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My name is Ruby. This book is about me. It tells the deeply hideous story of what happens when my mother dies and I'm dragged three thousand miles away from my gorgeous boyfriend, Ray, to live in L.A. with my father, who I've never even met because he's such a scumbag that he divorced my mom before I was born. The only way I've ever even "seen" him is in the movies, since he's this m My name is Ruby. This book is about me. It tells the deeply hideous story of what happens when my mother dies and I'm dragged three thousand miles away from my gorgeous boyfriend, Ray, to live in L.A. with my father, who I've never even met because he's such a scumbag that he divorced my mom before I was born. The only way I've ever even "seen" him is in the movies, since he's this megafamous actor who's been way too busy trying to win Oscars to even visit me once in fifteen years. Everyone loves my father. Everyone but me.


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My name is Ruby. This book is about me. It tells the deeply hideous story of what happens when my mother dies and I'm dragged three thousand miles away from my gorgeous boyfriend, Ray, to live in L.A. with my father, who I've never even met because he's such a scumbag that he divorced my mom before I was born. The only way I've ever even "seen" him is in the movies, since he's this m My name is Ruby. This book is about me. It tells the deeply hideous story of what happens when my mother dies and I'm dragged three thousand miles away from my gorgeous boyfriend, Ray, to live in L.A. with my father, who I've never even met because he's such a scumbag that he divorced my mom before I was born. The only way I've ever even "seen" him is in the movies, since he's this megafamous actor who's been way too busy trying to win Oscars to even visit me once in fifteen years. Everyone loves my father. Everyone but me.

30 review for One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    One of the first things the main character Ruby tells us is that she doesn't want the story of her life to be like "one of those hideous books where the mother dies and so the girl has to go live with her absentee father and he turns out to be an alcoholic heroin addict who brutally beats her and sexually molests her thereby causing her to become a bulimic ax murderer." I think the author had Ruby exaggerate this cliche plotline so much to distract us from the fact that the plot of this book is One of the first things the main character Ruby tells us is that she doesn't want the story of her life to be like "one of those hideous books where the mother dies and so the girl has to go live with her absentee father and he turns out to be an alcoholic heroin addict who brutally beats her and sexually molests her thereby causing her to become a bulimic ax murderer." I think the author had Ruby exaggerate this cliche plotline so much to distract us from the fact that the plot of this book is essentially exactly the same as the one Ruby is mocking. 1.) Mother dies 2.) Ruby is forced to go live with her absentee father 3.) Absentee father just happens to be an Oscar-winning actor 4.) Ruby is "numb" and can no longer feel grief 5.) Ruby makes no friends at school 6.) Ruby's only source of comfort is an unlikely character (in this case it's her father's gay "assistant/personal trainer/all-around lifesaver," Max) 7.) Ruby refuses to listen to her PERFECTLY NICE father's explanation of why he left and insists on hating him and forever believing that the divorce is his fault 8.) Ruby's best friend and boyfriend are hooking up behind her back (SHOCK!) 9.) Ruby's father and Max are gay and hooking up behind her back (SHOCK!) 10.) Inanimate object (broken bottle)/unimpressive situation (7-second earthquake) causes Ruby to have a revelation and the book ends with tears turning into laughs and a cheesy line like "I can remember hating palm trees. I can even remember hating California. I just can't remember why." Along with a whole bucketful of other annoying things like the ENDLESS nicknames Ruby and her friend Lizzie make up for each other (Ruby Dooby, Lizzerella, Lizzette, Lizzandra, Rubinowitz, Lizanthamum, Rubinowski, Lizziola, etc., etc., ETC!) and the fact that Ruby was under the delusion that her grade ten relationship was going to withstand a permanent move to a different state were enough to make me hate this book. It did, however, keep me entertained enough to finish it and write this review. But it really is just another one of those hideous books where the mother dies.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies is Sonya Sones' third book written in verse. I actually read What My Mother Doesn't Know and What My Boyfriend Doesn't Know before this one, and I loved those two so much that it's hard to judge this one fairly on its own merits. Although I really liked this book - four stars worth - I found its premise to be a little unbelievable: After Ruby's mom dies she has to go live with her dad, who she's never met, and who (by the way) also happens to be a One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies is Sonya Sones' third book written in verse. I actually read What My Mother Doesn't Know and What My Boyfriend Doesn't Know before this one, and I loved those two so much that it's hard to judge this one fairly on its own merits. Although I really liked this book - four stars worth - I found its premise to be a little unbelievable: After Ruby's mom dies she has to go live with her dad, who she's never met, and who (by the way) also happens to be a famous movie star. With that said, I completely went along for the ride as Ruby moved across the country and started her new life in L.A. The book deals with her adjusting to her new dad, school, and potential friends, as well as the best friend and boyfriend she left behind. All without the steadying force of her mom. In one part of the book, Ruby reminisces about an old tree that she'd sit in (before she moved) and read (the palm trees in L.A. are not too sit-able). She talked about the books she'd read there, which included: The Whipping Boy, Tuck Everlasting, A Wrinkle in Time, To Kill a Mockingbird, "every word Richard Peck ever wrote", Speak, Hard Love, Hope Was Here, and Charlotte's Web. They sounded to me like book recommendations from Sonya Sones. Thank you! Some will be added to my to-read list. That also inspired me to check out Sonya Sones' web site: www.sonyasones.com It has some interesting things on it. She likes to take photographs, and you can see pictures she's taken of other authors that she's friends with (yes, Richard Peck is one of them). She also has a great list of YA book recommendations. It's worth a visit if you're a fan of YA lit and are looking for some new titles to add to your to-read list. I got a little off-track there. OoTHBWtMD is a great book, and worth reading. I think in a few years, this and Sones' other books will be considered YA classics.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I really don't understand why young adult authors think that they have to make their characters clones of Holden Caulfield to create an interesting, worth-while story. In my personal opinon, it usually just turns into a whiny mess. To make matters worse, when the author compares their protagonist character to Holden directly in the text, the book turns into an automatic cheese-fest. From the start, when poor little Ruby was whining on about "not being depressed", nope "not at all", I knew this wa I really don't understand why young adult authors think that they have to make their characters clones of Holden Caulfield to create an interesting, worth-while story. In my personal opinon, it usually just turns into a whiny mess. To make matters worse, when the author compares their protagonist character to Holden directly in the text, the book turns into an automatic cheese-fest. From the start, when poor little Ruby was whining on about "not being depressed", nope "not at all", I knew this was going to be one of those cliche, boring stories that I have heard so many times before, even in real life. If I can hear it from everyone firsthand, why on earth would I want to even waste my precious time reading through pages of teenage angst? I can just sit at the lunch table for all of that. This book, in whole, without even further continuing on in this long rant, is written in such a way that makes me feel like the author just wasn't even trying- as if this was a piece that was written overnight. It lacks originality, has an extremely weak plot, and while the protagonist would be considered dynamic, her "epiphany" moment was weak. Overall, this was a huge letdown considering how stoked the person was who recommended it to me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shelbi

