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The Dirty Girls Social Club (Dirty Girls #1)

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  10,457 ratings  ·  644 reviews
In this irrepressible, can't-put-it-down novel of six friends-each one an unforgettable woman in her late twenties-you'll meet:

--Lauren, the "caliente" columnist for the local Boston paper whose love live has recently led her to her boyfriend's catch him in the act with someone else
--Sara, the perfect wife and mother who's got it all but who is paying a high pr
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 13th 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2003)
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I got to page 125 and finally gave up! This is a rambling mish-mash of way too many characters and points of view trying to do a lot with very little substance. The first chapter alone gave me a headache! I felt like the author chose to write about too many characters. Keeping track of their stories, looks, personalities, and all that was a nightmare and I felt like she could have written a much more engaging novel had she written about three, possibly four, women who were better developed. They ...more
Jun 06, 2007 Leah rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
If I could give this book less than a star, I would. It's terrible.
Before I get into my opinions on this book, I will admit it: I’m not a fan of “chick lit.” But, I think of myself as being open minded and willing to read anything (I even read the whole series of Twilight). I understand that not all pieces of fiction are meant to be the next Great Gatsby or Hamlet and I’m perfectly fine with that. Some books are there just for the fun of it and you take it for what it is suppose to be. So when I read a book that all my girl friends love, I except a fun, light ...more
i like reading chicklit that's aimed at "other" audiences - just to see what it's like.

this is basically sex & the city meets hispanic new york, and it's just genius. i don't know how to describe it. there's Usnavies - (yes, her mother named her US Navies, but she pronounces it different) - and there are four other fantastic characters. you feel for them all, you love them all, you get the idea of the differences between hispanics - puero rican, dominican, latin american, mexican - they are
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May 25, 2008 Zulmara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anybody with a BFF
The Dirty Girls Social Club is a great story about 6 Latina friends that are about as diverse as Latinas can be…they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and backgrounds. What they do have in common is a shared heritage of being Latina in America, highly educated, not living in poverty, and sharing a common bond of friendship that cannot be shaken, no matter what trials and tribulations life brings them.

Alisa uses a very unique style for telling us the story that is sure to charm some readers and
Nat Newton
A lot of people hated this book. But I kind of dug it. I think listening to it on tape when I used to have a long commute actually contributed to my enjoyment of it...and I'll tell you why.

The actress who read this book on tape added a lot to it for me. The story is told from the point-of-view of five different women with extremely varying interests and personalities, and the actress/reader portrayed them all pretty well, with different attitudes and accents.

It took me awhile to get into the s
I had to read this book for a class. Let's just say forty pages of flat exposition and Lauren's judgmental description of her "friends" had me impatient from the start. Once things finally started happening... halfway through the book... I became more invested in these women's lives.

However, on some level, it felt like each woman was assigned a specific "problem," as though her entire character was centered around her issue. To relate it to YA, it felt like a Chris Crutcher book--nearly every po
Ambs ❤❤
I have read a handful of books by author Alisa Valdes, and I have loved every single one of them from the beginning. Not so with this book. This book was written from the point of view of several different women/friends, alternating between chapters. First up, Lauren, who also introduces us to all the other ladies, Sara, Amber, Elizabeth, Rebecca, and Usnavys. All these women bonded in college because they all came from a Latina background of some sort. Lauren, who is only half Latina talks with ...more
Katherine Marple
"The Dirty Girls Social Club" is about six spanish women from different ethnic backgrounds who come together every year to recap their lives and support one another. We take each story chapter by chapter- Lauren, Usnavys, Rebecca, Sara, Elizabeth, Amber. Each woman gets her story told in a chapter, then they switch off and we see through another woman's eyes. We learn about being a career woman in her 20s, being powerful as a spanish woman, love as a spanish woman, drugs and therapy- interwoven ...more
I'm one chapter in and, so far, I feel kind of meh about this. On the one hand, I love the language; I haven't heard "chisme" ("gossip") used since I moved from Cali four years ago, and this word, and others, bring back memories of my friends. On the other hand, it's too...calculated, I guess, as if she were trying to cover all of her bases and bring in every type of Latina character she can come up with: the blonde Jewish Latina; the Cubana from the wrong side of the tracks; the large and boist ...more
Shameyn Dones
If we only had the option to rate 0 stars on books!!!!!

Let me say that even when I respect the author and the hard work she put for this story, I hate what I read, cause I dind't even finish it. And from what I've seeing here, I'm not the only one. I find it boring, dragging and way to much description. And I'm sorry, but some bits of the story made us latinas look BAD!!! We made call eachothers names when we are together and all, but to call one sucia, is... well lets say is not good. If that'
I enjoyed this book but when it finished I realized that I wanted more but it wasn't because I was so enchanted by these women and their lives, it was because Valdes-Rodriguez tried to do too much and just didn't have the room for it.

