Thursday, April 7, 2011

Bookanistas: ONE OF THOSE HIDEOUS BOOKS WHERE THE MOTHER DIES

Plot without spoilers...Her mother's cancer death means that fifteen-year-old Ruby must leave her boyfriend and best friend to live with her movie star dad--the guy who left her mom before she was born--in Los Angeles.  Determined not to be wooed by her dad's wealth and access, Ruby is also blind to a secret that he keeps: one that could help her understand their past and pave the way to a better relationship.

Of literary interest...While artfully using the verse form to highlight Ruby's sense of displacement through her grief, her confusion about her father, and the difficulties of being a teen starting over in a new town, Sones still manages to create a book full of relatable moments, levity and wonderful wit. A must-read for verse novelists.

Finally, just gotta say...Despite Ruby's confession that "...blank books scare me" (a great poem about being afraid to write down her feelingg (p. 114)), her prose emails to her boyfriend, best friend, and even her late mom are sprinkled throughout the novel, lending another layer of literary texture and revealing her raw hurt and loneliness in an amazing way.  Finally, even though I'm not gonna spill it, I really enjoyed the ending of this book!
Two YA verse novelists, Sonya Sones and Ellen Hopkins, are releasing their first ADULT VERSE NOVELS this year.  Triangle by Ellen Hopkins pubs in October.  Sonya's book is out this month.  I can't wait to read it!

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Corrine Jackson J'Adores Anna and the French Kiss

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5 comments:

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Ha! Love the title of your post. You crack me up.

But the book itself sounds so poignant. Sad and moving. I've not read much in verse, but I'm in awe of those who can do it well. Really great review, Stasia!

Shana Silver said...

I haven't read this one yet but it sounds great! I will add it to my list!

Stasia said...

Thanks, Carol & Shana. Yes, this is a lovely book!

Actin' Up with Books said...

Sonya Sones writes great verse novels. I am a fan. I was excited to learn that she and Ellen Hopkins are writing adult novels. Thanks for sharing this on your blog. I hope more readers pick up there books!

Stasia said...

Thanks for your comment, Actin' Up! I'm looking forward to Sonya and Ellen's new adult novels, too.