Series: Single Chicas, Volume 1
Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction, Short Stories
Format: Ebook, 163 pgs.
Source: Free for Review
Rating: 3 Stars
CW: Heteronormative Gender Norms, Stalking, Asian Stereotypes
Perfection is a Barbie doll, and, unless you're looking for a guy with a fake smile, a hard head, and no genitalia, then you're better off NOT being perfect―Single Chicas
Single Chicas is a collection of stories about modern Latinas being in, out, and around the zany hurdles of relationships. One woman receives strange calls from a lonely soul, another seeks advice on how to love herself, and another wakes up in a parallel universe to a man she's never met. These chicas will make painstaking effort to survive the complexities with humor and grace. Once again, López dazzles audiences with her brilliantly candid craft. Smart, witty, and funny, these stories will explore the true endurance of singlehood.
The first story, shown in the excerpt above, about a woman unable with the younger brother she raised getting married sets the tone for the stories that follow. Relationships hold you back and down, don’t do it!
There were a several that creeped me out involving stalkers and trickery then several more with regressive attitudes and stereotypes. Like:
“Oh, geez, what color are your panties, dude? Were you even a dude to begin with? Do you have even the slightest bit of balls rolling around down there?”
At that point, I was rejoicing they were short stories. I couldn’t have taken much more of that bullshit. There are several gems though.
My favorite was Virgin Mary
My other favorites were Old Maid, My Big Fat Fake Marriage, and Single Chicas. The title short story was everything I was looking for. Women helping and supporting women while being breezy and fun.
I wish more stories were like it but women run the gamut and some of us are very fucked up. And now I’ve depressed myself again. *sigh* Anyways…
He loved Me (And?) – This one I liked in the end. It’s about a girl getting away from a stalker she gave into but still, trigger warning and it doesn’t call out his behavior as much as I would like.
My Brother’s Funeral, The Distraction, Always a Price – Heteronormative gender norms
One Fine Day, Night Caller, The Ball Drop – Stalkers, Creepy especially the latter.
The Marriage Assistant – Asian Stereotypes
The Lesbian Theory – claims to be a “lesbo” to get rid of a dude and he just meekly goes away. Yeah, right. Then oh my, she’s hit on by a lesbian in ear shot! What will she say to get rid of her?!?! Ugh.
4 Stars for the stories I liked, 2 stars for the rest. It's short and depending on your tolerance, can be enjoyable. If you're looking for something that shows a wide range of Latinx women and their circumstances, this is the collection for you as long as you're in a relationship hating mood. Lord knows I've had plenty of those before...
About the Author:
Sandra C. López is one of today's influential Latina authors in Young Adult literature. Her first novel, Esperanza: A Latina Story, was published in March 2008 WHILE she was still in college. Since then she has published several other books, including the Single Chicas series. She was named as one of "2011 Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch" by Latino Stories, and her book, Beyond the Gardens, was a Silver Medal winner of the 2016 Global Ebook Awards in Multicultural Fiction and a finalist in the Int'l Latino Book Awards. Art, literature, and travel are her passions, and she aims to keep doing them as long as she can.
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