Since there’s been so much depressing news here on the east coast now that Hurricane Sandy has come and gone, I thought it was about time we had a funny story again! The Secret Blog of Raisin Rodriguez by Judy Goldschmidt is the first in a series of books featuring Raisin’s adventures, although unfortunately the sequels are not in print at this time.
This is a great book to recommend to teens who enjoy realistic fiction, humorous books, and diary-format fiction. If you have teens who enjoyed Click Here (To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade) by Denise Vega — which I booktalked in a previous episode — then they would DEFINITELY love this book, as well!
Raisin Rodriguez was happy and well-adjusted when she lived in Berkeley, California. She was happy with the weather, with her home, and with her best friends. But that was before her parents got divorced and her mother remarried. Now Raisin and her sister Lola have been dragged across the country to live in Philadelphia with their new stepfamily. Raisin is completely devastated, and she writes her feelings in her blog, TwoScoopsofRaisin.com. She writes about how she’s dealing with her new family and her new school. How can she get social hotshot Fiona to be her friend? How can she get social reject Jeremy to stop being her friend? How can she get the quiet and mysterious CJ to notice her? When will her stepfather stop calling her “dude,” and who gave him permission to congratulate her when she finally got her period? Read her blog to find out. You might as well – it’s not as private as she thinks!