One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 23, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 272 pages
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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 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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User Review  - StefanieGeeks - LibraryThing

This is a great Teen read (also good for the teen at heart!). The story is as entertaining as the protagonist's sometimes hillariously cynical prose. It is written in a poem format, so just for ... Read full review

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User Review  - librarybrandy - LibraryThing

For the kind of book it is (a hideous book where the mother dies, in fact), it was pretty good. And as a novel in verse, it was pretty good. Will I remember details later on, and pass this along to all my friends? It wasn't THAT good. Three and a half stars. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
2
Section 2
43
Section 3
45
Section 4
49
Section 5
59
Section 6
88
Section 7
91
Section 8
102
Section 12
136
Section 13
145
Section 14
165
Section 15
179
Section 16
191
Section 17
234
Section 18
239
Section 19
243

Section 9
108
Section 10
117
Section 11
128
Section 20
253
Section 21
264
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Sonya Sones has written five YA novels-in-verse: To Be Perfectly Honest (A Novel Based on an Untrue Story), Stop Pretending, One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies, What My Mother Doesn’t Know, and its companion, What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know. Her books have received many honors, including a Christopher Award, the Myra Cohn Livingston Poetry Award, and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize nomination. But the coolest honor she ever got was when What My Mother Doesn’t Know made it onto the American Library Association’s list of the Top 100 Most Banned Books of the Decade (to see why, see p.46). She lives near the beach in southern California, and only tells the occasional fib. Visit her at SonyaSones.com or follow @SonyaSones on Twitter.

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