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review 2014-09-19 00:00
How the García Girls Lost Their Accents
How the García Girls Lost Their Accents - Julia Alvarez Free on Amazon right now http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AJQG874/ref=cm_cd_asin_lnk
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review 2014-06-07 20:19
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents - Julia Alvarez

I went into this book not expecting to enjoy it as much as I have. But I did enjoy it. It reminded me about my family and some of the similarities between Hispanic cultures. However, the last chapter of the book ruined the book a but for me because it deals with animal cruelty and I am not one to enjoy reads on that subject. The writing was extremely well done and I didn't mind a lot of the characters. It was just that very last chapter that made me not love the book as I was expecting to. Still, I encourage you read this book if you are curious about Dominican culture. You might learn something new! ^_^

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review 2013-03-18 00:00
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents - Julia Alvarez This book was about the Garcia family and their journey from the Dominican Republic to the United States, and the assimilation there. This is told through swapping perspectives--sometime it is told through third-person limited, through Yolanda's first-person description, or Fifi's first person description, or from the POV of the Garcia's maid back in the Dominican Republic. It is also told out of order, which is fun to read. In brackets and in pieces, I got to figure out how the Garcia's fit in New York, why they left, how they left, and the cultural differences between countries. This story also reminded me a little of The Namesake, in the way that settling in a new country is described. There are prejudices, language barriers--colloquial language, too--and a sense of unease that Alvarez carries throughout the novel. The writing here was beautiful, and even though some of the narration is confusing to follow at first, it was elegant story-telling.
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review 2010-04-20 00:00
How the García Girls Lost Their Accents - Julia Alvarez I chose to read this book for an independent reading project for English class; we had a list of authors to choose from and I'd been meaning to read something by Alvarez for a while, plus I own a copy. So I brought it on a long road trip and read the entire thing in the car (luckily I don't get carsick when I read in the car anymore, heh heh).I thought it was a beautiful book––amazing writing, a believable and emotional story, great characters. It really sucked me in and gripped me the whole time. I'm glad I chose this book for my final English project, because I can actually be enthusiastic about it. :)
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review 2009-05-26 00:00
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents: (Plume Essential Edition)
How the García Girls Lost Their Accents - Julia Alvarez I feel petty criticizing a book that's meant for beaches and plane rides, but the occasional heartbreakingly beautiful chapter raised my expectations only to fall when I later read whole paragraphs with a new simile in every sentence, rampant exclamation points, and novel ways to make the use of cliches even more awkward than normal.
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