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Dirty Girls on Top (Dirty Girls #2)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  1,258 Ratings  ·  128 Reviews
The Dirty Girls are back, saucier and sexier than ever….but would it be wrong to ask them to be a little smarter, too?? Especially when it comes to men. And sex.

Lauren Fernandez is at the top of her game as the cleverest columnist the Boston Gazette has on board—but she can't quite figure out how to pick a guy or how to eat (and not drink) like a healthy person. Usnavys is
ebook, 336 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by St. Martin's Press (first published May 15th 2008)
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Mikala Hill
I had to get this book! The first one was really good...and it will be interesting to see what Las Sucias (the Dirty Girls) are doing now that they've grown up...
Now that I've finished, I have to say that I have mixed emotions about the book. To begin, I think that the "intimate" scenes were way too descriptive, so I got a little embarrassed when I read it. (Was the first book that way? I don't remember that at all!)
I liked being able to hear about what the Sucias were doing after the first book
Jul 13, 2008 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who'd like to hate the sucias
Shelves: chick-lit
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Aug 02, 2008 Martha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the author
I was eagerly looking forward to this sequel and learning what the characters who I fell in love with in the first novel were up to five years later. While the book as a whole was pure fun and enjoyable chick lit, unfortunately the story was very predictable and with the exception of Cuicatl, I found myself not liking who the characters had become.
Ofelia Faz-Garza
I think that she has found a formula for commercial success and is just following it with each book now. None of the stories really stood out for me. And I thought it was almost a little obscene. The sexual descriptions were gratuitous and didn't do that much to develop the characters.

Her first book is definitely better!
Jan 07, 2015 Sonia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latino-authors
Oh, this book was awful. I wanted to like it, I really did but honestly my expectations were low. Although Valdez-Rodriquez had great potential with the debut of Dirty Girls Social Club, each of her subsequent releases were disappointing.
Sep 21, 2008 Zulmara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Latinas...
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Jul 12, 2008 Marcy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Alisa Valdes Rodriguez
The Sucias are back in a big way. It was good to hear from them again even though their lives have gotten a lot more intense since Dirty Girls Social Club. This book dealt with some very serious and dramatic issues and not one of these girls are having an easy time of it. Being a Latina in America is just a small part of the issues in their lives. They deal with everything from spousal abuse to the ups and downs of celebrity. Sometimes it was a little too over the top -- even in this crowd, but ...more
i'm listening to the audio version, and unfortunately it's not the same reader who did an incredible job reading "the dirty girls social club." i cannot even begin to fathom why they would choose a reader for this book who does not know spanish. my ears are in agony, but there's no print copy at my library and i want to find out what happens next.

so, now that we've established that the reader sucked- the book was not that great either. it seemed like valdes-rodriguez took all the growth the char
Mabel Valdivia
What a total let down! For a book that's suppose to be about successful Latinas, the author just could not keep from making stereotypes...Latinas date losers (or wife beaters), are way religious, drink too much and like to have wild, kinky sex. Really? And why do their men have to be so typed too? Juan the do good dad that loves his daughter and his wife but who is a door mat for Usnavys. Lauren's man who is a pedophile and a cheater. Roberto the wife beater with anger issues, Valentine the youn ...more
Entertaining despite being full of stereotypes like Dominicans are (wo)manizers, Puerto Ricans are short and loud, etc. Usnavys cannot be taken seriously; a joke down to her name. Lauren is just as whiny and self-destructive as any non-Latina chick lit protagonist . The Rebecca and Cuicatl characters contributed almost nothing to the narrative, and I found Cuicatl's craven surrogacy for publicity at odds with her Chicano idealism. The men are seething with menace and machisimo or are patient Lat ...more
Sep 20, 2009 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything about this book seemed like MORE than the first one. The faults of the characters were more pronounced. Rebecca was more uptight, Lauren more needy, Usnavys more lusty, etc. There was more sex, more swearing and more raw subject matter. More product placement and more name dropping. Sometimes more is not better, and this was definitely the case. But on the other hand, Valdes-Rodriguez has an effortless writing style, it's like she's talking right to you, with her breeziness and use of ...more
Dec 01, 2008 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I was disappointed by this book - I've read all her others and really liked them (a few years ago), but this one just felt... flat. The characters were utterly unsympathetic, no redeeming qualities at all, just annoying. The whole culmination of everyone's problems in one night thing - way too deus ex machina. And the epilogue where everything is perfect, all the predictable outcomes have occurred... I was bummed. I read it fast and I did finish it, but I wish it had been so much more than it wa ...more
Dmcolligan Colligan
I've been meaning to read this book for a while as I enjoyed the first one, Dirty Girls Social Club, however this one fell short. Aside from the fact that is was very, very heavy in sexual content it focused so much less on the relationships between the characters and instead on their own individual drama, lots and lots of drama. It held my interest and was an easy read but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, especially those who liked the first book.
Nov 25, 2009 Zuzu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 17, 2008 Marian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readit, 2008
The problem with DGoT is that half the time most of the characters are painfully unlikable. This is lessened when each character is seen through their friends' eyes, but when it's time for a chapter in their own voice, they become painful to read.

Oddly enough, this doesn't stop the book from being a fairly quick read and by the end most have grown and changed, at least a little.
Not as good as the first one. Is it possible that the author is spending more time telling the stories of people she really knows rather than developing plotlines?
May 29, 2009 mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DIRTY GIRLS ON TOP (2008) by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez – is an amazing novel. Yes, it is chick-lit. Yes, it is full of stereotype confirming cliques. Yes, it follows a convenient mass-marketing format (i.e. all the main characters find resolution and/or redemption) … but it is also very insightful. Take for instance the statement by one of the “Dirty Girls’” manager (Btw- “Dirty Girls” refers to the color of their skin – they are brown, and not to their sexual habits. And, “On Top” refers to their ...more
Doug Bradshaw
Nov 27, 2008 Doug Bradshaw rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like "Sex and the City
Every now and then I like to read outside of the normal genre to get a feeling for what I'm missing. What do women love to read? I have to say that I totally enjoyed this book. Here are some of my miscellaneous thoughts:

1. It's fun to peep into the lives of others you have no idea about. Although some of the stories in the first book seemed to be pretty over the top, this follow up book is more realistic and gives further depth to each of the stories.

