Much of the story takes place at La Pachanga, a hip Mexican eatery and art gallery in Phoenix, Arizona, owned by Estrella "Star" Esteban's family. Talented and hardworking but irresponsible and flighty, Star makes a foolish decision that brings a blight on the establishment, straining her relationship with her parents and causing her beloved boyfriend to leave her. To atone, she volunteers to make centerpieces for a national craft competition. Assisted by a couple of unlikely companions - her best friend, Ofelia, whose attempts at crafts are an abomination, and a local television celebrity who is known for her craft ability but secretly hates crafts - Star attempts to follow through on a promise for the first time in her life while learning the true meaning of family, friendship and love.
The beautiful front cover , which literally sparkles with glitter, drew me in, and I stayed hooked all the way to the very last page of this well-written tale. The multi-talented Kathy Cano-Murillo has taken her love of art and crafts and woven it throughout her story in such a way that it almost becomes a separate character. If glitter speaks to you, if you enjoy making things with your hands, if you love strong female characters, if you appreciate a good love story - you will love this book.
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