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The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  730 ratings  ·  172 reviews
Sonia Rodriguez was born in the United States, but her parents are Mexican immigrants who came to California before she was born. Her father has three Social Security numbers, her mother is pregnant (again), and neither of them speak English. Sonia's mother spends most of her time in bed, watching soap operas, and letting Sonia clean up after her brothers. Sonia's father w ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Jump At The Sun
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Camille Thompson
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In some cases friends can bring you down. Sometimes one's friends can keep you from graduating. But what happens when your own family is your greatest obstacle from graduating? This is the story of Sonia Rodriguez. Sonia Rodriguez is a Mexican American teenage girl whose dream of being the first of the family to graduate from high school has been crushed due to the fact she has to do all the work in the house. Sonia has to cook, clean the house, fix the beds for her mother who is pregnant with t ...more
Jan 01, 2009 Medeia added it
Sonia is like our very own Cinderella. She cooks and cleans while her ama watches telenovelas all day. Her papi is the only one who understands Sonia's dream to be the first in her family to graduate high school, but with him always working one of his jobs the only people around are her ama, her drunk of an uncle, and her useless brothers who all insist that familia is everything. When Sonia has had enough of doing absolutely everything for the family and decides to put her studies first, her am ...more
This was a tough book to read, but the strength of Sonia makes it worth it. Sonia is the oldest daughter of Mexican immigrants, the 2nd of 5 and the only girl. Her mother is pregnant with twins, her brothers do not help around the house, and her alcoholic uncle keeps returning to live with them because he is family. Sonia's father is her strongest support, but he works 12+ days to take care of his family. Her father has also taught her "Do not stoop to that level", meaning always stay above the ...more
this book is about a girl named sonia she works very smart hardworking and caring.she is in high school she works very hard to get her homework done and get good grades, but she can bearly work on it because her mom is pregnet with twins. that means sonia has to do all the chores around the house he has brothers but their all lazy. one day she decides to go into thid petstore she looks the the cutest cat she has ever seen and a boy dat she ends up falling in love with. she calls the cat frijolit ...more
Sonia is a Mexican American whose parents came to the United States illegally for the American dream. Sonia is like any ordinary Hispanic teenager who has to do all the chores and cook, her mom expects her to do everything especially now since she is pregnant with twins. Sonia has a hard working dad who works two jobs just to get the bills paid and gets home until late at night. To Sonia’s family “familia es todo” family is everything no matter what. She has an uncle who is always drunk and take ...more
Brenda Granados
Sonia rodriguez was born in the united states and was brought to california before she was even born, her parents are from mexico. Sonia is a girl whos dream is to finish school and go to collage, but she thinks that is inpossible because she bearly have time to study and do her homewrok because she has to take care oh her little sister do the house chores and take care of her pregnant and og her drunke uncle. Sonias dad a hard working man who supports the family is the one one that believes tha ...more
This is more of a 3.5 for me. As with "Hip Hop High School," I think Sitomer does a good job digging into a first-person female point-of-view. Also like HHHS, Sonia's story lacks the fast-paced drama of "Homeboyz" and takes its time, strolling through 2 years of Sonia's life. With both HHHS & Sonia, I felt that Sitomer could have (maybe should have) broken the large books into their own series. It's not that I lost interest in either book as I was reading, but I did get tired sometimes think ...more
Everyone should read these books by Lynwood high school English teacher Alan Lawrence Sitomer.
Writing about characters I imagine he works with every day, Sitomer has built a compelling series that I can't imagine anyone disliking.

In The Hoopster, we encounter Andre Anderson, an extremely talented basketball player and aspiring journalist. When Andre is asked to write a column on race, he examines his community, (a place some might call South Central), and his relationship to his best friend, a w
I truly love this book so much! It's amazing how a guy author can get a perfect perspective of a girl!!!
