Adiós to My Old Life
Title: Adiós to My Old Life
Author: Caridad Ferrer
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Division/MTV Books
Number of Pages: 256
Advertised Age Level: Young Adult
Age and Grade of Main Character(s): 17 yrs./post-Junior summer
Language: mild profanity used very sparingly, use of the f-word
Sex: kisses, intimate physical contact described mildly
Drug/Alcohol Use: none
Violence: one instance of mild violence
Social Issues: teen sex, price of fame, lying to parents, mean girl behaviour
Suggested Movie Grade: PG-13
Premise: Alegría Montero is a seventeen year old Latin-American girl, the daughter of a widowed music professor who finds herself the next potential super pop star, courtesy of a reality show competition to discover the hottest Latin music talent. Oye Mi Canto is the name of the show, and when Ali auditions, she never really expects to get through to the actual contest. But Ali’s talent is unmistakable, and before she knows what’s happening, she’s caught up in the world of makeup artists, stylists, choreographers, fame, fansites, and career-destroying jealousy. Amidst the whirlwind of sudden fame, Ali meets Jaime, a production assistant intern who is interested in more than just her musical talents.
Comments: Ali initially lies to her father by forging his signature on her entrance forms in order to be able to compete in Oye Mi Canto. She does admit to this transgression and apologize for it.
Ali’s relationship to Jaime becomes physical, and they come very close to having sex. This scene is described in mild detail but there is nothing vague about it.
A fellow contestant engages in nefarious means in order to keep Ali from advancing. When the girl goes too far, Ali reacts violently and attacks the girl. However, they are kept from fighting out right.
Ali’s father has a relationship with a long-time female friend, but it is kept behind closed doors and only alluded to.
Age Appropriateness: ages 14 and up