Make Him Look Good [NOOK Book]

Overview

The "him" in MAKE HIM LOOK GOOD is Ricky Biscayne, sexy Latin singing sensation who has taken the pop world by storm. The women who orbit him include:

--Milan, Ricky's new publicist, smart as a whip and chubby as only a girl who still ...

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Overview

The "him" in MAKE HIM LOOK GOOD is Ricky Biscayne, sexy Latin singing sensation who has taken the pop world by storm. The women who orbit him include:

--Milan, Ricky's new publicist, smart as a whip and chubby as only a girl who still lives at home with her parents can be

--Geneva, Milan's sister and as lean and chic as Milan is not; her Club G promises to be Miami's hottest opening ever

--Jasminka, Ricky's gorgeous Serbian model wife, who finally might eat a little something now that she's pregnant

--Irene, a firefighter whose high school romance with Ricky was the last love in her life, eking out an existence for herself and her daughter.

--Sophia, who is beginning to suspect that she and Ricky Biscayne look a little too much alike

--Jill Sanchez, an omniverous media-manic Latina star who has crossed over from CDs to perfume, clothes and movies

Set in and around Miami, with its vibrant music, club and modeling scenes, MAKE HIM LOOK GOOD is irresistible fiction.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Valdes-Rodriguez (Playing with Boys) shows she can brand name-drop with the best of them in her third chica lit offering, a busy celebrity fantasy populated by six women and the "him" of the title, Latin pop sensation Ricky Biscayne. Beyond product placement for Rock & Republic jeans, Dolce & Gabbana shoes and Cristal (and that's just the first page), this Miami yarn is heavy with dramatic touchstones: an abandoned child, domestic abuse, sibling rivalry, romantic infidelities and the pregnancy of Ricky's wife, Jasminka. Narrated mostly by Ricky's new publicist, Milan, the story shifts perspectives-sometimes changing narrators without warning-among Milan's sister, nightclub entrepreneur Geneva, Ricky's high school flame Irene, fatherless teenager Sophia, the famous (and familiar) singer/actress/brand Jill Sanchez, and Jasminka. Though a boon plot-wise, this crowd gives individuals little room to come alive; mostly, characters are either underdeveloped (Jasminka) or conform to types (Jill and Geneva), and they all resemble celebrities (Ricky: a "less greasy Antonio Banderas," Geneva: a "slightly prettier Penelope Cruz"). The villainous portrayal of Jill, obviously modeled after a real-life pop star, is particularly unimaginative, as is the predictable message she sets up. Despite these problems, however, our refreshingly imperfect and insecure heroine, Milan, shines, and there are enough reversals of fate and fortune to make this a satisfying read. (Apr. 18) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Valdes-Rodriguez's earlier books Playing with Boys and especially The Dirty Girls Social Club had strong female characters who came alive with humor, solid relationships or friendships, and genuine worries. Her third novel relies too heavily on thinly veiled fictional renderings of real-life celebrities and gossip column opinions. Six varied women's lives revolve around pop Latino star Ricky Biscayne, and the switching among their stories is often abrupt (there also seems to be some odd breaks as tracks change) but handled fairly well by Isabel Keating's bilingual narration. There is some self-deprecating humor that rings true with prime narrator Milan, Ricky's new publicist and number one fan, but the rest of the cast are underdeveloped and too stereotypical. A disappointing novel, but it probably has enough romantic pull to make it viable for light vacation listening. Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A Miami singing sensation has a profound impact on the women who surround him. Ricky Biscayne is the sexy center of his own female-centric universe in Valdes-Rodriguez's gossipy third novel (after Playing with Boys, 2004, etc.). On the cusp of national stardom with the release of his first English-language album, Ricky has undeniable charisma and talent, not to mention a not-so-hidden dark side and burgeoning drug problem. His diverse entourage includes his pregnant wife Jasminka, a war-haunted Serbian supermodel hungry for family (and food, long denied her), and his glamorous secret lover Jill Sanchez, a Puerto Rican diva even more famous than he. There is also his devoted new publicist Milan, a naive and chubby Cuban-American who lives with her parents and would do anything to protect her idol, and her more sophisticated sister Geneva, a Harvard MBA opening a trendy club that Ricky has invested in. Rounding out the group is Ricky's long-lost high-school sweetheart Irene, a struggling, single-mother firefighter, who reappears in his life after her teenaged daughter, Sophia, figures out that Ricky might actually be her father. It is his cruel treatment of the girl, along with other bad behavior, that finally gets to Milan, who has herself been dallying with her boss. Disillusioned by seeing the true personality of the man she once worshipped, and feeling guilty over her role in covering up for Ricky, she decides to use her publicist's gifts for good rather than evil, and enlists the others to help her. The elaborate plan culminates on the opening night of the club when the singer is forced to face the consequences of his actions. Meanwhile, the women manage to find romance, purpose andfriendships away from the toxic Lothario. The deliciously bitchy exception is calculating Jill Sanchez, who will remind readers of a certain real-life actress/singer/perfume mogul. Entertaining if conventionally plotted crowd-pleaser.
From the Publisher
"Escapist Entertainment with a Latina heart." —AudioFile on The Dirty Girls Social Club

