Once Upon a Quinceanera (2007) In Once Upon a Quinceañera , Julia Alvarez bolsters her look at the quinceañera — a coming-of-age celebration for Latina girls when they turn 15… 2007-08-02 Kids and Family Nonfiction Viking
Book Review

Once Upon a Quinceanera (2007)

SWEET FIFTEEN The coming-of-age celebration for Latina girls gets a Once -over from author Alvarez
SWEET FIFTEEN The coming-of-age celebration for Latina girls gets a Once-over from author Alvarez
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Aug 02, 2007; Writer: Julia Alvarez; Genres: Kids and Family, Nonfiction; Publisher: Viking

In Once Upon a Quinceañera, Julia Alvarez bolsters her look at the quinceañera — a coming-of-age celebration for Latina girls when they turn 15 — with reflections on her own girlhood in 1960s NYC. She tracks how the tradition has bent to Americanization and commercialization, offering colorful reporting from a contemporary quinceañera in Queens (where Disney characters inspired the celebrant's court) and interviews with those in the multimillion-dollar industry (a third-generation party photographer in Miami stands out). Alvarez's honest grappling with her caught-between-two-cultures experience is compelling, even when the book's My Super Sweet 16 aspects start to grate. B
Originally posted Aug 03, 2007 Published in issue #947 Aug 10, 2007 Order article reprints