    This book is amzing! I absolutley loved it, and would read it a million times! I loved thid book because it was realistic and imaginative at the same time. one of those hideous books where the mother dies is enjoyable and I liked being able to realate to Ruby being a teen just like me. I don't know how she handled her mother dying so well, I give her credit for being able to do that considering I wouldn't ne able to. I recommend this books to any girls interested in reading about a 15 year old t This book is amzing! I absolutley loved it, and would read it a million times! I loved thid book because it was realistic and imaginative at the same time. one of those hideous books where the mother dies is enjoyable and I liked being able to realate to Ruby being a teen just like me. I don't know how she handled her mother dying so well, I give her credit for being able to do that considering I wouldn't ne able to. I recommend this books to any girls interested in reading about a 15 year old that moves to Beverly Hills with her super rich, mega-famous father who she's never met. AWESOME BOOK!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    I loved this really quick read in verse. Ruby is a young 15 year old who is on her way to live with her dad after her mother died, but Ruby is far less than happy to leave her home and friends and boyfriend. She truly resents her father for not being in her life; however, as is typical things are never what they seem. Recommendation:Even if you don't normally read books in verse, make this one an exception.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Very emotional book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Claire Hutton

    In my opinion, I think this book was better than the other 2 books I recently read by Sonya Sones. The theme of the book sometimes you just need a little trust in someone and the world might eventually come together. This is the theme because throughout the book the main character named Ruby does not trust her dad who she hasn't seen in about 14 years and she won't even acknowledge him. When she does start trusting him though, he saves her life and they become very close. Every person has a stor In my opinion, I think this book was better than the other 2 books I recently read by Sonya Sones. The theme of the book sometimes you just need a little trust in someone and the world might eventually come together. This is the theme because throughout the book the main character named Ruby does not trust her dad who she hasn't seen in about 14 years and she won't even acknowledge him. When she does start trusting him though, he saves her life and they become very close. Every person has a story and Ruby wouldn't listen to her dad's because it was unbearable for her to hear. Eventually she did listen and it made her life a lot better.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dezra Bennett

    I honestly didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. It left me speechless by the end of it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kammera

    Definitely for young adults. The middle just dragged on with more of the same "I hate my dad" dialogue and boring diary entries. There just was never any real exciting events that moved the plot along. I thought it weird that the author had Ruby devastated over her mothers death and then proceed to ask her in a diary entry how she is doing 6 feet under and various related entries like this. Just had a real flip tone about it and seemed out of place and got annoying after awhile . A lot of filler Definitely for young adults. The middle just dragged on with more of the same "I hate my dad" dialogue and boring diary entries. There just was never any real exciting events that moved the plot along. I thought it weird that the author had Ruby devastated over her mothers death and then proceed to ask her in a diary entry how she is doing 6 feet under and various related entries like this. Just had a real flip tone about it and seemed out of place and got annoying after awhile . A lot of filler writing to take up pages in my opinion. Ruby after having to go live with her celebrity dad in Hollywood since her mom died, learns to fit in and accept her new situation. Great premise but lacking in substance. The end was the best part of the whole book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