"The lives of three distinctive Californians become real—brilliantly brought to life by the voices of author Alisa Valdez-Rodriguez, with Mara Holguin and Ingrid Oliu." —AudioFile on Playing with Boys

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429919197
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/20/2007
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 508,744
  • File size: 407 KB

Meet the Author

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

ALISA VALDES-RODRIGUEZ is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist and a former staff writer for both the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe. She is the bestselling author of The Dirty Girls Social Club and Playing with Boys.

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Chapter One

Thursday, February 14

So, welcome to my frilly yellow bedroom. Girly, immature. Teddy bears. And not just that, but Care Bears. Pitiful. I know. How sad is it to be twenty-four years old and still living at home with your mom and dad (and grandparents)? How sad is it that I'm still here, in this white-brick home in Coral Gables, near Blue Road and Alhambra Circle, on my once-canopied twin bed, silly ducky slippers hanging off my pudgy feet, a pink terry-cloth robe cinched around my waist, my greasy flat nothing brownish hair pulled up in two slightly sad, droopy-bunny ponytails?

"So sad."

Yeah, well, thanks. That's my sister Geneva speaking, as she stands in my doorway with an amused, superior look on her face. Geneva holds her Yorkie, Belle, under her arm like a football. The dog pants, making the red bow between her ears bob up and down like the comb on a nervous rooster. I am not what you'd call a dog person. There's nothing worse than the hot, rotten smell of dog mouth, and I can smell it from here. Yorkie mouth from here. I detest the dog, and I detest Geneva.

You know, Geneva. My tall, thin, financially successful thirty-year-old sister? The one who looks like a slightly darker, slightly prettier Penélope Cruz? The one who is five-eight and got an MBA from Harvard--compared to the five-four University of Miami graduate that is me? The one who has a group of female friends just as perfect as she is and no shortage of men she likes to call "sex toys"? The one whose feline body and long legs turn jeans into an art form? The one who has stolen exactly three boyfriends from me in the past ten years, during which time I only had four boyfriends, even though she claims it wasn't her fault that they left me for her? She said it was my fault, for not putting more effort into my appearance, my clothes, my studies, my job, my life. She then tried to act like she'd done me a favor by offering fashion tips and career advice. Right. Her.

Geneva has just walked into my room without knocking, wearing her "work" clothes--a spaghetti-strap black silk tunic that would make any other woman look six months pregnant but which, combined with skinny jeans, a sparkly tan, and strappy black sandals, makes Geneva look like a haughty, leggy Spanish princess. Her long black hair is twisted back in a tight knot, exposing the small yet scary dragon tattoo on her left shoulder blade, and she's got a black and white scarf wrapped around her head. Anyone else with a scarf twisted around like that would look like Aunt Jemima's nanny. Geneva? Royalty.

I do not make eye contact. You know, it's not advisable, with her being the devil and so on. I try to seem distracted and unconcerned. I type on the VAIO laptop between my extremely pale legs on the bed. The "n" key is worn off from all my loser online activities; these include commenting on people's blogs, doing chats, and posting fake profiles of myself on personals sites, just to see what kinds of responses I get in different cities. I pretend like I don't know that with that one little word, "sad," Geneva is talking about the loser that is me, the state of my hair, my body, my clothes, my bed, my room.

I feel her frowning at my robe. "How long have you had that thing, Milan? God. I remember it from when I left for Harvard." Geneva always mentions Harvard, and she always mentions the Portofino Towers, where she recently bought a condo. She's a name-dropper. She picks up my phone from my dresser. "Hello Kitty. Milan? Sad."

