The Meaning of Consuelo

The Meaning of Consuelo

by Judith Ortiz Cofer
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The Meaning of Consuelo

The Signe family is blessed with two daughters. Consuelo, the elder, is thought of as pensive and book-loving, the serious child-la niña seria-while Mili, her younger sister, is seen as vivacious, a ray of tropical sunshine. Two daughters: one dark, one light; one to offer comfort and consolation, the other to charm and delight. But, for all the joy both girls should bring, something is not right in this Puerto Rican family; a tragedia is developing, like a tumor, at its core.

In this fierce, funny, and sometimes startling novel, we follow a young woman's quest to negotiate her own terms of survival within the confines of her culture and her family.


"Judith Ortiz Cofer has created a character who takes us by the hand on a journey of self-discovery. She reminds readers young and old never to forget our own responsibilities, and to enjoy life with all its joys and sorrows."—Bessy Reyna, MultiCultural Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807083871
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 03/28/2004
Series: Bluestreak Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 353,554
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

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The Meaning of Consuelo 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Dii More than 1 year ago
This book was truly great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Meaning of Consuelo The Meaning of Consuelo, a book written by Judith Ortiz Cofer, gives everybody the opportunity to understand Puerto Rican culture. This amazing novel is narrated by the main character, Consuelo Signe. This novel is about her life, and the certain events lead up to the Signe family's tragedia. I read this book, and really enjoyed it. Judith Ortiz Cofer incorporated a lot of Spanish vocabulary into the book; and the back of the book contains a glossary with the definitions of the vocabulary. There were things that I personally liked about the book, and things that I didn't like. I like how the author talks about Puerto Rico, and explains what the scenery looks like. She also gives a good idea on what the characters look like, and what their personalities are like. One thing that I found interesting was how the author made Consuelo look like the care taker of her younger sister Mili. Since Consuelo's mother asked her to take care of Mili every day, that was all Consuelo ever did except for going to school. In other words, Consuelo didn't really have the social time with her friends that every teenage girl needed. Judith Ortiz Cofer put a lot of effort to make this book very understandable for readers all over the world. I strongly recommend this book to girls, or anyone who likes to read about the cultures of the Hispanic world. The Meaning of Consuelo is definitely a book that everybody should look into reading.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Meaning Of Consuelo is a book set in Puerto Rico. It follows the life of Consuelo, a young Puerto Rican girl. It starts out when she is eight years old. Consuelo is the main character, she is portrayed as quiet, serious, and calm. She is the complete opposite of her younger sister, Mili, which is pointed out many times throughout the book. It is shown that Mili is favored over Consuelo, because of Mili's outgoing personality. I really enjoyed this book, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great book. I enjoyed it because you really got a sense of the culture of Puerto Rico.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. I liked how realistic it was. I felt as if I were really in 1950`s PuertoRico. I would of just liked a little more in the ending. But otherwise, great.