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Confetti Girl

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  3,478 Ratings  ·  296 Reviews
Apolonia "Lina" Flores is a sock enthusiast, a volleyball player, a science lover, and a girl who's just looking for answers. Even though her house is crammed full of books (her dad's a bibliophile), she's having trouble figuring out some very big questions, like why her dad seems to care about books more than her, why her best friend's divorced mom is obsessed with making ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Abby Johnson
Oct 06, 2009 Abby Johnson rated it really liked it
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Lina Flores, sock enthusiast, budding scientist, and volleyball player, is dealing with family, crushes, and surviving middle school. Her mother died two years ago and her father retreats into his books, preferring to ignore the outside world. How can Lina get his attention while dealing with everything else?

This is Latina Judy Blume (and that's definitely a compliment coming from me!). Hooray for a book with a Latina protagonist where race is not an Issue! Highly recommended.

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Jenna Petrillo
Feb 16, 2016 Jenna Petrillo rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing because it was my level and had a lot of feeling to it!My favorite part was the ending because lina and venessa were friends again after a hge fight they had before!
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

CONFETTI GIRL should be a big hit with the middle grade market. It takes a Latino backdrop and combines it with likeable characters experiencing the typical ups and downs of middle school life and puts it all in a fun, eye-catching cover.

Meet Apolonia (Lina) and her crazy sock collection. She sees herself as overly tall and gawky with skinny legs, an interest in science, and a sometimes annoying directness. Lina lives with her fathe
Feb 12, 2016 Emma rated it it was ok
This was pretty lame. Lina, the main character, has two main relational conflicts: one with her best friend, Vanessa, and one with her dad. Both of the conflicts seemed like subplots, with the author occasionally bringing one to the forefront and then letting it sink back down while the other conflict was brought forward, or while other, true subplots took over. The romance with Luis was way too easy and happened way too suddenly. I would have liked a little bit more time for their relationship ...more
Nov 20, 2012 Gabriella rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the book Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez.I think this book would fall under realistic ficton because it is about a 13 year old girl named Lina Flores and she is trying to get through tough times in her life when her mom dies. Even though this tradegy happens Lina is still an energetic sock enthuisist who loves to be with her friend Vanessa who is sometimes their for her but other times not.I really think this book was great and also it can give you answers that may help you solve p ...more
Nov 04, 2012 Rhiannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lina Flores is a sock enthusiast, volleyball playing, science lover who is just searching for answers. Why does her dad care more about books than he does about her? Why is her best friend’s divorced mom so obsessed with making cascarones? And most importantly, why did her mom die last year? Her life is filled with an assortment of people, interests, and unexpected changes. Lina’s life is nothing more than a big bowl of confetti.
Mr. Flores is Lina’s dad. He is a high school English teacher and
Feb 19, 2012 Lindsey rated it liked it
This book was okay, it was almost geared toward a younger reader then myself. Over all I liked it. Apolonia (Lina) Flores lives in Corpus Christi, Texas with her father. She’s also Mexican–American, has recently suffered the loss of her mother and grown frustrated with her widowed father who has literally, and metaphorically, buried himself in books. Apolonia Flores, nicknamed Lina, struggles with her father's concept that "books are your best friends" ("Los amigos mejores son libros"). That is ...more
Aug 13, 2016 Karla rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I selected this book from the sale rack at the local library. I liked the colors on the cover. I read the synopsis and thought it sounded good. For the most part, the story is good. I, like Lina, love socks. I could relate to an obsession with them, though I had never tried to wear mine on my ears. I also like homemade costumes, which some people might not get. I liked that her name was Apolonia. I have a great grandmother by that name. I think Lina was sometimes a bit melodramatic about some th ...more
Ling Ling
Aug 06, 2016 Ling Ling rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed and loved this book. The book is centered around a girl, who struggles with common girl problems, all while dealing with life problems as well, which is totally relatable. The other characters in the book were interesting, because of what you learn about each of them like their current obsession, when the main character interacts with them, or narrates. I think I enjoyed this book more because it was in a girl's perspective or point-of-view. I also loved that the author used first pers ...more
A student recommended this to me, so I was happy to read it. I liked its distinctive voice; Lina is more rebellious than I might have expected. I can't think of another middle grade realistic fiction book I've read in the last couple of years that featured a Mexican-American protagonist, and I'd like to find others, too. Happy to have read this.
May 25, 2010 Brailyn rated it it was amazing
I um truly fell in love with this novel!
Definetly in my top favorites! It's basicly about this girl 14 named Lina and her mom died and her dad is a bibliophile so he loves books. and well she is coping with changes with her best friend they both have realashionshiups with these boys. so read to find out what happens to lina and her best friend Vanessa!
Oct 31, 2012 Emma rated it it was ok
At first, I thought this book was shallow and girly, but towards the end, it was a little more meaningful and has a good message. Quick read, some talk of feminine coming of age things. Not my favorite, but ok.
Maddie Boerman
Sep 07, 2016 Maddie Boerman rated it liked it
I loved this book so much it was about this girl who when she gets bored she will orangize her socks by color style and feeling and it is how she really likes this boy and the boy is really quiet but she still really likes him she wishes he would talk more.
Dec 01, 2014 Sam added it
This book was good. I liked it because I could relate to what happens in the book. Also the author had good word choice that made in better as a book.
Dec 27, 2015 OwlBeReading rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childhood-books
Really cute book. I loved the characters and even though the situations were a little cheesy it was still good writing and I really want to make cascarones!
Feb 03, 2010 Wendy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jan Sasser
Delightful! Something like a good Judy Blume, but without anything embarrassing.
Sep 05, 2016 Marie rated it did not like it
I thought that she acted way older than she really is.
Samantha Waitz
Jan 05, 2017 Samantha Waitz rated it it was amazing
My novel, Confetti Girl, by Diana Lopez was about a girl named Apolonia Flores. She has a very large range of different socks. She lost her mother, but still remains with her father. In my opinion, her father is like a book king! During the novel, Apolonia, otherwise known as Lina encounters many different trials. Her best friend, Vanessa helps Lina get through these trials together. I gave this book a five star rating because it was amazing! I cannot relate persay, but I have an amazing best fr ...more
Nov 09, 2016 Alex rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: childern age 8 to 13
I love this book it is great for kids and it teaches about loss and being kind to each other!
Oct 14, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: cc3rd-book-club
I liked it, pretty accurate about Corpus Christi so that was fun. Will be fun to talk about at book club
Jan 09, 2017 Brooke rated it really liked it
This book is great for girls from 5-7 grade. It explains the life of a girl that is surviving the rollercoaster of life. I myself am a volleyball and a "sock enthusiast." I where funky socks everyday to school. I like this book for when I'm in the mood for a good, lighthearted book.
Sep 12, 2010 Zulmara rated it it was amazing
Confetti Girl
Diana Lopez

