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A wonderful debut for any teen with friendship issues (i.e. all of them)

Ruby's turning sixteen . . . but the day doesn't turn out to be as sweet as it's supposed to be. Her long lost father shows up, and Ruby doesn't want to have anything to do with him. Instead, she wants to hang out with her friends - loyal Beth, dangerous Katherine, and gossipy Maria. They have plenty o...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Push
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Deyse (Deyse Says)
A Little Friendly Advice is about Ruby, a girl who had her parents separated in a really young age and that found support for this situation on her best friend, Beth. On the week of her 16 birthday she will have more than one surprise, and it will ended up taking her to a completely different way of seeing things at end of these.
I entered this book without a really interested on it, I was passing through a mourning period and couldn't pick up anything that grabbed my attention so I choice for a...more
Jazz
Jul 01, 2009 Jazz rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who enjoy slice-of-life realistic fiction with round characters
A Little Friendly Advice is about Ruby, a girl who has just had a disaster of a sixteenth birthday party, despite the awesome vintage polaroid camera her mom bought her. The father she hasn't seen in six years arrives hoping that a bouquet of flowers will patch things up. Ruby avoids a conversation by screaming at her father and running off with her friends to party at a local park and get drunk for the first time. Ruby thinks she has found closure after six long years, but quickly learns that c...more
Shaya
The description of A Little Friendly Advice is a bit misleading. I was expecting there would be a lot of sitting around while the three other friends gave Ruby advice. Instead it felt much more normal. Beth, Ruby's best friend, helped her get through her father leaving and she likes to give advice so there's a lot of direct advice. Katherine and Maria have a few suggestions but not a lot. It's an enjoyable book, interesting enough topic that isn't explored as much in realistic fiction: whose adv...more
Amy
First and foremost the description on the jacket of A Little Friendly Advice does it no justice. I picked it up thinking I'd read a cute YA book to prepare myself for the emotional doozy I planned to read next. Not even close!

Our MC Ruby has major abandonment issues stemming from her parents split years ago. She's close to her BFF Beth who she's been friends with since before her dad left, but has a hard time letting other people in (boys included-She's never been kissed). Her dads unexpected a...more
Rachael
For Ruby, her friends are like her lifeline. First, there’s Beth, the girl who has been with Ruby through all of her family problems and is always there to offer good advice. There’s also Maria, who is the most experienced with boys and is very supportive. The latest addition to their group is Katherine, the bad girl, who is going through family problems of her own and seems to not like Ruby that much.

Things go askew when Ruby’s father, who abandoned her family many years earlier, shows up for h...more
Runa
A Little Friendly Advice has its ups and downs, but overall was a bit of a disappointment. If I had read this book by Siobhan Vivian first, I probably would have had a better impression, but having read Same Difference and knowing she's capable of great things, this was a letdown. The writing was fantastic, she really does know how to bring the masterful language, but the plot was pretty pathetic, not gonna lie. The situations were realistic, the dialogue was realistic, but the combination of th...more
Tessa
Jul 07, 2009 Tessa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: yyay
Vivian trusts her readers. It's refreshing to read a teen novel about a group of friends that doesn't shove their "types" in your face from page 1 and rely on them for characterization. No, she writes characters. This is a nuanced story about how weirdly frustrating friends can be and how stuff from the past can keep messing you up beyond your control (and how it can not seem to matter to anyone else). It also has a very sweet, realistic first crush. I only wish that Katharine would have connect...more
Connie
May 31, 2008 Connie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Connie by: NYMBC
Shelves: ya-lit
In this realistic YA book, boys takes a backseat to friendship. The whole story centers around the friendship Ruby has with her parents as well as each of her friends. Each relationship is imperfect and real. The characters are three dimensional and the problems are ones teens can relate to. Siobhan Vivian inserts humor, keeping the book light, fun and cliche free. Not everything is perfect and friendships might not work out the way you want.
Bookworm1858
While browsing my library, I came across this book. Having mostly enjoyed Vivian's book Not That Kind of Girl, I eagerly picked this one up, expecting a fun contemporary story about friendship.

The four girls, as represented on the cover, are main character Ruby, her best friend Beth, their friend Maria, and the girl who has recently started hanging out with them, Katharine. Ruby thought she was used to her father's abandonment of her and her mom. But she's not, as she realizes when he suddenly r...more
Korianne
I just finished this fabulous piece of fiction, and even though I promised a review of Looking for Alaska soon, it's gonna have to wait. Why? Because this book quite possibly changed my out look on YA Authors! I heart John Green works tremendously, but I really need to spread the word about Siobhan (pronounced shove-on for all you who didn't know)!

