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3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  60 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
PARADISE LOST
If she can find the time, Sandy Saavedra will stop to breathe. New management has turned work upside down and her father's upcoming marriage-something he forgot to mention to Sandy-means there's no peace at home, either. But it's okay. No matter what's thrown her way, Sandy can deal. Because Sandy has a secret, and his name is Tío Jaime.

A short drive out of A
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 25th 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 7th 2010)
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Kathy
Feb 24, 2010 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Fun and heartwarming, very timely with the blogging and such. I plan to read it again sometime!!
Audrey
Jan 28, 2010 Audrey rated it really liked it
This book was fantastic, really. And yet sitting here, trying to write this review, I find myself at a loss of words. It's one of those days, perhaps. I'll do my best.

All of the characters were amazing, well-thought out, likable characters, with the exception of the one you weren't supposed to like, and he was just perfect in his lack of likability. The plot was touching and exciting and lacking nothing. The language and writing style were fluid and catchy.

The book starts off when Domingua Rodri
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Joanne
Jan 30, 2010 Joanne rated it really liked it
I have always enjoyed books that give me a taste of other cultures and Lone Star Legend not only touched on the hispanic culture, but legends as well. Before reading this book I had no idea what a Chupacabra was, and for your information here is the definition: a purported creature resembling a gargoyle, said to exist in parts of Mexico and on Puerto Rico.

The main character in this novel is Sandy, an aspiring writer who happens to live in an apartment above her mother's garage. Life doesn't seem
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Lori
Jan 31, 2010 Lori rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
As a blogger, Lone Star Legend appealed to me from the get go. What blogger wouldn’t want to read about a fictional blogger who made it to the “big time” of working as a reporter on an internet gossip site? This storyline alone would have been enough, in my opinion , to make the book an enjoyable read. Lone Star Legend, however, surpassed my expectations and I found it hard to put the book down.

Heroine Sandy Saavedra, otherwise known as “Sandy S.” to her internet audience is witty, ambitious and
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Meghan
Jun 07, 2010 Meghan rated it liked it
Shelves: aatoreq, aa11reqrec
Lone Star Legend is fun, light read with a predictable plot and satisfying moral to impart.

Sandy is an Austin writer in her late twenties, working for a Latino-focused online news organization that is bought by a Gawker-style gossip and political commentary site aimed at Latinos, Nacho Papi. Professionally, it’s the chance of a lifetime to raise her profile professionally, although it quickly becomes apparent that Sandy will have to make some hard choices about her professional integrity in ord
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Haley Mathiot
Feb 13, 2010 Haley Mathiot rated it it was ok
Lone Star Legend by Gwendolyn Zepeda
Genre: YA Fiction
Rating: 2.5, DNF

Sandy S. has a second identity online—she blogs at a personal blog as Miss TragiComic Texas, and works for a website called Nacho Papi. Sandy is good at living her dual-identities and keeping them separate. But when people start connecting the the personal blog and the new website, and then recognizing her on the streets from the videos…

(From back of the book:) No matter how many passwords and aliases we use, there really is n
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Gaby
Dominga Saavedra goes by Sandy. Sandy is the name that her mother had picked out based on her favorite musical, Grease. Sandy's boyfriend Daniel never goes by Danny, but that's never stopped Sandy's mother from giving him that moniker.

As Sandy feels that she has to accommodate the people she loves, from her graduate student boyfriend Daniel to her prying (a.k.a. "concerned") mother to her employers. The one place that Sandy doesn't have to suppress her feelings or sugarcoat her reactions is on h
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Sara Noble
Nov 14, 2010 Sara Noble rated it really liked it
This was a really fun read. However, it was a bit slow in the beginning and it took me a few days to WANT to read this book. The characters were very well developed and I loved how Zepeda made it a "coming-of-age" story for the main character, Sandy S.
*Beware of a Spoiler*
I wasn't thrilled with Sandy's boyfriend, Daniel. I suppose Zepeda wanted us to hate him, and well, I did. But I would liked to have read a little more about him after the whole break-up between the two. I expected to find out
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Crystal
Jan 27, 2010 Crystal rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It is a good look at how a character changes and grows due to what is going on in their lives. Sandy starts out idealistic and I think this is very realistic of someone not far out of college in any field, not just in writing/journalism. She wants to make a difference and do serious writing. But then life throws her a curveball in that her work gets taken over and essentially becomes a gossip blog. No longer is Sandy writing her idea of meaningful journalism, now she ...more
Elizabeth  (Thoughts From an Evil Overlord)
As a writer for the Latino gossip site Nacho Papi, Sandy is expected to make her news stories sensational, and be seen all over at big events, blurring the lines between journalism and entertainment. Then there is her personal blog, which she considers private and has told no one about. Somehow a reader of Nacho Papi and local Austin papers who is probably one of Sandy's three blog readers (yes, three) figures out Sandy S is also Miss TragiComic Texas and all hell breaks loose. Now her rantings ...more
Nely
Jan 29, 2010 Nely rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
I really enjoyed this story. Sandy was such a great character - and she had such growth throughout her story. As Sandy's dreams of writing on important topics goes down the drain and she begins to write pieces a-la-TMZ, it seems like not only has her job gone to hell, but so has her love life, her living situation and just about everything else. She strives to make changes in her life (including a makeover), but she slowly begins to realize that these changes are superficial, she must make real ...more
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Jan 26, 2010 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it really liked it
Gwendolyn Zepeda's Lone Star Legend was not a bad read at all. I will be honest and say that it did start off a bit slow. I had trouble keeping focused on the book. But once I got past the beginning, I found that it is a book with characters that I enjoyed reading about and became friends with.

