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Sporting a new name and an exotic new Latina flair, she's ready for her college debut. But is the luscious Carolina really better than plain-Jane Caroline?Sick and tired of her life in small-town Ohio -- completely boring with a side of dull -- college-bound Caroline Darcy is determined to start a new person. And that means following in the footsteps of her lateSporting a new name and an exotic new Latina flair, she's ready for her college debut. But is the luscious Carolina really better than plain-Jane Caroline?Sick and tired of her life in small-town Ohio -- completely boring with a side of dull -- college-bound Caroline Darcy is determined to start a new person. And that means following in the footsteps of her late Nana Ellie -- her witty and vibrant Cuban great-grandmother with a glamorous, well-traveled past. Donning a seriously caliente new wardrobe and a vivacious persona to match, she becomes Carolina, a half-Cuban aspiring actress ready for adventure.Once at school, everything goes according to plan. Putting her primo acting skills to use, she flirts up Erik, a smooth-talking frat guy with gorgeous baby blues -- who can't get enough of her exotic charm. The only person who doesn't seem impressed by her Latina facade is Peter, a quiet, sweet Cuban guy from Miami. But when Carolina gets in over her head and finds herself in a dangerous situation, it's Peter who comes to her rescue -- and leads her on a real adventure to discover the truth about Nana Ellie and her family. It turns out that being boring old Caroline is way more exciting than she ever could have imagined....

Title : It's Not about the Accent
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ISBN : 9781416524915
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 276 Pages
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It's Not about the Accent Reviews

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-02-26 14:00

    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.comHow would you like to be able to reinvent yourself? That's exactly what Caroline Darcy does. The summer after graduation, she enrolls in a session at the University of Southern Ohio before her freshman fall semester. Once away from home, she decides to embrace her Cuban roots (all 1/8th of those roots) and become Carolina for the summer. She purchases a new upbeat wardrobe and dyes her blonder hair Havana brown. On her first evening at USO, she attends a getting-to-know-you dance, and immediately attracts the attention of Erik, a senior. She also meets Peter, another new student. Little does she know that the two guys would be so involved in her life that summer. Erik sweeps her off her feet and she enjoys being Carolina for a while. But being someone she isn't turns out to be more exhausting than she expects. After a serious encounter one night while waiting for Erik to show up, Caroline reevaluates her life, gives up the idea of following her Cuban roots and her friendship with Peter, and runs back home after the summer session is over. With a shove from her older brother, Caroline returns to USO for the fall, her friendship with Peter solidifies, and she takes on a new quest. With the help of Peter and two different university professors, Caroline researches her actual family history. The research takes her places she didn't imagine, both literally and figuratively. This is the story of one girl's journey to discover who she is. Caroline goes from one extreme to the other, until she finally gets the balance just right. With the help of wonderful friends and family, Caroline finally figures out just where she belongs, and who she belongs with. IT'S NOT ABOUT THE ACCENT is another great addition from the MTV line of books by Simon & Schuster. As with all the other books I have read from this division, the story developed quickly and pulled me right into the pages. Ms. Ferrer writes a thought-provoking and oftentimes fun story as Caroline tries to discover who she really is. (FYI: Content is not appropriate for the younger reader.)

  • Anne Osterlund
    2019-03-17 13:59

    Caro, from Ohio, has decided to be more intriguing for college. So she becomes Carolina--Cuban accent on the r--instead of Caroline. It’s not exactly a lie, more of an embellishment of the truth, paying homage to her Nana Ellie’s mysterious Cuban past. And the plan appears to be paying off, especially with relation to Erik and his fraternity friends.The latter, of course, are just an afterthought. Until three of them show up uninvited at her door, and Caro begins to wish, sincerely, that she had never captured any of their attention.It’s Not About the Accent begins as a story about an external experiment and becomes an internal one. I despised Erik and Carolina from the very beginning; but I liked Caro and Peter--the boy from down the hall--just fine, as well as Caro’s eventual drive to uncover her real Cuban roots.

  • Alina
    2019-03-19 13:54

    “It’s Not About the Accent” is a story about a girl named Caroline Darcy who starts college and really strives to reinvent her image and her persona. After discovering even more about her Cuban roots through her great grandmother, she tries to exhibit this through her personality, physical appearance and behavior. Ironically enough she is an aspiring actress. She meets a lot of new, notable people including Erik and Peter. Erik is someone who is charmed by her free-spirited, outgoing self while Peter is reliable and more of the “safe” choice–someone the “old” her would go for. The author does a really great job of contrasting the differences and similarities between these two individuals and how they each affect Caroline differently. Essentially, this book was a classic story about a girl trying to find her true identity and her place in the world.

