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The Dirty Girls Social Club

(Dirty Girls #1)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  12,153 ratings  ·  711 reviews
Inseparable since their days at Boston University almost ten years before, six friends form the Dirty Girls Social Club, a mutual support and (mostly) admiration society that no matter what happens to each of them (and a lot does), meets regularly to dish, dine and compare notes on the bumpy course of life and love.

Las sucias are:

--Lauren, the resident “caliente” columnist
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 5th 2000 by St. Martins Press-3PL
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Tori (InToriLex)
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This book is more than just chick-lit. It explores  the challenges of finding your cultural identity and self worth while keeping up appearances. I could really relate to this book because I am Guatemalan and Black, and am still trying to understand what that means for me.  I am also a true born and raised Bostonian, where this book takes place, and it was nice to recognize the places described. These woman  all have to deal with doing what's best for the
Oct 21, 2008 rated it did not like it
I got to page 125 and finally gave up! This is a rambling mish-mash of way too many characters and points of view trying to do a lot with very little substance. The first chapter alone gave me a headache! I felt like the author chose to write about too many characters. Keeping track of their stories, looks, personalities, and all that was a nightmare and I felt like she could have written a much more engaging novel had she written about three, possibly four, women who were better developed. They ...more
Jun 06, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
If I could give this book less than a star, I would. It's terrible.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gustó. Si bien se hacen demasiadas referencias a personas, situaciones, tv shows, que tuve que googlear para comprender sobre lo que se estaba contando, pasé una jornada enganchada a estas amigas. El desarraigo, la pobreza, la discriminación, los prejuicios y en general la falta de inteligencia son temas muy bien tratados. Me quedé pensando en cómo cada protagonista se vio condicionada por su infancia.- Un libro que quedará dando vueltas un buen tiempo por mi cabeza.
Jun 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chicklit, would-rec
i like reading chicklit that's aimed at "other" audiences - just to see what it's like.

this is basically sex & the city meets hispanic new york, and it's just genius. i don't know how to describe it. there's Usnavies - (yes, her mother named her US Navies, but she pronounces it different) - and there are four other fantastic characters. you feel for them all, you love them all, you get the idea of the differences between hispanics - puero rican, dominican, latin american, mexican - they are
Sep 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit
Before I get into my opinions on this book, I will admit it: I’m not a fan of “chick lit.” But, I think of myself as being open minded and willing to read anything (I even read the whole series of Twilight). I understand that not all pieces of fiction are meant to be the next Great Gatsby or Hamlet and I’m perfectly fine with that. Some books are there just for the fun of it and you take it for what it is suppose to be. So when I read a book that all my girl friends love, I except a fun, light ...more
Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
It did resamble Sex in the City, only with more color and swag if you can imagine. Fans of the series may disagree but whatever, I only liked Samantha anyway. ;P
Feb 18, 2011 rated it liked it
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Nat Newton
Jan 28, 2010 rated it liked it
A lot of people hated this book. But I kind of dug it. I think listening to it on tape when I used to have a long commute actually contributed to my enjoyment of it...and I'll tell you why.

The actress who read this book on tape added a lot to it for me. The story is told from the point-of-view of five different women with extremely varying interests and personalities, and the actress/reader portrayed them all pretty well, with different attitudes and accents.

It took me awhile to get into the s
May 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anybody with a BFF
The Dirty Girls Social Club is a great story about 6 Latina friends that are about as diverse as Latinas can be…they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and backgrounds. What they do have in common is a shared heritage of being Latina in America, highly educated, not living in poverty, and sharing a common bond of friendship that cannot be shaken, no matter what trials and tribulations life brings them.

Alisa uses a very unique style for telling us the story that is sure to charm some readers and
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-for-class
I had to read this book for a class. Let's just say forty pages of flat exposition and Lauren's judgmental description of her "friends" had me impatient from the start. Once things finally started happening... halfway through the book... I became more invested in these women's lives.

However, on some level, it felt like each woman was assigned a specific "problem," as though her entire character was centered around her issue. To relate it to YA, it felt like a Chris Crutcher book--nearly every po
Rachel Lichtman Castaño
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: authors-of-color
I loved this book. It wasn't your typical immigrant success story book, it wasn't poverty porn or struggle porn, it was just about a group of Latina friends, and their lives and struggles as Latina professionals in a white-dominated world. And it was great. The commentaries on casual racism in the workplace, microaggressions, homophobia, domestic abuse, and interracial relationships was intelligent and well-written. This book is hugely underrated.
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is often dismissed as chica lit which isn't in and of itself disparaging though detractors would connote it as such. Our stories, stories about latinx bodies and experiences needn't be about the immigrant struggle in order for it to have critical value. Stories about love, sex, and womanhood are valid and this is an excellent place to start.

