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

Back Cover Summary[]

Sorry, NBook. I lied.

But I couldn't help it. I was in no condition to write last night.

I feel like I'm living in a nightmare that gets worse and worse the more I try to wake up.

I am scared.


Amalia Vargas knows she should feel lucky. She is the band manager for Vanish and her boyfriend is the guitarist, James, a sixteen-year-old high school junior.

James is so into her that he can’t stand for her to be with anyone else. That should be a good thing, but what seemed kind of sweet at first is suddenly getting annoying and even kind of scary.

James’s jealousy doesn’t just mean Amalia can’t see other guys. He doesn’t want her giving her attention to anyone: not her friends, her family, or even a toddler she’s visiting at a shelter.

When you’re thirteen, love can be tricky, but is this the kind of love that Amalia wants, and is it even love at all?


Amalia's Family


  • Mikey - kid who is from an abusive home



  • Ms. Hardwick - woman's shelter director
  • Lila - woman's shelter worker
  • Linda - woman at the shelter who is abused at home


Pop Culture and Real Life References[]

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Star Wars and Star Trek

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]




  • Maggie hates that Vista has students write in journals, so she draws in her as well.
  • Amalia isn't really friends with Dawn and Sunny yet.
  • This is the first time baby-sitting is shown within the California Diaries series.
  • James seems to recognize Ducky as gay, this is the first introduction of his sexuality in this series.
  • An actress named Jennifer McBride is in Mr. Blume's film.
  • Amalia goes to the women's shelter for the first time.
  • Maggie just wrote a new song.
  • This is the first time Amalia skips class.