Author: Sarah Dessen
Hardcover: 432 Pages
Publisher: Viking Juvenile (April 22, 2008)
From the back of the book:
“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?Personal Review:
When I started reading this I had to make sure that I wasn't reading a V.C. Andrew's novel, which depresses me because I love love LOVE Sarah Dressen's writing. But the way it started at the beginning with Ruby's mom leaving her and her moving in with her sister and her sisters over attentive and nice husband made me freverently hope that I was wrong.
Which I was! This book once I got past my own trepidation was amazing. Ruby was a character that I could get behind 100%. I love stories where I feel like I can connect with the main character, and for me Ruby was one of them. Her fight or flight mentality was unique, while at the same time not too far stretched.
Nate, was a doll. He suffers from what many guys suffer from. Good Guy Syndrom, along with his unique problems with his father. Which, not going to lie I caught on to when Ruby saw Nate's dad with Roscoe the dog.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5