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The “power of sisterhood and female friendships shine” (Publishers Weekly) in this boarding school novel that spans continents and delves deep with maturity and grace.
Shirin is an Iranian princess; Ingrid, a German-Canadian eccentric; and Vivien, a Cuban-Jewish New Yorker culinary phenom. The three are roommates at a Swiss boarding school, where they spend their summers learning more than French and European culture. As the girls’ paths cross and merge—summers together, school years separate—they navigate social and cultural differences and learn the confusing and conflicting legacies of their families’ pasts. In the spirit of sisterhood and friendship, Shirin, Ingrid, and Vivien grow together even when they are apart, forming unbreakable bonds along the way.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
About the Author
Cristina García is the author of six novels, including the National Book Award finalist Dreaming in Cuban; children’s books; anthologies; and poetry. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Writers’ Award, among other honors, and is currently University Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos. Visit her website at CristinaGarciaNovelist.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents meets Gossip Girl!
Following three summers at a boarding school in Switzerland, this book tells the story of three very different girls who become friends. Ingrid is the "wild" and "crazy" one, Vivien is the sweet one, and Shirin is the more uptight and formal one. The girls are thrown together as roommates, and the slowly bond through shared experiences. These bonds help shape their lives and their futures. With a title like this one, I was expecting something profound or more interesting that what I got. Apparently significant girls dream about sneaking out of boarding school and sex. As the book goes on, the girls each get a little more personality, and that helps the story out a lot. I wanted to see these girls learn how to make their contributions to the world, but I really felt like I got less of their interests and more of what they wanted to do to/with which boys. There were some very interesting topics covered though. Divorce, careers, children- all these were touched on, but not for long. I guess for me I wanted more of that and less of boys. Maybe I'm showing my age. I felt this was a pretty good book. The girls (especially Ingrid) felt a little too "modern" to me, but the early 70's are just a bit early for me to have a good idea if that's true or not. It wasn't a bad book, and it certainly got better as it went along. I just really wanted to be inspired by these dreams these girls had, but it fell flat for me. Galley provided by publisher for review.