One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies

By Sonya Sones
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Paperback, 9781416907886, 272pp.)

Publication Date: October 25, 2005

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Prebound, Paperback

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Description

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.




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 SonyaSones.com.




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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