at the beach and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The character of Jill Sanchez is obviously based on a very popular actress/singer, which made it much more entertaining for me. This book kept me engrossed for the past two days; I couldn't put it down. I was very glad to see the main character's growth and enjoyed the ending (although it was slightly predictable).
Gabby Naus
Aug 30, 2015 Gabby Naus rated it liked it
Gelezen in het Nederlands, heet dan Ziet er goed uit!

Iets teveel hoofdpersonen die van invloed zijn op het leven van Ricky, het duurt even voor de verwikkelingen echt goed te volgen zijn.
Maar dan zit het leuk in elkaar, fijn feel-good-book, 3*
Dec 26, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it
Another delicious read by Alisa in which a handful of before unrelated but connected characters discover true friendship, life, and themselves. I love that there were so many real-life analogies or actual literature mentioned within the piece. I felt that I really knew Milan because she enjoyed the same type of literature and bonded with the same characters that i have. For example Jemima J: Jemima J A Novel About Ugly Ducklings and Swans **spoiler alert** I do wish she would have been as strong ...more
Sep 06, 2007 Crystal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chick lit fans, especially of Hispanic chick lit
Shelves: chick-lit
This book wasn't as enjoyable as the author's other two books. It was still interesting to learn about the different facets of Hispanic culture. Sometimes the author's trick of multiple points of view for narration really weighed the story down, though, and it was hard to root for the main character, since she was chasing after and sleeping with a man she knew was married, with a pregnant wife. AVR did a good job depicting the vile womanizer, but the obvious "J-Lo" character was cartoony and alm ...more
Giselle Froman
Her first book was amazing. Her second book so-so so I figured maybe the third would be good. Not so much. I got it at the bargain table so for four bucks, I guess it wasn't bad. it takes place in Miami which is I enjoyed except for the part where someone who lived in Miami goes into labor and drives to Memorial West to have the baby. Not so much. Some of the characters are based on celebs and it's really easy to see which ones she is talking about. Too many characters, not enough time to flesh ...more
Feb 26, 2008 Amanda rated it it was ok
I loved her first book but have been very disappointed with the last two from her. She seems to specialize in stereotyping her characters and making huge assumptions. This book's "main character" was annoyingly stupid. Not to mention the author goes overboard describing her starting her period and not bathing.

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez also parodies some major Latino actors/actresses/singers, which is fine and is laughable but they are so thinly veiled that it is clearly obvious who she is making f
Jul 24, 2008 Elaine rated it really liked it
I listened to this book on audiobook (which is great for the ride to and from work.) and I loved it!! The characters were great. It cracked me up because several of the characters were based on real actor/actress not sure if they were based on them but hey I so think I know who they were supposed to be like. The story was pretty good and I love the things the characters had to say they were hilar! I can't wait to read another book by her.

I would love to make this a LitDiva book but I don't know
Aug 11, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing
And yet another book by the wonderful Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez. This would be her second book I have finished, and have absolutly loved. Her books are an amazing indulgence in the sweet and sour parts of life. Again, six people.. different stories. Valdes-Rodriguez's books arent in regular chapters like you'd see in a book, they are made up of the different charachters in the book. This book is a soap opera styled book, that ends up in a twist, never expected. I smiled, laughed, cried, and got mad ...more
Myrtle Yvonne
May 12, 2013 Myrtle Yvonne rated it did not like it
"This book is one of the worsts" the sentence I repeatedly muttered after closing the book. I was tempted in not finishing the book at mid-part because it's just a waste of time to read and it is extremely mundane - but I did anyway, after all, I finish everything I started.

