September 16, 2009

Review of: Tell Me Something True

Author: Leila Cobo
ISBN: 9780446519366
Pages: 310
Published by: Grand Central Publishing (October 1, 2009)
Genre(s): Fiction, Women's Fiction, Latina Fiction
Grade: A+

One of the questions in the Reading Group Guide for Tell Me Something True is this: Do you think this is a love story, or a story about mother's and daughters? Could it be both?

I very strongly think it's both. Both Gabriella and her mother, Helena, have these love affairs while in Cali, Colombia in their 20's. Helena is 25, married with a 4 year old child, Gabriella, when she becomes involved with Juan Jose. Gabriella is 21, recently graduated from college, her father tells Gabriella to think about and decide what she wants to do with the rest of her life.

Both too are rebelling against what is 'proper' and 'expected' in a way. IMO.

About halfway through the book I began crying. Just a heads up... may want to have some tissues ready then and at the end of Tell Me Something True.

From GoodReads:
Gabriella always loved the picture of her mother kneeling in front of a bed of roses, smiling, beautiful and impossibly happy. But then she learns that her late mother hated gardening; that she had never wanted the house in the Hollywood hills, the successful movie producer husband, and possibly, her only daughter. When Gabriella discovers a journal--a book that begins as a new mother's letters to her baby girl, but becomes a secret diary--the final entry leaves one question unanswered: the night her mother died, was she returning to Colombia to end an affair, or was she abandoning her family for good?

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