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Finding Ruby Starling

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  526 ratings  ·  98 reviews
THE PARENT TRAP comes to the digital age!

When Ruth Quayle used a special app to search for pictures of herself online, she found dozens of images of "Ruth Quayle" -- and one of "Ruby Starling."

When Ruby Starling gets a message from a Ruth Quayle proclaiming them to be long-lost twin sisters, she doesn't know what to do with it -- until another message arrives the day after
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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PSU yes, its kind of sad to know that Ruth is adopted, and that she had a hole in her heart. :(

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Feb 03, 2015 marked it as dnf
Shelves: arc, middle-grade
If I recommended this to anyone, it wouldn't be someone over the age of twenty. It's a shame I hated this one so much that I had to quit reading, because I really enjoyed Karen Rivers' companion book, "The Encyclopedia of Me." I just managed to forget how utterly obnoxious Ruth Quayle was in between books. Also, the slang was what really killed it for me. I talk like a normal person and the "totes" (totally), "obvi" (obvious), etc. REALLY got on my ever-loving nerves. Just not the book for me. S ...more
{my thoughts} – Forgiveness. This book is about a twelve year-old named Ruth Quayle and her journey to forgive herself and her birth mother for the events that have taken place during her life.

Ruth – She is a girl that loves to write poetry, has one true friend named Jedgar. She nearly died when she was a baby and had a heart transplant. She is adopted and her parents are a heart surgeon and a scientist. Her father loves pushing Buddhist thoughts onto her that make her think. She has a dog named
Alyssa Jacobo
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Finding Ruby Starling is probably my favorite book yet, I feel like I can really relate to this book. Finding Ruby Starling is basically about two girls, one in New York and the other in Great Britain. They were supposedly separated at birth which makes them not only sisters but twins. Ruth, from New York, is very determined to find out what this situation is all about.
On the other hand Ruby , from Great Britain, just thinks that this is all a prank or she is being stalked. Ruth starts to reali
Jul 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
My thanks to Scholastic and NetGalley

Point of View: Multiple
Writing Style: First Person | Present Tense/Past Tense
Setting: England/US
Genre: Middle Grade | Realistic Fiction/Epistolary Novel

I haven't read many epistolary novels before, and after this I don't think I want to read another one any time soon.

For those who haven't already known, epistolary novels are books written in the forms of letters, diaries, emails and stuff like that. So yeah, this whole book was the exchanging of emails and l
Julia Nashif
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Goosebumps, goosebumps everywhere!

Thank you, NetGalley and Scholastic, for this free book to review!

Wow.... I'm impressed. Karen Rivers turned a cliche into a fun and sometimes chilling read. How could someone keep one twin but abandon the other?

What I liked:

1. The girls' voices. They each has a distinct personality. Ruby is a shy, lonely British girl and Ruth is a loud, excitable (also lonely) American girl who uses a ton of slang. Who actually says "Totes obvi"? For those of you who don't spea
The writing just didn't click with me. Part of that is just whatever weird brain alchemy makes book-clicking (not) happen, but also do kids really email each other these days??? Do they talk like this??? I didn't really buy it. And maybe they do! I don't have kids and I am rarely around them. But it still didn't work for me.
Jessica | Bookish Serendipity
;">Things I Loved About This Book:

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for honest review. This does not affect my opinion or review.

It is written entirely in Tumblr entries, emails and movie scripts. How interesting is that? I don't think many people could have pulled that off, but Karen Rivers definitely did. I honestly felt like I was having a peek into the world of these characters and that is something, I believe, that is hard to create.
Positive view of the Internet.
Finding Ruby Starling by Karen Rivers was overall a very interesting read. Told completely by emails and other computer data, I was given a good grasp for the characters, but I couldn’t truly connect or relate. The thing is it seemed very unrealisitic to me to be told in all emails. I loved the writer’s creativity at making it an all-email-told story, but sometimes it just seemed unrealistic, such as when her parents email her from downstairs, “Come down, honey. Your ice cream’s melting. We have ...more
American Mensa
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chapter-books
With forgiveness and understanding, any love can be rekindled.

Ruby Starling, by Karen Rivers, takes us through the minds of two separate 12 year old girls, Ruth Quayle and Ruby Starling, living in their own worlds far away from one another. Everything is perfect, until they find out they were twins, separated at birth. They then begin to piece together their history, discovering themselves and each other in the process. Told through a series of emails, this story shows how with forgiveness and
Samantha Diaz
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have currently finished reading Finding Ruby Starling by Karen Rivers. This book is about two twins named Ruby and Ruth that found each other on the Internet. Since Ruby’s mom gave Ruth up when she was born because of bad heart, they had to put in someone’s heart named Ashley Mary Jane. After 12 years of being separated they once again see each other again. Ruby and Ruth make a plan to tell the parents that they found a twin. Many attempts have tried, but since the parents were always busy th ...more
Jeff Raymond
Probably closer to a 3.5.

