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The Dirty Girls Social Club (Dirty Girls #1)

3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,038 Ratings  ·  655 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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This book is more than just chick-lit. It explores the challenges of finding your cultural identity and self worth while keeping up appearances. I could really relate to this book because I am Guatemalan and Black, and am still trying to understand what that means for me. I am also a true born and raised Bostonian, where this book takes place, and it was nice to recognize the places described. These woman all have to deal with doing what's best for themse
Jan 31, 2009 Anna rated it did not like it
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 did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
If I could give this book less than a star, I would. It's terrible.
Jun 19, 2007 stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chicklit, would-rec
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
Sep 08, 2009 Ji rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit
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
May 22, 2013 Nakia rated it liked it
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May 25, 2008 Zulmara rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 28, 2010 Nat Newton rated it liked it
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
Mar 03, 2013 Rachel rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-for-class
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
Narrated by Isabel Keating. Follows a year in the life of six college friends, the "sucias" or "dirty girls," now in their late 20s: Lauren, half Cuban and half Cajun, is a newspaper columnist in Boston who has rotten luck with men. Usnavys, a full-sized, fashionable Puerto Rican from the 'hood, is conflicted between her desire for the good life and her love for Juan who can't pay for it. Rebecca is the business-oriented, directed head of Ella magazine who is trapped in a loveless marriage to Br ...more
Ambs ❤❤
Nov 19, 2014 Ambs ❤❤ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-read
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
Apr 05, 2010 Katherine Marple rated it liked it
"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
Aug 23, 2008 Shannon rated it it was ok
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
Oct 20, 2012 Shameyn Dones rated it did not like it
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
Sep 26, 2014 Rana rated it did not like it
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
Aug 21, 2012 Lisa James rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
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 it was amazing
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
Dec 22, 2014 Rena rated it really liked it
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
Jul 18, 2014 Lisa Currie rated it liked it
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
Apr 08, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it
As soon as I started reading this book I was intrigued for two reasons: It takes place in Boston, my favorite city in the world, and there is Spanish dialogue and narration throughout the book and I love speaking Spanish. However the book started off slowly for me and I was thinking it wouldn't be that great. But once all six characters and their relationships were explained, I fell in love with the story. Six women who became friends in college are now in their late 20s, and each one is trying ...more
Feb 17, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
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
Aug 24, 2011 Ellen rated it did not like it
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.
Oct 07, 2014 Tracy rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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.
Apr 18, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 20, 2011 Keri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jul 09, 2007 Amie rated it liked it
Shelves: chic-lit
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.
Mar 07, 2016 Tim rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book, which treats Women and Friendship--in the delightful tradition of Amy Tan's "Joy Luck Club," Terry McMillan's "Waiting to Exhale," and Rebecca Wells' "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood")--with a delicious Latin *sabor*. The relationships feel very real; I know I won't forget these 6 *sucias* any time soon. I wish they existed in real life, so I could send them *flores* :) Valdes also does an excellent job of puncturing stereotypes--and showing how painful it is to ...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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