the one in her strongest story "The Big
Deal" give readers a glimpse into the
cross-cultural battle Serros and Latinas
in general face as she tries to describe
her Anglo boyfriend to her auntie Alma
and cousins, who would be meeting him
for the first time.
tidbits of important information
throughout the day to her family-he has
long hair, had been in jail, and was
agnostic. The final straw came when she
told her auntie and cousins that her new
boyfriend was a vegan. It was one thing
her surrogate mother couldn't overlook,
nor could her cousins.
of man eats just vegetables?" Auggie
repeated. "I mean, where does he get his
ganas from?" Then he and Benny laughed
together as they left for the backyard.
"They're called florets," I called out
to him. "Alma, please tell him what we
just talked about." "I don't know."
hesitated. "I mean, personally, I just
think it's unnatural, strange." "Alma,
what about all this talk about love, and
acceptance, and how important it is to
find someone you care about in life?"
"That was before you told me he and his
family were vegans."
story "Discard Discontinued Text,"
Serros opens up enough to write a
poignant and heartfelt tale about her
mother's death, which got only a brief
mention in her first book. She uses the
same voice as in her previous effort and
unfortunately carries over bad habits
from her first try.
Her use of
"cuz" for the word "because" can be
distracting, and some of the selections
can be overly sentimental and
manipulative. In "Seek Support from the
Sistas" she discusses being a page for
the Fox television show In Living Color
and how she tried to bond with Jennifer
rebuffed and then humiliated by the Fly
Girl, she writes: "Once you've put on a
page uniform, you're already a target of
passive contempt. You're a reminder of
how detoured a career can go and what a
waste a college degree could be."
reader can overlook these peculiarities
because she's just so funny. In the same
story she had me laughing out loud when
describing her page uniform. "My panty
hose were regulation style, nude-colored
sheers that gathered at the ankles and
lay low in the crotch. No wonder old
women are always so cranky."