Published by Viking's Childrens Books on April 22, 2008
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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?
What I Thought…
This was my first Sarah Dessen novel and overall I was pretty impressed. It was easy to get into the story right from the start. I wanted to reach out and help Ruby myself, even though she clearly didn’t want any. It was no wonder that she couldn’t depend on anyone or ask for any help seen as how while she was living with her mother she was the adult in that household.
One of the things I really enjoyed in this book was the relationship between Ruby and Cora. You saw it progress from animosity at the beginning to love and friendship at the end. Every time a little bit of the past came out I felt so bad for both of them. Even though Cora left when she was 18, their mother robbed them both of something special. My heart broke just a little bit in chapter 4. And in chapter 8.
Jamie was great. He was so sweet with Ruby. He went above and beyond to make her feel comfortable and get adjusted. His reaction to her in chapter 8 was perfect, even if it was a bit predictable.
Nate’s story was just downright sad and made me want to hurt someone (actually a couple of someones).
I liked all of the other characters as well (even bad ones). Harriet was probably my favorite because I see a little bit of myself in her. But the other characters were in depth enough for minor characters and enjoyable, even the annoying Gervais.
My one complaint was that I felt there were too many issues touched on in this book. Everything from drugs, addiction, abuse, alcohol, neglect, friendship, and family. It was a lot and I think if a couple were taken out of the book it wouldn’t have made it less, but more.