    One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies, by Sonya Sones is a book that is about a girl named Ruby, who grows up with her mom not being in the picture. She lives with her Aunt, has the best boyfriend and has a great best friend. She grew up not having a dad, but was able to watch him in movies. There came a day when she had to go to California to live with her dad, because her aunt decided it was time to go with her boyfriend and live her life. She ends up going to the school where all One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies, by Sonya Sones is a book that is about a girl named Ruby, who grows up with her mom not being in the picture. She lives with her Aunt, has the best boyfriend and has a great best friend. She grew up not having a dad, but was able to watch him in movies. There came a day when she had to go to California to live with her dad, because her aunt decided it was time to go with her boyfriend and live her life. She ends up going to the school where all the famous kids go to school and she hates it. She lives in a big house but hates to be around her dad. She misses her best friend and boyfriend so much and the only way to stay in touch is to email. Her boyfriend is going to come visit at Thanks Giving but in the end things change. Her and her dad end up talking and exchanging things that have bugged them and they end up getting closer. This book was very good and I would for sure read this again. It showed me that growing up without a dad is something that a lot kids go through and its something that probably is hard to go through. Ruby is a strong girl who had to deal with losing her mom, and moving all away across the Untied States to live with someone she hasn't seen since she was very young. This showed me that even when something goes wrong you always have people their that care about you and that will be there to listen to you. I give this book 5 stars, I give it 5 stars because it was a book that I didn't want to put down and keep reading. It was also in poem format so it made it much easier and faster to read. I would suggest this book to any girls that like a story about a young teen going through the same stuff we go through day to day. There many twist and interesting things you wouldn't expect to happen. This is my number one Sonya Sones book!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Angieforlife

    The title of the book sounds scary, but the book is really good and interesting. Of course the mother dies because that's the title of the book, but I'm not going to say how she died. Ruby had to move to a new place to live with her father and she wasn't excited about that. Ruby met and learned many things in the book, and also realized that it wasn't so bad moving with her father after all. I love this book a lot as well as other books that Sonya Sones has. While I was reading this book It made The title of the book sounds scary, but the book is really good and interesting. Of course the mother dies because that's the title of the book, but I'm not going to say how she died. Ruby had to move to a new place to live with her father and she wasn't excited about that. Ruby met and learned many things in the book, and also realized that it wasn't so bad moving with her father after all. I love this book a lot as well as other books that Sonya Sones has. While I was reading this book It made me think of one of my friend's who also moved to a new place and wasn't happy about it, but ow she enjoys staying where she is now. Sonya's books will change your life!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nashalie Hidalgo

    In love with this book! It's amazing , it shows how judging a person by their looks or ya history don't mean anything

  13. 4 out of 5

    Isabella

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read this book in April of 2017 and I finished it in about two days, I loved reading this book and I highly recommend it. I Brought it everywhere with me (school, my grandparents house that is). Sonya Sones has conveyed so much emotion in this book for example Ruby is upset about her mother dying because she was her best friend and was able to talk to her about anything, another example is when she begins to live with her father, Ruby is cold towards him well because he practically abandoned R I read this book in April of 2017 and I finished it in about two days, I loved reading this book and I highly recommend it. I Brought it everywhere with me (school, my grandparents house that is). Sonya Sones has conveyed so much emotion in this book for example Ruby is upset about her mother dying because she was her best friend and was able to talk to her about anything, another example is when she begins to live with her father, Ruby is cold towards him well because he practically abandoned Ruby's mother to raise her alone etc. At first I thought I wasn't going to like this book because I thought is was going to be boring but it was on my shelf so I decided to give it a try and I loved it. Ruby and Colette are my favorite characters but I'm not the biggest fan of Ray and Ruby's best friend because well Ray cheated on Ruby with her best friend. Ray and Ruby's best friend start becoming shady in the middle of the book but we don't find out why until later and when we do the bestfriends excuse is "It just happened I'm sorry"and Rays apology was basically saying how he's sorry for cheating.... I know long distance relationships are difficult but if Ray couldn't stay committed to Ruby he should have just told her but instead Ray makes plans come to LA to see her during Thanksgiving and she finds out he cheated on her the week before. The best friend emails Ruby a few days later and said that Ray dumped her for this girl whos been trying to get with him so Ruby forgives the best friend for what she did with ray. Overall I really liked the book it has emotion, character development, the writing is amazing, it is told in first person and is written in a interesting format and it had another interesting plot twist.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Zola

