The Spanish Club by Danielle Burnette

The Spanish Club

byDanielle Burnette

Kobo ebook | July 18, 2014

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2015 Reader Views Literary Awards Runner-Up for Best Young Adult Fiction

When Brianna unearths a family secret, the life she’s known unravels. She trusts no one except Dana, her best friend. But Dana will move away at the end of the summer, leaving Brianna to face her senior year friendless and alone.

A last chance to bond with Dana lies in a summer trip abroad with the Spanish Club. Yet the promise of a once-unattainable first love, another painful secret, and Mexico—gripped in World Cup fever—threaten to rip the girls apart for good. As their lives hang in the balance, Brianna must find the strength and forgiveness to reconcile the friend she once was with the new person she desperately wants to be.

An honest coming-of-age, The Spanish Club chronicles the universal struggle to define oneself within the boundaries of friendship and love—even when the ones you trust break the rules.

Title:The Spanish ClubFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 18, 2014Publisher:Fine Kennings PressLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A country, two girls and a boy! Danielle Burnette's The Spanish Club is a contemporary novel set in Mexico during the World Cup. The novel's main characters, two seventeen-year-old best friends Brianna and Dana, travel with their Spanish Club to an ancient land (beautifully described by Ms. Burnette) to struggle with teenage angst about core values: honesty, friendship and a loyalty strained as Brianna develops an attraction to the mysterious and handsome Enrique. The author has an ear for teenage relationships. So, if you're looking for a book with honest dialogue and vivid descriptions of a land rich in history, try The Spanish Club.
Date published: 2014-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stay strong in your struggles! THE SPANISH CLUB centers around the complex lives of young adults traveling together on a school trip thoughout Mexico. Enrique is the self-centered playboy who wants every girl on his trophy shelf. Dana, an angry and depressed teenager, is rejected by her family. Brianna copes with the shocking truth about her family, while at the same time, struggles with her first true love. Fortunately, a very wise gentleman crosses the path of Brianna and plays a strong influence in the decisions that she makes. The reader will follow many challenging adventures of these three confused teenagers who are unsure about their destinies. It's tough enough for these young adults to suffer with their own personal internal conflicts, and yet, have these conflicts also overlap into the difficult situations that they encounter together! As I read THE SPANISH CLUB, I especially enjoyed delving into the complicated lives of Brianna and Dana, who were both impaired with immature coping skills. I was able to actually feel and anticipate the anxieties and frustrations of their personal issues. I often continued with my reading of the novel because I was so curious as to how each circumstance would be handled by each girl. While reading THE SPANISH CLUB, I could tell that much historical and cultural research about Mexico was done by the author. Even though I had done much traveling myself throughout Mexico, I still learned many tidbits about each area that was visited by the students. There is also frequent usage of the Spanish language (followed by an English translation) included throughout the novel. THE SPANISH CLUB keeps the reader's interest because you discover how some troubled teenagers think, act, and react to life's crises. As you read THE SPANISH CLUB, it is easy to see that being a teenager can sometimes be a real challenge! This is a very well-written novel!
Date published: 2014-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book.... I received an advanced reader copy of Danielle Burnette's The Spanish Club, a contemporary novel which takes place in Mexico as a high school?s Spanish Club travels there from Chicago to soak up history, practice the language and take in the summer sights during the World Cup. Their tour guide, Miguel, shows them around the pyramids, and they later travel to the interior of Mexico and end up in Puerto Vallarta on the West Coast. The students travel by bus, and lively minor characters abound. The novel centers around two seventeen-year-old best friends, Brianna and Dana, who share a close bond, and now Dana will sadly be moving away at the end of the summer right before their senior year. Both of them deal with a family secret where they feel deeply betrayed, but it?s the transformation of their personal friendship that interests me the most. When Brianna slowly finds herself falling in love with Enrique, one of the students on the tour, this creates problems for Dana, posing a threat to the established order. I enjoy reading novels about the ups and downs of female friendships, and Brianna is a strong heroine and easy to like. Dana is more flawed and operates from a place of hurt. She cannot be trusted to give the best advice, and she creates problems between Brianna and Enrique, having the tendency to play games. Throughout the novel, Brianna advances toward and retreats from both Enrique and Dana as she tries to figure out what?s best for her. The problem of whether or not to trust Enrique comes into play more than once. Brianna goes through a series of dilemmas that require her to make choices she hasn't had to make before. Can she trust the person she's falling in love with? Can she trust her closest friend? Can she trust herself? Brianna travels through her problems with honesty integrity, and this is the thing I like most about the book. She's a good role model, especially for teenage girls. I am reading the novel from a mother?s point-of-view, a grandmother?s point-of-view, and it's nice to come across a heroine with a strong sense of herself. I would especially recommend the book because of this. Another plus was the vivid description of the setting. I have traveled extensively throughout Mexico, and it was nice being reminded of some of the places I had visited. Miguel is a fun tour guide and the book is filled with historical facts and sprinkled with Spanish. The pace of the novel is at first slow and easy, as are the days themselves, and picks up as the conflict intensifies. The ending was a complete surprise.
Date published: 2014-10-02