Vivian, Siobhan. A little friendly advice.

Author:Marler, Myrna
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

VIVIAN, Siobhan. A little friendly advice. Scholastic, Push. 248p. c2008. 978-0-545-00404-6. $16.99. JS

Ruby is turning 16, living with her mother, having been abandoned by her father without explanation ten years before. No discussion about this traumatic event has taken place between Ruby and her mother since. Fortunately, she has three best friends to see her through the perils of high school, but her bestest best friend is Beth, whom she has known since preschool. Beth is a girl who seems to know what's best for everyone and has a bit of a Madonna complex, in that she takes care of others, whether they want her to or not. On her 16th birthday, however, the day to which Ruby has looked forward so much, her father unexpectedly appears on the doorstep, bearing flowers and an apologetic smile. Her first reaction is little short of hysterical; luckily, her friends are available to cocoon her from the shock. However, after some reflection, Ruby thinks maybe there's more to the...

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