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Single Chicas

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Perfection is a Barbie doll, and, unless you're looking for a guy with a fake smile, a hard head, and no genitalia, then you're better off NOT being perfect―Single Chicas

Single Chicas is a collection of stories about modern Latinas being in, out, and around the zany hurdles of relationships. One woman receives strange calls from a lonely soul, another seeks advice on how
Kindle Edition, 183 pages
Published August 14th 2016
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Briar's Reviews
Single Chicas by Sandra C. Lopez is a fabulous anthology full of heart warming, heart breaking and funny stories about latina women!

This is one of those gems you don't find too often - a series of stories that you can relate to, even if it's not about you. The collection ranges from stories about a brother getting married and changing, to a woman trying to figure out why she wasn't "perfect" enough since her boyfriend dumped her, to a studious girl nicknamed "Virgin Mary" as a joke. The stories
John Rachel
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The great thing about short stories is that they are short. So in our busy world, with our frenzied schedules, we can pick up a book like this between appointments, shopping, meals, whatever, catch a story or two, come back when time permits to read another.

Having said that, I will admit that I read this wonderful collection almost straight through. I found the writing so engaging, the characters so colorful, the stories such a good time, I couldn't put this short collection down.

You'll smile. Y
Jacqueline Francis
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
* I received a free copy of this book in an exchange for an honest review *

It's very difficult for me to rate this book as I haven't read a collection of short stories before. Some were great (5 star) and others were okay (3 stars) so I decided to go with an average of 4 stars

Once again Sandra Lopez has given added a dry sense of humor to her stories, which I really like. It's not in your face, rather subtle but still enough to pull giggles out of me. What I enjoyed about this book was being exp
Glen Ebisch
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This collection of short stories about single chicas is a series of lessons about why a young woman should lead her own life, and not become what her family or the men in her life want. Although somewhat uneven, the best stories are those such as "The Lesbian Theory," "My Big Fat Wedding," and "Night Caller" which take common themes and give them a new and surprising twist. The humor, directness, and insights make this an interesting contribution by a talented writer.
Diane Escalera
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sandra Lopez delivers clever and witty tales that totally capture today's single ladies livin' la vida loca!
Sarah Greenwood
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Funny, witty collection of short reads with a romance and single ladies ‘be proud’ vibe running throughout. Read in one sitting but would be good for the lunchtime read. A well rounded read that manages to hold your attention and make you laugh throughout.


When your brother is making a massive mistake in your eyes but you are powerless to stop it happening. This girl can’t let go of always looking out for him but at some point she’s going to have to let him go out into the wor
Jill Blake
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well-written collection of slice-of-life stories about women either searching for or rejecting love. The characters are often snarky, impatient, and some are even a little mean. Mostly, though, they’re recognizable: these are the people you meet every day in school, at work, at the store, on the street, or even in your own home.

The stories are linked together by several themes. One is culture. As the title implies, the women who populate these tales are Latina women living in the U.S. This comes
Sandra Lopez
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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“Sandra López’s collection of stories in Single Chicas is humorous, poignant chick lit with a side of puro chisme. There's some heartbreak, cultura and romance in there, too, and a lot of insight on relationships and the “single-life.” López has made sure there's a little something for every chica to relate to—including this chica who couldn’t stop laughing or reading the next page.”—Sarah Rafael García, author of Las Niñas & Founder of LibroMobile

"Smash your rose tinted shades! Sandra Lope
Brooke Banks
The first story is about a woman unable with the younger brother she raised getting married sets the tone for the stories that follow. Relationships hold you back and down, don’t do it!

There were a several that creeped me out involving stalkers and trickery then several more with regressive attitudes and stereotypes. Like:

“Oh, geez, what color are your panties, dude? Were you even a dude to begin with? Do you have even the slightest bit of balls rolling around down there?”

At that point, I was
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sandra Lopez's Single Chicas is a surprising story collection about single women who actually opt to stay that way. The theme is both romance and the opposite of romance. Rather than happily ever after, why not choose happy for now?