It's about this old, insecure, fat, big-ass, geek, girl who's obsessed with the self-beset celebrity named, Ricky. He fired his publicist and of course, the fan girl applied in favor of her liberated sister. It's no fun - ev
May 05, 2014 Karlin rated it liked it
Good guilty please read.
Mariam Dragneel
Mar 28, 2016 Mariam Dragneel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book!
Oct 10, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it
I'm not sure I would like this book as much if I had read it. I listened to it on CD and loved it b/c the narrator gave such voice to the characters. Ricky is a latino pop star who's an absolute deadbeat- into drugs, other women, and himself. Each chapter is told from the perspective of the different women in his life- his publicist (love her), her sister (who is also opening a restaurant with him), his wife (an anorexic super-model who is extremely sweet), and his mother. I love the way their l ...more
Valdes-Rodriguez is smart and funny and knows how to tell a good story.
Feb 11, 2008 Lulu rated it liked it
I'd like to start off by saying that I really love author Rodriguez's writing style. Her flow just makes the book hard to put down. It's so easy to read. This book started out great. She makes it easy to relate to the main character and easy to connect with the other characters as well (maybe cause they're real-life characters *wink *wink). Somewhere in the middle it started falling apart for me and I thought the end was a real stretch. I didn't care for the ending at all. Definitely a beach rea ...more
Lisa Lewis
Jul 03, 2012 Lisa Lewis rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
Superficial and unbelievable characters. Excessive references to material possessions - especially expensive brands. Gratuitous sex. Painted most people in a light that was so cynical it left me feeling jaded, in spite of the fact that the characters seemed unrealistic. But fun? Oh, yes, it was fun. Kind of like reading "Us" magazine. Not even "People" (too classy), just "Us". I have one lingering question: is Jennifer Lopez (on whom one of the main characters was clearly based) really like that ...more
Jun 28, 2008 Ally rated it it was amazing
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May 07, 2010 Maureen rated it it was ok
I picked this up on impulse while I was on vacation. I was intrigued by the notion of "chica" lit. I kinda of wish the book had either been more substantive or more fluffy. The multi-narrator format didn't work well, in my opinion, since the varied characters were so inconsistently developed. I would have enjoyed the book more if it had steered clear of the serious subjects and just been a romp, or if half the minor characters were eliminated and the central characters really developed.
Oct 05, 2008 Lucy rated it really liked it
This book relates to what happens in real life to us all women when we like,love a man or maybe not sure what kind of feeling we have towards them just for what he seems to be and what he make us believe. When we realize that he turns out not to be what we expect then that will leaves us heartbroken, but we learn from it...we get to become stronger and something much better awaits for us. It made me smile,laugh and get mad. Is funny, passionate and adventurous!!
Mar 04, 2008 Christina rated it liked it
Before I read: Ugh . . . quite possibly the worst name for a book ever. I really enjoyed her other two books, but so far I'm lost on this one. Ricky Biscayane appears to be a complete ass, so it makes no sense why all of these women are crazy for him.

After I read: Ok, as unbelieveable as it was overall, I still found it to be a pretty good beach read. Wait until you have an afternoon that you want to turn your brain off. This is perfect for such a time!
Apr 10, 2007 Yahaira rated it did not like it
Embarrassing!!! That's exactly what this book is. The author literally ripped off all the tabloid headlines of the past two years and sloppily slapped together a book based off of them. It was a pathetic attempt at creating a work of fiction. The slight name changes are a thin veil attempting to mask the rampant plagiarism that characterizes the book. I was truly disgusted with the author after this book.
Iris Robinson
Interesting storyline, but fairly superficial. Milan aggravated me most of the book, as she's very naive and doesn't have ANY self-respect. But I feel like she also had the most growth throughout the book, as a main character should. My favorite character was Jasminka because she was the most complex. Entertaining for my commute, but wouldn't read again.
Lisa Petrocelly
Jul 30, 2011 Lisa Petrocelly rated it it was amazing
I love this writer and recommend her all the time to customers looking for "something different" when they want chick lit that's actually smart and well-written. This is the 4th of hers that I've read and I loved all of them. This one in particular gives you great insight into the world of publicists and what they do for their celebrity employers.
Oct 08, 2007 Stephanie added it
Recommends it for: people looking for a quick, pointless read
This is the book that begs the question, "What does Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez have against Jennifer Lopez?" I cannot possibly rate it because I thought it was on the one hand one of the most one-dimensional books I've read in a long time with the most predictable ending. On the other hand, it did keep my attention. It was a quick, easy read.
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