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Big Chicas Don't Cry

By: Annette Chavez Macias
Narrated by: Vanessa Vasquez,Alessandra Manon,Aida Reluzco,Dani Muñoz
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Summary

Four cousins navigate love, loss, and the meaning of family over the course of one memorable year in this heartfelt family drama.

Cousins Mari, Erica, Selena, and Gracie are inseparable. They aren’t just family but best friends—sharing secrets, traditions, and a fierce love for their abuelita. But their idyllic childhood ends when Mari’s parents divorce, forcing her to move away. With Mari gone, the girls’ tight-knit bond unravels.

Fifteen years later, Mari’s got the big house and handsome husband, but her life is in shambles. Erica’s boyfriend just dumped her, and her new boss hates her. Selena can’t seem to find her place in the world—not Mexican enough for her family, not white enough for her colleagues. And Gracie is a Catholic school teacher with an all-consuming crush, but she can’t trust herself when it comes to romance.

As rocky as the cousins’ lives have become, nothing can prepare them for the heartbreaking loss of a loved one. When tragedy reunites them, will they remember their abuelita’s lessons about family and forgiveness—or are fifteen years of separation too much to overcome?

©2022 Annette Macias (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“A supremely talented quartet of narrators will delight listeners with their vibrant and expressive voices.… Listeners will laugh, cry, and find themselves deeply invested in all four characters. The four narrators ably pronounce Spanish words, adding to the authenticity of this beautiful story. They excel as individuals but also as an ensemble, placing listeners right in the heart of this large, wonderful family.”AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award Winner

“Through heart-to-hearts, good food, and family tradition, the women rebuild their relationship with one another—and with their significant others. Chavez Macias loads her well-rounded story with charismatic characters, vivid descriptions, and appealing cultural specificity. This is a treat.”Publishers Weekly

“[Annette] Chavez Macias has given readers a joyful exploration of family and friendship featuring four memorable characters whose struggles and triumphs will resonate with readers. It’s a great choice for fans of Susan Mallery and Mariah Stewart.”Booklist

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  • Monica Serrano
  • 24-09-22

Painfully boring..

I wanted to love this book. It was just so boring. I wish they would’ve spent more time on character development. Every character had the same storyline. “Sad girl gets the guy”I only hung on hoping they would dive into the cousins relationship which is how the story started. Super boring..🙄

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  • Patricia Reynaga
  • 06-12-22

Great book

Loved the book and the performance but the audio editing was funny to me. You could sometimes hear pages being turned and then clearing their throat. I hope they go through it again and fix that.

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  • Rebecca Muzquiz
  • 22-11-22

I wanted more!!!

Loved every single second of this book. The author captures all the things that make you love, appreciate and sometimes dislike that you grew up in the Mexican American culture and having brown skin. The stereotypes, the traditions the slang, the expectations, being too brown, not brown enough, white enough, etc.

The narrators were spot on! Thank you!

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  • Jessica Tavera
  • 04-12-22

A must read!!

This book is so relatable! As a Mexican - American whose family means the world to me - I loved this Book!! I cried so much -the writing was brilliant and I love how the story went through each Primas eyes !!

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  • Rayni
  • 17-12-22

Just Everything

From the intro paragraph to epilouge, the flow between the different narrators was smooth. I wasn't sure about multiple narrators as past Audible books it didn't work for me. As a Chicana these characters were relatable
I REALLY hope to read more from this author and the narrators.

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  • erica
  • 26-11-22

Obsessed

Beautiful story about family, sisterly/cousin love and bond. Omg it was just amazing I did not expect this to hit home so much for me and I am happy I stumbled on this by chance! Si eres latina entonces tiene que leer!

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  • Elisa Ogas
  • 09-12-22

Family ties

Delightful characters of young cousins,sharing a bond ,identity and finding individuality yet keeping their culture alive.

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  • Angel
  • 01-12-22

Hits close to home

I know all these characters in my own family.....It was an easy listen and reminded me of many people in my own family. I'll be looking for the sequel.

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  • RC Estes
  • 25-09-22

Just “OK” & beware fake raving reviews

This was basic, long and at times boring. It also seemed like a teen book. Nothing really happened and when it finally did it was still just OK. The Latino/x part seemed forced and stereotypical at best ( speaking from someone who grew up as a Latina!). I almost quit a couple times but finished just to see if it got better and it was just “ OK”. These raving reviews have to be fake. I’ve read so many other similar themed books that blow this one away. Skip this one.

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  • prov1312
  • 23-11-22

great story

the premise of family first is great. the different story lines were entertaining. the readers were very good and ready to listen to. a fun read, especially for reading with friends.

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