The Girls from the Revolutionary Cantina: A Novel by Mike Padilla
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This book was one tough editor short of three stars. Someone needed to tell Padilla when he'd strayed too far from his main plot to the sub plots; someone needed to ask him if the actions of Julia (the main character and the POV of the whole story) in the subplots were consistent with the main plot. In my opinion, they weren't, at that made those subplots stick out all the more. One reads like it was added for slapstick effect, and both subplots have a "look! this book is topical!" feeling more than something anything. An earlier review of this book said it had a "Sex and the City" feeling to it, and I'd agree. Not only in the character's relationships, but also that it's episodic. You can almost see the credits rolling at the end of the chapters. The principle story, between Julian, her BFF, her job, and the guy that is involved with all three, is a good contemporary romance, and the setting is really well done. It's just those darn subplots that belong in another book.
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