Each chapter is told from the pov of a different sucia. That device should have given the reader more insight into the world these women inhabit but it actually served to further separate them as it frequently talked about the lives they lead away from each other. N
Awful. I'm marking this as read in my collection simply so I can be reminded in the future not to attempt it again. I'm not one to give up on a book once I've started it. But I quit this one after page 15. It could be argued that I didn't give it enough of a chance, but how many times do I have to read "girl" and "ya'll" at the end of a sentence when it doesn't really belong there. These are things that can add a little emphasis when used sparingly. Same with the italics. I appreciate that non-E ...more
Lisa James
I chose this for an entertaining summer read to give myself a break from the heavier challenge list reading I've been doing. It certainly lived up. This is a story about Latina women who met in college & became a tight knit group, even though they were from different places & backgrounds, like Colombia, Cuba, PR, etc. They all became successful in their own rights, & this story, told by a different "sucia" each chapter, explains that sometimes what you see on the outside is very diff ...more
Delfina Paula Bonilla-Cassel
May 21, 2007 Delfina Paula Bonilla-Cassel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Women! Latinas especially can relate to this book.
Shelves: page-turner
This book was so great to read. It's a book told from about 4 or 5 different points of view, so you really get to know each character indepthly. It's about 4 (I think that's the right no.), that met in college and remained friends. They reunite atleast once a year and have a night all to themeselves. It's girl talk to the max. The great thing is, it's not about petty crap. It's about stuff that everyone goes through at one time or another (for the most part). Anyone, can relate to atleast one of ...more
I really didn't like this book until half way through. The characters are extremely shallow, one-dimensional, and selfish. I wouldn't be friends with any of them. Their men were just as bad. This book had a lot of stereotyping going on, but I decided to roll with it anyways. I liked the Latin culture and Spanish language details. I am a white bred girl who wants to learn about this other world. I am surprised by some of the racist ideology these women have even though they seem like they want to ...more
Lisa Currie
I nearly put it down part way into the first chapter, it dragged and the lead character is annoying. I realize this may be a result of my age and my lack of tolerance for the hysterical behavior of 20 somethings, then again maybe the lead character is actually annoying. Now that I think about it, dirty girls social club" is the Spanish speaking woman's (and men's) version of Sex in the City but with less sex. Just like Carrie, Lauren has a lifestyle column called "My Life" [with her face on the ...more
This was your typical "chick lit", and you can feel however you want to feel about that. But it was refreshing to see such a wide array of interesting Latina characters. I struggle with my own identity as a Latina, and I found these characters (especially Lauren and Usnavys) authentic. I also loved that not all the characters were perfect and wealthy and thin. Usnavys is overweight, Lauren has an eating disorder and a drinking problem, Elizabeth is a closeted lesbian, Sara is a battered wife.. T ...more
I don't usually give up on books so early on, and my standards for vacation reading chick-lit are low to begin with. However, I'm calling it quits on page 11 of this gem. Life is simply too short to read a book that contains the following: "Ow, ow, headache in my eye. Right now, me want beer. Ooga ooga." (p. 9) 'nuff said.
Solid chick lit about a group of friends and the various trials and tribulations they go through career-wise and romantically.

The author narrates the book, and she did a wonderful job distinguishing each character and injecting even more humor into some of the funny scenes. It was a little hard to follow at first because the first-person perspective initially made it feel more like she was doing stand up comedy about various aspects of Hispanic American life, but once it started rotating betwee
Mar 21, 2011 Veronica marked it as tried-to-read-but-failed
Shelves: bookclub
My second attempt at reading this book failed again. It was part a lack of time and part I just didn't connect with any character to keep me fueled to read more. I really wanted to like this book as it's often cited as the start of ChicaLit (Chick Lit for Latinas). Then again, I don't really like Chick Lit either.
I've read this twice already, its one that I can pick up and read over and over again. Its a book that has me laughing out loud and crying between pages, hands down my #1 favorite. It describes all the best & worst qualities of latinas and women in general. I can't say enough abt it.
I've heard about this book for years and am so excited to listen to it! (It is neat that the author lives here in ABQ and was named one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Hispanics.) Isabel Keating is the reader and I'm hooked after a half chapter!
took awhile to get into it, not much happens in the beginning --- and i didn't care for the ultra-conversational way in which it was written. good fluff read though.
Holly Boyd
I listened to the audio version of this book, so funny. One of those that makes you laugh out loud.
Benish K (Feminist Reflections)
I read this book when I was in high school, this happens to be my all time favorite. The cover is beautiful and catchy, it's bit stereotypical of what a woman should look like though. A lot of people seem to dislike this book, but I'm particularly fond of it. The novel is written from five different perspective's, it can be confusing to follow, however, it is an easy read. The five ladies Lauren, Sara, Amber, Elizabeth, and Rebecca are all close friends. I love reading about female friendships w ...more
This is the story of several Latino women, who met at Boston University, who get together for a weekend get-a-way ever so often. The title is dedication to the fact that each woman is accused of or is viewed as 'dirty', because being sexual is looked down upon for women. (Don't get on the soap box, it's both addressed and looked at with a shake of the head.) The author did the audiobook. At first I could tell she was a little nervous, her voice was woobly but she soon gets her sea legs an
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 04, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those Curious About Hispanic Culture
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
A blurb from New York claims this reads "like the Hispanic version of Waiting to Exhale." I can see similarities in this tale of close girlfriends, but I hated Waiting to Exhale, while I loved Dirty Girls Social Club. I loved how this book recognized and reveled in the diversity of Hispanics. That they are white--and black--and only sometimes brown. That besides Catholic, "Latinas come in 'Jew'" as well as Born-Again Christian. That "Hispanic" embraces very different cultures from Old Spain to I ...more
I bought this book a long time ago and tried to read it and I didnt get very far. I'll be honest that the cover sold me and is the main reason that I bought this book (guess you cant judge a book by its cover right ;)... Finally, I decided to try to read this again and got through the book. It was ok, nothing really special...I thought that it was a little to short of a book to jump through all of the characters and see where they all were coming from. Also, all of the characters were hispanic w ...more
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Alisa Valdes is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of women's fiction, young adult fiction, and memoir, including The Dirty Girls Social Club. She has a master's in journalism from Columbia University and spent ten years as a staff writer for the Boston Globe and LA Times before becoming an author. She lives in New Mexico with her family and pets and wishes the calories you ate when no on ...more
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