July 13, 2010


By M.Padilla
Thomas Dunne Book
St. Martin’s Griffin

I actually have three best friends and, unlike the “Girls at the Revolutionary Cantina,” we are separated by distance. Tania lives in California, Anne lives in Pennsylvania, while Joanna resides in Puerto Rico. Our friendship thrives thanks to Ma Bell and the internet. I only see them (separately) about once a year, but we make that one visit count!

The “Girls at the Revolutionary Cantina” are together constantly, which can be good and bad.  Here’s my review of this wonderful debut novel:

Padilla’s debut novel is funny, poignant, absorbing and hysterical. It’s about friendship, lovers, careers, self discovery, murder and Hollywood. Readers will laugh, cry and gasp at the shenanigans of these senoritas. Padilla does a great job at creating believable, likeable characters with witty dialogue and larger-than-life situations.

SUMMARY: Nothing rips apart a long-standing friendship faster than a man. Julia Juarez and Ime Benevides have been inseparable since grade school that is until they both fall for Julia’s new co-worker Ilario. Sadden by the split with Ime, Julia turns to their other friends for comfort –Conception, a “party-obsessed” dance instructor; Marta, owner of the Revolutionary Cantina; and Nina, a skittish bride-to-be. Suddenly, Julia’s life is out of control and out of her hands!  Poor Julia.  She must quickly learn that friendships can only go so far before self-preservation kicks in.

WHO IS YOUR BEST FRIEND?!  Please leave a comment on this blog about the author, the book or friendships in general. One lucky commentator will win a FREE copy of this book. Winner announced Monday, July 19.

This book was provided by the publisher.