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Waking Up in the Land of Glitter: A Crafty Chica Novel

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  377 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
With glue guns, glitter, twigs, or yarn, the ordinary can become extraordinary . . . especially at La Pachanga. Owned by Estrella "Star" Esteban's family, the restaurant has a rep for two things: good food and great art. La Pachanga brings people together-even when it looks like they couldn't be further apart.

One ill-fated evening, Star jeopardizes her family's business, h
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published September 23rd 2009)
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Jess Alexander
Aug 18, 2010 Jess Alexander rated it it was amazing
Some people might get put off by the mere title having glitter in it. One of my friends flips out whenever a spec comes in close proximity to her. But thankfully, glitter is not the main glue of this story. It's friendship. Friendship tougher than any industrial craft adhesive, tougher than glitter.

This book touched me so that instead of just writing "it was awesome," I thought I'd get a little personal and show you the letter I sent to the author, Kathy Cano-Murillo.
Dear Crafty Chica,
First off,
May 25, 2010 Melody rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I am struggling with this. Not sure if I can make it through. But I won it on Goodreads and feel a sense of obligation to read and review. I also feel obligated to say: I am not a fan of chick lit. I don't know what possessed me to enter the contest for this book. I guess I can be crafty when need be. And I like glitter. I apologize in advance to the author.

As I suspected - it didn't get any better: Constant cliche after cliche; forced reference to music, items and people in popular culture; for
Georgiann Hennelly
Dec 20, 2010 Georgiann Hennelly rated it it was amazing
This is a cute story of friendships, heart break, family and unwavering love. It is partly about crafting and largely about friendship, love and finding your purpose in life. Chloe Chavez is a glamourus, ruthless T.V. Reporter who covers a crafting segment , even though she doesn,t like crafting. Ofelia is a frustrated housewife and avid crafter. She uses crafting to beauty and order in to her life. Than there is Star or Estella who wanted to be an artist but wound up running the marketing end o ...more
Jess (Shepherdjel)
Dec 14, 2014 Jess (Shepherdjel) rated it really liked it
This book wasn't perfect but I loved it! I enjoyed the characters and I really liked the lessons that were learned. If you put your mind to something, you can accomplish anything, and never give up on your friends <3
Jun 14, 2011 Liz rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put this book down. I love that the characters are real and relatable.
Lizisu Miller
Jun 16, 2011 Lizisu Miller rated it really liked it
absolutely loved :)
Dec 07, 2010 Toni rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, first-reads
What a fun, fun, book! I won it last year on Goodreads and just got around to reading it. Partly because I wanted to read something funny and partly because I really need inspiration to get creative and most fiction revolving around crafting is geared toward 70 year old ladies!

I'm so mad at myself for waiting so long, because I loved it. La Pachanga restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona serves great Mexican food and acts as and art space for local artists. Estrella "Star" Esteban, whose family owns the
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
I really enjoyed this book - and not just because it combined two of my favorite things - reading and crafts. Star is very much a free spirit. She lives at home and works at her family's restaurant, doing press releases for the art shows they host. Her life isn't very demanding, and she doesn't really have a lot of tough decisions to make, so when she suspects Theo, her best friend, is about to propose - it kind of causes her to lose a little control. She ends up getting drunk with her cousin M ...more
Mar 10, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
From my blog....[return][return]Waking Up In the Land of Glitter by Kathy Cano-Murillo is a cute story of friendships, heartbreaks, family and unwavering love. Murillo's novel is well written, her characters are quite real, her descriptions are vivid enough to make me hungry on more than one occasion. With all that said, I struggled to identify with many of the characters, quite possibly because my children are so close to the ages of several of the key players in Waking Up In the Land of Glitte ...more
Read In Colour
Jan 28, 2011 Read In Colour rated it really liked it
Star Esteban is a hot mess. From the very beginning I could tell reading about this chick was going to be fun and that I would love every minute of it. And I was right!

