Publication Date: April 22, 2008
Publisher: Viking’s Children’s Books
Goodreads Rating: 3/5 Stars
Why I Picked This Up: I like Sarah Dessen and this seemed good!
Ruby, where is your mother?
Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she’s been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.
That’s how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn’t seen in ten years, and Cora’s husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future; it’s a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?
Best-selling author Sarah Dessen explores the heart of a gutsy, complex girl dealing with unforeseen circumstances and learning to trust again.
So, I wasn’t expecting this book to be incredible, but I thought it would be better than it was. I didn’t hate the book, I just won’t ever read it again. It was pretty meh. It was just average. While reading this book I enjoyed it. Don’t get me wrong, I mean, the writing was really amazing! It’s just I felt the story line could have been a lot better. I can sum up this book easy: a mom who wasn’t all there, a girl trying to figure out what she wanted, and a guy helping her out. Done.
Ruby was depressing, and rightly so, but at some part a little too depressing. But then again Sarah Dessen decided to take on some tough issues such as: drug abuse, alcoholism, child abuse, parental abandonment, poverty, and even infertility.
Nate was too happy for me. I don’t know if there are some people who go through what he was going through and still be as happy as he was… it seemed…a little too much if you ask me.
Overall this story was pretty creative, just a bit melodramatic and it just wasn’t my favorite.
Sexual Content: mild (PG)
Drugs/Alcohol: mild-moderate (PG)
Language: I can’t remember… I think moderate…
Violence: mild-moderate (PG)