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Zulmara Cline

Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez is a delightful read for the tween group. After losing her mother to a staff infection, Lina and her father work to pick up the pieces and go on with their lives. It is a difficult transition with Lina's father becoming more and more withdrawn into his books and readings. Spending more time with his books than with his daughter, often ignoring her for the escape offered by the written word
May 18, 2014 03MckenzieO rated it really liked it
The Confetti Girl By Diana Lopez
Year 2010
199 pages

This book is intended for teens and young adults or really any age. This book is a really fun read and could be for all ages. The main issue in the book is issues between friends and parents. Also getting good grades is a great way to loose privileges with friends.

The settings throughout this book are school, Vanessa's house and Lina's house and around town. Lina and Vanessa are the main characters in this book. They are best friends who live acr
Jul 16, 2010 Evy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Janet, Barna
I have read quite a few books that have a bit of Spanish in them (not that I understand without a translation, or lots of access to a Spanish-speaking friend) and found them all two or three stars. If they were terribly good, however, they'd be a bit too old for me or a tidbit young. For example, the theme might be for someone above my age, or the Spanish book might be a picture book intended for first- or second-graders, or possibly even for a beginner in Rosetta Stone, trying out something new ...more
Estefany Ibarra
Mar 31, 2015 Estefany Ibarra rated it really liked it
Do you like books about friendships? Well if you do then this is the perfect book for you to read. The genre of this book is realistic fiction.In my opinion i think this is a good book because Lina faces some challenges with her dad and also her best friend vanessa.

The setting of this book is in Linas house and sometimes in Vanessas house.The major events that happened in this book is that when her dad came to see her play at her volleyball game he didnt pay attention he read a book instead of
Dec 01, 2012 Ava rated it it was amazing
Cindy Rodriguez
In Confetti Girl, López masterfully blends serious middle school issues, like friendships and first kisses, with the even more serious issues middle schoolers face, such as the death of one parent and the paralyzing grief of the other. Apolonia “Lina” Flores is an easily lovable character with her crazy socks and desire to do well on the volleyball court and in the classroom. But everything starts to unravel as Lina’s dad gets lost in books and her best friend, Vanessa, gets lost in Carlos’s dre ...more
Rhianna Schmidt
Nov 14, 2012 Rhianna Schmidt rated it it was amazing
Lina is just a ordinary girl she loves science, volleyball, and Ugly Betty her favorite television show. Lina loves socks she collects them, which is very different but thats what she loves. Her best friend gets everything first her even her first kiss. But thats not the worst thing. The worst thing is her home life, with her dad, she only lives with her dad and her house is filled with books, books everywhere you look. Her dad is obcessed with books thats all he does is read and he expects Lina ...more
Stephanie Garza
Mar 16, 2011 Stephanie Garza rated it it was amazing
I read Confetti Girl because I have been wanting to read it for a while and I had to read a book for my language arts class. This book followed one of the rules of the reading challenge. It followed the rule of having green on it. I bought it at a book fair and have been wanting to read it ever since. I couldn't read it because I was too busy with other things or trying to catch up on reading on other books.

My opinion on this book is that it is a thrilling and exciting book. It shares the charac
Ruthie's Ratings
Apr 20, 2010 Ruthie's Ratings rated it it was amazing
Meet Apolonia "Lina" Flores - a teenage sock collector with a knack for sports. Underneath, though, she's just a girl looking for answers. For instance, why is she stuck with her too-tall, too-skinny build when her best friend looks like a supermodel? Why does her dad, an English professor, care more about books than her? And, most of all, why did her mom have to die last year? But, as Lina's mother used to say, the sun always shines after the rain.

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