In "My Brothers' Funeral," Bea laments her younger brother's choice to marry at nineteen. Instead of freaking out about being the family's old maid, Bea thinks of divorce as "the blissful release from a life sentence," and worries her brother's fiancé is "wearing his
Colin Garrow
Nov 10, 2016 rated it liked it
A sister who can't accept her sibling's choice of wife, a woman whose plan to avoid being hit on by guys leads to unforeseen complications, and how a series of strange phone calls prompts a singleton to doubt her own sanity. Short stories are like buses - if the first one doesn't happen to be going in a direction that appeals to you, you can hop on the next one.

And so it is with this unusual collection, featuring a group of disparate young women finding their way through life and love. We see t
N.N. Light
There’s a brand new voice in Women’s Fiction and her name is Sandra Lopez. Single Chicas brings a new perspective to the trials and tribulations of being a single woman. A Hispanic group of women dealing with everything from being hit on by men in the grocery store to a crank caller to learning to love oneself to trying to please your family. These six short stories will make you laugh, cry, nod your head in agreement and so much more.

Sandra Lopez knows what she writes and it adds truth to the
Livin' la  Vida Latina
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by: Bela
Rating: 5 stars

Review: This is a wonderful collection of short stories starring smart and savvy Latinas. Each one shows an entertaining view of the dramas of love, dating, and marriage.

Lopez excels at creating dialogue that is both believable and intriguing. In order to show the multi-faceted nature of marriage, the dialogue serves as not only a plotting device but also a window into the many reasons why people choose to get married.
One of the biggest strengths of this collectio
T.M. Spooner
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Single Chicas is a smart and funny collection of stories centering on the lives of modern Latinas. Young women pursue their dreams while simultaneously navigating the complexities of contemporary relationships. Along the way each woman struggles to maintain her precious independence.

In ‘My Big Fat Fake Marriage’, a young woman is forced into deceit in order to appease cultural traditions. As she misleads her family, she secretly maintains her grip on modern womanhood. In ‘Old Maid’ an older wom
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
SINGLE CHICAS by Sandra Lopez is an interesting and inspiring collection of stories about modern Latinas and relationships. Now I personally am not a Latina, but I still found the book to be an interesting and inspiring read. Some are more realistic and some are totally outlandish, yet still very entertaining. For instance one woman wakes up in a parallel universe! I mean talk about science fiction! I loved how there were so many different genres within this one book. I think the parallel Univer ...more
Calvin Dean
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Single Chicas by Sandra C. Lopez is more than just a compilation of short stories. It’s a collection of good advice on love, relationships, and life. I like the way the author teaches the reader how to use rational judgment instead of blindly following one’s heart. Reading this book is like chatting with a close friend—someone who will tell you what you need to hear, not necessarily what you want to hear. Each story is only a handful or pages long, so you can set the book aside and pick it up la ...more
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Here are my Happily Ever After Novel Thoughts...

I must start off by saying this book is a bit strange. By that, I mean, there are thirteen chapters and each chapter is just a glimpse into a very small portion of each Chica's life. New chapter, new Chica. Each one is single and dealing with life the best way she can. The chapters are super short and don't have any kind of finality.

All of that said, I really enjoyed the stories and would like to read more.

Some of these stories are hilarious and
Alretha Thomas
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This collection of short stories is perfect for the young adult reader who can appreciate fast-paced and engaging tales about love, loss, and life. I found myself laughing out loud and really enjoying reading the well-written diverse tales, that include the story of a young woman whose brother's marriage in her view is his funeral and another wherein the lie a young woman tells an unwanted admirer, leads to another unwanted suitor. Sandra Lopez's hip and current dialog ring true and her knack fo ...more
Patty Ramirez
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange of a review.

Perhaps it was the writing style, or the stories that I could not relate to, but this book did nothing for me. I like to feel connected to the books that I read, and this unfortunately did not happen with this book.
Carlos Colon
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sandra Lopez is a prolific and influential independent writer that knows her way around telling a tale. In her collection of short stories, “Single Chicas, Volume 1”, she demonstrates just how many ways she can do so.