    This is my review of the novel in verse, "One of Those Hideous Books Where The Mother Dies". Due to the somewhat strange format this book is written in, I will be writing my review in the same fashion. It's about a girl (her name is Ruby) and her mother dies, sending Ruby to California to live with her celebrity father Whip Logan who, as far as she can tell, she's only seen him in movies. (view spoiler)[ I'm saying, "as far as she can tell" because at the end of the book, spoiler alert, by the way, it's reveal This is my review of the novel in verse, "One of Those Hideous Books Where The Mother Dies". Due to the somewhat strange format this book is written in, I will be writing my review in the same fashion. It's about a girl (her name is Ruby) and her mother dies, sending Ruby to California to live with her celebrity father Whip Logan who, as far as she can tell, she's only seen him in movies. (view spoiler)[ I'm saying, "as far as she can tell" because at the end of the book, spoiler alert, by the way, it's revealed that they did meet when Ruby was a baby. (hide spoiler)] Ruby, cool as she is, is a singularity: she is the center of her galaxy no matter how many paparazzi are put in the way. She has the most personality, which is to be expected, but it feels like she's the only character who is dynamic. (view spoiler)[ For instance, Her long distance boyfriend Ray cheated on her with her long distance BFF, and there is literally no motive given for that. Also, the ending really really sucked. I mean we knew it was coming but the "he's gay" part literally came out of nowhere. And Ruby forgave Whip unrealistically quickly. (hide spoiler)] Despite that, the story was enjoyable and the verse format gave creativity and overall awesomeness to the story. So, that's my review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alice Walker

    Recently, I’ve started getting back into the YA books I read as a teenager and this is one of my favorites. one of those hideous books where the mother dies was the first book I read that's written in verse instead of prose. I know this is more of a fad now, with books written in text messages even, but this book got it right. The format gives you short but detailed glances into the mind of a teenaged girl, Ruby, who has just lost her mother and now has to live with her estranged father. Sonya S Recently, I’ve started getting back into the YA books I read as a teenager and this is one of my favorites. one of those hideous books where the mother dies was the first book I read that's written in verse instead of prose. I know this is more of a fad now, with books written in text messages even, but this book got it right. The format gives you short but detailed glances into the mind of a teenaged girl, Ruby, who has just lost her mother and now has to live with her estranged father. Sonya Sones does a pretty fantastic job of creating a very believable teenaged protagonist who, while occasionally dramatic, experiences and deals with trauma in a genuine way. I often find myself on the verge of tears while reading this book because I empathize so hard with this imaginary teenager and the struggles she goes through. It's a quick yet engaging and incredibly cathartic read that expresses the very important message that grief is sneaky and destructive and, while it may hurt for a long time, things will get better.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gabby Crellin

    The theme of this book is that even if bad things in life keep on happening over and over, just be patient because soon something good will happen. Because When Ruby's mom dies she has to move away from her freinds to live with her famouse dad she has never met before.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bailey Jacobs

    I loved this book and really liked how it was written in-verse. It was fun and easy to read. There were no boring and drawn out parts of it. The story line was really interesting and I loved how it was from the point of view of a celebrity's daughter. The main character was pretty cool and had a really interesting life. Three main things that made me really like this book were its point of view, its relatability, and the author's writing style. It was really cool how this book was told by the da I loved this book and really liked how it was written in-verse. It was fun and easy to read. There were no boring and drawn out parts of it. The story line was really interesting and I loved how it was from the point of view of a celebrity's daughter. The main character was pretty cool and had a really interesting life. Three main things that made me really like this book were its point of view, its relatability, and the author's writing style. It was really cool how this book was told by the daughter of a famous movie star. I've never read a book thats main character is famous or is in some way related to a famous person. Most stories are told from regular people. Since Whip Logan, the movie star, was Ruby's dad she had a different opinion about him. While most people were obsessed with him and loved him she despised him. She didn't see him as this great idol and role-model like most people in the book did. She eventually liked him in the end but at first she hated everything he did. It was interesting to see a celebrity from the view of someone who knew he or she personally. I usually just hear about celebrities from the tabloids, not from their friends and families. I loved how easy it was to relate to this book. Ruby is about my age and this book takes place during my generation. I could relate to Ruby and her feelings since she is a high school girl like me. I have friends that went through the same struggles that Ruby goes through in the book. The classes she took at her high school are much different than mine but I could relate to her dream analysis class. Many of the terms that were mentioned in this book I had learned in psychology class. It was funny how she mentioned Freud and Gestalt therapy. I could also relate to some of the celebrities mentioned in this book, like Cameron Diaz, Queen Latifa, and Brad Pitt. It made it easy to visualize the scenes since I know what those celebrities look like. I really enjoyed the author's writing style. Ruby had a good sense of humor and sarcasm. The things she said were very witty and entertaining. The humor made the hard things Ruby was going through more light hearted and interesting. I was never bored while reading this book since it consisted of emails from her best friend and her boyfriend and not just Ruby's writing. We got to read their views first hand. The only poetry books I've ever read were children's books so I really liked reading this one. I think that this book is definetely meant for girls. I don't think a guy would get the same experience from it. Ruby talks about many issues that a high school girl would go through so I think that it would be hard for a guy to relate to. I think basically any high school girl would love this book and find it very entertaining. Overall I loved this book and would easily read it again. I hope to read more books like this one in the future.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nicole M

