Playing with Boys

A Novel

Alisa Valdés-Rodríguez; Read by the Author, Mara Holguin & Ingrid Oliu

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The vibrant new tale by the bestselling author of The Dirty Girls Social Club
Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez’s first novel caused a sensation when it was published last year. Listeners flocked to the story of six friends in Boston because Valdes-Rodriguez created utterly fresh voices and characters.
In Alisa-Valdes Rodriguez’s delicious new novel, three friends—each a Latina in her late 20’s—take Los Angeles by storm. Marcella, Olivia, and Alexis have bonded not only over trouble with men but about how tough it is to make life work in L.A. no matter what you do. Marcella is a hot young television actress, hardly able to enjoy the life she’s bought for herself, and she’s certainly not enjoying her body, which is never quite perfect enough. Olivia’s tethered to her toddler son and her suburban mommy track so tightly the other girls sometimes cringe. Alexis has a smart mouth, an ample body, and a great job, but about enough self-esteem to fill a Prada card case. The emotional richness and girly fun of the heroines’ friendship will delight listeners.

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez's novel Playing with Boys, narrated by the author, Mara Holguin and Ingrid Oliu. In this delicious new novel from the author of The Dirty Girls Social Club, three friends—each a Latina in her late 20's—take Los Angeles by storm. Marcella, Olivia, and Alexis have bonded not only over trouble with men but about how tough it is to make life work in L.A. no matter what you do.

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Praise for Playing with Boys

"Playing with Boys is a testament to the powers of women wrapped up in a pretty Cinderella story times three."—Albuquerque Journal

"A beach read that . . . might make you giggle and blush."—Chicago Sun-Times

"As Marcella, Alexis, and Olivia grapple with men and their careers, they really don’t seem all that different from Bridget Jones herself."—Miami Herald

"The three amigas—a television actress, a single mother, and a manager of musicians—each has her own distinct lifestyle, quirks, and notions of romance, yet each manages to help her friends find balance, along with loads of good times."—Sacramento Bee

"Three very different Latina women vow to bring Los Angeles to its collective knees in this funny, guilty pleasure of a novel . . . [A] heartfelt piece of escapism."—Publishers Weekly
 
Praise for The Dirty Girls Social Club:

“If you’re looking for a great beach listen, The Dirty Girls Social Club is just what the audio doctor ordered.” —Bookpage

“The personalities are sparkling fresh...Valdes-Rodriguez offers a spirited reading...highly recommended.”—Kliatt

“[Valdes-Rodriguez] speaks in the accent and personality of each character and is completely convincing. [She] is not only someone to watch, but someone to hear.”—Memphis Commercial Appeal

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Alisa Valdés-Rodríguez; Read by the Author, Mara Holguin & Ingrid Oliu

ALISA VALDES-RODRIGUEZ is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist and a former staff writer for both the Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
Mara Holguin
Ingrid Oliu

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Playing with Boys
A Novel
Alisa Valdés-Rodríguez; Read by the Author, Mara Holguin & Ingrid Oliu

Abridged Digital Audio

Abridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
September 2004
Abridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781593975401
ISBN10: 1593975406
Audio Run Time: 5:00
$12.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
July 2005
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312332358
ISBN10: 0312332351
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages
$19.99

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429909778
ISBN10: 1429909773
368 pages
$7.99
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