Friday, December 26, 2008

The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

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 ama is outraged. Consequently, Sonia is shipped back to Mexico to learn some life lessons from her grandmother.

The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez was engaging and enjoyable. Sonia is one of those characters that you really care about. When Sonia chooses to go back to school despite the strain this decision puts on her already exhausting life, I just wanted to give a "WOOT!"... I'm pretty sure I did, actually. And the chili-eating contest was -- well, you'll see. The only thing that seemed out of place was Sonia's secret romance with Geraldo. It just felt superfluous.

I give The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez 5 out of 7 *crrrracklecracklekaBOOM* lightning bolts.

Craving salsa,


Alan said...

Thanks a ton for the nice review -- as the author of SONIA, I appreciate the sweet support. (And the shout out for salsa!)

Keep up the great work in the blogosphere.

Alan Sitomer

Medeia said...

Thanks *smiles* We here at the Maelstrom love getting to write nice reviews. And getting the chance to mention salsa (but that might just be me).