Synopses & Reviews
Brought together each summer at a boarding school in Switzerland, three girls learn a lot more than just French and European culture. Shirin, an Iranian princess; Ingrid, a German-Canadian eccentric; and Vivien, a Cuban-Jewish New Yorker culinary phenom, are thrown into eachother's lives when they become roommates. This is a story of 3 paths slowly beginning to cross and merge as they spend the year apart, but the summers together. Through navigating the social-cultural shoals of the school, developing their adolescence, and learning the confusing and conflicting legacies of their families' past, Shirin, Ingrid, and Vivien form an unbreakable bond. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Like andlt;Iandgt;The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsandlt;/Iandgt;, this story takes readers on a journey into the lives of very different girls and the bonds that keep them friends.
"In this standout coming-of-age novel beginning in 1971, GarcÃa (I Wanna Be Your Shoebox) hones the voices of three characters from vastly different backgrounds who forge transformative friendships over three summers in an exclusive Swiss school. As the rebellious, sexually adventurous, and acerbic 15-year-old Ingrid observes, 'Whoever thought that Switzerland was the epicenter of neutrality never spent time in a fancy girls' boarding school there.' Together, Ingrid; studious Shirin, from a well-born Iranian family; and Cuban-born Vivien navigate romantic entanglements, test boundaries, uncover budding passions (Vivien is a burgeoning chef, while Ingrid discovers a talent for photography), and help each other through crises. The girls' personal awakenings feel organic, and the narrative handles mature themes well, including abortion, family connections to Nazis, and sexual awakenings. GarcÃa's boarding school setting feels vibrantly alive, an international home away from home that readers should find as magical as do the protagonists. The structure in three books, each with an epilogue feels a bit neatly packaged, but the power of sisterhood and female friendships shine. Ages 12 up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"[A] standout coming-of-age novel.
"[A] standout coming-of-age novel.
andlt;divandgt;"[A] standout coming-of-age novel.
"[A] standout coming-of-age novel. The girls' personal awakenings feel organic, and the narrative handles mature themes well, including abortion, family connections to Nazis, and sexual awakenings. Garcand#237;a's boarding school setting feels vibrantly alive [and] the power of sisterhood and female friendships shine."andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; --andlt;iandgt;andlt;bandgt;Publishers Weekly, starred reviewandlt;BRandgt; andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;/iandgt;andlt;bandgt;"andlt;/bandgt;At a posh Swiss summer boarding school in 1971, three very different girls share their problems and dreams.Each voice is wholly individual, as are their disparate approaches to the impending freedoms and perils of adulthood. Loosely analogous to Ann Brasharesand#8217;s and#8220;Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsand#8221; (Delacorte) and Zoey Deanand#8217;s and#8220;A-Listand#8221; series (Little, Brown), this title is more mature and subtle than merely a rich-chick friendship story. [A] title that many mature young women will appreciate"andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;bandgt;andlt;iandgt;--School Library Journalandlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;/iandgt;andlt;/bandgt;"This beautifully written bildungsroman alternates between the three girlsand#8217; voices and gives the reader an appreciation for the various historical and cultural challenges each girl faces. The struggle for significance will appeal to thoughtful readers, and the luxuriant setting will make this easy to sell to fans of both Gemma Doyle and The Gossip Girls."andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;bandgt;andlt;iandgt;--Booklistandlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;/iandgt;andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt; "Dreams of Significant Girls takes you breathlessly and painfully back to the time when womanhood shimmered before you, always just out of reach, and you lunged for it, stupidly and bravely, with your first cigarette, your first kiss, your first swill of liquor, your first boy crush and your first girl crush."andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;bandgt;andlt;iandgt;--New York Times Book Reviewandlt;/iandgt;andlt;/bandgt;
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 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
, Shirin, Ingrid, and Vivien grow together even when they are apart, forming unbreakable bonds along the way.
About the Author
is the author of six novels, including the National Book Award finalist Dreaming in Cuban
; children’s books; anthologies; and poetry. Her work has been translated into fourteen languages, and she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Writers’ Award, among other honors. She has taught literature and writing at numerous universities, and is currently University Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos. Visit her website at CristinaGarciaNovelist.com.