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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,939 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, Alisa Valdés-Rodríguez Narrator: Alisa Valdés-Rodríguez Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2003 ISBN: 9781593973063
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A vibrant and absorbing novel of six friends--each an unforgettable Latina in her late twenties--and the complications and triumphs in their lives

As soon as it was written, The Dirty Girls Social Club began turning heads. The Chicago Tribune reported that the book "set off a bidding frenzy" among publishers. The Associated Press reported that "even people running the copy machines at major publishing houses just had to read The Dirty Girls Social Club."

It's no wonder the media is all in a whirl. In this heartfelt and absorbing novel, Valdes-Rodriguez opens up the lives of six upwardly mobile Latina friends in their late 20's. These women, who come from widely varied backgrounds, meet at Boston University and, after graduating, reunite every six months to share their stories. Facing the complications and pressures of everyday lives, the Social Club offers a chance to meet regularly, dish, dine, and help each other over the bumpy course of life and love.

Filled with humor, drama, and the redemptive power of friendship, The Dirty Girls Social Club promises to be one of the most talked-about books of the year.

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Quotes & Awards

  • ...Valdes-Rodriguez has written an incredible first novel, told in six distinct voices and points of view. Library Journal
  • ...in the end, it's the complex, finely drawn characters who make the book work. Rocky Mountain News
  • ...a heartfelt, fast-moving, and often funny page-turner. Booklist
  • This season's most scrumptious book...a summer must. Advocate
  • Those who liked The Joy Luck Club or The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood will enjoy The Dirty Girls Social Club...It is heartfelt, fast-moving, and often funny. Oklahoman
  • (an) affecting debut that takes a long, hard, and funny look at life in the U.S. for Latina women...an upscale telenovela with well-drawn, charmingly flawed characters from an author who explodes some myths. Kirkus Reviews
  • Marked by fast-paced dialogue and a pop-culture sensibility, this engaging novel, each section of which is written from a different woman's perspective, carries an unmistakable message. Book
  • The writing is strong, fluid, and sometimes laugh-out loud funny. Pioneer Press
  • Valdes-Rodriguez' compelling characters are enhanced by their racial identities but not at all inaccesible to the non-Hispanic...an enjoyable read. San Antonio Express-News
  • Valdes-Rodriguez' novel delivers on the promise of its sexy title (with a) diverse group of women that defies stereotypes. The book addresses serious questions-prejudice, the difficulty of winning respect from Latino men-but balances them with enough romances...to satisfy any chick lit fan. This is a fun, irresistible debut. Publishers Weekly

  • The Latina community has a rich new voice and Valdez-Rodriguez is it. Jeffrey Kluger, coauthor of Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13
  • Dirty Girls sets out to prove Latina can mean anything-black, white, rich, poor, Spanish-speaking, not Spanish-speaking. The Miami Herald
  • “The feel of a night out with the girls...charming...undeniably fun. Miami Herald

  • This lively debut novel...reads like the Hispanic version of Waiting to Exhale. New York
  • As a guilty pleasure it ranks somewhere between Valrhona chocolate and Jimmy Choo shoes-I simply could not put it down. Whitney Otto, author of How to Make an American Quilt
  • ...the summer's must-have beach book. Latina magazine
  • ...a fresh spin on the best-of-friends novel that's funny, touching, and exhilarating. A winner! Jennifer Crusie

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 2/18/2014

    " Who can't love a group of latino girls and reading about their day to day problems. Great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tasha S | 2/10/2014

    " This book is about six friends, that despite all of their differences (and trust me they are very different) maintain their friendship. The book shows the struggle they face in their lives dealing with everything from their love lives to their professional careers all on top of being Latinas in America! While there are some issues that I could relate to I just couldn't jump right into it. It was an ok and I would recommend this to friends but only if I felt that it fit them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Book Concierge | 1/29/2014

    " A Latina "Waiting to Exhale." I enjoyed the book and the author shows promise. I think it may have been better with one fewer character, so that the author could expound more on the remaining women's problems. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 1/23/2014

    " It was and okay read, but it was SLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOWWWWWW "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missyk | 1/20/2014

    " I loved how each of the sucias has such a distinct voice - I am always amazed at that kind of writing, and I have to wonder if it requires multiple personality issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fatima | 1/15/2014