I ignore her, focus on the computer. She puts Belle from Hell on the floor, and sits next to me on the bed and peeks at the screen. I turn it away from her. I hear Belle doing the scratch-and-sniff under my bed. What has she found there? I can smell Geneva's perfume, something musky and dark. Something expensive and very grown-up. I am aware that after a full day working in Overtown as a laxative publicist for my uncle's "pharmaceutical" company (don't ask), I smell like a goat. But it's been so long since I smelled a goat I can't be sure. The last time was at a petting zoo in Kendall when I was ten. I tried to mask today's goatness with Sunflowers perfume I got on discount at Ross earlier because I was too lazy to take a shower.

"What ya doing?" Geneva asks, stretching her neck to see the screen. For the record, my sister would not be caught dead in a Ross, or any other store with the slogan "dress for less." That, for Geneva, would defeat the purpose of dressing at all.

"Just trying to set up a chat room." I scowl at the screen to make myself seem smarter and more ambitious than I am. To make it seem like Geneva's criticisms mean nothing to me. To seem like I'm happy here, in this room, in this house, in my life.

"You guys have wireless now?"

"Yes," I say. I set it up, but I let my dad think he did it. Our parents think I am a dutiful, passive Cuban daughter to have remained living at home, where I do things like wipe my grandmother's bottom (she's too stiff with arthritis) and fold my dad's undershirts (his Y chromosome makes housework impossible for him). To our Cuban-exile parents and tens of thousands just like them all over South Florida, girls like me--chubby, unmarried, overlooked--stay home until we're (best-case scenario) married or (worst-case scenario) hauled away to the convent. Geneva and I know the truth about me, however. I'm not dutiful or traditional. I'm not even a virgin (but don't tell my parents, please). Rather, I'm a purebred American slacker. I'll have a life one of these days, when I get around to it.

Other things you need to know about me: I would be pretty by normal standards, but because I live in Miami, a city where pretty must be nipped, tucked, and liposuctioned into uniformity and submission to qualify, I am plain by association. I have a pleasant round and very white face, with freckles. People stop to ask me for directions. I have been told I look "nice," but I am selfish and wild in my head.

Geneva lifts a foot and rotates the strappy sandal, cracking her ankle. It sounds like grasshoppers in a blender. I hate that sound. She used to dance ballet, and developed this disgusting habit of cracking everything all the time, especially her ankles, with no regard for those around her. She has double-jointed arms, but doesn't show off about it anymore, thank God. "A chat room?" she asks, unaware that her joint popping has made me want to throw up. "For what?"

"My Yahoo group."

"Las Ricky Chickies?" Geneva says the name of my group with a hint of scorn. Or is it mockery? With her, I can never tell. It could be derision. She says it as if Las Ricky Chickies, an Internet forum in honor of sexy male pop star Ricky Biscayne, were the dumbest thing in the world. To her, it probably is. After all, she throws parties for the rich and famous, and gets paid very well for it, so well that she makes hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and gets to name-drop at the same time--like anyone really cares that Fat Joe ordered massive amounts of caviar or something for a tacky rap-star party. She recently bought herself a new BMW, in white. I myself drive a fabulous puke-green Neon. She has no need, as do we mere mortals, to connect with our idols in other, more pedestrian ways.

For the record, Ricky Biscayne is a Latin-pop singer from Miami, half Mexican-American and half Cuban-American, and he is my obsession. I love him. I have loved him since he began as a salsa singer, and I have loved him as he recorded Grammy-winning albums in the Latin-pop genre. I love him now, as he prepares to cross over to the mainstream English-language pop realm. I love him so much I am the secretary of Las Ricky Chickies, the unofficial Ricky Biscayne online fan club. In addition to this club, I am also a member of a Coral Gables book club, Las Loquitas del Libro (the crazy book girls), that meets weekly at Books & Books. You might say I'm a joiner. That's the big difference between me and Geneva. She carves her own way and expects everyone to follow. The sucky part is, they usually do.

Geneva flops backward on the bed and picks up one of my Care Bears to throw it into the air, only to punch it violently on the descent. Then, as if trying to tell me something, she tosses the bear at the poster of Ricky Biscayne taped to my closet door.

"If you must know," I say, "we're going to have a live chat during Ricky's Tonight Show performance."

I look at the pink Hello Kitty clock on my nightstand, then at the TV on the sagging metal stand in the corner. It has cable. It doesn't look like it, but it does. My dad, who owns a shipping and export business and whose expensive ties are always crooked, jerry-rigged it somehow. Cuban ingenuity, I suppose. We never throw anything away, even though we're far from poor. My dad just tries to fix everything, or make a new invention out of it. This house is full of junk. Junk and birds. Canaries. We have four birdcages scattered around the house, and among my many unsavory chores is that of cleaning them.