Also: This book has latin women from all backgrounds, representing our community as it actually is rather than how the media portrays it.
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this a lot! I kind of felt like everything became too perfect too fast towards the end but on the other hand it's what the girls deserved!! 😻 I think my favorite was lauren but I also predictably loved elizabeth and sara for being lesbian and jewish respectively 😎 this was a really quick and fun read but also decently serious uk. would definitely rec!
Katherine Marple
Mar 23, 2010 rated it liked it
"The Dirty Girls Social Club" is about six spanish women from different ethnic backgrounds who come together every year to recap their lives and support one another. We take each story chapter by chapter- Lauren, Usnavys, Rebecca, Sara, Elizabeth, Amber. Each woman gets her story told in a chapter, then they switch off and we see through another woman's eyes. We learn about being a career woman in her 20s, being powerful as a spanish woman, love as a spanish woman, drugs and therapy- interwoven ...more
Ambs ❤❤
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-read
I have read a handful of books by author Alisa Valdes, and I have loved every single one of them from the beginning. Not so with this book. This book was written from the point of view of several different women/friends, alternating between chapters. First up, Lauren, who also introduces us to all the other ladies, Sara, Amber, Elizabeth, Rebecca, and Usnavys. All these women bonded in college because they all came from a Latina background of some sort. Lauren, who is only half Latina talks with ...more
Shameyn Dones
Oct 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
If we only had the option to rate 0 stars on books!!!!!

Let me say that even when I respect the author and the hard work she put for this story, I hate what I read, cause I dind't even finish it. And from what I've seeing here, I'm not the only one. I find it boring, dragging and way to much description. And I'm sorry, but some bits of the story made us latinas look BAD!!! We made call eachothers names when we are together and all, but to call one sucia, is... well lets say is not good. If that'
Aug 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
I'm one chapter in and, so far, I feel kind of meh about this. On the one hand, I love the language; I haven't heard "chisme" ("gossip") used since I moved from Cali four years ago, and this word, and others, bring back memories of my friends. On the other hand, it's too...calculated, I guess, as if she were trying to cover all of her bases and bring in every type of Latina character she can come up with: the blonde Jewish Latina; the Cubana from the wrong side of the tracks; the large and boist ...more
Narrated by Isabel Keating. Follows a year in the life of six college friends, the "sucias" or "dirty girls," now in their late 20s: Lauren, half Cuban and half Cajun, is a newspaper columnist in Boston who has rotten luck with men. Usnavys, a full-sized, fashionable Puerto Rican from the 'hood, is conflicted between her desire for the good life and her love for Juan who can't pay for it. Rebecca is the business-oriented, directed head of Ella magazine who is trapped in a loveless marriage to Br ...more
Apr 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
Awful. I'm marking this as read in my collection simply so I can be reminded in the future not to attempt it again. I'm not one to give up on a book once I've started it. But I quit this one after page 15. It could be argued that I didn't give it enough of a chance, but how many times do I have to read "girl" and "ya'll" at the end of a sentence when it doesn't really belong there. These are things that can add a little emphasis when used sparingly. Same with the italics. I appreciate that non-E ...more
Lisa James
Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
I chose this for an entertaining summer read to give myself a break from the heavier challenge list reading I've been doing. It certainly lived up. This is a story about Latina women who met in college & became a tight knit group, even though they were from different places & backgrounds, like Colombia, Cuba, PR, etc. They all became successful in their own rights, & this story, told by a different "sucia" each chapter, explains that sometimes what you see on the outside is very diff ...more
Delfina Paula Bonilla-Cassel
May 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All Women! Latinas especially can relate to this book.
Shelves: page-turner
This book was so great to read. It's a book told from about 4 or 5 different points of view, so you really get to know each character indepthly. It's about 4 (I think that's the right no.), that met in college and remained friends. They reunite atleast once a year and have a night all to themeselves. It's girl talk to the max. The great thing is, it's not about petty crap. It's about stuff that everyone goes through at one time or another (for the most part). Anyone, can relate to atleast one of ...more
G.L. Tomas
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so most people who know me well know I read this book years ago. At the time of its release, it was hyped as the Latinx “Waiting To Exhale” and I think the hype and comparison was well deserved.

Before I keep going further, this review is going to be a reflection of my own feelings about it, as it touches so many topics, that re-reading it as a 31 year old had a much different effect than when I was 16 and had no real life experience.

This book touched on domestic violence, homophobia, racis
Aug 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
I don't usually give up on books so early on, and my standards for vacation reading chick-lit are low to begin with. However, I'm calling it quits on page 11 of this gem. Life is simply too short to read a book that contains the following: "Ow, ow, headache in my eye. Right now, me want beer. Ooga ooga." (p. 9) 'nuff said.
Sep 09, 2010 marked it as tried-to-read-but-failed
Shelves: bookclub
My second attempt at reading this book failed again. It was part a lack of time and part I just didn't connect with any character to keep me fueled to read more. I really wanted to like this book as it's often cited as the start of ChicaLit (Chick Lit for Latinas). Then again, I don't really like Chick Lit either.
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've heard about this book for years and am so excited to listen to it! (It is neat that the author lives here in ABQ and was named one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Hispanics.) Isabel Keating is the reader and I'm hooked after a half chapter!
Aug 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I've read this twice already, its one that I can pick up and read over and over again. Its a book that has me laughing out loud and crying between pages, hands down my #1 favorite. It describes all the best & worst qualities of latinas and women in general. I can't say enough abt it.
Jami Hart
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Would give this one a 10 if I could.
Holly Boyd
I listened to the audio version of this book, so funny. One of those that makes you laugh out loud.
May 15, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: chic-lit
took awhile to get into it, not much happens in the beginning --- and i didn't care for the ultra-conversational way in which it was written. good fluff read though.
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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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