When I received Waking Up In The Land of Glitter by Kathy Cano-Murillo, I loved the cover and I started to read it right away. Meet Estrella "Star" Esteban who is spoiled by her family and friends. She gets into trouble when she spray paints a mural on the wall of her family’s restaurant. When her father finds out that it was her, he asks her to leave home but gives her one more chance to make it up to him. Star has always wanted to be an artist and when she orders 350 lbs. of glitter by accident (vs. 3.5 lbs.) through the restaurant, she has to take on her obligations. She decides to be a bronze sponsor of the Craft Olympics and agrees to make hundreds of centerpieces for the tables so that she can promote the restaurant.
She elicits the help of her bestfriend Ofelia, whose passion is crafting. She is being held back by her mother- in-law Nana who thinks that she has no talent. They meet Chloe Chavez who is a television reporter about crafts. Chloe would do anything to get ahead in the business, from stealing her assistant’s ideas to having an affair with the producer. She also was named host of the Craft Olympics and felt that joining the group would increase her standings in the crafting community. They have to resolve their issues and work together to get the job done. Do they do it?
"I'm married to my artist/musician best friend, we make and sell handmade chicano pop art, I'm a syndicated crafts columnist (The Arizona Republic/Gannett News Service), , book author and I operate my web site and podcast at http://www.craftychica.com."
Throughout the story, other characters are intertwined in the plot and they play a large part in the outcome of the story. The three women form a strong bond and friendship that helps them through many predicaments and emotions. The author develops the characters fully and while reading the book, I was able to feel all the emotions that the characters were feeling. There were many Spanglish terms used throughout the book and she even supplied a glossary if I needed it.This was a great novel and I wonder if there is a sequel in the future.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the HachetteBook Group for my honest review and I was not compensated for the review.