Honey, Baby, Sweetheart

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Simon and Schuster, May 4, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 308 pages
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I'm not usually a reckless person. What happened the summer of my junior year was not about recklessness. It was about the way a moment, a single moment, can change things and make you decide to try to be someone different.

Ruby McQueen is a sixteen-year-old high school student with the name, she thinks, of a rodeo cowgirl porn star, or, maybe worse, a Texas beauty queen runner-up. Her mother, Ann, one of the town librarians, was reading too much Southern literature before Ruby was born, and Chip, Ruby's father, who was already dreaming of Nashville stardom, thought it would make a great stage name someday. Soon after Chip Jr. was born, Chip left to try his luck in the music business and ended up at the Gold Nugget Amusement Park one state over. He returns occasionally for visits that turn Ann's heart upside down, and Ruby's stomach inside out.

It is summer in the northwest town of Nine Mile Falls, a place where brown bears sometimes show up in the shopping mall and people in hang gliders soar down the mountains and sometimes get stuck dangling from the trees. Ruby, ordinarily dubbed The Quiet Girl, finds herself hanging out with gorgeous, rich, thrill-seeking Travis Becker. With Travis, Ruby can be someone she's never been before: Fearless. Powerful. But Ruby is in over her head, and finds she is risking more and more when she's with him.

In an effort to keep Ruby occupied and mend her own broken heart, Ann drags Ruby to the weekly book club she runs for seniors. At first Ruby can't imagine a more boring way to spend an afternoon, but she is soon charmed by the Casserole Queens (named, quite ironically, after women who bring casseroles to new widowers' homes in hopes of snagging a husband). When the group discovers one of their own members is the subject of the tragic love story they are reading, Ann and Ruby ditch their respective obsessions to spearhead a reunion between the long-ago lovers. But this mission turns out to be more than just a road trip. Somewhere along the way Ruby and her mother learn the true meaning of love and freedom from it, individual purpose, and the real ties that bind.

This lyrical, multigenerational story of love, loss, and redemption speaks to everyone who has ever been in love -- and lived to tell the tale.

Right then one of the garage doors went up, giving me the fright of my life. I felt frozen in place, and I wasn't sure if I would seem more guilty staying where I was or walking on after I'd already surely been spotted. I don't even know why I felt so bad when it was really only a glimpse I had been stealing. My feet, by default, made the decision whether we were staying or going -- they wouldn't move. So as the door went up, same as a curtain when a play is starting, revealing Travis Becker on that almost stage, I was still standing there, staring.

I didn't know it was Travis then, of course. I only saw this boy, good-looking, oh God, with a helmet under one arm, looking at me with this bemused smile. Right away I got that Something About To Happen feeling. Right away I knew he was bad, and that it didn't matter.

-- from "Honey, Baby, Sweetheart"

  

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Funny and heartbreaking portrayal of toxic love. - Goodreads
But the one thing I did not enjoy was the ending. - Goodreads
Has amazing insights into love and life. - Goodreads
I loved their sound advice and bickering. - Goodreads
I love Harold and Peach's banter the best. - Goodreads
The plot itself was pretty mundane. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Chelsea Nicole - Goodreads

How can I describe Honey, Baby Sweetheart...? It's summer and Ruby wants to let her hair down. Although she doesn't know it until she meets the mysterious Travis Becker. The bad-boy with a sudden ... Read full review

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User Review  - Savannah - Goodreads

I would actually give this book 3.5 stars. I'm not going to write a review, I'm only going to say that I really loved the characters in this book and that this book was very enjoyable for me. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
15
Section 3
31
Section 4
51
Section 5
53
Section 6
75
Section 7
124
Section 8
125
Section 10
145
Section 11
159
Section 12
178
Section 13
197
Section 14
221
Section 15
249
Section 16
269
Copyright

Section 9
144

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About the author (2004)

Deb Caletti's first novel for teens was The Queen of Everything, about which Kirkus Reviews raved, "Caletti expertly succeeds in capturing the way a smart teen can grasp and skewer her world" and Publishers Weekly announced, "[This] marks Caletti as a writer to watch." Deb grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and now lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest. She steals her best lines from her mother, her kids, and the dog, who doesn't seem to mind. When she is not writing books or reading them, Deb is a painter, a lyricist, and a 2001 recipient of the Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship for Literature. She is currently working on her next novel for teens.