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The vibrant new tale by the bestselling author of The Dirty Girls Social Club
Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez’s first novel caused a sensation when it was published last year. Listeners flocked to the story of six friends in Boston because Valdes-Rodriguez created utterly fresh voices and characters.
In Alisa-Valdes Rodriguez’s delicious new novel, three friends—each a Latina in her
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Published September 7th 2004 by Macmillan Audio (first published January 1st 2004)
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LoLo
Aug 18, 2014 LoLo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun-as-shit
A contemporary cinderella story about 4 very different latina women. I almost stopped reading within the first chapter because it opened with the girl who is a Christian Republican Texan debutant, but I'm glad I was open-minded enough to push through. Thankfully, the following chapter countered her peppy sweetness with a character who survived watching her father's murder at the hands of Reagan-sponsored Contras in El Salvador and later became a hard-core activist. In fact, one of the many theme ...more
Crystal
Oct 01, 2007 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of chick list, mostly
Shelves: chick-lit
This is the novel that introduced me to Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez and got me hooked on her chick-lit with a Hispanic twist books. Don't assume I'm prejudiced for pointing out the ethnicity either, as she makes it abundantly clear throughout the books that she is attempting to represent Hispanic culture, to greater or lesser degrees, in this book.
the book centers around several VERY different women, all of Hispanic origin, who live in the LA area, dealing with different issues. They eventually all b
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Stina
Mar 21, 2009 Stina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I am dumber for having read this book... I encourage everyone to stay the hell away from it and to ignore the reviews on the back touting it as some kind of awesome beach read. This book is stupid... and I generally enjoy chick lit. I hated the characters, hated their choices, hated the men in their lives, hated them hating themselves, hated their clothes and cars, hated their vocabulary, hated their jobs and hated their animals. I hated the beginning, middle and end. If you read this book, even ...more
Victoria
Sep 22, 2007 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Latina Women
Very fun! I could not put it down!!!!!!!
Karla
Aug 04, 2007 Karla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it as much as I love to play with boys!
treehugger
Sep 28, 2007 treehugger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Las Sucias
Shelves: audiobooks, chicklit
Ok, so I really really did like "Dirty Girls," but this book kept me on a roller coaster - I would be so disappointed by the see-through plot, the paperthin (literally and figuratively) characters, the money-centricity and the false LA lifestyles portrayed that I'd want to yank it out of my CD player and throw it out my car window...those days I wanted to give it 2 stars..or maybe 1..

But then the author would surprise me with an actual intelligent, real life issue that really rose about the arti
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Jupiter's Fury
I got this book as a gift, and having never read the author and not being one for chick lit, I didn't have very high expectations. Surprisingly, I found myself enjoying the novel, though it took awhile to get into.

It's pretty standard for chick lit, though Valdes doesn't shy away from South American and American politics. Her characters are unabashedly proud Latina women, and I have to give Valdes kudos for not tip-toeing around some controversial issues in terms of race. However, she managed t
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Lissy Peace
Playing with the Boys is a book divided into separate chapters featuring a different lead character, but the book itself showcases how each affects each others lives. The characters are Alexis, Marcella, and Olivia. Alexis is a publicist, turned agent, turned movie producer; Marcella is the daughter of a wealthy family who also was a successful soap opera actress looking to break into mainstream roles. She meets Alexis at a cocktail party: Alexis also meets Olivia at the same party. Alexis is a ...more
Lisa Leon
Not as good as the first but still enjoyed it.
Brittany
Mar 10, 2009 Brittany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Possibly fans of Valdes-Rodriguez's other work
Recommended to Brittany by: No one
Shelves: girly-books, fiction
How I Came To Read This Book: I Honestly have no idea. Did I borrow it from someone? Did my sister pick it up from somewhere? No clue.

The Plot: Much like Valdes-Rodriguez's other books, Playing With Boys follows the lives of a group of women that have formed a somewhat improbable friendship (I feel like I've been using that term a lot lately). Alexis is confident and secure - but she wants more from her career, her relationships with her family, and her shady boyfriend, all of which comes in the
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Nascha
Nov 17, 2008 Nascha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've ever read by Mrs. Valdes-Rodriguez. I had heard about her first book, Dirty Girls Social Club, when critics compared it to a Latin Waiting To Exhale. I haven't read her first book yet, but I was thrilled to find this book on sale at my local library.
What a read! There were some very funny moments and I found all three of her main characters very endearing. There is beautiful Alexis, the Republican manager to the stars with her outrageous famous father, she's ambitious
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Ellisa Barr
I read this book while I was studying for a big Hispanic culture test. It was interesting to learn about the different wars and economics in Hispanic countries and then read about them as they were mentioned in this book.

As far as the story/plot goes though, I cannot recommend this book. Partly it's because one of the main characters had such a filthy mouth. Luckily for me I was reading it in Spanish half the time and didn't even know what most of the words meant specifically. I wouldn't want so
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Christine
Dec 31, 2015 Christine rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult, own-it
DNF. Honestly, I'm sure this book is fine, but the audio version got on my nerves toward the end of the 1st CD. I've lived in Texas for most of my life and no one has that accent here. That accent was more Georgia/Tennessee. I really hope that's not her real voice. I found myself tuning her voice out whenever she spoke instead of listening to the story, so I decided to move on.
Amy (amyb2332)
I listened to the audio version of this book.

I liked that the three narrators were very different from really another other book I have read. This was narrated by three very different Latino women and I thought those perspectives made this book really interesting.

