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Honey, Baby, Sweetheart

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  6,062 ratings  ·  392 reviews
It is summer in the Northwest town of Nine Mile Falls, and sixteen-year-old Ruby McQueen, ordinarily dubbed The Quiet Girl, finds herself hanging out with gorgeous, rich, thrill-seeking Travis Becker. 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, Ruby’s mother, Ann, drags Ruby to the weekly book
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Re-write: An insanely boring read. Empty plot holes. Simple, uninteresting characters. Weak female-protagonist. Will not re-read in future.
I don't often dislike books but this one I truly had a difficult time completing. I started skimming through this book towards the middle of the book when I realized it was not getting any better. I didn't want to just abandon it as I've never ever abandoned a book before so I skimmed it all the way to the end. It was just really sad that I found this book boring and insignificant. I didn't find any of the characters appealing or interesting enough to follow their stories. I just didn't connect ...more
Jan 28, 2009 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Girls of all ages
Recommended to Katy by: Jenna
This is one of the greatest YA fiction novels I have ever read. I went into it with skeptism because the person who recommended the book to me loves stories where one of the lovers in a relationship dies at the end and I hate those sorts of stories.
This was a lot more than a story about summer love. In fact, I guess it is nothing about that. It's about love in general-- between family, friends, and your soul-mate. It's about finding and completing yourself not by someone else, but in yourself.
I was on the line about whether to add this book to the "enjoyably bad" shelf, since I couldn't decide if it was actually bad. Cheesy, fluffy, and overly quirky, sure, but bad? Well, I'm on disc 5 now, and I've decided. It is bad. Still enjoyable, though.

What's best about this book: dead-on portrayal of bad love. The teenage main character and her mother each have a dumbass bad boy in their life that they can't seem to quit. The magnetism and idiocy of the boys and the addictive results of that
Mar 31, 2011 Nic rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Sarah Ockler, Sarah Dessen
Rating: A 3.5 stars

This is a realistic and tender coming of age story. I love Caletti writing style. So thoughtful and beautiful. I highlighted so many quotes from this book. Enjoyed the plot at the beginning but about two thirds of the way in I got a little bored. If it had a strong plot it could have been a brilliant read. All the characters were interesting and well rounded. Overall another good book from Caletti but not quite as strong Stay (which I read recently also).

Sorry for the lack o
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Once again Caletti has created a vividly adventurous (and humorous) home-spun coming of age story. My first Caletti novel was The Secret Life of Prince Charming and oh the characters! It's the same with Honey, Baby, Sweetheart. The characters are jewels...and the story is so familiar yet so enjoyable.
Ruby McQueen doesn't hang out with boys. She's a good girl, has one girlfriend, a love-sick insecure librarian mother, a little brother, and a chewing machine of a dog. Typical family, typical girl
I have mixed feelings about my first Deb Caletti read.

I loved the idea of this book ~ the Quiet Girl and the rich, wild boy and one summer where everything goes a little crazy.

I also loved portions of the prose. Every now and then a sentence/paragraph/sentiment would just be perfectly captured ~ you could highlight this little book like crazy with all those hidden gems.

Unfortunately, those gems do get hidden ~ drowning in often over-written passages. If I were to edit this book I would pare it r
The unavoidable factor that underlies all of Deb Calleti's books is their uniqueness. Sometimes, the uniqueness is good - streamlined writing, interesting characters that are not too quirky, and a well-defined plot. Other times, it is bad. This was one of the bad ones.

This being my third book by Deb Calleti, I was not quite sure what to expect. One of her other books I had given two stars, while her most recent novel I had given five. On the other hand, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart is a National Book
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
For the most part, I liked this. When it wasn't focused on the bad boy subplot. But I liked how it got resolved at least.

I found myself more interested in the mom's book club members and helping out a fellow member. That also includes a road trip. And Ruby and her family bonding along the way, etc.

