At almost 30 years old, Estrella, known as Star, leads an enviable life of sponging off her hippie parents--that is until her father finally puts his foot down and demands that Star become a responsible adult. At the same time, she loses the love of her life, Theo (although she does not realize that Theo means so much to her until it is too late---or is it?)
Star likes to think of herself as an artist (not a crafter), though she makes no art. After a night of drunken stupidity, Star finds herself confronted by a local television reporter, Crafty Chloe. Despite the catchy name, Chloe hates crafts; but she will do anything to get ahead, including sleeping with her creepy boss. Star's long time friend, Ofi loves to craft and idolizes Crafty Chloe , but Ofie has no talent. Her family and friends encourage her craft neurosis, all the while hoping they are never gifted with one of her pathetic creations.
On the outside Star, Chloe, and Ofie do not seem like they would have much in common. But after Chloe snags the coveted job as host of the national craft Olympics (a career-propelling gig), and Star orders 3.5 lbs of expensive glitter, but receives 350 lbs, their three lives become intertwined.
Star attempts to sell the $5,000 worth of glitter that she put on her dad's credit card. That does not pan out as she hoped, so she devises a scheme to turn the remainder into 200 centerpieces for the craft Olympics that Chloe is hosting. Redeeming herself in her parents' eyes rests on the success of this project.
A young, rich misfit boy (Benecio), with designer aspirations also joins the centerpiece makers. Benecio is very wise for his age. Through their friendship with Benecio, the ladies begin to wake up in the land of glitter.
This is a light, fun read--perfect to curl up with on a warm spring afternoon. It is Crafty Chica, Kathy Cano-Murillo's first novel.
I won this book on Heather's blog, Books and Quilts. Thank you again, Heather for introducing me to Kathy's books.
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When Life Gives You Scraps--Make a Quilt
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