Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Saturday Review


Author Berta Platas
St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Chica-lit

In Lucky Chica, author Berta Platas introduces us to Rosie Caballero, a hard-working young woman who can barely make ends meet. Rosie is a bit of “everywoman” and, through her, we can experience the emotional roller coaster and life style changes that winning the $600 million dollar lottery prize brings.

Rosie, who loves her Abuela and Cousin Cheeto, splits the winnings three ways between them and embarks on a shopping spree and personal makeover. What makes Rosie lovable as a character are her loyalty and caring, traits she manages not to lose along the way to a celebrity lifestyle. As Rosie embraces her new lifestyle, complete with a movie star boyfriend, she finds that all that glitters is sometimes just hiding what’s really underneath.

So, what would we do with $600 million dollars? I think that’s a question that we would all ask ourselves as we follow Rosie’s adventures. The fact that author Berta Platas gets us to care and worry for Rosie along the way is a measure of how well-drawn the characters are and how Platas manages to suck us right into Rosie’s world with universal themes of love, caring, and the values we embrace. Lucky Chica is a great read and will appeal to a wide variety of readers.

Reviewed By: Debbie Kaufman
Ratings: 4 Petit Fours & 1 Hot Tamale


Tami Brothers said...

I LOVE Berta Platas!!! She is one of my very favorite authors and I can't wait to read this book.

Thanks for sharing it, Debbie!

Sandy Elzie said...

I recently bought Luck Chicka but hadn't started reading it before my daughter-in-law came to visit from N.C. She started reading it, got in the middle and wanted to take it home with her to finish.

When I get it back, I'll read it. My daughter in law says it's very good.


Ana Aragón said...

Berta is one of my favorite authors and my absolutely favorite GRW President (that says a lot, considering we've had some great presidents!)

Lucky Chica is a great read and Berta has a way of making Latinas so down to earth, but larger than life.