Estrella's Quinceañera

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 21, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 260 pages
Estrella Alvarez is turning fifteen, and she's not happy about it. For as long as she can remember, her mother has been planning an elaborate quinceañera, complete with a mariachi band, cheesy decorations, and a hideous dress. Estrella is so over it. She'd much rather have an understated dinner party at a posh restaurant downtown -- that way, she can invite her two best friends from private school, who have no idea Estrella lives in the barrio. Even though Estrella tries to keep her home life a secret from her school friends, things get even more complicated when she falls for Speedy, a cholo whom her new friends -- and her parents -- would definitely disapprove of.

Caught between her family's wishes and the allure of her sophisticated friends, Estrella is forced to make some tough choices. This funny, touching book follows one girl's struggle to figure out who she really wants to be.

 

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User Review  - ewyatt - LibraryThing

Estrella is about to turn 15 and while she doesn't want a big quinceanera, it is a HUGE deal to her mother and aunt. She's torn between her private school life and her life in the barrio. The split in ... Read full review

ESTRELLA'S QUINCEAÑERA

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While her mother sees it as tradition, Estrella believes a quinceañera, the Mexican custom of celebrating a girl's 15th birthday, is "just a lame party with cheesy music and puffy princess dresses ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
12
Section 3
59
Section 4
69
Section 5
80
Section 6
87
Section 7
101
Section 8
108
Section 12
161
Section 13
175
Section 14
195
Section 15
201
Section 16
208
Section 17
214
Section 18
223
Section 19
234

Section 9
124
Section 10
141
Section 11
149
Section 20
247
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About the author (2006)

Malín Alegría is the author of Estrella's Quinceañera. She is an accomplished educator, dancer, and actress who has cowritten and performed in several stage plays. Ms. Alegría lives in San Francisco.