One of those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies


If you haven’t read a Sonya Sones book – than you must. Stop Pretending and What My Mother Doesn’t Know are two of my favorites from her that I would recommend.  She writes novels in verse that are funny, heartbreaking, and poignant.

One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies is about a girl named Ruby.  We meet Ruby at the airport, where she is flying across the country to meet and live with her father after herurl.jpg mother’s death. Oh yeah, her father is a Hollywood star (think Tom Cruise) and Ruby is furious with him for never contacting her before her mother’s death. Although Ruby misses her mother and is devastated by the loss, she expresses it in a unique way: she continues to email her mother’s old address, with messages full of “LOLs” and “How are things in the casket? Not too damp, I hope.” So, this book isn’t actually “hideous” or depressing. Sones has a talent for creating interesting and introspective characters and this one is no different.

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