    " Great beach/summer read- This is a book about the beauty of real friendship between very different women. This is not great literature, nor is it intended to be. Alisa is the Plum Sykes/Sophie Kinsella of the Latin community. The characters are stereotypical and are meant to be- it makes it easy to identify with/ understand and or appreciate the girls. If you are a fun-loving woman- you can appreciate this book. If you are a Hispanic/Latina woman- you must read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Leon | 1/8/2014

    " Very funny and hooked me on this author too! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathe Bacon | 12/30/2013

    " This book is horrible!!!! It's poorly written, uninteresting, and just plain stupid. I couldn't even finish the first chapter grrrrr "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy Renee Martinez | 11/30/2013

    " Alright, after whining and complaining, I have to admit I did come to care about most of the characters and wanted to know how their stories would pan out. Overall a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krystal Crespo | 11/13/2013

    " A cross between Desperate housewives and Sex and the city for Latina readers. Loved this one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 11/2/2013

    " It was a cute read. I love her books, but this does not beat the dirty girls social club. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 11/1/2013

    " Meet Sex and the City with a Hispanic twist. Very amusing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 10/28/2013

    " Thank you my dear Susie for introducing me to this wonderful book. I had so many laughs, that now after reading the Twilight Saga, I may need something light-hearted to put me in a better mood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 H3yd00 | 8/17/2013

    " Another book I never would have picked up if it wasn't in the free section. I laughed through the entire book. It's about a group of 20-something Hispanic women, and their different views and ways of life in the U.S. Very good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leah | 8/9/2013

    " If I could give this book less than a star, I would. It's terrible. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sheila | 6/3/2013

    " i could picture members of my own extended family...perhaps that's why i didn't like it. someone else's cup of tea--not for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen Bernard | 4/22/2013

    " Good window into the latino community here in America "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvettee | 12/27/2012

    " This is a great book. I loved the story...it reminded me of Sex and the City but for Latinas. This book might become a movie, Jennifer Lopez bought the rights to it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 daniela | 10/19/2012

    " its a goot summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal Yeager | 10/18/2012

    " Funny book, a bit too young for me but I read this a while back so maybe it suited me well back then.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadioz | 9/28/2012

    " I've read it a few years ago and still have a good memory of it, it's really well written, funny and moving and I could totally relate to more than one of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 9/26/2012

    " I LOVED this book! I read it when it was first released a couple years ago, and I have reread it a few times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca Aho | 3/14/2012

    " A group of Latina college buddies stay in touch with regular get togethers even the the only thing they really have in common is some Hispanic blood connection. No one is what they seem would be my estimation of the common thread in the lives of these women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffy | 2/29/2012

    " This book is mixed with women from all types of backround with one problem *mostly*....the people in their lives who they love. In this book you will see these woman come together and rely on each other in a way they never imagined they could. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizeth | 12/28/2011

    " def a latina girl must read...funny and just good to read.. fiction "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosanne | 11/5/2011

    " It is a little slow at first, but just like Sex in the City, I found my favorite girls. It was just okay for me. I really did not like the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beatriz | 6/14/2011

    " Easy and fun "girly" book to read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 5/27/2011

    " It's like the "Waiting to Exhale" for Latinas...So good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 5/22/2011

    " This book goes into the relationships of good friends. One of the issues is domestic abuse. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hwachs | 4/17/2011

    " Corny, but easy to keep reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miami University | 3/1/2011

    " King Library (2nd floor) | PS3622.A425 D57 2004 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 2/26/2011

    " Our bookclub took it's name from this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/4/2011

    " I think I was too young for this book when I read it. It was a little too grown up for me. It was ok. I think I would get more out of it now that I have matured a little "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 2/3/2011

    " While the book does not aspire to any deep or aiding look at the struggles of Latina women in the US, it also does not shy away from these topics. Don't be put off by the cover, while a fast paced read, this is a book which has its serious poignant moments. "

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About the Author
Author Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

Alisa Valdés-Rodríguez is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Dirty Girls Social Club and Playing with Boys, among other novels. She is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist and Pulitzer-nominated former staff writer for both the Los Angeles Times and Boston Globe. She has written and sold pilot scripts to Nickelodeon, NBC, and Lifetime Television, as well as a teen crossover feature film based on The Kindred.