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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones

One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother DiesOne of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies is my second book by Sonya Sones. I read What My Mother Doesn't Know a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it, but for some reason it took me this long to pick up the other. This makes no sense at all, especially when you consider just how quickly you (I) can read one of them!

This one felt a little more light weight than the other, which seems odd given the plot line. In this one 15 year old Ruby's mom has died and she is shipped off across the country to live with her famous movie star dad, whom she has never met. She's prepared to hate him, given that he's never paid any attention to her and she really misses her old life in Boston.  Like What My Mother Doesn't Know, this one is written in free verse and is a very fast read.  It only covers a couple of months time, but (of course) Ruby learns a lot about her past and what really happened with her father, and that maybe life in LA won't be all bad.

If you're looking for a little light weight young adult fiction, I recommend that you pick one of these up. If you're looking for something to sustain you on a long plane ride, maybe skip it (for now), because you'll be done before the plane boards. Despite seeming like a heavy topic, this is really not a very serious book and you should not avoid it because of the death of the mother.

Have you read anything by Sones?  What about other free verse authors? I am not a big fan of poetry (ok, I'll admit it, it bores me silly!) but I did really like the style of both of these.

Other links of interest:
My brief review of What My Mother Doesn't Know
Sonya Sones website
More from Simon & Schuster

One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies
Sonya Sones
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
272 pages
source: my local library

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  1. Sonya Sones is going to be visiting our local library this month. I need to pick up a few of her books before then.

  2. Sounds like a great read (well both of them do) for my daughter, who is 15.

  3. Never heard of her. At our city library, the young adult section is almost empty. Sad.

  4. Well, I need to pick up a few of her books before then. thanx for the share.


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