    One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones Ruby Milliken, a fifteen year old girl, was sent to Los Angeles, California to live with her movie star father leaving her best friend Lizzie and boy friend Ray in Boston. Ruby’s mother died early that year so her Aunt Duffy has been taking care of her. Whip, Ruby’s father, finally gets the chance to be with his daughter who her mother has kept him from. Ruby has so much anger towards Whip because he missed 15 years of her life and i One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones Ruby Milliken, a fifteen year old girl, was sent to Los Angeles, California to live with her movie star father leaving her best friend Lizzie and boy friend Ray in Boston. Ruby’s mother died early that year so her Aunt Duffy has been taking care of her. Whip, Ruby’s father, finally gets the chance to be with his daughter who her mother has kept him from. Ruby has so much anger towards Whip because he missed 15 years of her life and is reluctant to accept him as her father. Anything Whip says to her she gives rude remarks back. He does a lot for her but she doesn’t appreciate it. Ruby discovers how much Whip loves her and how sorry he is that he missed a lot of her life towards the end of the book. “This time it just makes me feel like reaching over and taking hold of my father’s nice, warm, dry hand” which shows that Ruby’s view of Whip has changed and she is finally treating him as a loving father (Sones 258). One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies is a great book about a girl who has so much anger built up towards her father that finally, over time, has discovered how much Whip really loves her and that he never wanted to leave her. This book is very well written and is a easy read. The writing makes it feel like Ruby is a real person dealing with these problems. It is very detailed and descriptive and makes it easier to picture what is really going on. “The fronds are fringed with fiery red, bobbing and dancing in the soft breeze, swishing and swaying like headless hula girls” is an example of the details that makes it easier to understand and gives the reader the ability to picture what is happening better. This was a very good book and I think I would read it again! Rating this book 1-5, I would give it a 5 because I really enjoyed reading it. It was very easy to read and well written. It is a great story and when you get into the book, it is hard to stop reading it. It is a great book for any teenager to read but I do not suggest it for younger kids due to some of the content. One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies is one of the best books I have read because of the large amount of detail and description which makes reading it even better.

  19. 4 out of 5

    katyjanereads

    1. I did not like this book until about 3/4 of the way in. 2. The dad being nice, Lizzy and Ray getting together, and her dad being Ripley were pretty predictable. 3. Okay, so Ruby says that the guy behind her on the airplane is eating his boogers. IF HES BEHIND HER HOW CAN SHE SEE THAT???!! Its equally as creepy then if she is turning around watching him eat boogers. 4. I dont know whether/to ask him for his autograph,/kick him in the balls,/or run. haha 5. Her dream room was my dream room as a 1. I did not like this book until about 3/4 of the way in. 2. The dad being nice, Lizzy and Ray getting together, and her dad being Ripley were pretty predictable. 3. Okay, so Ruby says that the guy behind her on the airplane is eating his boogers. IF HE´S BEHIND HER HOW CAN SHE SEE THAT???!! It´s equally as creepy then if she is turning around watching him eat boogers. 4. ¨I don´t know whether/to ask him for his autograph,/kick him in the balls,/or run.¨ haha 5. Her dream room was my dream room as a kid: bookcase, canopy bed, window seat. 6. I love the description of her mother, ¨She was a librarian/so she didn´t usually get home/till just before dinnertime./But she knew how to listen./She knew how to laugh./She knew how to be there when you needed her.¨ I want to be just like her mother. 7. OMG THE DESCRIPTION OF HER OAK TREE BROKE MY HEART. I had a tree that I read in as a kid too. I got stuck up there once and my mom had to help me down. That was some tree. MY HEART. ¨I´m suddenly decked/by this major wave of nostalgia/for the maple tree in my front yard back home./I miss its knotty old arms,/and that lap-like spot/between its two lowest branches,/such an easy climb up,/as though it had grown like that on purpose/just for me./I read The Whipping Boy sitting in that tree./I read A Wrinkle in Time there./And Tuck Everlasting./I read To Kill a Mockingbird/in that maple./And every word Richard Peck ever wrote./I read Speak/and Hard Love and Hope Was Here/in those branches./And Mom and I/were sitting up there/when she read me Charlotte´s Web./That was some tree.¨ 8. So, weirdly, I just downloaded Pygmalion to read but have not read it yet. I am reading that next since it was mentioned in this book. 9. I love that Ruby´s mom came to her in her dream to tell her to get out of the house because of the earthquake making the book case hit her bed. 10. I also loved all of the symbolism with rain and dreams and monkeys.

