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Fifteen Candles: 15 Tales of Taffeta, Hairspray, Drunk Uncles, and other Quinceanera Stories

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For the uninitiated, the quinceañera celebrates the passage of a fifteen-year-old girl into adulthood: It's a bit bat mitzvah with a dash of debutante ball, and loaded with the same potential for hilarity and adolescent angst. In this original anthology, fifteen of the brightest and funniest Latino writers, men and women alike, share their own memories of these moving and ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 12th 2007 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published June 1st 2007)
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Jul 25, 2007 Catherine rated it liked it
I found most of the stories in this book to be average, although there were a couple that were interesting. Not being a Spanish speaker, I may have been missing some of the more subtle details. Having participated in a Quinceanera, and grown up in a heavily Hispanic community, I thought maybe I'd find more of these stories humorous or relateable. Instead I was disappointed with the content of the majority of the tales. I also think most of the stories would appeal to younger readers, 30 and belo ...more
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teenagers
Quinceanera parties are like Sweet Sixteen parties for Latinas. A Latina girl has one when she turns fifteen. They are very elaborate, like weddings, and very expensive – with cake, dancing, attendants, etc. The stories are true – from girls who are the quinceanera, boys who are chambalans (attendants to the quinceanera), and girls who are damas (female attendants to the quinceanera). There are quite a variety and all are very interesting.
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Aug 29, 2015 Paulina Sanchez rated it really liked it
I had read a few of the stories before for a class in college but this time I read the whole book.

I loved it, it is fifteen stories from different authors and their experiences with quinceañeras, the coming of age party for a 15-year-old Latina. As a Latina, I didn't have a quinceañera, I exchanged it for a trip to Disneyland (which I insist hasn't been fulfilled yet...), so it was interesting to me to see how other Latinas went about having theirs in the US. There are things that change when y
Nov 06, 2008 k rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: quince survivors or people who didn't have one and feel cheated
do you ever find a book you didn't know you were looking for when you are looking for the call number you wrote down? i do this almost everytime. anyhow, let's keep it real, my family has been in the states for four generations now, i'm a more than a little off my roots so a quince was not in the stars, ever. add to that the fact that i've only ever attended one in my life. they say you can go anywhere when you read a book and these fifteen stories definitely took me there. i think my favorite w ...more
Sep 26, 2012 Shana rated it it was ok
Last night I breezed through Fifteen Candles, edited by Adriana Lopez. It’s yet another book about quinceañeras, which I tend to enjoy. It was typical for a collection of stories in that there were a few I found boring and a few that were hilarious and touching. It was so so overall, and I wouldn’t recommend it over the other books I’ve read on the same topic.
Jan 31, 2008 Lelah rated it really liked it
15 short stories surrounding the event of various Quinceaneras. Not what I expected- this was even better than I thought it would be. The short stories are not fairy tales of a princess birthday party, but more like the reality of life slapping the fairy tale in the face. Great stuff.
Sep 11, 2007 Suede rated it did not like it
I didn't think that all 15 stories would be terrible, but they were. I feel like I should've wasted my time watching MTV's Sweet Sixteen instead of reading this.
Aug 15, 2010 jess rated it really liked it
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nonfiction, fifteen, coming of age, compiled essays, compilation, latino, latina
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Dec 01, 2009 Christina Viramontes rated it it was ok
I could not stand this book, but yet I had to finish reading it for PoP4.
Jan 30, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it
Pretty good. Didn't make me want to have a quince though.
A great anthology.
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