Other than that, this was an okay but good in moments kind of read.
Feb 26, 2012 Cara rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cara by: Dani
Shelves: fun-or-frivolity
My sister reviewed this book and made it sound so delicious, I had to get it. By the time it arrived, I had forgotten any of the details of her review--just a halo of "Dani" over the book--so I was expecting it to be really good.

I started reading, and it was kind of horrible. I kept going, getting more and more appalled, thinking, "She thought this was good?! What on earth am I going to say to her?" It was only when I interrupted my reading for a BBQ potato chip quest that I remembered: she she
Savannah (Books With Bite)
What I liked most was the love and self discovery in this book. Have you ever fallen in love with a boy who is just all wrong for you. He gets you to lie, do bad things and even almost gets you seriously hurt?

The MC discover who she really is and not who the boy defines her as. Ruby meets a boy who not only make her fall fast but he knows it as well. Ruby thinks that because age loves him she can't be who she is. Her mother is a great role. She has been through a lot and shows Ruby what love re
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Based on the summary above, you'd think that this is just a contemporary YA novel with a love story. While the romance is a huge aspect of the novel, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart contains much more. This is a story about a teenage girl finding herself. She believes she's in love with a bad boy when in fact, she's more in love with the idea of falling in love. I could totally relate to Ruby even though she's known as The Quiet Girl and I've never been the shy type. In fact, I'm
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Gaby Méndez
I heard that she was a great author but I honestly hated this book. Was really boring and nothing important or interesting happened. It's not worth it reading this book.
I've read this book several months ago and I didn't particularly enjoy it. The writing style is pretty good, but I had a problem with the characters and the way the author tells her story - like it's a cautionary tale and it should teach teenagers what to avoid in life and how to behave. I absolutely hate it when the author tries to teach the readers a lesson! The moral of this tale is simple : you shouldn't let other people influence you in a bad way, you shouldn't value your boyfriend's opinio ...more
Brilliant book. Brilliant!!! Made me laugh and it made me cry - my favorite kind!
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Andreia Silva
Deb Caletti é, oficialmente, uma das minhas autoras favoritas! Quero ler tudo o que esta mulher escreve o que não é assim tão pouco, para minha alegria! O que eu mais gosto nestes livro é que, apesar de serem rotulados de YA (e são, na realidade) e de terem como protagonistas de história adolescentes, são livros profundos, complexos e acima de tudo inspiradores.

"Honey, Baby, Sweetheart" traz-nos uma quiet girl, aquele menina que faz tudo para que o mundo passe por ela e não a reconheça, que lhe
Melanie Barrall
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti- 308 pages
In the book Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, by Deb Caletti, Ruby Mc Queen, the protagonist, is 16 years old and lives in the small town of Nine Mile Falls, Texas with her mom, Ann and her brother, Chip Jr. Her dad, Chip had left her family a little after Chip Jr. was born hoping for luck in the music business. Ann still loved Chip and so whenever he came to visit, she would be in a great mood and buy expensive food for them, even though it was hard becau
Ruby McQueen's summer is not turning out at all like she'd thought it would - this "Quiet Girl" is managing to be loud in all sorts of unexpected ways. There so much about this book, and these characters that I loved - Ruby was as real to me as a fictional character can be: Sixteen year old NTE was right there with her while she did all sorts of stupid things, not knowing how to make herself stop. There was the relationship between Ruby and her mother, Ann, which felt so true that it almost hurt ...more
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To say that I was utterly conflicted about this book would be an understatement. I was incredulous at some of the characters, I had difficulty digesting what the author really wanted to convey, and I had trouble joining together the two seemingly disjointed sub-stories involved.

Sixteen-year-old Ruby McQueen is dubbed The Quiet Girl until she no longer is – quiet, that is – all thanks to filthy rich, motorcycle-riding “bad boy” Travis Becker. Suddenly, all she ever thought
If you are looking for a typical teen love story,look elsewhere. Yes, it's true that a portion of the book is taken up with the story of how Ruby falls for Travis. But from the beginning,we know things will not work out. Travis is a "bad boy," and not just because he rides his motorcycle too fast. He makes Ruby do things that cause pain for herself and those she cares about.

