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Loving Pedro Infante

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  395 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
In the soothing darkness of her local theater, thirty-something teacher's aide and divorcée Teresina "Tere" Ávila looks straight into the smoldering eyes of Pedro Infante and wonders where her life has gone. The impossibly handsome Mexican singer and movie icon died in 1957, but to Tere -- secretary of the Pedro Infante fan club chapter 256 -- he remains an everlasting sym ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 19th 2002 by Washington Square Press (first published April 15th 2001)
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Teresa
Aug 02, 2008 Teresa rated it it was amazing
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Rocky
Jan 28, 2009 Rocky rated it really liked it
Actually re-reading it because it made me laugh the first time I read it several years ago. I love Tere's character and her use of language (both English and Spanish, which she mixes quite a bit). I had forgotten that she nick-names her diaphragm "Swamp Thing."
Cristina
Jan 18, 2017 Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didnt-finish
Really didn't like this translation. I don't know if they were typographical errors or gramatical errors, but I will read in the figure in the original english.
Jessica
Apr 01, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Denise Chávez’s 2001 Loving Pedro Infante is one of those books that becomes your friend.

Tere Avila is an “educational assistant” – teacher’s aide – in Cabritoville, near El Paso. She’s a divorced, 30-something woman who spends her time hanging out with her best friend, Irma, at Tino’s La Tempestad Lounge every Friday and Saturday night and serving as secretary in the Pedro Infante Fan Club, whose members watch the Mexican actor’s old movies from the 1940s and 1950s and analyze them as though th
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Jay
Apr 17, 2016 Jay rated it it was amazing
Tere Avila, the main character in Denise Chavez's novel 1CLoving Pedro Infante, 1D maintains a strange and beautiful love for the famous Mexican film star and mariachi. In fact for her its more than an infatuation with Pedro, it 19s a way of life. She 19s disconnected from her family, and abandoned by an abusive husband. She tries to keep things together by gutting it out as a school aide, and putting in her time in drunken singles bars and cafes.Her only sense of relief comes from two close fri ...more
Britt Doughty-godchaux
I really enjoyed this book. Granted, I particularly loved brushing up on all the interesting Mejicano words that were not in my dictionary, but I also felt that characters were real, very real. The protagonist was flawed, and although I hear that some other reviewers felt that the characters went in circles, this felt even more realistic to me. People do not grow in a straight line, in a linear fashion, try as we might. Instead, we circle around an issue, and circle around and circle around unti ...more
Bob
Dec 21, 2014 Bob rated it liked it
Shelves: western
The timeline doesn't always make sense and there's almost no plot, but the joy here (as in Face of an Angel) is the love Chavez has for her southwest, even at its most ridiculous:

"The Border Cowboy offered down-home, country-style cooking with endless cups of coffee that could bring the dead back to life. Greasy-looking merchandise was on the wall for sale: white caps with Border Cowboy across the front in red, white and blue letters, white cotton T-shirts with the restaurant logo: 'Where the
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Cynthia
Apr 11, 2012 Cynthia rated it really liked it
Meet Teresina "Tere" Avila a 30 something year old single woman who has an obsession with the legendary Mexican icon Pedro Infante. She studies his life, the women he loved, the women who loved him, and above all else his music and films. However, with all her studying she has found herself not only idolizing a womanizer but also dating one.

To say there is a true beginning and end to this story would be nonfactual. Instead, Chavez delights her readers through the journey of a middle aged woman
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Sofia Galvez
Sep 24, 2014 Sofia Galvez rated it liked it
Shelves: latino, 2014
3.5 stars for this book.