:) So much spanish words I've learned, this book makes me laugh. And i feel totally related to this because it talks about a girl's family who doesn't graduate and she wants to be the first to graduate because her older brother dropped out of high school. And all my family dropped out of college and my dad dropped out of high school so did my brother. So i am going to be the first to graduate,
Eduardo Tapia
You try living in a house trying to take care of 7 siblings, a drunk uncle, and cleaning after yourself and everyone else. The book "The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez" by Alan Stiomer is a fictional autobiograghy. The main character, Sonia, can be realted to teens everywhere becasue of the strugles with life and school. This book has many aspects of living with a mexican family. She's not only the house maid but she is also a high school student that is trying to keep her grades up to graduate ...more
Jan 13, 2015 Milser added it
Overall, The Secret story of Sonia Rodriguez was fantastic, but a bit sad for my liking.For example, when Sonia broke things up with Geraldo. Also, when Sonia is alone with her drunk uncle and he then tries to sexually abuse her, but this moment was more frustrating then sad. It really got on my nerves how Sonia did not try to defend herself. Then there were also the funny and happy moments in the book, like when Sonia's dad, uncle, older brother, and younger brother competed to see who could ea ...more
Mary Nevares
It is amazing to me that this book was not written by an Hispanic girl because the story so accurately describes what it is like to be a Mexican-American girl from a poor family. Sonia just wants to get her high school diploma but the people around her are just not equipped to help her. It's a sad situation that occurs to many Hispanic girls in America. This story shows how Sonia's family expectations collide with those of traditional American society. The story shows just how difficult it is to ...more
Sonia is a Cinderella figure in this absorbing novel. Her pregnant mother treats her like a slave, expecting her to do all the cooking, shopping, cleaning etc for a large Mexican-American. Papi and a Central American boyfriend who shows up later in the story are the only sympathetic male characters in this novel. Papi works several jobs to support the family while his wife watches television all day long and allows her sons and deadbeat brother to use Sonia as a slave, too. No one seems to care ...more
Abigail Marin
t's been a while since I finished this book but I really enjoyed it and wished to share that I would recommend; a 10 out 10. This book revolves around Sonia Rodriguez, a Mexican American teen struggling to finish high school while being forced to take upon responsibilities that do not belong to her. Sonia gets shamed by her family for wanting to put her school work before her house work and gets sent to Mexico. It is there where she learns that as much as family is important and praised for in t ...more
Jacari Lenoir
The plot took place in California. Sonia Rodriguez's family were Mexican immigrants. Neither of them spoke English.

This story was very realistic! When you're reading the story, it may seem like you're actually reading her biography. After the first chapter, I was very hooked. Honestly, anybody could relate to her life story if you've ever "been through it". The struggles that she went through, you would want to appreciate everything that you have in your life. I kind of liked that there were sl
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i choose this book because is a story about a latina girl who is living a life full of mean people even in her own house. the genre is realistic fiction. this takes place in los angeles. sonia is a very smart girl who is trying to go to collage. this book is pretty good it was very real to a family that i know of. the problem was the uncle he was always drunk and he was trying to get with sonia. the dad beat him and kick him out forever. i think this book is great i really like it for me it felt ...more
I finished reading the secret of Sonia Rodriguez by Alan Lawrence Sitomer. A young adult fiction book. Alan is very famous by her books Homeboyz, The hoopster and the Hip Hop High School. One amazing thing about this author, was the she California's 2007 teacher of the year. I chose to read this book i wanted to know her secret and because i wanted to read a book about a young girl who was my age. This nook is about a teenage girl who wants to graduate from high school. All her family is mexican ...more
Katerin Escalante
Alan Lawrence Sitomer purpose in writing her book, The secret story of Sonia Rodriguez, is to let her audience know that in some family you will sometimes have many difficulty to accomplish your goal; that no matter how difficult life get, if you work hard you can accomplish what you want. This book is really inspirational, mostly to Spanish culture. It shows how Sonia’s ways of thinking grows over the time. It also shows how immigrant family is sometimes more difficult than what really people i ...more
Fabiani Bonilla
How have you ever had a crush on a guy who didn't even know you existed on this earth? Alan Lawrence Sitomer's book The secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez compelled me with the main character searching for love pushing to fit in as a first generation Chicana. Sonia Rodriguez is a hard worker who could inspire others to read this novel.

