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The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez by Alan Sitomer
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Jan 18, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: immigrant-novels, high-school-and-beyond

This started out as 'typical' chick lit and I gave up. Then I went back, wondering why Patti had it on her best of '08 list. As I got into the story and Sonia emerged, I liked her and her secret story. In the same way as Perfect Chemistry goes against Latino type, Sonia is struggling to be 'la primera', the first in her family to finish high school and go to college. The women in her family sabotage her at every turn, her uncle and brother are scum and her doting father is overworked trying to financially float the family boat with 2 1/2 jobs. A trip to Mexico and a crisis with her uncle bring Dad home as a force to reckon with in the family and a school counselor who mentors Sonia saves the academic day.
An excellent window into Mexican-American culture. Can be paired with Mexican Whiteboy.

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