That said,this book was way long. Even compared to other unabridged books, this was 13 disk! Longer than any other audiobook I have read by 3 cds and honestly, I thought lots from this book could have been cut out. I think I still would
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Priscilla Macias
I was torn between two and three stars for this one. I kinda felt like the women were portrayed as caricatures. Although there was some depth to each character, it seemed as though she polarized the characters to point out that they are very different from one another. Because each character was far from center I felt it was hard to identify with them and it made the characters unrealistic. It was probably the first and last chick lit I've read to date, so there was part of me that wanted to rea ...more
Riah
Feb 09, 2010 Riah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I started out (atypically) enjoying this as chick-lit with a little more flare. However, about 200 pages in I became so frustrated with the thin veil of plot and character development that I literally threw this on the floor. I was so disappointed with this after I read Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez previous book The Dirty Girls Social Club and truly enjoyed that. This book was fairly cookie-cutter, based almost entirely on dialogue, and for me, just generally uninteresting.
Shamekia
May 26, 2013 Shamekia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I love Alisa Valdes-Rodriquez' writing. She provides for me the perfect balance between fun, girly-lit and insightful, beautiful, poetic writing. I will say that I preferred her other books (Dirty Girls' Social Club and Dirty Girls on Top) over this one. My main critique would be that that it felt a little all over the place. And the love story between Alexis and Goyo got a really cliche towards the end. As much as I love chick-lit it does get boring to read about 'the woman with low self-esteem ...more
Abbie
Dec 15, 2009 Abbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I know Dulcie liked this book and gave it more stars, but I just don't think I did. I almost wanted to put it down after the first couple chapters....I really didn't like the characters much at all. I do like when books tell the story using more than one character like this book did. Towards the end I did start to get into it a little more, but I did find myself skipping some parts....especially Olivia's part...she was just too weak and annoying for me. Plus the whole Daniel character....Like sh ...more
Laisha Garcia
Jan 20, 2015 Laisha Garcia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lol
i don't know where to click to read it
Kimberly
Jun 25, 2014 Kimberly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Was so bad I couldn't finish it.
June
Oct 28, 2008 June rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Light, fluffy. Three Latinas looking for love and friendship. I didn't like the character Marcella, but Alexis and Olivia were fairly interesting. I think the audiobook version could have been better without some of the reader's accents. Marcella's Aussie bit was really bad. So bad that I skipped chapters so that I didn't have to listen.

I was happy that Alexis found the man of her dreams and stood up for herself. Olivia's character could have been more in-depth. Her back story was interesting, b
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Espe
I don't have a whole lot to say about this book except that it is a great chick-lit book with a continuing story of several strong females in LA. I love, love, love the character of Marcella, the strong minded, intelligent, beautiful actress. I love that she's so much more than what she is on the surface and that people underestimate her all the time. I will continue to read Valdes-Rodriguez's books because they are great chick reads and I can on some kind of level relate to her characters.
jillian
May 10, 2007 jillian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
I do enjoy A V-Rs books. I started with the "Dirty Girls Social Club", and suddenly, I had a whole different insight into Hispanic/Latina culture in the United States. I never thought about how rich and varied all the different cultures are that come to the States from the Spanish-speaking countries - Cuba, Mexico, Columbia. Nor did I realize how much I thought of them all as being similar. This is chick-lit that actually made me see Los Angeles differently - which makes it really good.
Kaethe
Valdes-Rodriguez writes witty and crisp books. Delightful.
Romie
Dec 02, 2010 Romie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book!! This is the first book I read by Alisa.. and I have to say that I was impressed.. i bought the book to be honest w/ you because it was for sale for 2 dollars.. and it has to be one of the best books i've ever read. I have passed this book on to both my sisters, and 2 of my friends and the book as now made it from orlando to houston and is in the hands of my Tia who is now reading it... and she is loving it. I can relate so much.. and it is over all an awesome book.
Mahala Helf
Nov 15, 2009 Mahala Helf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: LA lovers & haters, writers & lovers of writing, anthropologists
Genre-exploding satirical romance novel from three female points of view. Yes there are fantastic (as in fantasy) and convincingly ridiculous boy friends throughout, but the true romance is in the near holographic evocation of some cinematic women able to connect despite their differences in backgrounds, politics, and taste.
Jazzier Jane Austen, with much more conscious social consciousness and a Wildean ability to sprinkle quoteworthy wit throughout.
Jen
Jun 26, 2011 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fairly typical chick lit novel following the rise of 4 Latinas working in the entertainment industry. The author attempted to make Los Angeles a character as well, but missed the mark (she obviously is not a native of the Southland). The plot was obvious, but cute none-the-less. It didn't take a lot of brain power to read this, but it did touch on a couple topics bordering on intellectual (like life & politics escaping Cuba & the war in El Salvador).
Heidi
Jul 31, 2008 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book was... goooood, not usual fluffy chick lit that i usually go for, although i thought it was. This book was meaty, well thought out, and provided the lives and stories of the charaters well and in a very matter of fact manner, although a few have some issues you cannot help but enjoy their journey and the ways that they related to and revolve around each other. It was a little difficicult to get into but once I was in i was hooked. :) I recommend this
Stacey
Mar 20, 2012 Stacey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Although I normally count audio-books as 1/4 of the actual book's value, those are for books I've read previously. This one I haven't, and I really enjoyed having the three main characters all having their own voice (it's read by three different women). I'm not sure I could have read it through with the same enjoyable effect. And though the last chapter tied everything up neatly, it sort of seemed superfluous. It either needed to not be there, or have more to it.
Anne
Oct 05, 2008 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It might just be a result of my oddly strong love for reading about places I know, but I really enjoyed this story about three women in Los Angeles. I think the formula of weaving three different characters' stories together becomes cliched very easily... and I admit, this book probably crosses that line a few times, but so good-naturedly that I didn't mind at all. Definitely chick-lit fare, though, in the interest of full disclosure.
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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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