Hispanic families traditionally mark the transition to womanhood with a special coming out party for a girl’s fifteenth birthday. As Stephanie’s quinceañeraapproaches, however, her household is glum. Her loving but domineering father has recently died. Against Stephanie’s wishes, her mother wants to go ahead with the festivities her father has planned.
It is Rita, the seamstress hired to make Stephanie’s dress, who helps the girl express her grief and make the transition to her new family situation. The sweet fifteen party, rather than remaining an archaic custom for this modern teenager, becomes a psychological process through which Stephanie can cherish and preserve the best of the old while adapting to the new.
Sweet Fifteen explores male and female roles, budding romance, and the place of ritual in families and communities. The story also examines the stress felt by teenagers from traditional families caught up in the complex reality of modern-day life. This appealing tale captures the spirit of the transformation from a child to an adult.
|Publisher:||Arte Publico Press|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||283 KB|
|Age Range:||11 - 16 Years|
About the Author
DIANE GONZALES BERTRAND has written stories and poems since childhood, but never saw books that connected to her own Mexican-American heritage. Fifteen years ago she found Arte Publico Press, a Houston publisher who welcomed her familia-friendly young-adult novels like Sweet Fifteen, Lessons of the Game and Close to the Heart. Then Diane wrote the children’s novel Alicia’s Treasure and two award-winning novels for middle school students Trino’s Choice, and Trino’s Time.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
i really enjoyed this book. also it was really nice to be reading some books that had to do with something i am learning about it school. in spanish we are watching sweet fifteen.
I loved this book! It was funny, romantic, dramatic, you name it. It really helped me understand the concept of a Quineanera.
This book gets five stars because it is outsanding for any teen girl or young woman to read. it has friendship and love and family ties in this book of a young girl turning 15.