The tales in “Single Chicas” are of various lengths, moods, and styles, highlighting Ms. Lopez’ versatility. The most common themes in the collection are avoidance of toxic relationships and dealing with family and peer pressures. These are common realities in Latino cultures from
Haley James
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book wasn’t my cup of tea, but it wouldn’t be fair to give it a bad rating simply based on preference. She’s a very good writer, masters both languages, and the story “Dropped the ball” had a nice twist. However, I enjoy short stories with a well developed plot and characters I can relate to. Single Chicas felt to me like just “random scenes” and it wasn’t enough for me to feel for the characters. Every story had the same voice—it was like I was reading about the same character story after ...more
Jennifer Rodriguez
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of this from the author. I honestly really enjoyed the short stories. I'm usually not one to read a book full of short stories as I tend to lose interest very quickly but that was not the case with this book. This book contained 13 hilarious shorts that I think everyone would enjoy. My Big Fat Fake Marriage was one of my favorites, although I so can relate to Always a Price. I think every Hispanic family either has a mechanic in the family or knows a guy. ...more
I.J. Miller
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SINGLE CHICAS is a funny and serious and unique view of what it means to a contemporary latina single woman. Lopez provides myriad windows into the struggle...

From the clever vision of a sister equating her brother's marriage as his funeral, to the hilarious dialogue of He Loves Me (And?), to the depths women will go to avoid being hit on by Mr. or Ms. Sketchy ("The Lesbian Theory"), to loneliness, unrequited passion, and the pressures by family and the workplace that single women are under.

A mu
Karen  Dee
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this wonderful bunch of short stories about being a single woman.. Each one is so very different. Some are funny, some are sad some your can relate to and others are uniquely cultural . All of them however give you insight into the lives of women in our society that are expected to be in relationships. I love this author's sense of humor and way she writes characters with depth and heart. Can't wait to see what she plans to write next.
Nicky Matthews
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was definitley worth the read. The look into the Latino world was quite refreshing and it was amazing to see such a positive look into things. You'll laugh, you'll cry but over all you'll be glad to read this book. It's short stories work out nicely since you can treat them like chapters and set it aside for a little while, well that is if you can bare to put the book down. Over all, this is just an amazing read!
This is a new to me author and this was her collection of short stories. The stories are about life as a Single Chica and the many moments when life decides to throw in a curve ball. Some of the these stories can happen to anyone and that's what made them more enjoyable and relate-able. I loved the added humour too.
Everything Bookish  Blog
A fun and entertaining read

3.5 stars

The stories were fun and entertaining. The details truly crafted a scene. Each story was unique and tackled real life problems we face in the dating world. The characters were vibrant, I just didn’t feel connected to them. The stories are short and to the point but didn’t always feel complete to me.
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Short stories about women pursuing their own agendas and not following along with society's expectations for women. Some wee funny, some were sad, and some were downright snarky! Truly some diverse tales that I found interesting but couldn't quite get myself immersed into -- maybe because there was not enough story for me.
Bobbi Walker
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I probably am not the typical reader of this book. I am older, have been married twice, widowed once, divorced once. These are all stories about younger ladies. I realize the author is Latino, but having words and phrases sprinkled throughout without translations seemed rather odd. I felt excluded. It just wasn't a good book for me. I received an advance copy for my honest review.
Susan C
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
A collection of really short stories

Single Chicas is a collection of very short stories about women and their issues with men: family, boyfriends, stalkers, you name it. Although they aren’t long enough for any real character or story development, they do contain enough attitude to make them fun to read.
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Sandra C. López is one of today's influential Latina authors in Young Adult literature. Her first novel, Esperanza: A Latina Story, was published in March 2008 WHILE she was still in college. Since then she has published several other books, including the Single Chicas series. She was named as one of "2011 Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch" by Latino Stories, and her book, Beyond the Gardens, wa ...more
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