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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  7,801 ratings  ·  862 reviews
Ruby Millikens liv är fullständigt upp och ner. Hennes mamma har dött, och nu sitter Ruby på ett plan till Los Angeles för att träffa sin pappa för första gången. Han är känd skådespelare och bor granne med Cameron Diaz.

Men Ruby ger inte mycket för L.A. Hur ska hon klara sig utan sin bästis Lizzie och sin pojkvän Ray hemma i Boston? Ray som hon tror att hon kanske älskar m
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Paperback, 318 pages
Published March 5th 2012 by Bonnier Carlsen (first published April 27th 2004)
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Elizabeth
One of the first things the main character Ruby tells us is that she doesn't want the story of her life to be like "one of those hideous books where the mother dies and so the girl has to go live with her absentee father and he turns out to be an alcoholic heroin addict who brutally beats her and sexually molests her thereby causing her to become a bulimic ax murderer." I think the author had Ruby exaggerate this cliche plotline so much to distract us from the fact that the plot of this book is ...more
Valerie
Feb 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Valerie by: Kim
Shelves: young-adult
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies is Sonya Sones' third book written in verse. I actually read What My Mother Doesn't Know and What My Boyfriend Doesn't Know before this one, and I loved those two so much that it's hard to judge this one fairly on its own merits.

Although I really liked this book - four stars worth - I found its premise to be a little unbelievable: After Ruby's mom dies she has to go live with her dad, who she's never met, and who (by the way) also happens to be a
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Lauren
Oct 26, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really don't understand why young adult authors think that they have to make their characters clones of Holden Caulfield to create an interesting, worth-while story. In my personal opinon, it usually just turns into a whiny mess. To make matters worse, when the author compares their protagonist character to Holden directly in the text, the book turns into an automatic cheese-fest.
From the start, when poor little Ruby was whining on about "not being depressed", nope "not at all", I knew this wa
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Shelbi
Sep 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Shelbi by: Ms. Cranford
Shelves: book-club
This book is amzing! I absolutley loved it, and would read it a million times! I loved thid book because it was realistic and imaginative at the same time. one of those hideous books where the mother dies is enjoyable and I liked being able to realate to Ruby being a teen just like me. I don't know how she handled her mother dying so well, I give her credit for being able to do that considering I wouldn't ne able to. I recommend this books to any girls interested in reading about a 15 year old t ...more
Vicki
I loved this really quick read in verse. Ruby is a young 15 year old who is on her way to live with her dad after her mother died, but Ruby is far less than happy to leave her home and friends and boyfriend. She truly resents her father for not being in her life; however, as is typical things are never what they seem.

Recommendation:Even if you don't normally read books in verse, make this one an exception.
Alex
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very emotional book.
Claire Hutton
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion, I think this book was better than the other 2 books I recently read by Sonya Sones. The theme of the book sometimes you just need a little trust in someone and the world might eventually come together. This is the theme because throughout the book the main character named Ruby does not trust her dad who she hasn't seen in about 14 years and she won't even acknowledge him. When she does start trusting him though, he saves her life and they become very close. Every person has a stor ...more
Dezra Bennett
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, owned-books
I honestly didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. It left me speechless by the end of it.
Kammera
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
Definitely for young adults. The middle just dragged on with more of the same "I hate my dad" dialogue and boring diary entries. There just was never any real exciting events that moved the plot along. I thought it weird that the author had Ruby devastated over her mothers death and then proceed to ask her in a diary entry how she is doing 6 feet under and various related entries like this. Just had a real flip tone about it and seemed out of place and got annoying after awhile . A lot of filler ...more
Kendra
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies, by Sonya Sones is a book that is about a girl named Ruby, who grows up with her mom not being in the picture. She lives with her Aunt, has the best boyfriend and has a great best friend. She grew up not having a dad, but was able to watch him in movies. There came a day when she had to go to California to live with her dad, because her aunt decided it was time to go with her boyfriend and live her life. She ends up going to the school where all ...more
Angieforlife
The title of the book sounds scary, but the book is really good and interesting. Of course the mother dies because that's the title of the book, but I'm not going to say how she died. Ruby had to move to a new place to live with her father and she wasn't excited about that. Ruby met and learned many things in the book, and also realized that it wasn't so bad moving with her father after all. I love this book a lot as well as other books that Sonya Sones has. While I was reading this book It made ...more
Nashalie Hidalgo
In love with this book! It's amazing , it shows how judging a person by their looks or ya history don't mean anything
Isabella
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Zola
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my review

of the novel in verse,
"One of Those
Hideous Books Where
The Mother Dies".

Due to the
somewhat strange format
this book is written in,
I will be writing my review in the same fashion.

It's about a girl
(her name is Ruby)
and her mother dies,
sending Ruby to California
to live with her celebrity father Whip Logan
who, as far as she can tell,
she's only seen him in movies.

(view spoiler)
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Alice Walker
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Recently, I’ve started getting back into the YA books I read as a teenager and this is one of my favorites. one of those hideous books where the mother dies was the first book I read that's written in verse instead of prose. I know this is more of a fad now, with books written in text messages even, but this book got it right. The format gives you short but detailed glances into the mind of a teenaged girl, Ruby, who has just lost her mother and now has to live with her estranged father. Sonya S
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Gabby Crellin
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The theme of this book is that even if bad things in life keep on happening over and over, just be patient because soon something good will happen. Because When Ruby's mom dies she has to move away from her freinds to live with her famouse dad she has never met before.
Bailey Jacobs
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and really liked how it was written in-verse. It was fun and easy to read. There were no boring and drawn out parts of it. The story line was really interesting and I loved how it was from the point of view of a celebrity's daughter. The main character was pretty cool and had a really interesting life. Three main things that made me really like this book were its point of view, its relatability, and the author's writing style.