"You think Ricky's gonna do well in English, Milan?" Geneva asks, with a tone that tells me she already knows the answer, and her answer is no. She rolls onto her belly and tries again to look at the screen. "He's so corny. I don't see how an American audience could deal."

"Ricky does well at everything he tries," I say. I stop myself from correcting her misuse of the term "American" to mean only English-speaking U.S. citizens. I'm an American. So is Ricky. So are most of Ricky's millions of fans. "He's perfect."

Geneva snorts a laugh and starts picking at her short, bitten, mangled fingernails--the only imperfect thing about her. The ankle cracking is bad, but the fingernail thing is worse. It makes a little clicking sound like a car that won't start. Click, click. Click, click. "Isn't it a little juvenile to be obsessed with a pop singer at your age, Milan?" she asks. "I mean, no disrespect, but . . ."

"Stop with the fingernails," I say.

"Sorry," she says. But she does it again, this time very close to my ear.

"Don't you have your own house to go to or something?" I ask as I push her hands away. "God."

"Condo," she corrects me. "In the Portofino." Right. How could I forget that Geneva, president of a multimillion-dollar party-planning company favored by rappers and Latin American soap stars, just bought a very expensive condo for herself in one of the most expensive buildings on Miami Beach. Enrique Iglesias is her neighbor. She has joked about taking him away from his Russian tennis-babe wife. I did not find the joke amusing, for obvious reasons.

"Why are you here?" I ask. Belle has emerged from beneath the bed with one of my flat, comfortable sandals and is trying to either kill it or hump it. "It's late. Go home. And take that rat with you, please."

"Mom asked me to hang out for a while to help her prepare for a show," says Geneva. Amazingly, she takes the sandal away from the dog. "What, I can't hang out here? You want me to leave?"

I'm about to say yes when our mother, Violeta, an AM talk-radio host, sashays into the room carrying a tray with milk and cookies, like some housewife mom from a fifties TV show. She stops when she sees the two of us about to fight, me crouching away from Geneva, and Geneva leaning in for the kill. Mom knows us very well, and it shows on her face--or what's left of her face. She's had so much plastic surgery the last few years I hardly recognize her anymore. She looks like a tightly pulled lizard with Julie Stav hair.

"What's going on here?" she asks. She leans into her hip. Like Geneva, our mother is thin and tidy, and she does the hip-lean thing to give her the appearance of caderas. For the record, I got all the caderas--hips--my mom and sister lack. I'm shaped like a pear. I'm overweight, slightly, in large part because of an addiction to guava and cheese pastelitos from Don Pan, but I still have a tiny waist. A certain kind of man likes that shape, but in general it is not the kind of man I like. I am told I look like my mulatta grandmother, even though I am the whitest member of our family. We run the spectrum, we Gotays, from black to white and back again, even though no one but Geneva seems to admit that we have any African in us.

My mom and Geneva look alike, or they used to before our mother started to look like Joan Rivers with a platinum-blond bob. Mom wears high-waisted beige dress slacks, probably Liz Claiborne, her favorite brand, with a short-sleeved silk sweater, black. The whole obsession with black is something she shares with Geneva. Mom's breasts were recently remodeled, and they seem to have moved into their perkier bras quite happily. Did you know that when you get a boob lift they put something like a golf tee under your tits, attached to your ribs, to hold them up? Gross. Besides, it's just wrong to have a mother with perkier boobs than you, isn't it?

"Everything okay here?" repeats Mom.

Geneva and I sort of shrug.

Mom purses her lips. They used to be smaller than they are now, those lips. They've been blown up somehow, like tiny pink bicycle tubes. "Something's going on," she says. She sets the tray down on my Holly Hobby dresser, next to the porcelain statuette of La Caridad del Cobre. She taps her red manicured nails on the dresser top and scowls at us. I think that's what the face is, anyway. I'm learning to read her body language, like she's a cat now and can only express feelings with the arch of her back or something. Mom would be well served to have a tail these days.

"I think Milan wants me to leave," says Geneva. "Mom, she's so unfriendly."

Before I have time to lie in protest, our mother sighs and does the thing where she makes us both feel so guilty, we are paralyzed. I want to save her. I want to make her happy. I hate myself for being a disappointment. Mom says, "You two. In Cuba, you'd never act like this."

