Tuesday, March 11, 2008

One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies

In the beginning of this book, Ruby was depressed and in denial. She was upset because her mother had died. Her mother and she were very close; they knew almost everything about each other. One of the only tings that Ruby didn’t know about her mom was about her marriage to her movie star father. Ruby wouldn’t have even known about her father if her aunt didn’t take Ruby to the movies every time one of his came out. Ruby’s mother did not know about these trips to the movie theater because she didn’t want Ruby to know anything about her dad. Her mother never fully healed from when her husband left her. Ruby was so upset when her mother died and she had to go and move in with her father in Los Angles. When Ruby got to L.A., she spotted her father right away, (a huge group of people were all crowded around something or someone in the middle of the airport.) Then Ruby’s dad, Whip Logan, spotted her he walked over to her with one of his “movie star smiles.” He said that she must be Ruby and he walked her over to the limo. Ruby showed no interest in anything because she said that he never showed any interest in her. When they got home, Ruby walked in and was amazed, even though she did not show it. When Whip Logan showed her to her room, she thought that was even better then the foyer. It was her dream room, she said that she had once written a story about her dream room and it won a writing contest. She was so exited, but she still didn’t show it. When she went to school the next day her dad insisted on driving her. Ruby did not want everyone to see her dad and treat her different, but when she saw his cars she couldn’t say no. All of his cars were classics, and those were her favorite kind. When she got to school and the teachers found out that Whip Logan was her dad they started treating her special. They got her and escort and she soon became Ruby’s new best friend. Their parents co-stared in a movie together so they called each other “sis.” Ruby signed up for a dream interpretation elective, Colette was in that class too! The only problem was, Ruby hadn’t been having any dreams. The next day the class found out that one of the students got into a car accident the night before. Everyone knew him and they were all very upset so school got cancelled for the rest of the day. When Ruby got home no one was there so she let herself in, and the alarm went off. The police came and they were about to arrest her because they didn’t know that Whip Logan had a daughter, then Whip came home and cleared things up. That night Ruby had a strange dream, the phone was ringing. When Ruby picked up it was her mom and she said, “Ruby, how’s your father doing? Get out of the house Ruby, get out!” Then Ruby woke up and got out of bed, she walked to the place that the boy got killed and started crying, Whip flowed her and then there was an earthquake! When Ruby got back home she went into her room and saw the huge bookshelf next to her bed smashed right on top of her bed. If she was still sleeping she would have been dead. That was when her father told Ruby why he left her mother…because he was gay. Then everyone became happy and they all loved each other.

The main character of my book is Ruby. Ruby had red hair, freckles and she was depressed. Ruby had a best friend and a boyfriend. Her boyfriend was named Ray and she really liked him, well in the beginning. Lizzie was Ruby's best friend, in the beginning too, before the incident of Ray cheating on Ruby with Lizzie. In the end Ruby stopped being depressed and started liking L.A. and her dad.

One thing that I liked about this book was the format that it was written. I like how they were kind of like diary entries, but it was in present tense. I like how there are a lot of teenage issues in this book, even though some of her problems are things that I have never heard anyone in our school talk about...thank god. I dislike how Ruby is so young and she is doing and thinking about some really inappropriate things. I also like how through out the book she is sort of depressed.

Two reading strategies that I used in this book were visualising and I made connections. I made a connection to the book What My Mother Doesn't Know. I think that I made this connection because the books are very similar, they are even by the same author. The format is the same too. I visualized Ruby when she was being described, tall. red hair and freckles. Those where the reading strategies that I used while reading this book.

The author of my book, Sonya Sones has also written What my Girlfriend Doesn't Know, What My Mother Doesn't Know, Stop Pretending-what happened when my big sister went crazy, Sixteen:stories of the sweet but bitter birthday, Necessary Noise, Love and Sex.

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