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The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez by Alan Sitomer
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Apr 28, 2009

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bookshelves: ya-lit, realism, diversity-in-ya

** spoiler alert ** Sonia wants nothing more than to do well in school and to be the first in her family to graduate. She knows that her father works hard and has made many sacrifices for the family, and she feels called on to do the same. But it's hard when she's expected to put other things - like cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping and translating, not to mention waiting on her pregnant mother hand and foot - first.

When her mother decides Sonia needs an attitude adjustment she sends her back to the old country for the summer. Surprised by what she learns there, Sonia returns even more determined to finish school but then events spiral out of her control and graduation begins to seem like a distant dream.

The story's climax, Sonia's near-rape by her lecherous uncle, is appropriately disgusting and difficult to get through. Thanks to a deus ex machina, the story ends on a happy note and several unpleasant characters get their come-uppance.

Junior high and high school kids with dreams and hardships of their own will find this attention-grabbing and encouraging.

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