The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

Recommended by Genesis T

“ I am determined, more determined than anybody gives me credit for.”

-Alan Lawrence Sitomer, The Story of Sonia Rodriguez

In this novel you’ll meet a young teenage Mexican American girl, Sonia Rodriguez, who is trying and struggling to finish high school. Between homework, taking care of her seven siblings, helping her pregnant Madre, and annoying visiting relatives, she barely has time to breathe. This story reminds me of another novel called Silhouetted by the Blue because both girls experience stress levels that neither of them should have to deal with and both have to make sacrifices for the sake of their family. I give this book a 5 out of 5 because I really enjoyed and I feel that most people can relate to Sonia. I think you will enjoy this book if you like a happy endings.

Homeboyz by Alan Sitomer

HomeboyzRecommended by Tylea W. (September winner of Domino’s Pizza gift card)

“Everybody’s who’s anybody in the hood, has got a street name. Some of the a.k.as threaten danger, like Monster or Lil’ Killa. Others are kind of playful like Loopy or Mouse.” (From Alan Sitomer’s Homeboyz)

Homeboyz is a comedy- drama filled book. It’s about a teen named Teddy who seeks revenge for his dead little sister, Tina who was gunned by a notorious gang, in a drive by. Each day he is plotting, coming up with a perfect plan, but after juvie, he is given an assignment to be a mentor to a pre-teen about to fall into the wrong hands, heading on the wrong track, who will change Teddy’s life and his family’s too. Homeboyz reminds me of the Bluford High book Brothers In Arms because they are both telling stories of young males losing their younger siblings to an active drive by, seeking for revenge, but their paths change as they follow up on their plan to kill their sibling’s killer. The thing that makes Homeboyz unique is how it has a real connection to the world, it’s humorous, and it describes the struggle, also it sets out meaningful messages, it’s empowering. Homeboyz started off a little confusing, but the more and more you read it , the clearer it is, it had me on the edge of my seat. I would rate this book 5 Stars. You should read if you like urban comedies, that prove a life changing point that is filled with struggles, strategies, and help.