I was almost about to give up on this book after just reading 30 pages. It felt very stereotypical and prejudice about every kind of person but then I thought, "well I guess that made it more realistic." The way the characters thought was by no means politically correct and I think that showed that the characters were flawed. Anyways, the characters and the story grew on me. I felt these chicanas were people I knew and I was rooting for them. My only complaint with the b
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Jen
Jul 22, 2010 Jen rated it really liked it
I really really liked this book. I'd describe it as a darker and chicana version of Bridget Jones' Diary. Not that this book was written as diary entries or even as overtly funny, but the narrative was similar. And like the Jones character, a real life version of Tere would probably drive me nuts, but there was still something likeable and relatable to the protagonist, because, I guess, of all her faults. Chavez is a very descriptive writer, almost to the point of giving you TMI, and the read fo ...more
Sierra
Apr 05, 2015 Sierra rated it it was ok
This was the final book that I had to read for my Senior Seminar class this semester and it was definitely my lest favorite of the four. There were parts of it that I enjoyed, but they were few and far between. In general I don't like adult novels or books set in the past very much, so the odds were already stacked against this book in my eyes, but my biggest problem was how inappropriate this book was. And I don't just mean overly descriptive in intimate moments. There were a lot of moments tha ...more
Susan
Dec 18, 2015 Susan rated it it was ok
Tere, the main character, is like a kiddie roller coaster. Her life has little ups and downs but nothing unexpected happens. She keeps doing the same things over and over again and somehow expecting the outcome to change because she is so persistent. The town, her social life, and her job all are going nowhere. The only thing that kept this book from being a complete dead end was that she didn't die. Great study of how not to live your life if you want to accomplish anything.
Scottsdale Public Library
Tere Avila is fed up with her no-good boyfriend, Lucio, and her stalled life in border-town Cabritoville, TX. Her only escape is to join the Pedro Infante fan club and to idolize her favorite movie star of the golden age of Mexican cinema. A bawdy and boisterous example of contemporary Chicana chick-lit. - Paula C.
Amanda
Jan 13, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
I love vivid characters and this book definitely had that. However, I was so frustrated with Tere that I found myself wanting to shake her most of the time. She was in a cycle of bad relationships and every time I thought she turned a corner, she was back in the middle of one. And while that's realistic, it was frustrating to me.
Mendy
Jul 23, 2009 Mendy rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, the characters and the plot were pretty believable, except for Texas Cowboy. Why must everyone make Texans over the top! Anyway that aside I really enjoyed the story but did get lost several times trying to translate the spanish. Go figure the only words I really understood were the bad words! I plan on reading more by this author!
Chi Dubinski
Apr 03, 2012 Chi Dubinski rated it really liked it
Thirty-something Tere Avila is in love with Mexican movie star Pedro Infante, who is Elvis and Cary Grant all rolled into one. This is a more gratifying relationship than the one she has with her real-life married lover, who refuses to commit. The author explores femininity and cultural identity, and there are many references to Chicano culture and language.
Monica
Mar 15, 2011 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Chicana Chick Lit at its best. I loved how she wove English & Spanish, it wasn't forced and just came naturally. Tere comes off as a truly likable character, even if she does act like a pendeja for being so in love with Lucio.
Also, this is probably the first fiction novel I've read that not only included my last name, but my mom's maiden name as well!
Bill Cooper
Feb 24, 2013 Bill Cooper rated it it was ok
Just not my kinda book. Chick-flicky and it just didn't grab me. Part of this is probably because I read it for a class and didn't read it of my own accord. Not badly written though. It was enjoyable from that perspective. I think someone with a better grasp of Spanish might like this more.
Book Concierge
From the descriptions I thought it would be quite humorous - it wasn't. There is a llot of Spanish interspersed throughout the book. I am comfortable with that, as I speak Spanish, but not all readers will appreciate it. All in all, I'd say it's an okay read.
Claudia Pocasangre
Jan 12, 2011 Claudia Pocasangre rated it liked it
If you have ever fallen hard for the wrong man this book is a mirror into your bitchy, self indulgence, pendeja type of mind set. I don't recommend it for those who are anti-melodrama. But hey, I'm Latina I love the stuff.
jaylene
Apr 15, 2007 jaylene rated it liked it
This book is really funny, but you need to have a working knowledge of Spanish, or a friend to help you. The english and spanish are interwoven, lots of slang in the jokes. It is alost like a Mexicana seinfeld, where it is a story about everyday life, nothing spectacular. It is a quick fun read.
Rada
Aug 15, 2010 Rada rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I just couldn't get into this book. I wanted to like it but it was too sexual for me. Sigh.
Natalie
Apr 26, 2008 Natalie rated it it was ok
Couldn't get into it.
Megan Clayton
Dec 24, 2011 Megan Clayton rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books. The characters are real, the story is light. It's perfect to pick up again and again when I keep getting interputed.
Mary
Dec 01, 2009 Mary rated it liked it
My year living in Santa Fe taught me enough Spanish slang & cursing to be able to laugh with Tere. The descriptions of places & people were pretty funny
Evey
May 21, 2013 Evey rated it it was amazing
This book is a super funny read. Reminds me of growing up Mexicana in a border town. It'll put a smile on your face =)
Sandra
Feb 10, 2010 Sandra rated it liked it
This book made me laugh, it made me cry and it made me super angry at all the jerks that come into our lives.
Joy
Apr 23, 2015 Joy rated it really liked it
I had to read this for my hispanic literature class, & I really liked it - enough to not sell back my book!
Maria
May 24, 2007 Maria rated it liked it
Shelves: lozano-book-club
good a little like chick lit but a slightly older audience and with a latina twist.
Angela
Feb 22, 2012 Angela rated it liked it
Isn't it always the same old story? A Woman obsessed with a man?
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Denise Elia Chavez (born August 15, 1948) is an American author, playwright, and stage director. She was born to an Hispano family in Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States, and graduated from Madonna High School in Mesilla. She received her Bachelor's from New Mexico State University and Master's degrees in Dramatic Arts from Trinity University. While in college, she began writing dramatic works. ...more
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