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Ruby's turning sixteen . . . but the day doesn't turn out to be as sweet as it's supposed to be. Her long lost father shows up, and...more
Rebecca
This book is about a girl named Ruby who has to deal with a changing dynamic among her group of friends, her fathers reappearance (during her 16th birthday party) after a 6 year absence, and her first love.. all in one week. All of this forces her to deal with her problems and take control (and responsibility) for her own life.
From the synopsis on the back of the book you would think this was a book about best-friends letting a boy ruin their friendship - but you would be wrong. There is a lot m...more
Sumney
WOW!
This is definitely one of my favorite books of the summer!
The only other Siobhan Vivian book I read was the list (it's her latest release) and I was a little disappointed but this book gives no disappointment at all, I'd give 100% or above to a little friendly advice.
The book begins with the day that Ruby turns sixteen. Both of her best friends come over with another girl who they've adopted into their group. Ruby doesn't like her much but she comes anyways.
Rubys father shows up just when...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

Ruby is on the verge of turning sixteen. Her friends have been planning her party for weeks. They all have gathered at her house for a pre-party. Her mom has made her favorite dinner - ziti. All is perfect, down to the vintage Polaroid camera her mother has given her. Then it turns horribly wrong. With the ring of the doorbell, her father, who has been gone for years, has come back into her life.

One night, when Ruby was ten, she sat and watched as her fath...more
Lanaa
Aug 27, 2012 Lanaa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
This was a fun summer read. It’s a book with your average teenage girl, Ruby, battling her problems with friends, a difficult home situation, her first real boyfriend, and of course, high school drama. On her sixteenth birthday party, Ruby’s father comes marching back in, unannounced, after a six year long absence. And that’s when the whole story starts.

This book is only one week in Ruby’s life, though it felt much longer. The author presents chapters of Ruby’s life, mixed with chapters of the...more
Tasha
All Ruby plans on doing for her sixteenth birthday is indulge in ice cream cake, take pictures with her new vintage Polaroid camera, and hang out with her three good friends. There's Beth, who's been her loyal best friend for years, Maria who is full of advice on boys, and Katherine, who Ruby is not so sure about. Everything is going great until Ruby's father, who walked out on her and her mom six years ago, shows up with a cheap bouquet of carnations wanting to talk. Ruby doesn't know how to ha...more
Stevecrandell
I don’t especially like the characters in this book, but I like the dynamic that exists between them.

The story centers on four high school girls who share a high-maintenance friendship. Ruby, the narrator, has never been able to cope with her parents’ divorce. She’s forced to face the situation again when her runaway dad crashes her 16th birthday party.

Best friend Beth is positive and supportive, and an annoying control freak.

The other two girls are a bit more out-of-frame, and only slightly...more
Brandon Will
She doesn't try to be clever, she's just very real. The authenticity seeps through every sentence.

One of the best books I've read that delves exclusively into exploring adolescent female interpersonal relationships and isn't highly exaggerated and "scandalous", just normal girls like the kind we all went to school with.

It really sets up the different dynamics of this group of gals at different stages and levels of friendship, where they are making their own decisions, and these other friends wa...more
Ms. B
Feb 27, 2010 Ms. B rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Ruby is turning 16 and looking forward to a low-key birthday at home. But before she can make the first cut into her Fudgie the Whale ice cream cake, an unexpected guest crashes the party. It’s Ruby’s dad, armed with a bouquet of carnations. Flowers might have been nice, if this hadn’t been the first time Ruby saw him since he left the family six years ago. Shocked by this sudden reappearance, Ruby flees the house with her friends—BFF Beth, boy-crazy Maria, and troublemaker Katherine—right behin...more
HomeschoolGirl
This was a good book. It would have gotten four stars, except I moved onto "Same Difference" and "A Little Friendly Advice" pales in comparison. I feel like through the story, the characters didn't make much progress at all--part of that problem being it spanned a week or so. I also didn't find that any of them had redeeming qualities. Ruby was okay...I like Charlie a lot. (!) Beth, I liked at first, and then I didn't. Maria was kind of a background character, as was Katherine. None of them real...more
Callie Johnson
Even though this book was a little strange during parts, I still think it's a really good book. It's mainly about a girl whose dad left her mom when the girl was little, and on her 16th birthday, her dad came back. She thinks it's her dad's fault he left, but she later on finds out from who she thought was her best friend, who had been hiding a lot of important information from her to keep her safe. It turned out that the dad left because the mom was cheating on the dad. When the girl and the da...more
Marissa
After reading Same Difference and Not That Kind of Girl, I was excited to read A Little Friendly Advice but it was not nearly as good as either.Mostly because I felt that things were really dragged out with the drama with her dad and also things went really too fast with her and Charlie.
So between those two things alone, I just felt that the book wasn't well thought through and it almost seemed like too much was going on at once. From Ruby's dad, to her meeting Charlie, to how things were wit...more
Sasquatch
3.5 stars
What really made this book was the characters. They seemed very real to me and never stereotypical. They all had some traits to make them unqiue. I could completely see where they were coming from.
The plot was well paced. I liked reading about her friendship with Beth and her relationship with her mother. They developed nicely and the ending didn't seem unrealistic. I would have liked to know more about her other friendships though.
Also occasionally her voice started to annoy me like wh...more
Rosa Martinez
A little Friendly advice by Siobhan Vivian is a book every teenage girl should read. This book has a lot of drama with family and friends. Which in my opinion every teenage girl has. The main character in this book is ruby and its her 16 birthday. Ruby's mom always buys her girly stuff like dresses because ruby mom wants her to be more of a girly girl.But ruby is more of a basic person she just prefers to shop at goodwill and wear white tees and worn out Levis. Her mom surprises her with a Pola...more
Laura Martinelli
I don’t know how I exactly feel about this book. I did like it, but from the other stuff I’ve read from Siobhan Vivian thus far, I liked Same Difference and the little bit of The List far more than I did A Little Friendly Advice. It’s not a bad book, it’s just that nothing really grabbed me while I read it.

