Publisher: Penguin Audio
Publication date: April 2008
Length: 11 hrs, 14 min
Source: Audiobook from Library
Things I Liked:
I liked the story. I like how Ruby just acts a certain way and believes certain things because of her past and how things have been in her life. She doesn't trust people and she doesn't plan to stick around. But as the book progresses, she learns and meets people and discovers there are things she wants to change, only she isn't sure how. But she does change. I think Dessen does this well, describing the way a person can change both their circumstances and the way they act. The story has heart and you feel it plucking at your strings and you want to hug the characters and make it all better. It's real and it's good. And now I know why people like Sarah Dessen. I listened to this one on my interminable commute and the narrator, Rebecca Soler, did a spanking good job portraying the so-don't-care teen voice - she was spot-on for Ruby.
Things I Didn't Like:
It moved rather slowly at times, so much that I almost gave up. I wondered where it was heading, after she kind of gets in a new rut in her new life. It seemed like there wasn't anywhere else for her to go. But then it picked up again and I enjoyed it. I'm sure I'll pick up another Dessen, though I'm generally not a fan of this kind of book.
Um, pretty much all Sarah Dessen books, from what I understand
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
plenty, though no f-bombs
a few incidents, nothing too descriptive
Overall rating: ****
Is there a Sarah Dessen book I simply must read?
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