Shame the Stars

In the midst of racial conflict and at the edges of a war at the Texas Mexico border in 1915, Joaquin and Dulce a attempt to maintain a secret romance in this reimagining of Romeo and Juliet.
Shame the Stars In the midst of racial conflict and at the edges of a war at the Texas Mexico border in Joaquin and Dulce a attempt to maintain a secret romance in this reimagining of Romeo and Juliet

  • Title: Shame the Stars
  • Author: Guadalupe Garcia McCall
  • ISBN: 9781620142783
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Shame the Stars”

    1. A TOP SHELF review, originally published in the August 19, 2016 edition of The MonitorGrowing up in the Rio Grande Valley, we get two versions of local history. In school, teachers hand down a sanitized, state-approved vision of American exceptionalism and the moral superiority of the men who turned Texas into first a Republic and then a southern state.At home, however, we hear something quite different, stories passed down from bisabuelos to tías and primos. It’s a harrowing, heart-breaking [...]

    2. A powerful family saga set in the borderlands of Texas and Mexico during the Mexican Revolution. The Romeo and Juliet main characters, Joaquin del Toro and Dulcena Villa, are having to deal with the tension between their families and the violence of the time period including the persecution by the Texas Rangers directed at Tejanos. McCall has done a fine job telling a complex story. At times, this is a violent story, but the storytelling is authentic and relevant.

    3. A brilliant book about an important, yet trivialized time in our Texas History as Tejanos. Beautifully crafted and elegantly told, this book is a MUST READ and a MUST HAVE book in EVERY school library.

    4. Look at that cover! Isn't it gorgeous? Lovely, luscious writing, fascinating time period of which I;d never read anything about before. I might be biased, but Joaquin is my new favorite hero (with that name! *swoon*. *My son's name is Joaquin, LOL*). I love the women in this book so much too: Dulceña, La Estrella (my daughter is Estrella!), and even the priest, Joaquin's brother. Everyone should read this book. The saying that if we don't know history we're doomed to repeat it is so true!

    5. Recounts an important part of Texas/US history that many may not know about. The main character is very well drawn and is a sensitive poet who see the world in a really unique way. There is some violence, but it is logical. The setting is atmospheric and really draws you in.

    6. Review copy: purchasedUnder the Mesquite and Summer of the Mariposas, McCall’s previous books, are fantastic works of storytelling. Her writing is lyrical whether she’s creating prose or poetry. Having read and loved her first two books, I was predisposed to enjoy this newest novel. In addition, as a former resident of Texas, the story immediately caught my attention. Though I lived there for sixteen years, my knowledge of Texas history was sketchy at best so this seemed like an excellent wa [...]

    7. “Shame the Stars” is set in 1915, and tells the story of Tejano families struggling to understand and survive brutalities inflicted upon them by the Texas Rangers (a group of “lawmen” who randomly killed and raped Mexican Americans, imprisoning them without trail, and stealing their land.) Read the rest of the review on my blog: shouldireaditornot.wordpress.

    8. McCall writes a novel that unearths the violent history of the borderlands and the terror that the Texas Rangers(rinches) inflicted upon the Mexican American inhabitants. This novel is presented as a love story but this element is more of a backdrop to the violence and tension between Mexican American and Texas Rangers. It is a well written novel that seeks to convey something important.

    9. This book tells a great love story that not only portrays social controversy of the community in South Texas, but also the racial oppression that took place in its time. It is a great book for those who are interested in Texas history as well as a good romance novel. This book is an eye opener because it exposes the violence omitted from history books in our schools.

    10. I absolutely enjoyed this book! It does an excellent job at telling how it was during the Mexican Revolution. The love the protagonist has for Dulcena is so heartwarming! This book is definitely a must-read!

    11. Even though the characters are fictional, this story does a great job at recounting very important details of Texas history. This is done very creatively and interesting. The main characters are very relatable and liked. Can be seen as a modern Romeo and Juliet. A must read book.

    12. YA HISTORICAL FICTIONGuadalupe García McCallShame the StarsTu BooksHardcover, 978-1-6201-4278-3, (also available as an e-book), 320 pgs $19.95September 15, 2016 Joaquín and Dulceña are teenagers in love. Joaquín is the privileged, sensitive, traditional son of a distinguished ranching family in South Texas, Tejanos who have owned Las Moras since 1775. Dulceña, daughter of the local printer, is a spirited, smart, modern, independent young woman who wants to be a journalist and travel the wor [...]

