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ISBN13: 9780689864742
ISBN10: 0689864744
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I'm not usually a reckless person. What happened the summer of my junior year was not about recklessness. It was about the way a moment, a single moment, can change things and make you decide to try to be someone different.

Ruby McQueen is a sixteen-year-old high school student with the name, she thinks, of a rodeo cowgirl porn star, or, maybe worse, a Texas beauty queen runner-up. Her mother, Ann, one of the town librarians, was reading too much Southern literature before Ruby was born, and Chip, Ruby's father, who was already dreaming of Nashville stardom, thought it would make a great stage name someday. Soon after Chip Jr. was born, Chip left to try his luck in the music business and ended up at the Gold Nugget Amusement Park one state over. He returns occasionally for visits that turn Ann's heart upside down, and Ruby's stomach inside out.

It is summer in the northwest town of Nine Mile Falls, a place where brown bears sometimes show up in the shopping mall and people in hang gliders soar down the mountains and sometimes get stuck dangling from the trees. Ruby, ordinarily dubbed The Quiet Girl, finds herself hanging out with gorgeous, rich, thrill-seeking Travis Becker. With Travis, Ruby can be someone she's never been before: Fearless. Powerful. But Ruby is in over her head, and finds she is risking more and more when she's with him.

In an effort to keep Ruby occupied and mend her own broken heart, Ann drags Ruby to the weekly book club she runs for seniors. At first Ruby can't imagine a more boring way to spend an afternoon, but she is soon charmed by the Casserole Queens (named, quite ironically, after women who bring casseroles to new widowers' homes in hopes of snagging a husband). When the group discovers one of their own members is the subject of the tragic love story they are reading, Ann and Ruby ditch their respective obsessions to spearhead a reunion between the long-ago lovers. But this mission turns out to be more than just a road trip. Somewhere along the way Ruby and her mother learn the true meaning of love and freedom from it, individual purpose, and the real ties that bind.

This lyrical, multi-generational story of love, loss, and redemption speaks to everyone who has ever been in love — and lived to tell the tale.

Review:

"Readers...will find thoughtful and authentically inspiring messages about trusting in themselves enough to insist on a love that means more than being someone's 'honey, baby, sweetheart.'" Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Caletti explores the conflicting, complicated impulses of the human heart with polish and penetration." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Review:

"Caletti has the gift of voice and tells her story with humor, insight, and compassion." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Readers will immediately fall for Ruby with her humor and her wry way of looking at the world. Their hearts will break as she makes bad decision after bad decision, and they'll cheer as she comes to some important realizations, with the help of the Casserole Queens." School Library Journal

Review:

"Caletti writes a compelling, multigenerational story about teens and parents who simultaneously weather heartbreak and find new self-worth, enriching the telling with the Northwest setting, folksy wisdom, and Ruby's strong, sure voice." Gillian Engberg, Booklist

About the Author

Deb Caletti grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and now lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest. She steals her best lines from her mother, her kids, and the dog, who doesn't seem to mind. When she is not writing or reading books, Deb is a painter, a lyricist, and a 2001 recipient of the Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship for literature. You can visit her at www.debcaletti.com.

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reader12345, July 13, 2008 (view all comments by reader12345)
omg! i cant believe you really didnt like this book. i started reading it and skimmed through the casserole queens because i was more interested in what happened to travis and ruby. i stopped and picked it back up a few months later and read it. i didnt skip anything this time and i ended up finishing the book in almost one sitting. yeah, the book means to be about ruby and how she meets this daredevil bad boy type, but reading the WHOLE thing pulls the book together, especially reading the casserole queens sections. the story has much more too it and the casserole queens tie it all together! its what makes the story how it is in the end. caletti also does an amazinggggg job in giving each of the casserole queens their own character which i love, (especially peach) i would suggest reading it over with those parts and i think you would like this story a LOT more, and maybe understand how they tie everything together in the end so the book makes sense over all :)
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cr_harvey94, July 28, 2007 (view all comments by cr_harvey94)
I found the meetings between the caserol queen or whatever really boring.. so i just skimmed them.. i thought i was going to fall asleep.. i hated how Travis was really bad.. we all have bad apples.. but why write about one and bring it all back... well i guess i should've looked into this book before i read it because really i hate it.. but the writeing was good so i think it deserves for stars.. althou it was madly boring.
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kya1000, July 9, 2007 (view all comments by kya1000)
This was a fantastic book. Caletti knew just when to pull at our heartstrings, and just how to make us laugh. The sarcastic voice of the main character really put into perspective an average teenaged girl's view on the world. The two love stories explored, as well as their unlucky outcomes were incredibly original, yet very realistic. I found that the almost abusive relationship between the main character and her boyfriend was a little rushed through and not thoroughly developped, but even that was barely a concern as the overall marvelous outcome of the book was worth it. I would recommend this book to anyone with a secret love for a romantic story with true heart and a fantastic storyline.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780689864742
Author:
Caletti, Deb
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Author:
Daussin, Alain
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Adolescence
Subject:
Social Situations - Dating & Sex
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Self-perception
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
August 2005
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Young adult
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.00x5.06x.88 in. .48 lbs.
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 320 pages Simon Pulse - English 9780689864742 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Readers...will find thoughtful and authentically inspiring messages about trusting in themselves enough to insist on a love that means more than being someone's 'honey, baby, sweetheart.'" Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Caletti explores the conflicting, complicated impulses of the human heart with polish and penetration."
"Review" by , "Caletti has the gift of voice and tells her story with humor, insight, and compassion."
"Review" by , "Readers will immediately fall for Ruby with her humor and her wry way of looking at the world. Their hearts will break as she makes bad decision after bad decision, and they'll cheer as she comes to some important realizations, with the help of the Casserole Queens." School Library Journal
"Review" by , "Caletti writes a compelling, multigenerational story about teens and parents who simultaneously weather heartbreak and find new self-worth, enriching the telling with the Northwest setting, folksy wisdom, and Ruby's strong, sure voice."
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