Twenty something Estrella "Star" Esteban works at her family business, La Pachanga, a combination restaurant and art gallery. As an only child, Star's every whim has been catered to by her hippie parents, so it's not unusual for her to start and stop projects without worrying about the repercussions. But when she goes overboard wi
Mar 13, 2010 Sara rated it liked it
2.5 stars. I received this book for free through the FirstReads program. Waking Up in the Land of Glitter follows a group of women working toward competing in the Craft Olympics, a national craft competition where they have volunteered to make centerpieces and also potentially compete in some of the contests. Ofie is a housewife who loves all sorts of crafts; Star is only participating because she's made a huge mistake with her parents and with her boyfriend and wants to fix it; and Chloe is the ...more
Aug 01, 2010 Gail rated it it was amazing
There are two types of people: those who LOVE glitter and those who despise it. So when I saw this book on the library shelves, I just had to read it. I love glitter.

Estrella "Star" Esteben disdains glitter. She's an artist, doing real art with a global message. Except...this 20 something woman is always planning for someday, and not following through on her committments to her boyfriend, to her parents/and employer, or to her friends. There's a stream of half-done projects, half executed promi
Mar 08, 2010 Colleen rated it it was ok
Waking Up in the Land of Glitter: A Crafty Chica Novel by Kathy Cano-Murillo tells the story of Estrella (Star) Esteban's antics as she tries to redeem herself in the eyes of her parents, her boyfriend and her friends. Star, the daughter of new age parents Dori and Al, moves relatively aimlessly through life starting projects she never finishes and shirking her responsibilities as she lives rent-free at age 28 in her parents' home. Her father finally gives her an ultimatum requiring Star to plan ...more
Margaret Ortiz
Mar 11, 2010 Margaret Ortiz rated it it was amazing
I am a quilter and a part-time book reader. I'm also follower of the crafty chica blog. I've been waiting for this book to come out after reading about it for years on her blog. I wasn't sure what to expect. I finished it in two days and absolutely loved it. It made me laugh and it made me cry at some parts. I really liked that it presented a different type of latina characters that were all very creative in their own way. I really want to try some of the projects they made. The characters seeme ...more
Mary Gramlich
Feb 13, 2011 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing
WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER written by Kathy Cano-Murillo
A Crafty Chica Novel
03/10 - Grand Central Publishing – Paperback, 336 pages

Simply a wonderful story that should be read by everyone it is that good!

Female friendships are born from diversity and survive by tenacity. The relationships that make it are road tested over the years but each person in the friendship knows that while bumps in the road come and knock you off the cart they do not stop you from getting back in and finishing the
Dec 19, 2010 Tiffany rated it liked it
Review as posted on my blog: 2.5 Stars

Estrella “Star” Esteban has been floating along through life until her most recent indiscretion causes her boyfriend to leave her and her parents to put their foot down. Star is given the choice to group up and make something of herself or get out. For Star, losing the man she loves is a far greater punishment than she ever imagined. Now, in effort to redeem herself, Star agrees to participate in a national craft compet
Waking Up in the Land of Glitter: A Crafty Chica Novel is partly about crafting and largely about friendship, love, and finding your purpose. Its the story of Chloe Chavez, the glamorous and ruthless TV reporter that covers crafting segments, even though she can't stand crafting. It's equally about the frustrated housewife and avid crafter Ofelia. Ofelia turns to crafting to bring beauty and order in her life, but her enthusiasm overtakes her talent. The third and key character is Star or Estell ...more
Sep 12, 2010 Zulmara rated it it was amazing
Waking up in the Land of Glitter
By Kathy Cano-Murillo

Reviewed by Zulmara Cline

Kathy Cano-Murillo's debut novel, Waking up in the Land of Glitter, is a delightful, fun read. Taking her passion for crafts, art, life, love, and glitter, Kathy has created memorable characters who live in our hearts long after the story has ended. These three very different and very passionate Latinas demonstrate the strength of our community, our families, and our loves.

Adult friendships
Laura de Leon
Mar 10, 2010 Laura de Leon rated it liked it
This is a 3.5 star book for me. It's a book that I have a hard time being objective about-- both my positives and negatives are largely personal.

This is a relatively light book, the story of a woman figuring out who she is.

