Amigas and School Scandals

Amigas and School Scandals

by Diana Rodriguez Wallach

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ISBN-13: 9780758225559
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 11/01/2008
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,274,400
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.16(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range: 168 - 3 Months

About the Author

Diana Rodriguez Wallach’s debut young adult novel, Amor and Summer Secrets, is the first in a series to be published by Kensington Publishing in September 2008. The sequels to the series, Amigas and School Scandals and Adios to all the Drama, will be released in November 2008 and January 2009, respectively.

The series features a 15-year female protagonist from Philadelphia’s Main Line who is forced to spend the summer in Puerto Rico with family she’s never met. Born to a Puerto Rican father and a Polish mother, Diana has experienced the cultures her characters inhabit, and many of the multi-cultural themes expressed in the novel are based on her personal background.

Diana holds a journalism degree from Boston University, and during her junior year, she studied in Madrid, Spain. Post graduation, she moved to Manhattan where she worked as a reporter for a hotel trade magazine and served as the managing editor of an online real estate publication. In 2003, she moved back to her native Philadelphia and joined the Philadelphia Education Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to improving inner-city public schools.

Her first novel, Amor and Summer Secrets, sold to Kensington Publishing on Fat Tuesday 2007 while she was at the Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans. She currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband Jordan.

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Amigas and School Scandals 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After spending her summer with her older brother in Puerto Rico with family she never met before, Mariana Ruiz returns home to suburban Spring Mills, Pennsylvania to go back to high school. Her cousin Lilly Sanchez has come with her to attend Spring Mills High School as a freshman. To everyone¿s shock except perhaps Mariana, Lilly is the most popular frosh in the school after only one day. Mariana¿s best friends Madison and Emily are outraged and envious of Lilly¿s stratospheric nanosecond rise.

Having missed Madison¿s Sweet Sixteen party due to her PR vacation, Mariana and her pals plan one for her. Meanwhile her estranged aunt pleads with the family to take her back, but her uncles and her parents have doubts as their anger is bone deep. In spite of her summer fling, Mariana is attracted to her locker buddy, Bobby, but hides her feelings because she is unsure if Emily, who dated him once during the summer, is interested.

This is an entertaining teen drama as Mariana struggles with balancing her loyalty to her friends with welcoming her cousin, as Lilly did for her in AMOR AND SUMMER SECRETS. Mariana¿s difficulties ring true with her being pulled in several directions. Fans will appreciate her return home as AMIGAS AND SCHOOL SCANDALS is an engaging contemporary.

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theepicrat on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Pretty much reversing Mariana and Lilly's roles, but still viewing through Mariana's eyes. Unlike Mariana who clung to Lilly at Puerto Rico, Lilly surprises her cousin by charging through the hallways of Spring Mills High School and somehow charming the entire IN crowd without breaking a sweat. However, Mariana cannot help but want her best friends and Lilly to get along, which is easier said than done.A nice tie-me-over until I read the 3rd book!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
AMIGAS AND SCHOOL SCANDALS picks up where AMOR AND SUMMER SECRETS leaves off. Mariana Ruiz has returned to her home in Spring Mills. But she's bringing home extra baggage - her cousin Lily. Mariana's father convinced Lily's parents that she'd get a better education in suburban Philadelphia than she would in the hills of Puerto Rico. Mariana's friends, Madison and Emily, are stunned when they notice Lily's presence upon their welcome home greetings. Mariana and Lily have become as close as sisters since their summer, and Madison and Emily show some signs of jealousy at their bond. The situation becomes even touchier when Lily gains instant popularity her first day of school. Mariana, Emily, and especially Madison can't understand why Lily has garnered such attention upon her arrival. After all, Mariana and Lily could practically pass as twins. And Mariana has never received the attention that Lily is getting. Torn between the tension her best friends Emily and Madison have created with Lily, Mariana's sophomore year is starting off different than she expected. To add to the confusion, Emily has been acting weird and secretive around them. And her locker buddy, Bobby, has actually said more than "hi" to Mariana this year. Then again, they're now lab buddies. When the girls are invited up to Cornell to visit Mariana's brother, Vincent, at college, they jump at the chance. But soon, unexpected secrets are revealed and may blow up in everyone's faces. AMIGAS AND SCHOOL SCANDALS is an excellent continuation of Mariana's life. It flows naturally from the end of the first book of the series into this one. I wasn't too keen on Madison's character in the first book, but she develops more in the second story. Lily is a constant surprise, and Mariana continually grows and adapts to the changes around her. Ms. Wallach writes a series that instant captures the reader and keeps them enthralled until the final page. She makes you feel such a part of their lives that you want to see what will happen next. And if you do want to know what happens next with the gang, pick up ADIOS TO ALL THE DRAMA.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After a summer vacationing in Puerto Rico, Mariana Ruiz has returned to Spring Mills and her old life. But she¿s brought home her cousin, Lilly, who is enrolling in Mariana¿s high school. After only one day of classes, Lilly in an instant hit, and the most popular freshman in the school - and Mariana¿s best friends are less than thrilled with her arrival. Now Mariana needs to restore her strained relationships with Madison and Emily. Missing Madison¿s Sweet Sixteen party over the summer was a faux pas she may never live down, until Madison talks her into having her own party for her sixteenth birthday. But Mariana doesn¿t want a bash like Madison¿s, so Lilly helps with a compromise. Along with friend problems, Mariana still has family issues to deal with. Her estranged aunt wants to be part of the family, but Mariana¿s uncles still hold grudges against her. And Mariana finds herself suddenly attracted to her locker buddy, Bobby, who had gone on a date with Emily over the summer. Emily won¿t tell anyone about it, which confuses Mariana as to her friend¿s feelings for Bobby - until the truth finally comes out. Amigas and School Scandals picks up right where Amor and Summer Secrets left off, as Mariana leaves Utuado and her summer fling, Alex. But although summer is over, new dramas and tensions are just heating up. Teens will easily relate to Mariana¿s struggles to include her cousin Lilly into her circle of friendship, while doing all she can to keep her best friends, even if it means passing up a hot guy. Amigas and School Scandals will pull you into Mariana¿s world and keep you hooked until the last page. I look forward to reading the final book in this series. Reviewer: Alice Berger, Bergers Book Reviews