Zepeda takes us on a journey into the cyber world of online mags, blogs and gossip columns. Zepeda did a great job at bringing some reality into this book. She also added some humourous parts, which final
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Kim
Sep 16, 2012 Kim rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this summer read. I enjoyed that the book was set in Austin, Texas. I could relate to the coming of age story line post college. Figuring out what we are doing and even when we are doing something for a living we ask ourselves why we are doing it.
We all wonder what it is like to be famous or even mildly famous. I think the taste she received of fame was just enough to teach her a good lesson of how to handle it. She acts as though she would like to stay under the radar. I thin
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Sarah
Jan 07, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
As usual, reading Gwendolyn Zepeda's writing is a cathartic experience. This second novel tells the story of Sandy Saavedra, a writer who's struggling to find her way after the publication she works for is bought by a TMZ-like conglomerate. Just when Sandy gets into a groove at work, her personal life starts to fall apart. With the help of her great-aunt's journal and her friend, Tío Jaime, Sandy finds her way again. Written with humor and a warm, intelligent style that will leave the reader lon ...more
drey
May 23, 2010 drey rated it really liked it
I loved Gwendolyn Zepeda's Houston, We Have a Problema, and was looking forward to Lone Star Legend. Of course, you know how things have been going for me so far this year. It got so crazy that I lost track of my TBR pile, and didn't get around to reading Lone Star Legend till recently.

Which is a shame. Sandy's story pulled me in, slowly but surely... And not because of the blogger angle, either, but because of the characters. Sandy could be somebody I know in real life. She follows her heart, a
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Louise
May 01, 2012 Louise rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Hooookay, it has been a very, very long semester. I read this entire book yesterday. It was the first time I'd been able to just sit and read for pleasure since January. Maybe this chance to actually relax has colored my feelings on this book, but I just loved it. They only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because it wasn't life-changing or something that I want to re-read right away or you know super amazing like that. But it was definitely good. Not a serious read, just something casual and ...more
Neyly
Oct 15, 2016 Neyly rated it liked it
Lone Star Legend surprised me. I'm not sure exactly what I expected but, whatever, it isn't what I got. Perhaps it has a more serious undertone: not quite the chick-lit I thought it would be. Lone Star Legend chronicles a coming-of-age year in the life of the main character Sandy. The author Zepeda keeps a light touch while exploring Sandy's transition from college student to full time employee, along with the underlying message that actions have consequences (consequences both good and bad). I ...more
Nichola
Jan 28, 2015 Nichola rated it liked it
Shelves: local
A light read, about a young woman writer growing through her work and life experiences. Takes place in Austin TX, and focuses a lot on the new media of writing for the internet- blogs, gossip sites, web video clips. I found a few parts a little unbelieveable, like the relationship Sandy has with her Sage that seems to develop almost overnight, and when her unfinished legal paperwork seems to go undetected for a long time. However the ending of a relationship was very well written, and came ...more
Charlene
Sep 11, 2012 Charlene rated it liked it


Zepeda's story, through her main character, Sandy S., searches for the answer to the question:

Which would you rather have? A job that pays the bills or a job where you are being true to yourself.

In answering that question, we are given an intimate and in-depth look into Sandy's life (she is a blogger). The pros and cons.

I enjoyed the extreme characterization of the people around Sandy -- though at times, felt a bit wary of her overly simplistic decisions.
Sierra Bailey
Dec 05, 2015 Sierra Bailey rated it liked it
I had read her other book, Houston, We Have A Problem a few years ago so I knew I would most enjoy this one as well, and I did. Lone Star Legend is set in Austin, and it’s always interesting to read a book set in the city in which you live. It was a good read, great for a plane or vacation. Not really fluffy, but still lit lite. Is that a thing? It should be.
Joey
Aug 13, 2013 Joey rated it it was amazing
An absolute gem of a book. It was one of those I loved so much I went out and bought extra copies for my friends. It is amazing when you stumble on a book by accident, by an author you've never heard of, and it becomes one of your favorites. Everyone in South Texas should read this book!
Rebecca
Dec 14, 2013 Rebecca rated it liked it
This book was really slow at the beginning. Then the pace picked up. I can relate a little to Sandy.
It was a cute and easy read.
mom2wah
Jan 09, 2010 mom2wah rated it liked it
Took a while to get into. Blog, gossip writer turned TV personality. Was okay but not one where you were on the edge of your seat :O)
Choccy
May 05, 2010 Choccy rated it liked it
I have followed Gwen's blog through its various incarnations since I got online in 1999! She's really growing as a writer. Sandy rang true and I would love to have my own Tio Jaime.
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Gwendolyn Zepeda was born in Houston, Texas in 1971 and attended the University of Texas at Austin. She began her writing career on the Web in 1997, with her long-running site gwendolynzepeda.com and as one of the founding writers of entertainment site Television Without Pity. Her first book was a short-story collection called To the Last Man I Slept with and All the Jerks Just Like Him (Arte Públ ...more
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