What I liked:

+ The characters. This is a big one for me. While i was entertained by Star, I identified with Ofie-- her escape into crafts, her lack of skill at them, her inadequacy with the housework, her plus sized figure. I enjoyed the full cast of quirky but loving family
Livin' la  Vida Latina
Reviewed by: Celia
Member of Livin' la vida Latina

Review: I liked the way it started—very gripping and honest. I totally understood Star’s desire to live her life for herself first and foremost before settling into anything. I especially liked how the author rendered both sides of the complicated love/hate relationship of Star and Theo in a zany, confusing “tug-of-war” way (they basically wanted to love and hate each other at the same time.) The love that Theo had for Star was endearing yet overw
Jun 04, 2010 Sara rated it liked it
Waking up in the Land of Glitter by Kathy Cano-Murillo is not the typical type of book that I review for the Soft Flex School of Design, so it was neat to read something a little different that still applies to the craft industry. Kathy (also known as Crafty Chica) is a well known author of several craft titles. This book is her debut work of fiction. The characters were very cute and super crafty, as you would expect from a craft diva. I have a feeling that any girl or guy that has found themse ...more
Aug 30, 2010 Cinnamon rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's not going to change the world, but I realized after reading the book that reading it was a lot like crafting. It was fun, and I felt better about myself when I was done with it. It took me a little while to get into it, but by page 40 I was hooked and interested in what Star was going to do next. I read this right after reading The Friday Night Knitting Club, which I started out liking but ended up disliking. I was afraid that jumping into this book next woul ...more
Apr 21, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing
I don't get a chance to read for fun very often but I own two of Kathy's craft books and I am familiar with her writing through those and a short story I read on her blog. There aren't that many stories out there about crafty women, so I was intrigued. The book is a heart-warming story about friendships, love, and finding oneself. It is a light-read that can easily be read in 2-3 days (plus you won't want to put it down). I identified with the characters and also recognized some of the inspirati ...more
Aug 21, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it
One of my favorite topics - WOMAN HELPING WOMAN. And ever better it's set in Phoenix, Glendale and Peoria!!! Fun to read about the area I live in. The main characters are all drawn together because of crafting, each one is challenged in the ability to cope with life but as they hang together as a group they help each other to find the way to mature and overcome hangugs and shortcomings. They even help a teenage boy to make peace with his family so they can accept him for who he is.Here is a quot ...more
Heidi Gustad
Jan 22, 2013 Heidi Gustad rated it it was amazing
Waking Up in the Land of Glitter is a fun read about a group of women dealing with love, friendship, and finding their creative selves. I'm a Librarian and a Craft Blogger, and I checked this book out after meeting The Crafty Chica in real life and learning that she is a novelist in addition to being a well-known craft professional. As a Librarian, I was curious to see if a craft blogger could hack it in the world of fiction.

While my husband couldn't believe his Librarian wife was running around
Apr 01, 2013 svm rated it liked it
this was classic chick lit. a rather sweet story featuring a cast of messed up women in their 20s who conveniently got all their shit together by the end and were helped along by too perfect men (even the one slightly less than perfect one was reasonably upstanding).

criticisms of formulaic writing aside, what moved me to give this book 3 as opposed to 2 stars was how the author sprinkled in bits of latino pride, expanding my spanish/spanglish vocabulary and offering an insider's view of the cul
Wendy Pitts
Sep 19, 2015 Wendy Pitts rated it really liked it
Being a crafty girl I loved all the arts and crafts the characters created. Have to say I saw the title of the book and bought it -- didn't even really know what it was about. Was pleasantly surprised to find good solid characters, believable conflict and a lovely ending. Lots of great quotes throughout the book too.
Jul 22, 2014 Kristi rated it really liked it
I picked this up at the Dollar Tree and thought it looked clever and could be worthwhile for $1.00. I was pleasantly surprised. Interesting take on how women view crafting - some as an obsession, some as an obligation, some as a release. Will definitely look for other books from this author.
I really did like Waking up in the Land of Glitter, although I thought I was going to have some problems with it. It took me a while to actually get into the book but the easy writing helped as the book picked up speed. What I did think though was that the book could have been shortened. It seemed to drag in some instances even though it was a quick read. She had some funny and moving parts and it was good to see some development in the characters. We could see them actually become "real" people ...more
May 14, 2010 Colleen rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I was pleasantly surprised by this light offering, which started out a little to frothy for my taste, but then developed into a truly interesting story. I was initially interested because I love crafts, and found the idea of a craft-related novel appealing. The characters as initially introduced are typical quirky chick-lit characters whose problems are entirely of their own making. Fortunately, as the novel progresses, these women become more like characters and less like caricatures, and I fou ...more
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