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Damas, Dramas, and Ana Ruiz: A Quinceañera Club Novel (Quinceanera Club)

3 Ratings: 3.7
A book by Belinda Acosta

"Belinda Acosta'sDamas, Dramas, and Ana Ruizdelivers all its title promises and more: it's a book about damas of all ages, from teenage girls to the struggling mothers of those teenage girls; it's packed with drama so you don't want to stop reading; … see full wiki

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Author: Belinda Acosta
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
3 reviews about Damas, Dramas, and Ana Ruiz: A Quinceañera...
review by . August 17, 2009
Despite some excellent insights into the psyches of her characters, this book never really took off for me. As a person who took French in high school and college, I found the frequent use of Spanish (and sometimes Spanglish) distracting at best and irritating at worst as it kept wrecking the flow of the narrative for me. I did think the author captured some of the underlying emotions quite well (the teen-aged hostility of Carmen, the quiet uncertainty of older brother Diego, the truly tormented …
review by . August 12, 2009
I remember about 10-15 years ago, there had been an episode of that old PBS program Wonderworks that dealt with the story of a young Mexican-American girl and her quincenera. I had never heard of this celebration before so I was fascinated with the culture and the representation of what it meant. Ever since then, I've been eager to learn more. This book gives a wonderful insider's look to what goes behind the scenes of the makings of a quincenera. People seem to think it's a Hispanic version of …
review by . August 01, 2009
"Damas, Dramas, and Ana Ruiz" is an insightful, touching, and sympathetically humorous novel. I loved all of the characters, which were complex and acted in realistic and understandable ways. The problems they faced were also realistically complex. The world-building was nice, and the pacing was very good.    The story is written with Spanish words and short Spanish phrases mixed in with the English. It helps if you know some Spanish, but the meaning was often clearly implied …
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