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27 January 2010

A Book Review: Lone Star Legend by Gwendolyn Zepeda

Title: Lone Star Legend
Author: Gwendolyn Zepeda
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: January 25, 2010
Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN: 9780446539609
Genre: Fiction


About the Book:

When Sandy Saavedra lands her dream job with the popular website ¡Latino Now!, she can't wait to write hard-hitting pieces to combat all those stupid Latino stereotypes. While visions of Pulitzers dance in her head, her editor in chief is suddenly laid off, replaced by the infamous Dolores Villanueva O'Sullivan. Dolores has one mission: make ¡Latino Now! an internet phenomenon, no matter how many pandering puff pieces she has to pack onto its pages. Sandy doesn't see how she can keep this job without losing her soul, especially when she's sent to Middle-of-Nowhere Texas to investigate the dumbest legend her people ever created, the Chupacabra. She fears she's about to fail an assignment-and lose her job-until she meets Tío Jaime, a grandfatherly hermit who might be crazy, or might be the best thing that ever happened to Sandy's career.

My Review:

Gwendolyn Zepeda delivers a delightful and witty novel filled with a brilliant ensemble of characters in Lone Star Legend. Dominga Saavedra's dream is to be a serious journalist when she learns the magazine she works for has been sold to Levy Media, a internet gossip site, and she will now be working for the Nacho Papi Website writing snarky comments about celebrities. If that was not enough, her personal life is falling apart and as she blogs about her woes on her private blog, My Modern TragiComedy, she learns just how public even anonymous blogging can be. Sandy, the name Dominga goes by, suddenly is faced with her personal life colliding with her career. Nacho Papi's ratings steadily climb and a cable television section is added. Throughout all the turmoil, good or bad, there has been one constant in Sandy's life, her weekly visits with Tio Jaime. Suddenly Sandy is noticed everywhere she goes and every action scrutinized. Will she be able to handle her newly discovered fame as well as reconcile her conscience and mend her tumultuous relationships?
Gwendolyn Zepeda narrates a novel in which Dominga Saavedra comes into her own with the help of Tio Jaime. The characters are very likeable and easy to identify with. Even though I am almost old enough to be Sandy's mum, I did not have too much trouble identifying with Sandy. The struggles Sandy encounters along the way are realistic, especially in today's society, she is young, naïve, and wanting to make a name for herself. Lone Star Legend is a wonderfully charming and uplifting novel interspersed with several life lessons for the young and those who may need a reminder to follow their dreams and live.

About the Author

Gwendolyn Zepeda lives in Houston, Texas. Her blog and her first book To The Last Man I Slept With and All the Jerks Like Him have been mentioned in the NY Post and Seattle Post. Zepeda is a member of Nuestra Palabra, which hosts Houston's Latino Book and Family Fesitval, the largest book festival in Texas.
GCP will publish her first novel, Houston, We Have A Problema in January 2009.

received a free copy of Lone Star Legend by Gwendolyn Zepeda from Hachette as part of the tour. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



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