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Becoming Latina in 10 Easy Steps

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With no marriage prospects and a high-powered career, Marcela Alvarez is already a spinster in the eyes of her traditional family. But when she finds out her deadbeat dad wasn't Latino, her problems only worsen. It's time for her to change some things and prove she still has Chicana roots with a fool-proof ten-step plan, including:

- Dating Mexican men. Her work crush, Ge
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 3rd 2006 by Berkley Trade
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Maggie Boyd
Marcela Alvarez is stunned when she finds out that her dad is not her biological father. Her family still treats her like one of their own but there is one small caveat - her sisters figure that the reason Marcela is not as Mexican as the rest of them is because of her white father. Determined to out-Latina the rest of the family makes a list of all the things she feels the perfect Latina would do - among them be more Catholic, cook great Mexican food, visit Mexico, mentor a young Mexican girl a ...more
beth
Cute summer pool read.
Livin' la  Vida Latina
Reviewed by: Sandra L

Review: Marcela just found out she's half white because her mother had an affair with someone else, so now she doesn't know who she is. Then a comment from her family sends her on a mission: to prove that she is as much Latina as any of them. So she begins this 10-step program--really, they're a bunch of cliches for Mexicans (i.e. Spanish cooking, good dancers, etc.) If she was going to add a bunch of stereotypes, she might've also included knowing Spanish and living in a ba
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Marti
I had high homes for "Becoming Latina." It was awesome to see a book that was about a Latin girl. She's educated, from a good family, and has a great job. The one thing she can't seem to get together is her love life. She's commitment phobic and afraid of love, which seems like a disconnect given the rest of her situation. Instead she buries herself in her work and family. Her life is turned upside down when she learns of her mother's affair and the possiblity that she might be a product of that ...more
Mary Wyman
This book was about many things: life, future, family, love, and yourself. It was written with emotion and described the emotions. I was purely shocked at how more emotional this was and I think this book made me realize something. I don't know what, but what I do know is that it is helpful.
Diane
When Marcela finds out that she may be a product of her mother's ill-fated love affair with a Gringo she decides she must learn how to become more Latina.

With the help of her best friend she comes up with a list of 10 steps she must take in order to accomplish this.

While the book moves along with likable characters there is a strange disconnect in the writing style when the author includes sex scenes. Most of the book is written in a way that would appeal to pre-teens and tweens while the sex sc
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Bungluna
Pretty good and funny, though still needs some editing.
Kristi
A great summer read! Interesting enough to give you food for thought, but light enough to enjoy in a day or two. The character is very real, enabling you to identify with her plight and feel sympathetic to her. What would you do if your identify was turned upside down? I don't think anyone every really knows until it happens to them.
Deborah
Marcela finds out her father isn't the man who raised her, she is the product of her mother's affair with a white guy. She wants to prove to her family that she is true to her Latin roots. She makes a list of ten things she needs to do to become more Latina.
Funny story with a good message at the end.
Uncorrected gallery proof.
Marissa
Marcela is a single Latina, whose family is pushing her to be "more" Latina and marry a nice Latino boy. Fed up with the pressure, Marcela decides that she will make herself a program-- ten easy steps to follow to become "more" Latina. It is a funny, touching book.
Shawanna
Cute book, easy read. After having a bombshell dropped on her about her parentage by a vindictive family member, Marcela goes on a quest to prove her Latin-ness to her family and herself.
Amanda
This book touched a lot of the issues my chicana friends have about identity and finding that one educated Mexican or American man that will fit in with la familia. Loved it.
Vianna  Tedder
Silly, predictable and a fun read. The gang stuff is way cliché and the sex scenes are like soap operas; it’s an okay book to fall asleep to.


Aimee Garcia
if you would like to read this bok you can fin it in the public library in 161 and st.nicholas st.
Llima
Very cute, easy read if you just want to relax and enjoy something funny.
Angela
Very cute story. I enjoyed this book. A very easy read.
Millie
Aug 15, 2007 Millie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: my friends.
It was pretty funny.
Kim
loved it :)
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