  20. 4 out of 5

    DEICHELLE

    well i am still currently reading this book, but so far it's pretty interesting. this book is about a girl who mother dies and she has to movw to L.A with her movie star dad that she never even met except at the movies on her birthday he performed in,this fifteen year old girl has to move away from everything/everbody she loves dearly. her boyfirend Ray, her bestfriend in the whole wide world Lizze. even the lady that was there for the whole time when her mother died her aunt Duffy.her bestfrie well i am still currently reading this book, but so far it's pretty interesting. this book is about a girl who mother dies and she has to movw to L.A with her movie star dad that she never even met except at the movies on her birthday he performed in,this fifteen year old girl has to move away from everything/everbody she loves dearly. her boyfirend Ray, her bestfriend in the whole wide world Lizze. even the lady that was there for the whole time when her mother died her aunt Duffy.her bestfriend Lizze starts going out with her boyfriend Ray which hurts Ruby in a terrible way, but of course they made up when Lizze said sorry.ruby starts to like her dad when she finds out that she came up the lame stage name that her dad goes by whip and she feels bad that she ever eben hated the name.Well so far thats all i have read but promise theres more to come when i finish.I will recommend this book to my bestfriend caprece martinez i think she'll find this book very interesting.Ruby was my favorite because she was a strong fifteen year old.Well in the middle of the book i started to like her bestfriend Lizze the least because she started to date her bestfriends boyfriend i just thought that was really wrong of her.the author intention on writing this book was to interest people i guess.The protion of the book that captured my attention that most was when her bestfriend started to date her boyfriend. The fact that her mother died kept me reading this book. I havent got that far yet to predict what happens at the end of the book.Megan Good, Chris Brown are the actors that i will want to play the parts if this book bacame a movie. this book didn't cause me any emtions. my favorite line in the book was when ruby said my father i never met because he's such a scumbag that he divorced my mom before i was born.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Clements

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. One of Those Hideous Books Where The Mother Dies by Sonya Sones is not generally a book I would happily pick up and read. But once I started, I could not stop. The book is written entirely in prose, but even people who are not fans of poetry would love this book. Although it focuses on very serious topics, like the death of the main character Ruby's mother, it is very heartwarming and humorous. It is a testament to the fact that people can overcome and make the best of almost any situation if th One of Those Hideous Books Where The Mother Dies by Sonya Sones is not generally a book I would happily pick up and read. But once I started, I could not stop. The book is written entirely in prose, but even people who are not fans of poetry would love this book. Although it focuses on very serious topics, like the death of the main character Ruby's mother, it is very heartwarming and humorous. It is a testament to the fact that people can overcome and make the best of almost any situation if they put their mind to it, and it has you wishing for a happy ending right from the beginning. A reader can tell just by the title that Sones did not want her book grouped in with the other repetitive and cliche books of the genre, and she stuck to that ideology for the entire book. From beginning to end, you never knew what was going to happen next and your connections with the characters only grew as you continued reading. From her wacky and incredibly famous father Ripley, to her dad's terrifying-looking but incredibly sweet bodyguard, Sones also kept each character unique and their personalities each played pivotal roles in the progression of the story. I could not put the book down, and I loved the freedom that Sones took in using poetry to write in more descriptive and unique ways. Sones should be commended for her excellent writing style and her ability to draw the reader in from the very first page. The reader gets to watch Ruby's relationship with her father transition from total resentment to loving and caring about him. Anyone who has lost someone in their life and had to undergo major changes because of it, can relate to this book and its wonderful cast of characters, and should definitely read this amazing book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sandi

    One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies Great story, told in verse, but it never feels short or limited, or rushed. Ruby has never known her father, but when her mother dies she goes to live with him in LA. As if it isn’t so bad that LA is a million miles away from Boston, it gets worse: her father is a famous actor. For a few months Ruby resents her dad who has never been a part of her life. She thinks everything he says is phony and for a show to impress people. He doesn’t push or pres One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies Great story, told in verse, but it never feels short or limited, or rushed. Ruby has never known her father, but when her mother dies she goes to live with him in LA. As if it isn’t so bad that LA is a million miles away from Boston, it gets worse: her father is a famous actor. For a few months Ruby resents her dad who has never been a part of her life. She thinks everything he says is phony and for a show to impress people. He doesn’t push or pressure her and lets her figure things out slowly. She meets her dad’s aid, Max and strikes up a close friendship with him. Meanwhile she describes her new posh school and funny LA style classes (interpreting dreams). The author also includes Ruby’s e-mails to her friend in Boston, her boyfriend she left behind, and her mother. Over time, Ruby opens up to her father and learns he isn’t a phony (Thanksgiving at the mission was one way). She accepts that he genuinely worries over her and loves her. At the end her Boston friends date each other and “betray” her and she learns to let them go. She opens up to her father and he is finally able to explain why his marriage to her mother never worked and how her mother refused to let him into Ruby’s life. Her father shows her the scrapbook he keeps with all the photos and clippings her aunt secreted out to him over the years. And finally we learn it was Ruby’s mother’s homophobia that kept them apart. Ruby is glad for her two dads at the end. This is a really sweet story about life changes, loss and letting go so you can start all over again.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Porteus

