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Amalia, Diary Three is the fourteenth book in the California Diaries series and takes the form of a diary written by Vista Private School student Amalia Vargas.

Back Cover Summary[]

I will never forget what happened that night.

It makes me want to run.

It makes me want to cry.

It makes me want to FIGHT.

Summary[]

Amalia’s grades have been slipping. She’s been worried about Maggie, whose mom’s drinking has gotten out of control.

At least Amalia and her new boyfriend, Brendan, are getting along great; on a movie date, she even kisses him for the first time. But then, while she is waiting outside the theater, several drunk girls assault her and call her racist names.

Shaken, Amalia can’t help thinking that maybe Palo City isn’t the place she thought it was. She begins to shut down—and shut out Brendan and her friends.

Planning her parents’ 25th anniversary party, she starts to wonder if she should even invite her extended Hispanic family to this town. Can her friends and boyfriend reassure her that she belongs in the same world as they do?

Characters[]

Amalia's Family

Teenagers

Adults

Locations[]

  • Vargas House
  • Rubicon Movie Theater
  • Las Palmas County Park
  • Cineplex
  • Winslows books
  • Vista Private School
  • Beach

Pop Culture and Real Life References[]

  • The Grateful Dead
  • 1984, The Good Earth (books)

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]

Continuity

  • Amalia mentions that Dawn goes back to Connecticut every summer to spend time with her mom.
  • Amalia notes that Ducky's parents are in Ghana.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Vargas celebrate their anniversary in this book.
  • Amalia is looking for work this summer.

Inconsistencies

  • Amalia says it’s almost June, and Dawn celebrates her birthday in this book. But Dawn was born in February.

Trivia[]

  • Amalia eats while writing in her journal and gets stains in it.
  • Tyler and Brendan talk about cars and sports together.
  • Sunny and Ducky are planning a going away party for Dawn.
  • This is the third book within the series that deals with racism; Jessi in Hello, Mallory and Claudia and Jessi in Keep Out, Claudia!.
  • Maggie is overstaying her welcome at the Vargas' house.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Vargas go to church meetings.
  • Some of Amalia's extended family include: aunt Cristina, uncle Hector, Nelson, uncle Luis, and abuela Aurora.
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