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Lone Star Legend (2010)

by Gwendolyn Zepeda(Favorite Author)
3.58 of 5 Votes: 3
0446539600 (ISBN13: 9780446539609)
Grand Central Publishing
review 1: Lone Star Legend is fun, light read with a predictable plot and satisfying moral to impart. Sandy is an Austin writer in her late twenties, working for a Latino-focused online news organization that is bought by a Gawker-style gossip and political commentary site aimed at Latinos, Nacho Papi. Professionally, it’s the chance of a lifetime to raise her profile professionally, although it quickly becomes apparent that Sandy will have to make some hard choices about her professional integrity in order to cash-in on the perks of the job.Questions emerge about what she’s ready to give up – an inattentive boyfriend – and what she gives up without realizing the consequences – time with her friends and mother, a sense of privacy, writing about things that are important t... moreo her. Her Aunt Linda’s death offers her the opportunity to get to know Aunt Linda’s lifelong friend, Tio Jaime, and utilize his wisdom and humor in order to make professional headway by featuring him on Nacho Papi as “La Chupacabra”, an on-line advice columnist.The behind-the-scenes look at a snark site like Nacho Papi is a lot of fun, especially the pressure to create pithy commentary about everything from the careers and fake breasts of Latino actresses to biting gossip about Latino authors and politicians. Readers will appreciate the schizophrenic nature of comments left on those type of sites and laugh and clutch their heads when Sandy's online and "real" persona collide. I wonder why the publisher didn't push the online element of the story in their advertising and the back of the book, as it is the most unique and timely aspect of Lone Star Legend.After several predictable twists and turns, Sandy is forced to reckon with the people and principles she neglected while getting swept up in the glamour of her new job. The book ends on an upbeat note as Sandy rights her wrongs and learns some typical “twenty-something” lessons about focusing on the things in life that are truly important.Lone Star Legend is a book I’ll be recommending to readers looking for something to read on the plane or the beach. The writing is accessible and Zapeda has created a fun, light story about the transition from college life to adulthood.
review 2: Gwendolyn Zepeda's Lone Star Legend was not a bad read at all. I will be honest and say that it did start off a bit slow. I had trouble keeping focused on the book. But once I got past the beginning, I found that it is a book with characters that I enjoyed reading about and became friends with. Zepeda takes us on a journey into the cyber world of online mags, blogs and gossip columns. Zepeda did a great job at bringing some reality into this book. She also added some humourous parts, which finally captured my attention and boosted my thoughts on the book. While this is one I felt was slow in the beginning, I still give it 4 stars and recommendation,if you want a book that will make you laugh and smile at the inside look of an average,everyday person whose private life quickly becomes public in the center of cyber world. *This book was provided for review by Hachette Book Group* less
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Fun and heartwarming, very timely with the blogging and such. I plan to read it again sometime!!
It was slow at first, but things eventually picked up. It was an entertaining read.
Lovely book!
Great book!
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