Sones, Sonya. One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Children's Review - Book Review

Sones, Sonya. One of those hideous books where the mother dies. Simon & Schuster, Pulse. 268p. c2004. 1-4169-0788-2. $6.99. JS *

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, May 2004: Sones is a gifted writer of novels in poetry. (Her novel What My Mother Doesn't Know was selected as an ALA Best Book for YAs, and this one is an ALA Best Book as well.) Told in a series of brief poems interspersed with e-mails and letters, this could have been just another story about celebrity--the narrator's father is a famous movie star. It evolves into much more than that! Ruby is the narrator. Her parents were divorced before she was born and she never knew her father. Now her mother has died of cancer and the story begins as Ruby is flying to California from the East Coast to live with this father she despises because she thinks he deserted her and her mother. She is leaving behind a best friend and a boyfriend, and the loss of her...

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