Friday, October 11, 2019
The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez, by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
A grueling litany of the socioeconomic forces working against a young Latina. Written specifically for reluctant readers, Sitomer obviously hopes that the subject matter will resonate with Latinx readers in similar positions in real life. It's a noble goal, but I'm more intrested in examining the book on its own merits
It is an interesting peek at a world far removed from most of us. Sonia is very strong and determined and easy to root for. The book is easy to read and the regular insertion of Spanish into the text feels natural and non-intrusive. One does tire of the idealism and generalizations (hearing how all Mexicans behave, how all men behave, etc.) and some of the events (a trip to Mexico, a race riot at school, etc.) seem stuffed in for no reason except to provide us discussion topics for a classroom reading. Still, I think this is a good book in spite of its pedagogical ambitions. I enjoyed it.