Adios to My Old Life

Author: Caridad Ferrer

Publisher: MTV

Release Date: July 4, 2006

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: PRINT

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When I first found out that MTV was entering the book publishing business, I was intrigued. I remember when MTV actually played music videos, and I grew up on shows like “Yo MTV Raps” and “Beavis and Butthead.” Naturally, I was eager to see their new line of teen fiction. With a catchphrase of “MTV BOOKS: Totally Your Type,” the company wants to tap into a new generation of young readers. One of their new releases is ADIOS TO MY OLD LIFE, a charming debut novel by Caridad Ferrer, a first-generation Cuban American author.

ADIOS TO MY OLD LIFE is the story of seventeen-year-old Alegria (Ali) Montero, an aspiring singer-guitarist who has big dreams. Raised by a strict single father, Ali lives and breathes music. Encouraged by her best friend, Ali auditions for Oye Mi Canto, a new reality show searching for the “next Latin superstar.”

Ali becomes one of the sixteen finalists, and she is thrown into the strange world of reality television. As the youngest contestant on the set, Ali has to grow up fast. She learns that image is just as important as talent. She also deals with jealousy and sabotage from the other competitors. It almost becomes too much for her to deal with. She finds some comfort from Jamie Lozano, a cute, twenty-year-old assistant director.

As the competition becomes fierce, Ali has to decide how badly she wants to win. Is winning really everything? ADIOS TO MY OLD LIFE takes an entertaining look at how a reality television show can affect a young girl’s life. Ali is a smart teenager with big dreams and a real passion for music. Author Caridad Ferrer understands how music can affect a young person’s life.

ADIOS TO MY OLD LIFE is an intelligent debut novel about the world of music and reality television. I’ve never watched “American Idol,” but I love reality television. This book takes a behind-the-scenes look at what can happen when the cameras aren’t watching. Even though it is labeled as “teen” fiction, adult readers will appreciate Ali’s fighting spirit. This would make a great gift for any teenager with a passion for creativity and music. 

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Hana K.

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