25 comments on “Dominicana by Angie Cruz | Book Review

  1. felt exactly the same about this when i read it last year! i disliked it so much i ended up DNFing it so when it popped up on the womens prize longlist i was like 😬😬😬😬😬😬

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one who was disappointed! It’s a shame, as I’m sure there were lots of books published within the last year that tackled similar themes with much more nuance and originality.

  2. Great review! I am about 1/3 through this book right now and have been VERY underwhelmed. Like you say, it isn’t a technically challenging book…it’s just not very compelling and the characters don’t feel very real. I was hoping it would get better, but based on your review I think it won’t haha

  3. Great review! It begs the question, how did this novel make it into the Women’s Prize longlist? I’ve seen quite a few unenthusiastic reviews by now.

    • I feel the same way. I’m sure there were books published within the last year that tackled similar topics with much greater success that would have warranted a place on the list above this.

  4. Is it bad that I feel mostly vindicated that you agree?! This book was just shockingly mediocre in every conceivable way… And the ‘abusive immigrant husband’ trope I found infuriating.

  5. Great review! I completely agree with all of your points, though I went in with VERY low expectations for the prose and ended up finding it readable enough, which I think helped me get through without hating the book more. (Reading this one right after Girl probably didn’t hurt either, I really struggled with that one.) I hope we’ve gotten through the lowest points of the longlist now and can enjoy the rest!

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