The main idea of the Secret story of Sonia is that Sonia wants to finish high school she doesn’t want to be like their parents. Sonia is proud to be a Chicana and al
Daritza Suero
This book was amazing Wow, this book help me to became a better student. For example, she teach me that If you don't want to make minimum wages you have to educated yourself.
I work in a K-12 school library and this book was in the stacks of the high school library. The description of this book covers what the plot is about. I found Sonia, more or less an indentured servant to her illegal immigrant family, to be a real inspiration. The part about her drunken uncle living with them was the part of the book that troubled me the most. Sonia's father worked 3 jobs and wasn't as present as he would have liked to be, but he was another inspiration. Her brothers were macho ...more
I did not like this book at first, but after I continue reading this I got interested on what would happen. Sonia love to go to school, but her mothers seem to does not care about her education, and her father was not at home often. She use to call her drunk uncle, drunkle and all he did was waster her mothers money to drink and stole from people's car. One day he started to provoke her at the point that one night when they were alone he had try to rape her. She also try to teach people that imm ...more
The book demonstrates the challenges faced by young people who may be straddling two cultures while attempting to remain loyal to both. Sonia loves her family and defends their actions (her father having three social security numbers), but also rebels against them. She often says "familia is familia," which indicates the importance of family in her culture, but seems to be disgusted with the way her family lives. She is determined to go to college and achieve a better standard of living. This bo ...more
The book I've read is called "The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez" by Alan Sitomer. It's about the oldest daughter Sonia in a family of seven who is trying to be the first person in her family to graduate high school but she has to deal with a lot drama: her mom pregnant with twins but treating Sonia like a slave, brothers not caring about school, her "drunkle" being a mean perv, her dad having to work a lot because her family is immigrants, and so on… What I like about this book is that it's f ...more
Ashley Alvarado
I cried a lot in this book just for the fact that I can relate so much. My dad just like sonya's dad is a really hard working , caring man and My mom unlike Sonya's mom doesnt take me for granted and she is also pregnate, This book makes me feel proud of my heritage , Mexican. This book describes my life so much , Some details I found myself compare to my life, Its an amzing book if your Mexican or comes form a Mexican background of any kind, and just like Sonya's says in the book "Familia Is Lo ...more
Nelly Luna
It's an amazing book. (:
Sonia's story is easy to relate to and engaging. I highly recommend this book. It is a nice, quick read and it also brings up a lot of stereotypes people have about minorities (namely Mexicans) and would be great to use as a class read even though there is some language. The topics (racism- even within cultures, sexual abuse, loyalty, overcoming obstacles, dysfunctional families, etc.) will allow for a lot of good discussions (especially when the students complete research to back up their opini ...more
Mrs. Foley
Tenth-grader Sonia Rodriguez reveals secrets about her life and her Hispanic family while she studies hard so that she can be the first member of her family to successfully finish high school. - From library catalog record

This book is being considered for next year's Gateway Award list. I definitely think that students would want to read this one. I started it one day and then stayed up way too late to finish it. It is one of those "just one more chapter" books that you just don't put down easil
The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez was a heartfelt read, but I couldn't help feeling that there was so much being left out. Now in the book, Sonia faces the difficulty of balancing family and schoolwork, since she is determined to be the first person in her family to graduate from High School, yet her ama (mother) and other family members exploit her and use "familia always comes first" as an excuse for their wrongs. When Sonia is sent to Mexico to experience the "ways of the Old Country" she f ...more
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Alan Lawrence Sitomer is a California Teacher of the Year award winner and the founder of The Writer’s Success Academy. In addition to having been an inner-city high school English teacher and former professor in the Graduate School Of Education at Loyola Marymount University, Mr. Sitomer is a nationally renowned keynote speaker who specializes in engaging underperforming students. To date, Mr. Si ...more
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