Geneva stands up and walks to the tray of cookies. "May I?" she asks our mother. Mom does her hand in a circle in the air to tell Geneva to eat, but she continues to frown at me.

"If this is about the thing with the boys," she says. "Tú tienes que olvidar de todo ésto, Milán."

I look at the television and ignore the fact that she just told me, in Spanish, that I have to forget about Geneva stealing all my men. Jay Leno appears to be winding up his zoo-animal segment, having petted a baby lion for the past few minutes. Ricky will be on next. I unmute the volume and study the screen. "Shh," I say. "Ricky's coming on. Everybody be quiet, please."

"Blood is thicker than water," says our mother, pacing the room. She rarely stays still, our mother. She is high strung, wired, and motivated, just like Geneva. Mom sidesteps Belle--we share a dislike of dogs, my mother and I--and picks up a stack of magazines on my nightstand, all of them with Ricky on the cover. She sighs and clicks her tongue at me. "Ricky, Ricky, Ricky," says my mother as she drops the magazines one by one, as if Ricky made her tired. "I am sick of this Ricky."

"Sit down, Mom," Geneva tells her through a mouthful of coconut ball. "This'll be fun. I just want to see him make an ass of himself on national television." Geneva brings the tray to the bed and sets it down next to me. She herself sits on the floor, with a great crackling of misused joints. Belle climbs into Geneva's lap and licks a fleck of grated coconut off Geneva's chin. Geneva doesn't seem to mind. "Milan? Cookie?"

I take a coconut cookie ball, and bite. They are sweet enough to make you squint, chewy, made of nothing but sugar, vanilla extract, and grated coconut in heavy syrup. It's the taste of my childhood, sugar and coconut. Cubans eat sugar like Americans eat bread, and I don't even want to think about what my pancreas looks like. As I munch it I log in to the chat room and greet the twenty-one other Ricky Biscayne fans who are there. I know all of them by screen name. My mother and Geneva look at me, and look at each other with raised brows and smirky, pretty mouths. Fine. I know. They think I'm pathetic. A geek.

"Chew at least twenty times, Milan," says Mom. "You're not a snake. You're getting crumbs everywhere on your shirt."

"Nightgown," I correct her.

"With you it's hard to tell," says my sister.

"Shh," I say. "Leave me alone. I'm trying to focus on Ricky."

"This hair," says Geneva. She reaches up and touches my ponytail. Belle snaps at my lifeless strands and I daydream of punting her across the room. "You'd look so good if you got some highlights. Please let me do a makeover on you, Milan? Please?"

"Highlights would look beautiful," says my mother.

"Shh," I say.

"You should let your sister fix your hair," says our mother.

"Shh," I tell them as I type my hellos to Las Ricky Chickies. "Leave me alone."

"How's your face, Mom?" Geneva asks. Mom recently had a face-lift, which explains why she has bangs cut into her bob at the moment.

"Oh, I feel great, better than ever," says Mom. Her cheeriness is almost unfathomable.

"Shh," I say.

"Did it hurt?" asks Geneva.

"Not at all," says Mom. No matter how many surgeries and other enhancements she has, our mother always says she feels great afterward. I glance at her. I can't tell if she is smiling or not. I think she is. She sips a bit of milk and looks surprised as she nibbles a coconut ball through her rubbery lips. I know enough to know she is not actually surprised. Not much surprises her.

Copyright © 2006 by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
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Reading Group Guide

Miami's music world comes sexily alive in this new novel from the bestselling author of The Dirty Girls Social Club and one of Time Magazine's 25 most influential Hispanics... 
 
Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, "a genre-defining literary powerhouse"(Agenda), tells the story of charismatic singing sensation Ricky Biscayne and the women in his life:
*Milan, Ricky’s new publicist, and his ultimate fan
*Geneva, Milan’s chic and gorgeous sister; her Club G promises to be Miami’s hottest opening ever
*Jasminka, Ricky’s Serbian model wife, who might finally eat something now that she’s pregnant
*Irene, a firefighter who's been alone since her high school romance with Ricky ended, eking out an existence for herself and her daughter
*Sophia, who suspects that she and Ricky Biscayne look a little too much alike
*Jill Sanchez, a wickedly self-involved Latina star who has crossed over from CD’s to perfume, clothes and movies
With several satisfying romances set against Miami’s music, club and modeling scenes, Make Him Look Good is irresistible fiction from one of America’s most original voices.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Fabulous

    Couldnt put the book down !

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    An ok read.

