The Dirty Girls Social Club

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Author:  Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

Title:  The Dirty Girls Social Club

Genre:  Latina, Women’s Fiction

Publication Date:  2004

Number of Pages:  308

Geographical Setting:  Boston, MA

Time Period: Current (early 2000’s)

Series (If applicable): There is a follow-up book called Dirty Girls on Top

Plot Summary: Six women (“sucias”) bonded during their time in college.  They vowed to meet every six months in order to catch up and renew their friendship.  Each woman has followed their dreams with varying levels of success.  They also have varying levels of respect for each other that can create tension in their gatherings.  Each chapter is narrated by a different woman in the book and allows the reader to get a glimpse of the secrets behind closed doors.  Bulimia, physical abuse, homophobia, divorce, and romantic insecurities all play a part of the sucia’s lives.  Personal issues, love, and enduring friendship set the tone of a novel that all women can relate to.

Subject Headings:  Latina, Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, Boston, Lesbian, Women’s Relationships, Friendship, Hispanic American Women.

Appeal:  Character centered, witty, conversational, engaging, dramatic, humorous, multiple plot lines, multiple points of view, steamy, urban, candid, accessible, leisurely paced, open-ended.

Three terms that best describe this book: Humorous, Relatable, Engaging

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Non-fiction

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Kiss My Tiara: How to Rule the World as a Smartmouth Goddess by Susan Jane Gilman (Sassy advice on how to deal with men, salary negotiations, and other common situations)

The Latina’s Bible: The Nueva Latina’s Guide to Love, Spirituality, Family and La Vida by Sandra Guzman (A book focusing on encouraging Latina women to combine the best of their culture with their lives in the U.S. while focusing on family, relationships, health, career, and spirituality)

3 Fiction

Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan (Story follows a group of women and how their lives/friendships unfold and intertwine)

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs (Women join a knitting club to help them escape problems in their personal lives)

Lipstick Jungle by Candace Bushnell (Successful women face struggles in their professional and personal lives)

Name:  Madeline

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