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The Secret Blog of Raisin Rodriguez


The Secret Blog of Raisin Rodriguez

Welcome to, the private blog of the entertaining and quirky Raisin Rodriguez. Twelve-year-old Raisin dishes her own dirt in her online diary in an attempt to keep her best friends, Pia and Claudia, up-to-date about her new life. And as you'll see, Raisin's life definitely has its ups and downs.

Raisin just moved from sunny, laid-back Berkeley, California, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Why? Her parents got a divorce. Her mother fell in love with Horace, who bought her company, Ice Dogs, a frozen treat for dogs. Raisin's mother and Horace --- or "Horse Ass" as Raisin not so affectionately calls him --- got married. As a result, Raisin and her younger sister, Lola, had to move all the way across the country to live with Horace and his daughter, Samantha. (Raisin calls her "Ms. Smarty Pants Samantha.")

And nothing's worse than being the new kid, especially in seventh grade! After Raisin's first day of school she writes, "It was the worst of times. It was the worst of times. It was the age of yuckiness. It was the age of blech. It was the first day of school."

Why was Raisin's first day so bad? She didn't know anyone except for Jeremy Craine. Jeremy's father knew Raisin's stepfather and Raisin had met Jeremy at her mother's wedding. But Raisin wanted to be friends with a group of girls who looked pretty and popular. The group was headed by a girl named Fiona Small. Raisin makes it her mission to become part of that group.

THE SECRET BLOG OF RAISIN RODRIGUEZ is a daily recounting of Raisin's struggles in the three months of seventh grade. And believe me, Raisin has a lot of pitfalls! She joins the soccer team (Fiona is captain) only to find out that she is "athletically-challenged." She devises a plan with a snotty tissue to uncover what is in a cute boy's bag. Raisin also shares her personal thoughts about the new kids, her family woes, and her private issues, like getting her period. Cleverly, her friends Pia and Claudia (known online as PiaBallerina and kweenclaudia) can post comments to Raisin's blog entries.

Author Judy Goldschmidt has written a creative and unique novel that rings true for the modern world. The story is as humorous and quirky as the character Raisin Rodriguez is herself. Like most blogs, however, the story doesn't have a firm conclusion, but in the minds of the readers, perhaps Raisin's silly entries will continue on.

Reviewed by Kristi Olson on April 21, 2005

The Secret Blog of Raisin Rodriguez
by Judy Goldschmidt

  • Publication Date: April 21, 2005
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill
  • ISBN-10: 1595140182
  • ISBN-13: 9781595140180