Credit where credit is due though: I really did like the friendships portrayed here. (Mostly because I went in fearing that this was going to end up with the girls backstabbing each other beca...more
Dreamer

Bir an için, nereden başlayacağımı bilemedim... Kitap "güzel" demek için fazla sıkıcı, ama "kötü" demek için de fazla garip bir sonu var. Evet bu, GARİP kelimesi kitabı tam anlamıyla karşılıyor sanırım. Kitap iki duygu üzerine kurulmuş: Karamsarlık ve üzüntü. Gerçekten öyle, kitabı okuyorum ve gülümseyebileceğim bir kısım olduğunu sanmıyorum. Olaylar sanki bir anda "oldu bitti" kitap da bitti. Yani tanımlayacak bir şey bulamıyorum Thirteen filminin kitaplaştırılmış hali gibi, okurken kaşlarınız...more
Marcia
A Little Friendly Advice is your typical teen chicklit. It's about a sixteen year old girl named Ruby and her friends, her divorced parents, her first kiss, her first boyfriend and of course there's some betrayal along the way. It was a fast and easy read, but nothing special and very predictable. I guess I'm not really in the target audience for books like this anymore ;)
Carol
Hum... A história em si até é interessante (se bem que muito cliché) e há inclusivé momentos de reviravolta total (um pouco previsíveis, apesar de tudo...), mas não gostei muito da personagem principal nem das amiguitas! A melhor delas, na minha opinião é capaz de ser Maria, e só porque não tem um papel muito ativo na estória :p

A Ruby (personagem principal) é um bocado estranha, parece-me que não tem uma personalidade muito definida ou vincada e não gosto da relação dela com a mãe (embora até c...more
Payton D
This book is an ideal portrayal of some of the things high school students go through. Everything Ruby goes through starts from the reappearance of her father. She goes through a lot with her friends and receives some reality checks along the way. I honestly found it hard for me to want to keep reading this book. Even though I didn't like reading it, I do enjoy reading books that are about others my age. It allows me to see that I'm not the only one who goes through some difficult times. I absol...more
Kashis Mack
In this book Ruby is turning 16 years old. But her birthday does not go as planned. Ruby didn't know her father and he decided to show up on hr birthday. But since he's never been there she would much rather spend her birthday with three of her good friends. These friends give her advice about life issues such as the situation with her father, things about boys, and about feelings. That is the main part of the book that connects back to the title of the novel. As the story goes on Ruby realizes...more
Lauren
Polaroid photographer and thrift-store queen Ruby has her sixteenth birthday party interrupted by a surprise visit from her estranged father. In the week following, Ruby discovers that her best friend Beth has intercepted a letter from him, and the tension from Beth's cover-up and Ruby's hesitancy to visit her father at the Holiday Inn by the highway is what drives the rest of Siobhan Vivian's debut novel. Overall, a good read, populated by realistic characters who aren't overtly clever, "quirky...more
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Siobhan Vivian is the author of THE LIST, NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL, SAME DIFFERENCE, and A LITTLE FRIENDLY ADVICE. She also co-wrote BURN FOR BURN, the first novel in a planned trilogy, with her best friend JENNY HAN. She currently lives in Pittsburgh.
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