2. The six latina women are each successful
Sep 05, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the Dirty Girls Social Club back when it first came out, and loved it. Even though I am not Latina, I still felt I could relate to the characters. Now, with the sequel, I still feel the same way.[return[returnI love how each character has her own voice. The author switches so easily between voices and tone for each character, that you almost feel like each woman is talking directly to you. And, the problems and situations these women face, while sometimes extrordinary, are also down-to-ea ...more
Oct 17, 2008 Shamekia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I must say I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t as good as the first novel (big surprise). This is more in the realm of “serious chick-lit”. The characters are highly flawed, some dealing with addictions to abusive husbands, philandering fiances, compulsive eating, and slight narcissism. Each chapter is written from the p.o.v. of one of the characters in the book.

There’s: Rebecca: the uptight workaholic; Cuicatl: the musician/activist/free spirit; Usnavys: the no-nonsense, plus-sized, amorous girl from
Aug 11, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the sequal to Dirty Girls Social Club, the book came out July 8th, and I was completely stoked to get it so I could have a book to read on my summer drive up to beautiful Wyoming. I probably spent the most money on this book, it was somewhere around $25, because it had just came out. But i'd have to say it was well worth my bankrupcy. It continues from the amazing ending of Dirty Girls Social Club, and has an ending twice as amazing. Same charachters, same people, different situatio ...more
Denise Wagner
Nov 21, 2008 Denise Wagner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I thoroughly enjoyed Dirty Girls On Top, Alisa Valdes -Rogriquez' sequel to The Dirty Girls Social Club. The author continued the tales of the six young ladies to whom she introduced us in the first installment of the Dirty Girls, and she stayed true to the characters, their actions, and their reactions. I found this novel to be highly entertaining, somewhat thought provoking, laugh out loud funny, and absolutely engaging. I liked how Valdes-Rodriguez was able to refresh the reader's memory with ...more
Jul 08, 2016 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was very disappointed with this novel and having a read of few other reviews it seems I am not the only one.

I really enjoyed the first book and so was very excited to see its sequel in the library. After only a few pages I really struggled to get through it. The characters all became caricatures of themselves. I can enjoy books without liking the people in it but in this novel they were just too extreme to sympathise with in anyway. Many of their actions were just bizarre! I understand the nee
Mar 03, 2009 Natalye rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was another quick, entertaining read in the chick-lit genre, and I enjoyed it for it's ability to seamlessly transitions from viewpoint to viewpoint, giving each of the characters her own developed voice. I was initially irritated by the writing and dialogue which is a base of English with Spanish phrases and slang thrown in for flavor, but eventually I got used to reading it. I'm not certain how realistic the whole book actually was, and it was a mindless read in that there wasn't much to ...more
Sep 22, 2009 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Airport buy with screaming child in hand, but kind of a fun and naughty read. Some of the detail in this book makes you cringe. It can be so graphic that I was taken aback a few times. It isn't as light and fluffy as the title suggests and as I thought when I grabbed it with little time to spare. There are some real acts of violence and interesting descriptions of love and sex. I have always liked the candid raunchiness of some Latina chicklit authors and Valdes-Rodriguez is no exception. It cer ...more
Jun 28, 2008 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
"The Sucias are here again, and as you read this story - you want to drink it in like a top shelf mojito (or at least hope it's happy hour so you get 2 for 1). I love all the characters (even the ones I don't want to like) and how they all develop and change. They've moved on in their lives from the first book, and are having new adventures. I really enjoyed the structure of the book -- each character is her own narrator, which makes the story more complete. And like with many friendships -- we ...more
Mar 19, 2010 Stacey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sequel to "Dirty Girls Social Club," Rodriguez picks up with the six friends (Usnavys, Sara, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Amber/Cuicatl, and Lauren) five years after the first novel. All of the girls have been getting on with their lives, but getting into trouble along the way - cheating, bad health habits, staying/sneaking around with bad men. A weekend away together brings some of the issues to the forefront, and we find that they haven't changed much - or at least some of them haven't, or think th ...more
Sep 24, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is absolutely hilarious!
"Dirty Girls on Top" by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is a novel about six latin women being friends and getting into trouble together. This is a follow up novel to "The Dirty Girls Social Club," but also has an adjoining four other novels that follow along with the story line.
One thing I really enjoyed about this author was her ability to write about six separate women but never lose my interest in any of them. Each chapter is broken up into each character but ther
Another fun & light read by Alisa. I felt the characters embodied strong women in striking situations. At the same time I felt they were underdeveloped. The book's title shows that strong women can carry top positions but hide "dirty" secrets @ home in which true friends can help support.

(2/10 update) A truly misunderstood comment above about underdeveloped characters. There is a "prequel" to this novel which really delves in to each character to the point where I felt that I really knew the
Jul 16, 2009 Nicolle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well let's just say Las Sucias are straight up horny and messed up in this second novel. I read the first book, Dirty Girl's Social Club, and I loved it. I enjoyed reading this book but I was not expecting it to be so raw and raunchy.

I enjoy how the author weaves Spanish words and sayings throughout this book. I love how Alisa Valdes-Rodriquez accurately portrays how each woman, from these different Spanish speaking countries, would say in a particular situation.

If you haven't read the first bo
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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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