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Becoming Marta

2.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,941 ratings  ·  193 reviews
Thanks to her wealthy and well-connected family, twenty-six-year-old Marta is used to getting whatever she wants. And what she wants is a good time.

That is, until her father’s wife—the woman who raised her—becomes ill. Beautiful young Marta is forced to witness her unfaithful, brutish father abandon her adoptive mother in her final moments. After her father’s swift remarri
Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published February 1st 2016 by AmazonCrossing (first published September 1st 2011)
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Marsha Hay
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Spoiled rich girl did something then nothing happened. Someone else did something then nothing happened. The only compelling part of this was the back story. The Marta had basically no character development and then her friend took pictures... why did I need to know that? This book just felt very choppy; like the author wanted to write 4 different books and put half books together.
Mahoghani 23
When preparing to write a book, make sure you know what you're trying to convey. This book started out interesting but left me with nothing but glad I'm done with it. It's an art to bring together multiple narrators without losing your audience. This book did demonstrate the damage you can do to a child when the child is treated more like an object instead of a human being.

The book takes place in Mexico. Marta is the daughter of Pedro & Marti and she's more than a handful. The narration was giv
Jennifer Erwin
Jan 03, 2016 rated it liked it
This was ok. I got this through the Kindle First program on amazon and I needed a "book translated to English" for my reading challenge.

This is not the type of book that I would normally go for. But it was an interesting read. I found myself going through feelings of "if you're that unhappy and trying to self destruct...get on with it" to "oh I hope this is her turn around point and she's going to break through and find her way".

The chapters are short (I liked that), and they jump around in po
adoria Pack-Lacey
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it

Somewhat liked the book I felted like it needed more. Ending to abrupt. Marta was a stranger character and snobbish!
Arlena Dean
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts...

This was some read that you really had to keep up to truly understand what all is going on giving the reader some timeline that was somewhat hard to follow. But in the end this author gives the reader quite a unique way of telling a story. The chapters which were rather short really jumped around quite a bit from character to character. I believe if each chapter had been titled in such a way to let the reader know who that particular [character] was about would have helped a bit wi
Yvonne V (Naughty Professora)
1.5 stars.
I really wanted to like this book. I didn't read the blurb and went in thinking from the title it would be about a young woman finding herself...a "coming of age" novel. It wasn't.

The story centered around Marta, a young and immature girl who discovers that she was adopted by her mother, a product of her father's affair with another woman. The story is written is short, choppy chapters that vary from present to past tense, and told from multiple people's perspectives.
Maybe something
Sheila Carsins
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cancer Changes People, the People Who Have It, and Those Who Loved Them, and Find Themselves Alone, & With Questions...

There are some people who fight cancer until the end, some cancer survivors that are profoundly changed and "cured," but live forever under the shadow of the Grim Reaper. Then there are those people who care for, love, and depend on the people who get cancer, that struggle with the changes in everyone's lives. Whether they live or die from it, cancer changes all of the people in
Jan 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Amazon offered me this book for free as part of their "Kindle First" program. I picked it from the selection of 6 or so books because the cover was lovely, I needed a "translated" book for my Book Bingo, and the plot description was intriguing.

Two out of three ain't bad. The story was neither deep nor fun, with lots of self-pity from all the characters, who each delivered their sad (but they brought it on themselves) tale in different chapters. I felt bounced around and disappointed.

I kept think
Renee Carlucci
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book started out okay, but starts to tell the story from many different perspectives and then ends rather abruptly.
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book, despite what started reading like a steamy romance book. Early on, the sexual acts depicted seemed to add to the story, but as the story continued it became sex for the sake of including sex. I don't know enough about Old Mexico culture to know if the depictions are correct, but it sounded like a stereotype. Old Mexican culture is something that intrigues me and so I enjoyed parts of the story more than others. The ending was horrible and I really thought I had severa ...more
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I selected this book through Amazon’s "Kindle First" program as the synopsis sounded intriguing. The story was well written, and interesting – to a point. The first half of the book kept my attention as it was full of descriptions of an unfamiliar culture. However the second half proved difficult to follow. It wasn’t the jumping around in time and focusing on different characters – that doesn’t bother me. It just felt disjointed and didn’t seem to flow well. Perhaps something was lost in transla ...more
Fay Wu
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
The ending of this book leaves me in want. I was hoping to read of Marta's character development and a change within her to find meaning in life, but instead she seems to be lost until the very end. At that point, it isn't even really her who initiated a life change but rather the miraculous luck that brought a marathon trainer to her neighborhood. The book's back and forth timeline also was a bit difficult to follow, but a unique storytelling method nonetheless. In addition, I immensely loved s ...more
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great read being the my first book of the year.

