Dreams of Significant Girls by Cristina Garcia

61%

19 Critic Reviews

Garcia gave me no reason to care about her characters.
-Des Absurdites

Synopsis

The “power of sisterhood and female friendships shine” (Publishers Weekly) in this boarding school novel that spans continents and delves deep with maturity and grace.

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 sisterhood and friendship, Shirin, Ingrid, and Vivien grow together even when they are apart, forming unbreakable bonds along the way.
 

About Cristina Garcia

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Cristina García 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.
 
Published July 12, 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 260 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Dreams of Significant Girls
All: 19 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 8

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jun 01 2011

The epilogue ties things up nicely though, making the journey worth taking.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Veronica Chambers on Jul 15 2011

Even after the book ended, I was still thinking about that exhilarating moment: it’s summer now, as it is in García’s novel, and I really, really want that T-shirt.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on May 30 2011

The girls' personal awakenings feel organic, and the narrative handles mature themes well, including abortion, family connections to Nazis, and sexual awakenings.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Susan Carpenter on Aug 21 2011

Like an international "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," "Dreams of Significant Girls" works because the characters are all so different.

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Christian Science Monitor

Excellent
Reviewed by Amy Benfer on Sep 23 2011

Garcia provides her characters with thoroughly contemporary emotional lives while depicting a society on the cusp of political and social transformation.

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Fresh Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Audrey Lawrence on Nov 14 2011

Cristina Garcia is a strong writer and provides an interesting and unique look at the lives of these three girls.

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Kiss the Book

Good
Reviewed by Stephanie on Oct 25 2011

Just like sisters, they fight, experience life, grow apart, and grow up.

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Annette's Book Spot

Good
Reviewed by Annette on Jul 09 2011

I know I will recommend this book to many of my teens.

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Slate Breakers

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Aug 15 2011

The overwhelming dynamism, believability and realism of the way these three women and their connection to one another is written makes this story one to watch for.

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Reading World

Below average
Reviewed by Susan Coventry on Feb 08 2012

The first time I picked up the book, I read a few chapters and stopped, unable to get into the story.

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Bloggers Heart Books

Above average
Reviewed by Julie on Aug 19 2011

It's not my usual kind of read, but I'm glad I read it. Sometimes books like this are just what you need. Books that make you think a little without being overly difficult.

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A Casual Reader's Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Lisa on Aug 15 2011

It wasn't a bad book, and it certainly got better as it went along. I just really wanted to be inspired by these dreams these girls had, but it fell flat for me.

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A Girl, Books and Other Things

Below average
Reviewed by Alex on Jun 29 2011

I think the enjoyment factor of this book is entirely dependent on how much you connect with the girls.

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Bibliophile Brouhaha

Good
Reviewed by Bibliophile Brouhaha on Apr 05 2011

The story, setting, everything - it's exquisitely written.

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Not Acting My Age

Below average
Reviewed by Paul on Feb 24 2012

This is extremely well-written, but ultimately not really a YA book.

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Stephanie Vandrick Reads

Below average
Reviewed by Stephanie Vandrick on Aug 20 2011

The story is in some senses too predictable, and lacks depth, but it is enjoyable to read.

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Paper Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Kaye on Jul 04 2011

I don't think this is a book that everyone will be able to worm their way into.

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Books and Literature

Below average
Reviewed by Morgan on Dec 13 2011

I just wasn't pleased with the whole subject of the story: puberty.

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Des Absurdites

Below average
Reviewed by Aliyah on Mar 21 2011

Garcia gave me no reason to care about her characters.

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