Excerpted from Fifteen Candles 15 Tales of Taffeta, Hairspray, Drunk Uncles, and other Quinceañera Stories, edited by Adriana Lopez. Love rehearsals, a quinceañera tale. In some ways, Cynthia’s quince was the closest thing to a quince that I would ever have. There were going to be cameras, a live band, and we were going to be performing for an audience. All that decadence, when we were all scrounging for pennies. It was a big deal for everyone. My mother could never afford a party like Cynthia’s; I wouldn’t even think of asking her for one. Years later I learned that Cynthia’s family couldn’t afford it either. Her father took a loan against his bodega just to please his daughter.