Marta is so young, fortunate and rebellious, I fear for her. Like Marta, the characters are alive and entertaining. They build your hopes and break your heart while giving you a real glimpse of Mexico and its elite crowd.

A beautiful translation.
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Good: It was very colorful, beautiful descriptions, great points of view insight.

The Bad: It was a little schizophrenic, and I didn't enjoy being left hanging at the end.

Overall: I didn't really care for this book.
Gabriela Roulston
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good read

I enjoyed the story. Marta is a very complicated character, but the ending left me hanging. It seems like everyone got their happily ever after except for her. I assume the author was trying to give the story a dose of reality but her ending was cut short.
Kelli Buchanan
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
I found it hard to get through this book. It was less about The supposed main character Marta and more about Marta's parents and Friends.
Ultimately I guess she did find herself but the ending was not satisfying at all.
It sounded interesting but was really very boring.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Not a coherent storyline. It was so choppy and disconnected. Hard to follow. Way too much imagery and no real substance of a story. Did not like.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
What a waste of time.
Hope Gunter
Jan 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
very disappointing. too many characters and bouncing back and forth. The end makes you feel like she learned nothing
Jan 04, 2016 marked it as tried-but-abandoned
I couldn't get into it and decided not to finish it. Not capitvating.
Jennifer Jarrell
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Good Book!

I enjoyed this book very much. The characters were well-developed and the storylines were woven together in a seamless manner.
Ame Jo
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Got it free with Kindle First, enjoyed it. Nice character development. One story line didn't resolve the way I would have liked (I wanted that character to SUFFER). Otherwise liked it.
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was written in Spanish and translated to English. Although a few things got lost in translation, the essence of this beautiful story was left in tact. I loved it!
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mexico
I received a free copy of this book from Amazon's First Reads program. I have to say I've been pretty happy with 80% off my picks from Amazon, as is the case of this book. Half way through the book I decided to stop by GoodReads and read some reviews and I was surprised to see the high number of low ratings. Whenever I browse for new books to add my reading list on GoodReads, I go with books that have at least 3.50 stars. This means I would have never picked this book. However, I really enjoyed ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
Becoming Marta by Lorea Canales is thoughtful, yet simply delightful and a pleasure to read. This story about life and family is realistically captured by author Lorea Canales in the form of an eclectic cast of characters, especially in the portrayal of the lead character, twenty-six-year-old Marta who lives in Mexico City, and who has just lost her mother.

It is a good book worth the time spent reading as it lovingly captures the struggles of not just Marta in the story, but also the vast sea of
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poc, novel, nhhp
I don't know how to write about a character who doesn't ever really transform into someone with substance. The title of the novel is Becoming Marta, but what does Marta become? How is a wealthy marathoner who never runs for the first 80% of the book able to become a runner?
I'm still glad that my year of reading all works by and about Latinxs/Chicanxs/Hispanics included this book. It's interesting to note how much indigenous culture Mexicans are exposed to in comparison to how much Americans are
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Got this book as an "Amazon First" (freebie).
I have had it with Amazon Kindle First readers. Free books do NOT make discerning readers, but throwing new books into genres which carry expectations is a HUGE mistake. I would say that Amazon is making the mistake. These readers EXPECT every word of that book to match the expectation of what THEY think the genre should be, or they DESTROY a perfectly decent book and a good writer.

Okay. Becoming Marta is a very interesting book by an interesting writ
It's hard to know how to describe this novel, because it doesn't have much of a plot. Ideas and characters are introduced, but not fleshed out. The deceased mother and the cheating father get more development than the focus of the book, their daughter Marta.

Quite frankly, for a story that was supposed to be about Marta, we learn very little about her, and what we do learn is mainly window dressing. Basically, Marta is a spoiled brat who is having some sort of existential crisis because the woma
Janka H.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Oh my. While this book offers some reasoning about why people behave the way the do (the reason is mostly unhappiness and/or dissatisfaction - and tradition and fate, too, seems to be portrayed as the perpetrators), this story is not a story what was advertised for me, the one about coming-of-life story of young woman. I find the storytelling being quite weak here, the plot is almost non-existent and I just do not know what kind of story the authoress is trying to tell here. Also, the characters ...more
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it

This book reads fast. At first, I struggled with the sequence and flashbacks, but it was interesting. At times, I really disliked the character because she blames people for her bad habits/choices or bad character instead of accepting that she is responsible. I did enjoy the story set in Mexico, as I knew the places she was describing.
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