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    The quinceañera, the 15th birthday celebration for a Latina girl, is quickly becoming an American event. This legendary party is a sight to behold: lavish ball gowns, extravagant catered meals, DJs, limousines, and multi-tiered cakes. The must haves for a "quince" are becoming as numerous and costly as a prom or wedding. And yet, this elaborate ritual also hearkens back to traditions from native countries and communities, offering young Latinas a chance to connect with their heritage.

    In Once Upon a Quinceañera, Julia Alvarez explores this celebration that brings a Latina girl into womanhood. She attends the quince of a young woman named "Monica" who lives in Queens, and witnesses the commotion, confusion, and potential for disaster that comes with planning this important event. Alvarez also weaves in interviews with other quince girls, her own memories of coming of age as an immigrant, and the history of the custom itself: how it originated and what has changed as Latinas become accustomed to a supersize American culture.

    Once Upon a Quinceañera is an enlightening, accessible, and entertaining portrait of contemporary Latino culture, as well as a critical look at the rituals of coming of age and the economic and social consequences of the quince parties. Julia Alvarez's dedicated fans will be eager to hear her thoughts on this topic. It is a great book for anyone interested in American youth today: parents, teachers, and teenagers themselves.

    ©2007 Julie Alvarez (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc. and Books on Tape. All rights reserved.

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    “Phenomenal...indispensable. Alvarez’s novelistic eye makes Once Upon a Quinceañera an intimate, intoxicating read.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

    “A journey into experiencing a vital, exuberant ritual of modern Latino life.... As an author, Alvarez is a terrific tour guide.” (The Seattle Times)

    “Alvarez’s honest grappling with her caught-between-two-cultures experience is compelling.” (Entertainment Weekly)

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    • Reina
    • 02/04/2021

    Dont just exist - LIVE!

    Loved it! It doesn't read like a fictional story but the journey that the author takes speaks to the not knowing and insecurities that come with a coming of age story and trying to fit into the American lifestyle and being true to your culture.

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    • Marlene Rodriguez
    • 25/01/2019

    not a story

    This is more of an instructional essay on what a Quinceañera is and the history of it. I guess it would be helpful for someone who is married to a Hispanic and trying to learn about the culture. But it's not a story.

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    • Bebe
    • 12/12/2018

    Every girl should read this book!

    Alvarez did really a great job addressing cultural myths of gender role which we women are being forced to follow consciously and unconsciously, by families; I am Middle Eastern and I can relate to this wonderful book a lot, and I love that she wrote about her own coming- of- age and her struggles as she faced. I recommend this book to everyone and anyone who raising a girl.

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    • omi
    • 05/01/2017

    Quinceaera

    Did not like this book at all. Very outdated . First book by y his Auth o r I dislike