If you're looking for a great beach-listen, The Dirty Girls Social Club, written and read by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, is just what the audio doctor ordered. The sucias (Spanish for dirty girls), as they call themselves, are bright, attractive, 20-somethings who met at Boston University and still get together regularly to eat and drink, laugh and cry, scold, lend a helping hand or a healing shoulder. Two are married and not living happily ever after, and the others are in various stages of yearning, spurning and general romantic unrest. The fact that they are also Latinas, all from different backgrounds, all heading down different career paths, makes their stories and situations all the more fascinating a glimpse of the American scene many of us haven't seen. A cut above chick-lit, but still fun to chew on.

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