    Not one of her best books but I did enjoy it. I really love "the dirty girls" series so I thought I'd try one of her other books. The beginning is a little slow but it does get better towards the middle of the book. I almost gave up on it in the beginning but like I said when I got to the middle I started to get into the book. The characters are pretty good and I do like how the writer tells the story from each characters point of view. I did enjoy how all the characters came together towards the end of the book too, it ended pretty good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    good book but not the better

    This book was ok but compared to Alisa's other books it isn't the best. However, it kept my attention even if I could go a day or two without reading what happens next.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2007

    I really enjoyed this book

    This wasn't my favorite of her books but I still loved it. The characters were amazing as usual and by the middle of the book I was completely hooked. With her books I always find myself falling in love with the male characters, it's hard not to. As I was reading this book I started to wonder if Jill Sanchez was based on JLo. Certain things about her and that happened to her reminded me a little of the singer/actress. This is a great beach book and I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2006

    Great read

    I love your books. They just all seem to get better and better, I love all the diverse characters, so funny and interesting. No pressure, but keep pumping out these books, I can't wait to read more and more. Congrats otra ves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2006

    Not as good as last book

    It was a good book but could have been better ... did not like the obvious Jill/JLo comparision ... thought that was uncreative ... and a way to slam on JLo (aren't we suppose to be supporting fellow Latinas-another jab in the book was on Cameron Diaz) and the plot line was obvious on how it would end...first two books by AVR a lot better...I still can't put down one of her books when I start reading them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2006

    Loved this Book So Much !!!!!!!!!!!!

    It was a book I couldn't put down. I loved everything about. I loved Jasminka because she was so sweet and i also loved all the characters absolutely loved!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2006

    Save Your Money

    I do not recommend this book. However, if you must read it then do yourself a favor and check it out of the library! The author's unoriginal ideas, poorly written style and numerous grammatical errors make it confusing, uninspired and silly. It is embarrassing that the author is being crowned one of the nations Top 25 Hispanics. She is a horrible writer, and not very inspirational. I also found it amusing that because being 'Latina' is so hot right now that publishers have to create a writer where there is no substance. A character in her book that is a 'phony' musician is named Ricky Bascayne. Apparently Ricky is a pretty boy who pretends to sing and write, but the real singer and writer is his friend Matthew. Valdes-Rodriguez is definitely the ¿Ricky Bascayne¿ of the book publishing world. With one exception ¿ there is no Matthew that is the crowing glory writer. Valdes-Rodriguez cannot write and her publishers do not have editors to edit her material. What an embarrassment to Latina authors that can write! Finally, US magazine, Star magazine and other tartlet publications should sue Valdes-Rodriguez and her publishers for Valdes pulling Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck stories out of the tabloids and making them central characters in her book. They accomplished this creative feat by slightly changing their names. What an embarrassment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2006

    Alisa does it again

    I could not put this book down. Alisa has not disappointed me yet with each of her books getting better than the one before. The whole Jill Sanchez/Jennifer Lopez thing I could have done without but it didn't take away from me enjoying the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2006

    He can't look good without help

    This book was a fun,witty, summer read about the effect one unimportant man can have on a group of woman. Melan is a character you just learn to love and shows how friendships and love can be found in funny places.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2006

    Um, I think J-Lo is going to be mad

    I definitely thought Playing with Boys was AVR's best book. In Make Him Look good, it was obvious what was going to happen after each introduction of the characters. THe character Jill Sanchez has many 'Tabloid' traits to Jennifer Lopez which is unfair because AVR also depicts the character to be moraless and devoid of ethics. I know its fiction, but I think the character could have been better developed from scratch rather than an ugly shell of J-Lo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2006

    Read this book-- ti's great

    I really enjoyed this book. I've read all of Alisa's books, and this one is my favorite, thus far. It's witty, funny, and one of the characters, Jill Sanchez, sounds a little bit like J. Lo...jeje.. it's amuzing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2006

    If I wanted to read US Weekly, I would have

    I was very disappointed in this book. It was so abundantly clear from the get-go that 'Jill Sanchez' was JLo ('JSan'? Seriously?) that it was pathetic. I laughed and cringed at the same time when I saw the author noted as one of the most 'original voices' in this genre on the flap of her book. Major overstatement, in my opinion. There's nothing original about plucking your characters out of the tabloids and renaming them for legal purposes. Her characters were weak, underdeveloped and boring. The storyline was transparent. I loved her first two books but would recommend checking this one out of the library if you 'must' read it. Don't waste your time and money.

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