It was really cool how this book was told by the da
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Nicole M
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies
by Sonya Sones
Ruby Milliken, a fifteen year old girl, was sent to Los Angeles, California to live with her movie star father leaving her best friend Lizzie and boy friend Ray in Boston. Ruby’s mother died early that year so her Aunt Duffy has been taking care of her. Whip, Ruby’s father, finally gets the chance to be with his daughter who her mother has kept him from. Ruby has so much anger towards Whip because he missed 15 years of her life and i
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katyjanereads
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. I did not like this book until about 3/4 of the way in.
2. The dad being nice, Lizzy and Ray getting together, and her dad being Ripley were pretty predictable.
3. Okay, so Ruby says that the guy behind her on the airplane is eating his boogers. IF HES BEHIND HER HOW CAN SHE SEE THAT???!! Its equally as creepy then if she is turning around watching him eat boogers.
4. I dont know whether/to ask him for his autograph,/kick him in the balls,/or run. haha
5. Her dream room was my dream room as a
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DEICHELLE
well i am still currently reading this book, but so far it's pretty interesting. this book is about a girl who mother dies and she has to movw to L.A with her movie star dad that she never even met except at the movies on her birthday he performed in,this fifteen year old girl has to move away from everything/everbody she loves dearly. her boyfirend Ray, her bestfriend in the whole wide world Lizze. even the lady that was there for the whole time when her mother died her aunt Duffy.her bestfrie ...more
Sarah Clements
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sandi
Jul 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grade 8 and up
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies

Great story, told in verse, but it never feels short or limited, or rushed. Ruby has never known her father, but when her mother dies she goes to live with him in LA. As if it isn’t so bad that LA is a million miles away from Boston, it gets worse: her father is a famous actor. For a few months Ruby resents her dad who has never been a part of her life. She thinks everything he says is phony and for a show to impress people. He doesn’t push or pres
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Andrew Porteus
15 year old Ruby is bitter and angry - her mother died, she has to go live with her mega movie-star father in Los Angeles (who I've never even met / because he's such a scumbag / that he divorced my mother / before I was even born) and she is torn away from her boyfriend Ray, her best friend Lizzie, and her beloved Aunt Ruby, who are all left behind in Boston, and all of whom betray her in some fashion during the course of the novel.

Ruby's first few months in LA are explored in a series of one t
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Sally Monem
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Those Hideous Books Where The Mother Dies by Sonya Sones is a captivating novel told by chapters that are poems. The poems tell the story of a girl who looses her mother, and has to move to california to live with her father, who coincidently is a movie star. The novel is a first hand account of how Ruby, the main character, dealt with all this loss, and moving to a new state with her unknown father. The story throws in some amazing plot twists that the reader does not see coming, which m ...more
Malcolm J
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kaylin Thompson
One of those hideous books where the mother dies is about a young teenage girl who grows up without a mother and somewhat a father. She doesn't see her dad unless he is on the TV or movie screen. Ruby lives with her aunt and seems to be having a good life; she has the best boyfriend and a great best friend. Her life seems to be going okay until she is forced to move to California with her dad.

When Ruby gets to California she has to go to a new school. Not to mention a school where all the famous
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Chae
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fast read. When I first heard of the book, I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but I was absolutely sucked in! The story plot was so common, but had a twist especially at the end of the novel. I definitely enjoyed it, and would recommend it to someone who wants a fast and funny read.
Ruby is a typical Boston girl, who unfortunately loses her mother, and is forced to move to L.A. to live with her famous father, Whip Logan. Ruby absolutely dreads L.A. until the very last pages o
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Libbi
Feb 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
This was a fantastic book! It was funny, sarcastic and unique. This book was also easy to read because each page was short and sweet. I liked this book so much it only took me a few days to read. Even though i loved the whole book, i had a particulary favorite part. My favorite part of the book was when Ruby and her father finally started having a normal, father-daughter relationship. It was my favorite part because Ruby started off hating her father and not wanting to be around him, to slowly r ...more
hayden
Man, I'm on a verse-novel kick lately!

This is the first Sones book I've ever read, and it really reminded me of Alyson Noel's beginning novels. The tone similarity was striking. Granted, Noel's books weren't written in verse, but they were very similar.

So, with that said, I really enjoyed it.

I've always liked a little contemporary. I really liked how in this book, the plot started thin, and then it thickened right before your eyes, until all the plot lines blurred before your eyes. I love the th
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Suzanne Moore
Ruby's life changes dramatically when her mother dies, and she goes to live with her Oscar winning father in L.A. She never really knew him except from watching his performances on the big screen. Even so, it is erie how much they think alike. Written in journal prose form, Ruby expresses her sorrow over losing her mother and depression after leaving behind her boyfriend and best friend on the East coast to live with her father on the West coast. She even emails her dead mother throughout the st ...more
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SONYA SONES has written seven young adult novels in verse: Stop Pretending, What My Mother Doesn’t Know, What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know, One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies, To Be Perfectly Honest, Saving Red, and The Opposite of Innocent.

Her books have received many awards, including a Christopher Award, the Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry, the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award, a L
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