One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies

By Sonya Sones
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780689858208, 272pp.)

Publication Date: April 27, 2004

Other Editions of This Title: Prebound, Paperback, Paperback

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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 mega-famous 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.

About the Author

Sonya Sones has written four novels-in-verse: Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy, 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 been honored with a Christopher Award, the Myra Cohn Livingston Poetry Award, and the Claudia Lewis Award for Poetry. But the coolest honor she ever got was when What My Mother Doesn’t Know made it onto the ALA’s list of Top Ten Most Challenged Books, thrice. She lives near the beach in California. You can visit her at

Praise For One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies

"A satisfying, moving novel."

-- Booklist, starred review

"A winning portrayal of a teenage girl's loves and losses."

-- Publishers Weekly

"Ruby's voice is pitch-perfect."

-- Bookpage

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