New PDF release: Fifteen Candles: 15 Tales of Taffeta, Hairspray, Drunk

By Adriana V. Lopez

For the uninitiated, the quincea?era celebrates the passage of a fifteen-year-old woman into maturity: it's kind of bat mitzvah with a splash of debutante ball, and loaded with a similar capability for hilarity and adolescent angst. during this unique anthology, fifteen of the brightest and funniest Latino writers, women and men alike, proportion their very own stories of those relocating and sometimes absurd extravaganzas—tales of that designated kind of familial humiliation that's borne of the simplest intentions, fierce love, and the infectious pleasure of oldsters ultimately permitting their little lady to develop up.

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Above the waist was the rule. Unlike Elvis who liked to make silly comments and tease Jewel, Junior was quiet, intolerably quiet. I couldn’t tell if he was bored, shy, or arrogant. Love Rehearsals 35 “He doesn’t really speak English,” Yoyo whispered to me as if she could read my mind. “Hola,” I said to Junior. I turned around and waved at him. It was stupid but out of my control. When I got nervous words flew out of my mouth. “Hola,” Junior replied. I looked back, with my hand over my mouth and giggled.

Granted, I was seventeen, but they say that boys mature later than girls. I had been so ashamed and embarrassed about that quinceañera, I never thought that I would one day look back and laugh about it. I wondered about Ingrid. When I was young, I thought I had taken advantage of her. But looking back, maybe she had taken advantage of me. I had wanted to grow up fast, wanted to be a 28 Fifteen Candles man so soon. If life is a waltz, then we need to enjoy each turn, savor each step, and not miss out on a single beat.

He proudly explained how the flan was made from ingredients imported from Mexico. “It is perfect,” he said. ” When he reached the main table, he handed Yvette and me the two largest pieces. “Just for you,” he said. Before excusing himself to another table, he commented on my resemblance to a famous actor. Minutes after the serving of the flan, the guests poured champagne into their glasses. The moment of the toast approached. Esteban explained to the damas and chambelanes that after the toast, 20 Fifteen Candles we would meet outside the hall for the waltz.

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