Apolonia "Lina" Flores is looking for answers, but she can't seem to figure out why she's losing all the important people in her life, even with a house crammed full of books and facts. After her mother's unexpected death, her father hides from sorrow by keeping his nose buried in books. Her best friend Vanessa's got problems of her own: her father recently left her mother, who deals with the rejection by obsessively making cascarones, which are hollow egg shells filled with confetti. When Vanessa starts to get boy crazy and begins to slip away too, Lina learns to find the answers within herself and understand what it means to grow up.
With its strong voice, humor, endearing characters, and compelling subject matter, Confetti Girl is reminiscent of The Year of the Dog and Judy Blume. It portrays Hispanic-Americans in a day-to-day setting, rather than focusing on the common archetypes of migrant worker or inner city kid, and still retains the rich cultural aspects of Lina's heritage.
Praise for Confetti Girl:
"López effectively portrays the Texas setting and the characters' Latino heritage; Vanessa's mother deals with her divorce by obsessively making Mexican cascarones-confetti-filled eggshells-and Spanish is sprinkled throughout. This debut novel puts at its center a likable girl facing realistic problems on her own terms."
"An appealing coming-of-age novel set in a traditional Mexican-American town, in which Hispanic teachers, students, and parents celebrate traditional American holidays alongside such traditional Mexican observances as el Dia de los Muertos and a Quinceanera. Local idioms of Spanish proverbs - dichos - used as chapter headings enlighten both characters and readers."
Diana Lopez is the author of the novels Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel, Choke, and Confetti Girl, which won the 2012 William Allen White Award. She is the editor of the journal Huizache and the managing director of CentroVictoria, an organization devoted to promoting Mexican American literature. She lives in South Texas and teaches at the University of Houston-Victoria.