Dreams of Significant Girls (Hardcover)

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Brought together each summer at a boarding school in Switzerland, three girls learn a lot more than just French and European culture. Shirin, an Iranian princess; Ingrid, a German-Canadian eccentric; and Vivien, a Cuban-Jewish New Yorker culinary phenom, are thrown into eachother's lives when they become roommates. This is a story of 3 paths slowly beginning to cross and merge as they spend the year apart, but the summers together. Through navigating the social-cultural shoals of the school, developing their adolescence, and learning the confusing and conflicting legacies of their families' past, Shirin, Ingrid, and Vivien form an unbreakable bond.

Like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, this story takes readers on a journey into the lives of very different girls and the bonds that keep them friends.

Praise For…

"[A] standout coming-of-age novel. The girls' personal awakenings feel organic, and the narrative handles mature themes well, including abortion, family connections to Nazis, and sexual awakenings. García's boarding school setting feels vibrantly alive [and] the power of sisterhood and female friendships shine."

--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"At a posh Swiss summer boarding school in 1971, three very different girls share their problems and dreams.Each voice is wholly individual, as are their disparate approaches to the impending freedoms and perils of adulthood. Loosely analogous to Ann Brashares’s “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” (Delacorte) and Zoey Dean’s “A-List” series (Little, Brown), this title is more mature and subtle than merely a rich-chick friendship story. [A] title that many mature young women will appreciate"

--School Library Journal

"This beautifully written bildungsroman alternates between the three girls’ voices and gives the reader an appreciation for the various historical and cultural challenges each girl faces. The struggle for significance will appeal to thoughtful readers, and the luxuriant setting will make this easy to sell to fans of both Gemma Doyle and The Gossip Girls."


"Dreams of Significant Girls takes you breathlessly and painfully back to the time when womanhood shimmered before you, always just out of reach, and you lunged for it, stupidly and bravely, with your first cigarette, your first kiss, your first swill of liquor, your first boy crush and your first girl crush."

--New York Times Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781416979203
ISBN-10: 1416979204
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 12th, 2011
Pages: 238
Language: English