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The Six Rules of Maybeby Deb Caletti
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Scarlett Hughes is overly involved in the lives of everyone around her, especially her neighbors (a young goth girl; a forgetful mailman; and a older couple whose main excitement in their lives are the formal sounding scam emails from foreign lands). Scarlett is thrust solidly into her own life when her sister, Juliet, returns home from school — pregnant and surprisingly married to a sweet, handsome boy who Juliet seems to have no interest in, but who is hopelessly in love with her.
The Six Rules of Maybe is about the necessity of dreams, as well as the necessity of facing reality and speaking the truth.
"When 17-year-old Scarlett's older sister, Juliet, moves back home pregnant, she brings with her a romantic new husband 'she'd never before even mentioned.' While Scarlett's feelings for Hayden grow — she secretly reads the love notes he writes to Juliet and sneaks out to join him for late-night chats — he remains devoted to her pretty sister, who in turn seems fixated on her loser high school boyfriend. Caletti's (The Secret Life of Prince Charming) main characters are well drawn and complex, especially mature Scarlett, who, to her own detriment, is constantly looking after everyone else in her life. Readers may find some of Scarlett's neighbors over the top, such as an elderly couple whose belief in Internet scams leads them to Africa. Scarlett's devotion to them also seems extreme, but it clarifies both why 'being needed sometimes made me feel good' and why she feels connected to kind Hayden. In the end, readers will be willing to overlook some of the more outlandish characters to focus on the moving story involving Scarlett and her family. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Reminiscent of the best of Sarah Dessen's work, this novel is beautifully written, deftly plotted, and movingly characterized." School Library Journal
"Caletti is at her best as she makes the case for the Rules of Maybe, how to hope, ways to persist, when to give up, and how to go on." Booklist
"The fact that all three women, Scarlet, Juliet, and their mother, struggle with their view of men is explored with particular depth and subtlety..." Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
"Caletti is a wonderfully gifted writer. Her prose is infused with wisdom and wit, and her characters are all deeply layered. Readers of all ages will undoubtedly enjoy this." Romantic Times
A funny, poignant, uplifting, and truly authentic novel by National Book Award finalist author Deb Caletti.
When Scarlett Hughes's sister returns home from school pregnant and surprisingly married to a sweet man she has no interest in, Scarlett is forced to take a look inward for the first time. She discovers the necessity of dreams as well as the necessity of facing reality and speaking the truth.
About the Author
Deb Caletti is the award-winning author of The Queen of Everything; Honey, Baby, Sweetheart; and The Nature of Jade, among others. In addition to being a National Book Award finalist, Deb's work has gained other distinguished recognition, including the PNBA Best Book Award, the Washington State Book Award, and School Library Journal's Best Book award, as well as finalist citations for the California Young Reader Medal and the PEN USA Literary Award. She lives with her family in Seattle. You can visit her at debcaletti.com and become a fan on Facebook.
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