  • Linda Doyle
    2019-03-14 08:50

    I chose this book because of its premise: a young girl exploits her Cuban heritage (she had a great-grandmother who immigrated from Cuba and settled in Ohio) when she goes off to college. She pretends she is half Cuban and insists on the Spanish pronunciation of her name (Carolina instead of Caroline). She wants to appear exotic and believes this will make her life more interesting. Ultimately, she suffers a traumatic experience that changes her outlook and leads her to appreciate her roots and the person she is becoming.It's a very good coming-of-age story for young adult and adult readers alike. The characters are real and well drawn. I especially enjoyed the intimate look at Cuban-American culture and family. This is an above average YA novel.

  • Maggie V
    2019-03-15 15:53

    Caro wants an adventure and wants to be Cuban more than anything, but she finds that being herself is much better than lying. I appreciated that she grew and changed, but the connection with her great-grandmother's family did seem a bit contrived. I also kept getting the ages confused in my mind. It seemed that Nana Ellie was more a grandmother than a great-grandmother, especially since she lived so long (not an age mentioned, but just what age Caro was when Ellie died), and her younger sister also seemed younger (again, no age mentioned, but seemed to be physically and mentally younger than my expectations).One thing to be aware of is that Caro is raped in the beginning and the book does talk through her process of coming to terms with what happened and how to overcome it.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-09 07:43

    This was an amazing and beautiful story about a girl named Caroline who is trying to find out who she is and what kind of person she wants to become. It follows her through college and the experiences she has there, all the while with a good friend named Peter--who I instantly fell in love with, because who wouldn't? He's a rescuer and a charmer.It's a great story about how she ends up finding her place in the world.

  • MJ
    2019-03-24 08:07

    Re-read this today after a long while. This book is obviously a product of the MTV of its time, because of the "new adult" problems thrown in. But the story shines way past those things. It's a great read about discovering yourself, great companions, family, and what matters. By the end of the book you'll cheer and feel great for having read it. Totally more than it's marketing and publisher. Outside of my usual book zone.

  • Rosanne
    2019-03-22 11:41

    A unique story that kept me reading, but kind of uneven in terms of writing and plot. Some sections were really excellent and insightful, and others make me roll my eyes at the author's attempt at 'teen speak'. I can't quite give it 4 stars, but there were a lot of good things about it. Multi-dimensional characters and a realistic and sweet love story are highlights.

  • Leah
    2019-02-26 15:03

    I checked this book out from the library and then decided the that I didn't want to read it so I was going to return it without having even opened the cover but at last minute I decided to give it a shot. Boy am I glad that I did this book was great. It had emotion, fun, sadness, and love. It was a really fun book to read. I am so so so glad that I read it.

  • Eavan
    2019-03-08 12:07

    It's been some years since I read this, so I'm not going to rate it. But I wanted to note something I did appreciate: (view spoiler)[The scary situation the main character finds herself in is a rape. Not an attempted rape that her Cuban friend stops just in time, but an actual rape that leaves her shaken, but still a whole person. (hide spoiler)]

  • Mirela
    2019-02-27 15:39

    A book about life and learning about yourself. I felt like I was there with Caroline on her adventure. While she was chasing her grandmothers fun and exciting life, she created her own kind of adventure filled with love, hurt, growing, and acceptance.

  • Sana Haque
    2019-03-18 12:58

    A girl trying to figure out her identity, but along the way get's a little too rough. The story was very fast paced , next thing i knew it was already spring break and the last page i was on- was christmas time! I wish the author took her time explaining other characters and settings.

  • Ari
    2019-03-22 12:48

    Unique, entertaining read that's not too heavy but not sickly sweet.

  • Mary
    2019-03-23 11:08

    Check out my interview with Caridad Ferrer at Chica Lit,

  • Jen
    2019-03-06 16:00

    Uses rape as a plot device. MC gets raped and potential love interest saves her from it. That's where I stopped.

  • Erika
    2019-02-26 15:46

    I loved this! it had a strong message of just being your self, and finding out who you are, which is an idea that I'm really into right now.

  • Lesley
    2019-03-04 10:03

    not a good sign when a rape subplot is by far the most compelling part of a novel meant to be about something else

  • Lisa
    2019-03-08 12:46

    Not all that quality, but this one published by MTV Books ?? caught my eye. It did make me want to read more about the history of Cuba, but I think teens would like it more than I did.

  • Jenny's Book Bag
    2019-02-27 08:49

    This was a random find while browsing the YA section. It's an entertaining read.