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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Reader Loves the Pinata-Maker's Daughter

The Pinata-Maker's Daughter
Author: Eileen Clemens Granfors
Author's Web site: htttp://www.eileengranfors.blogspot.com
Genre: Women's fiction/late YA
ISBN: 1456341219 (paperback)
5 Stars

Reviewed by Maplesyrup, a reader, originally for Amazon

I loved reading "The Pinata-Maker's Daughter" because it is about families. It is about the family of Carmen and her mother, Lucia. They are the main family since Lucia is the Pinata-Maker. Her daughter Carmen thinks she is so smart and modern and goes off to college pretty much ashamed of her hometown (San Ysidro, CA) and her mother and her old friends. She has her head in the clouds. So Carmen has a lot to learn about life that is not taught in any classroom.

She meets two young men. The one is Hispanic like her, and he tries to keep her focused on handling classes and handling work and handling her heritage. He's very serious all the time, but I could tell he was like Carmen in trying to fulfill a dream. He wants Carmen to become a voice and a role model.

The other young man is a goof off. His name is Joe. He is a fraternity guy, and most of his time is spent looking for pretty girls or practicing his sport. The thing is, even though he doesn't know much about Carmen's heritage, he connects with her by just making her laugh and not be so serious. His family, at least his mother, shows Carmen a whole new side of life.

Carmen's roommate and her roommate's friend also push her in new directions. Isn't that what college is for?

The ending of the book revealed a lot of secrets and surprised me and made me cry. I want to read more about Carmen. She's very funny even when she doesn't mean to be. One of the best things about this book is the way that the author shows young people learning that life isn't just a bowl of cherries, and it's not a pinata-party either!
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