    13. I don't know why it took me so long to get around to reading this book. I loved the author's previous two titles, but there was just something about the cover that didn't appeal to me so I kept putting it aside. Now that I've read it, I wish I had not procrastinated, denying myself the earlier pleasure of sinking into this author's prose and learning part of the history of this nation that has not been covered very much, certainly not in the history texts used in its classrooms. Weaving racial a [...]

    14. This book covered an area of American history that has been all but forgotten. Billed as a Texas Romeo and Juliet, I found a few areas where that can be implied, but not really. The forbidden love between Joaquin and Dulcena is about the only thing that resembles the historic love story of Romeo and Juliet. The book is about the Mexican Revolution in the early part of the Twentieth Century and how it affected to the native Texans or Tejanos of South Texas. While the story is fiction the author h [...]

    15. The book Shame the Stars, by Guadalupe Garcia McCall is a literary statement. The author explains in her acknowledgment that this novel was written with the intent of informing schools about the injustices done to the Mexican community by the government. The education System does not inform students of the horrific experiences many Mexican and Mexican-American families suffered. Students are not taught about the discrimination that families livening in the borders between Mexico and the United S [...]

    16. I didn't know anything about this historical time period featured in this novel, set in 1915 in Texas. It captures the deadly conflicts among the Mexican revolutionaries, Mexican Americans, and Texas Rangers. However, the characters are sort of two-dimensional. I think this book would work well for middle school students although it would help to give them some background information beforehand. To simply read it as a Romeo and Juliet story, as it is marketed, is to miss the point of the book, i [...]

    17. I enjoyed this book and love seeing this part of Mexican-American history bring brought into this story. I like the inclusions of newspaper clippings into the story. I really didn't care for the relationships between Joaquín and Dulcena but can see why a love story would be included to add some hope in a dark time ( this could just be how I see it). overall, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Mexican-American history.

    18. in 1915 in south Texas the Texas Rangers were the law. Immigrants were arriving taking land from Mexican-Americans who had owned and farmed for generations. Texas Rangers were killing and harming many of the original owners. The Mexican Revolution is on.Joaquin and Dulcinea were a young couple in love as their parents took different sides in the conflictThis is an excellent historical fiction novel about this time period.

    19. This novel brings a different perspective of the life in the South Texas border back in the day. It is thrilling to find out how legal figures took advantage of their rank and manage to do what they wanted and get away with it. The mash of detail and language used by McCall makes the reading more related to the reader and even more if the reader is from the borderlands as well.

    20. I found this book very fascinating! I love how the author told a part of the history of The Rio Grande Valey with her own touch of fiction. The romance in the novel was very much like Shakespeare, which keeps the reader very intrigued.

    21. I am not usually a romance person, but the historical fiction and action really did it for me with this book. I enjoyed reading about a part of history I knew little about. And always appreciate a story that talks about the importance of words, spoken and written :)

    22. This is absolutely one of my favorite books of all time. It should be in all high schools and it is time that the truth be taught and discussed. We have had enough of the mythology of the Texas Rangers. Let us learn of the other side of the story. Thank you, thank you for this best book.

    23. Sweet and satisfying historical fiction that stretched some of the political/ social themes so far away from Romeo and Juliet, it doesn't seem accurate to call it a re-make. Nonetheless, the history and characters are unforgettable.

    24. Unusual setting for a teen historical novel and the plot moved right along, but the writing and romance seemed to verge on the melodramatic which was distracting.

    25. Finding books for my 8th graders with authentic Hispanic characters is hard, so I naturally love all of McCall's books! I will be sharing this with my students asap!

    26. Rating: 3.5 The writing was excellent and I loved the characters. I definitely didn't see the plot twists coming. The only complaint I have is that the climax and ending were rushed.

    27. I got this on a "blind date" from my library. This is a program where they wrap a bunch of books in colored paper and write out one appealing quote without giving the title or author, so you don't know what you are getting until you get home and unwrap it. I've gotten some great books this way, but this was not to my taste. I'm sure it's a good book for the right audience.

    28. The parents of Joaquín del Toro, heir to Las Moras Ranch in Texas, have been the godparents of Dulceña Villa since her baptism as a child. The families have been very close compadres, and now this closeness has developed into a romantic relationship between Joaquín and Dulceña who are in their late teen years. However, Joaquín's parents trust the Texas Rangers, especially Captain Munro, to uphold the law, while Dulceña's parents print scathing poems about the Rangers, written by authors us [...]

    29. A great story about how far people are willing to go for love and to uphold justice. The story is set-up as a Texas-based Romeo and Juliet type of story, but early-on it starts to unravel into something much more than that. The racial tensions of the times permeate every page, yet there is a tinge of hope throughout the story. A fantastic read that has a bit of everything - poetry, history, action, and love.

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