    15 year old Ruby is bitter and angry - her mother died, she has to go live with her mega movie-star father in Los Angeles (who I've never even met / because he's such a scumbag / that he divorced my mother / before I was even born) and she is torn away from her boyfriend Ray, her best friend Lizzie, and her beloved Aunt Ruby, who are all left behind in Boston, and all of whom betray her in some fashion during the course of the novel. Ruby's first few months in LA are explored in a series of one t 15 year old Ruby is bitter and angry - her mother died, she has to go live with her mega movie-star father in Los Angeles (who I've never even met / because he's such a scumbag / that he divorced my mother / before I was even born) and she is torn away from her boyfriend Ray, her best friend Lizzie, and her beloved Aunt Ruby, who are all left behind in Boston, and all of whom betray her in some fashion during the course of the novel. Ruby's first few months in LA are explored in a series of one to two page free style poems - some told as emails to her friends and her dead mother (which she sends and then gets back with a "fatal error" message), others as ruminations on her life, and others as straight narration of her daily life. Even though she is bitter and angry, she is also very sensitive and has a wicked sense of humour that comes through often, even during her bitterest disappointments and most painful times. Even though there is a lot of pain, bright spots abound, such as her friendship with her father's right hand man, Max, her increasing interest in Wyatt, and her attachment to a tree in her yard in Boston, in the branches of which many good things happened for her. This novel is well worth the read, even though much of it is predictable and holds few surprises (the surprise is really that Ruby is so caught up in her own emotions that she cannot see some of the obvious things that are going on around her). The writing style, and the sharp wit make this an excellent choice as we watch Ruby work through her grief, isolation, and sense of betrayal.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sally Monem

    One of Those Hideous Books Where The Mother Dies by Sonya Sones is a captivating novel told by chapters that are poems. The poems tell the story of a girl who looses her mother, and has to move to california to live with her father, who coincidently is a movie star. The novel is a first hand account of how Ruby, the main character, dealt with all this loss, and moving to a new state with her unknown father. The story throws in some amazing plot twists that the reader does not see coming, which m One of Those Hideous Books Where The Mother Dies by Sonya Sones is a captivating novel told by chapters that are poems. The poems tell the story of a girl who looses her mother, and has to move to california to live with her father, who coincidently is a movie star. The novel is a first hand account of how Ruby, the main character, dealt with all this loss, and moving to a new state with her unknown father. The story throws in some amazing plot twists that the reader does not see coming, which make the tale even more intense. Sonya Sones' novel was a true page turner for any reader who truly enjoys both poetry and a good story. At first I thought I wouldn't like the fact that the book was written in poems, however after getting into the book I found it compelling. The story of Ruby became one that I had to finish by reading each and every poem carefully. The book was not really a challenging read, which I quite enjoyed, because I could fall in love with the characters. Although Ruby's story seems to begin and ended in a very stereotypical way, Sones does an amazing job at keeping the reader interested. The poems, I believe, are what made the novel so powerful, without them, Ruby's story would not be as captivating. All in all, I would recommend this book to all readers, because one can just eat up the story!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Malcolm J

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Novel _Another One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies_ by Sonya Sones a realistic fiction novel in verse (Published 2004) is a heartwarming story of a young girl named Ruby losing her single mother to a terminal illness similar to cancer. The book starts off with Ruby getting on a plane to LA to go live with her movie star father who, she feels, has never wanted be in her life or even see her. Once in La Ruby lives a normal-ish teenage life aside from having no mother and more mone The Novel _Another One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies_ by Sonya Sones a realistic fiction novel in verse (Published 2004) is a heartwarming story of a young girl named Ruby losing her single mother to a terminal illness similar to cancer. The book starts off with Ruby getting on a plane to LA to go live with her movie star father who, she feels, has never wanted be in her life or even see her. Once in La Ruby lives a normal-ish teenage life aside from having no mother and more money than she could ever wish for. Starting a life in LA being the child of a movie star can prove to be wonderful in many ways and terrible in others. Ruby makes due with what she has and soon makes lots of new friends while losing others. She even experiences more pain when her best friend back in Boston starts dating her beloved Boyfriend, Ray when she's not there. Even through this life changing betrayal and the loss of her one and only supporting parent Ruby learns that her father has wanted to be I her life all along and she forgives him. Ruby finds someone else to love and lives, mostly, happily ever after. I recommend this book to most readers, however there is some profanity and sexual references not appropriate for younger children.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kaylin Thompson

