Wednesday, September 12, 2012

REFORMA Review: The Temptress Four

The Temptress Four 
By Gaby Triana 
HarperCollins, 2008. 247 pages. $16.99 (Hardcover). ISBN 978-0-06-0887-0. 
Grades 7-12

“Eight days of strife and storms . . . . Bonds will be broken.  . . . ‘One of you’ . . . ‘will not come home.’” These aren’t exactly the words best friends Fiona, Killian, Alma, and Yoli want to hear the evening before they embark on a Caribbean cruise to celebrate their high school graduation. However, the fearless foursome are determined not to let a fraudulent fortuneteller ruin their vacation. Filled with typical female teen drama of boys, fashion, flirting, and secrets, this fast-paced read speaks to teens who question life beyond high school, but really skimps on details related to Latino culture. Recommended as a light beach read, but those readers seeking deeper cultural details, as well as teen angst, are better served by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez’s Haters (2006).

Naidoo, J. C. (2008). The Temptress Four. Written by Gaby Triana. REFORMA Newsletter, 26 (1/2), 27.

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