Friday, March 12, 2010

Waking Up In The Land Of Glitter by Kathy Cano-Murillo

In Waking Up In The Land Of Glitter, Kathy Cano-Murillo follows three women as they prepare for the annual national Craft show, held in their town.  Chloe, known as Crafty Chloe, is a TV reporter determined to make her mark.  Although she hates crafts, she has determined that it is the easiest way to get a TV show, book deal and all the perks of being a personality on the national stage.  Ofelia is a true crafter, and one of Chloe's biggest fans.  Ofelia loves crafting, any craft, no matter how difficult or how expensive.   Unfortunately, while her heart is good, her end results are hideous and her family and friends cringe when she gives them her creations.  She is also spending way too much time and money on her crafts, and her family is hurting as a result.

Then there is Star.  A fountain of ideas and energy, she just can't quite get it together in life.  She starts a hundred projects and doesn't finish one.  Moving at the speed of light, she leaves disasters behind, as she doesn't take the time to follow through on details.  Star is at a crisis point.  Her parents are going to start charging her rent or make her move out, three years after she has finished college.  They've fired her from her job at their restaurant.  Worst of all, she has alienated the love of her life who has decided he has to move on to protect himself from her wild mood swings and energetic ambitions that seem to go nowhere.

The three come together to work on the craft show.  Ofelia is Star's cousin, and Chloe joins with them to further her image as a crafting queen.  Can these three pull it together in time for the show?  Can Ofelia learn to keep her love of crafts without ruining her family?  Will Chloe make it to the top of the crafting world?  Can Star find her way, both in life and love?

Cathy Cano-Murillo has created an engaging book that will please the reader.  The characters, while very different, are all written so realistically that the reader will feel they know them.  Star, in particular, is a vibrant character, a whirlwind with a love for others, that the reader won't soon forget.  The writing is breezy and the story never drags.  This book is recommended for women readers. 

1 comment:

Bookie said...

I was just checking this out in borders. It sounds goods Thanks for a great review!