Once she figures this out, or more accurately, acknowledges what she has always known, she throws herself into the adventu
In the small town of Nine Mile Falls, 16 year old, Ruby McQueen is very ordinary and quiet...until she started hanging out with the handsome, rich, thrill-seeking, biker, Travis Becker. Ruby soon falls head over heals for him but soon realizes she is risking more and more when she's with him. Ruby's mother drags Ruby to her weekly Senior book club to keep her occupied and Ruby discovered that one of the group members is the subject of a tragic love story the book club is reading. Ruby is determi ...more
While I enjoyed Caletti’s writing style, I felt that the plot was too disjointed to really make this very enjoyable. We start with Ruby McQueen’s lament that she is “The Quiet One.” Her unexpected meeting with the rich, handsome, and gossiped-about Travis Becker, however, make her throw her usual caution and invisibility to the wind in order to go along with him on thrill rides on his motorcycle. When his daredevil antics start tipping over into breaking-and-entering, however, Ruby’s mother (her ...more
I love Deb so much! Not only is she a wonderful woman, but she writes with no fear. She takes what could be a generic YA story about a boy and a girl, and instead makes it real. The boy is not the prince and the girl makes mistakes. It's gritty, heart wrenching and real, but at the same time uplifting, warm and loving. The Queens steal the show in this book that really teaches us all some needed lessons and reminds us of all the ups and downs in life.
I didn't love this book. It has my kind of ring to it: good girl falls for the bad boy, mixed in with a mom-librarian, and a troupe of insane old people bustled together in some sort of strange road trip adventure. . . but I still didn't like it. The side characters were spectacular. The story within the story, lost love between a writer and a poet, was beautiful. But the actual story was lackluster to me. I couldn't love Ruby or her unlovable bad boy Travis. Every scene that pitted them togethe ...more
First of all I would normally not be particularly interested in a book called "Honey, Baby, sweetheart" because it sounds like your run of the mill revoltingly cutesy romance, but alas this was not the case. I have read other novels by Deb Caletti and I have found them not only intensely satisfying but also very emotionally riveting. I would certainly not label this book the pinnacle point in her writing career but the story did contain some, dare I say, beautiful qualities. The complexity of th ...more
Brandy Painter
This book has a misleading title and cover. I never would have read it if I hadn't read this review written by my friend Chachic. This is a book about breaking out of destructive cycles, learning from your mistakes, and second chances. It is not just Ruby's story but also her mother's story and the story of the Casserole Queens. I liked the multi-generational relationships portrayed in the novel. The commentary on women and their motivations for seeking love is spot on, if a little didactic. Thi ...more
I was surprised by how great this book was. I couldn't put it down... It was meaningful but also funny. I loved her and her brother's little games and the old people! They were hilarious!
"'If you ever, and I mean EVER use anything you learned in chemistry in your real adult life, I want you to call me. From wherever you are. Even if you're eighty, I want that call. 'Sydney, I actually used something I learned in chemistry class.' Promise me." My feelings exactly.
"We are thickly layered, page lyi
Julie mahomie 4-life
I loved this book it truly to me to another world. I could picture everything so perfectly. I love ruby she is a very likable person. I totally get her and all the characters......even travis. I presonly love him and I think he actually a good person. I think he was wounded by his parents and that why he acts the way he dose. If I was ruby I would have fallen for him too, a girl always wants to make a bad boy good.also Rudy's relationship with her brother reminds me of mine with my bro.ohhh I ca ...more
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Deb Caletti is an award winning author and National Book Award finalist. Her many books for young adults include “The Nature of Jade,” “Stay,” “The Story of Us,” and "Honey, Baby Sweetheart," winner of the Washington State Book award, the PNBA Best Book Award, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award. Her tenth book with Simon & Schuster, “The Last Forever,” released in April 2014. Her first book ...more
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