    One of those hideous books where the mother dies is about a young teenage girl who grows up without a mother and somewhat a father. She doesn't see her dad unless he is on the TV or movie screen. Ruby lives with her aunt and seems to be having a good life; she has the best boyfriend and a great best friend. Her life seems to be going okay until she is forced to move to California with her dad. When Ruby gets to California she has to go to a new school. Not to mention a school where all the famous One of those hideous books where the mother dies is about a young teenage girl who grows up without a mother and somewhat a father. She doesn't see her dad unless he is on the TV or movie screen. Ruby lives with her aunt and seems to be having a good life; she has the best boyfriend and a great best friend. Her life seems to be going okay until she is forced to move to California with her dad. When Ruby gets to California she has to go to a new school. Not to mention a school where all the famous kids go, and she hates it. Ruby starts to miss her boyfriend and best friend and the only way she can communicate with them are through email. Still not liking the school she goes to, she is excited to see her boyfriend who is coming to visit on Thanksgiving. He ends up not showing because of some bad news. I would say this book overall is pretty good, it taught me that living with a famous parent or no parent is really hard and some people have to go through that. I would say this book is about a 3 ½ if you like reading young adult books and stuff like this then you should read this book because it is a nice book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chae

    This was such a fast read. When I first heard of the book, I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but I was absolutely sucked in! The story plot was so common, but had a twist especially at the end of the novel. I definitely enjoyed it, and would recommend it to someone who wants a fast and funny read. Ruby is a typical Boston girl, who unfortunately loses her mother, and is forced to move to L.A. to live with her famous father, Whip Logan. Ruby absolutely dreads L.A. until the very last pages o This was such a fast read. When I first heard of the book, I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but I was absolutely sucked in! The story plot was so common, but had a twist especially at the end of the novel. I definitely enjoyed it, and would recommend it to someone who wants a fast and funny read. Ruby is a typical Boston girl, who unfortunately loses her mother, and is forced to move to L.A. to live with her famous father, Whip Logan. Ruby absolutely dreads L.A. until the very last pages of the book, when she finally accepts California as "Coolifornia." Ruby left everything for L.A. Her boyfriend, best friend, and her aunt. At first, she truly hates her super star father, who tries so hard to make her proud. However, in the very last stanzas of the novel, she realizes that her father divorced her mother because of his sexual orientation. (Where did that come from?) Overall, it was a fun read, and definitely one with surprises.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Libbi

    This was a fantastic book! It was funny, sarcastic and unique. This book was also easy to read because each page was short and sweet. I liked this book so much it only took me a few days to read. Even though i loved the whole book, i had a particulary favorite part. My favorite part of the book was when Ruby and her father finally started having a normal, father-daughter relationship. It was my favorite part because Ruby started off hating her father and not wanting to be around him, to slowly r This was a fantastic book! It was funny, sarcastic and unique. This book was also easy to read because each page was short and sweet. I liked this book so much it only took me a few days to read. Even though i loved the whole book, i had a particulary favorite part. My favorite part of the book was when Ruby and her father finally started having a normal, father-daughter relationship. It was my favorite part because Ruby started off hating her father and not wanting to be around him, to slowly realizing he was a great guy and didn't mind being with him. This book was easy to relate to in most cases and when I started reading it I didn't want to stop. This book was so good that I recommended to my friends and would recommend it to any teenage girl. I loved One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies and would read it a million times!

  29. 5 out of 5

    hayden

    Man, I'm on a verse-novel kick lately! This is the first Sones book I've ever read, and it really reminded me of Alyson Noel's beginning novels. The tone similarity was striking. Granted, Noel's books weren't written in verse, but they were very similar. So, with that said, I really enjoyed it. I've always liked a little contemporary. I really liked how in this book, the plot started thin, and then it thickened right before your eyes, until all the plot lines blurred before your eyes. I love the th Man, I'm on a verse-novel kick lately! This is the first Sones book I've ever read, and it really reminded me of Alyson Noel's beginning novels. The tone similarity was striking. Granted, Noel's books weren't written in verse, but they were very similar. So, with that said, I really enjoyed it. I've always liked a little contemporary. I really liked how in this book, the plot started thin, and then it thickened right before your eyes, until all the plot lines blurred before your eyes. I love the theme of separated best friends and couples, along with the trust issues that come with them. The twist at the end of this book I TOTALLY called, by the way, but enjoyed it nevertheless. The end's resolution was cute and cheesy, and this book provided what I've been needing: something light, fluffy and enjoyable.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Moore

    Ruby's life changes dramatically when her mother dies, and she goes to live with her Oscar winning father in L.A. She never really knew him except from watching his performances on the big screen. Even so, it is erie how much they think alike. Written in journal prose form, Ruby expresses her sorrow over losing her mother and depression after leaving behind her boyfriend and best friend on the East coast to live with her father on the West coast. She even emails her dead mother throughout the st Ruby's life changes dramatically when her mother dies, and she goes to live with her Oscar winning father in L.A. She never really knew him except from watching his performances on the big screen. Even so, it is erie how much they think alike. Written in journal prose form, Ruby expresses her sorrow over losing her mother and depression after leaving behind her boyfriend and best friend on the East coast to live with her father on the West coast. She even emails her dead mother throughout the story in an effort to heal from her pain. As the story comes to an end, she finally finds comfort in having her father back, and begins to adapt to a life of luxury. There are some surprises in the way things are resolved and with dreams Ruby is finally able to interpret.

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