Told in a series of email exchanges, Ruby Starling (in the UK) learns that she has a twin sister in the US. Thus begins a series of events to uncover how it happened, why it happened, and to link two families together.

The concept is really quick and simple, the execution...okay. The result is a pretty entertaining, fast-paced YA tale that does a good job discussing family secrets and the harm they can do. It may not be the best at any of the specific things it seeks out
Sep 17, 2014 rated it liked it
I am all for epistolary novels, but this one pushed my suspension of disbelief too far. I live halfway across the country from my parents, and I'm still way more likely to text or call than email them. What kind of parent emails a child that it's time for bed anyway? Get off the couch and walk down to the kid's bedroom, lady. Or if you're that busy, yell really loudly.
Kristy Chung
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
its awesome!! much more interesting at the end.
Madalyn Brand
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was really good! It was cool because it was all written in emails.
Ferris Wheel
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Finding Ruby Starling is a book based on two twelve year olds, each living in separate countries. One girl, Ruth Quayle decides to look up herself on the internment one day. What she finds, surprises her. She sees pictures of her long lost twin, Ruby Starling. She sends a message to Ruby, then another, and another after that. Finally, Ruby answers. This book is compiled of emails, tweets, and much more.

Ruth, a very outgoing girl from America, is lonely and feels like she has a part of her missi
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Ruth Quayle, 12, a New Yorker and an adoptee, discovers her image on a site called FaceTrace, and to her surprise realizes it isn’t her body in those trendy clothes but an identical one nevertheless. Could it be that she has an identical twin, and in England, no less? A little research leads her to Ruby Starling, a girl her exact age living with a single mom. Ruth starts an email barrage to Ruby explaining her fantastic theory. After much convincing that she isn’t a stalker, Ruth connects with R ...more
Amaya Jenks
This is a great book, would really recommend it
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
When Ruth does a computer search for her own face using "FaceTrace", she discovers an identical twin living in England. The story unfolds in emails and a few hand-written notes; ones that Ruth sends & receives to/from her best friend Jedgar, her mom, her dad, and her twin Ruby, and ones that Ruby sends & receives to/from her best friends Fiona, Sophie/Chloe, her mom, and her dead grandmother. Although the tone is lighthearted, it is grounded in deeper thoughts & emotions as Ruth slowly realizes ...more
Written through emails, letters, tumblr entries, and movie scripts, this novel covers some unlikely territory but has fun while doing so. Twelve-year-old Ruth Quayle happen upon several online images of a girl who looks a great deal like her. When she contacts the girl, Ruby Starling, who lives in Great Britain, Ruth is convinced that they must be twins. At first Ruby is sure that Ruth must be a stalker, but eventually there are too many coincidences, and her heart tells her the truth. Fans of t ...more
Aliza Purificacion
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story is a email story. It is about two twins who never met but have been separated at birth. There is Ruth Quayle she just emails Ruby Starling who is from England. Ruby and her friends think at first that Ruth is just a stalker. Ruth tries to convince Ruby that they are actually twins by sending emails of pictures of them. Ruby then gives up and believes her. Ruby and Ruth get to know each other and what everything is life. Then Ruth finds out that she is adopted and that Ruby’s mom is he ...more
Hayley Ringger
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book 12
First, in this book there are a lot of amazing things that happen. This is a very exciting book and there were a lot of big things that happened. One major thing is what the whole book is about and that is that a girl named Ruth has found her twin sister. It is a whole journey about finding your real family and your actual real life twin sister. Also, in the book it tells a whole bunch of stories about why they were split up at birth and all these other great backstories that really make
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of The Parent Trap or Rivers' other books
Finding Ruby Starling has an interesting concept--kind of an Internet-based Parent Trap (though I found it hard to believe the girls really could have been separated the way they were)--ultimately, though, I think it could have been better. I didn't really like any of the characters, and their voices weren't very believable.

What I also didn't realize is that this is supposed to be a companion novel to Rivers' The Encyclopedia of Me. There's some overlap in characters, but neither book is requir
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book because there are a lot of cliffhangers in the story that make you want to keep reading, also you learn a lot more about the characters and you learn to love them. I thought it was cool how this story was told in emails or letters between the two characters. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and anyone who likes a good family, sister, love, and friendship book would love this.
Jianna Yim
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This story talks about a pair of twins, Ruth and Ruby who had been separated since birth. Ruth finds an identical looking girl from England in the internet and tries to get the girl called Ruby.

I enjoyed the book very much, it was fun and interesting to read. The whole book was written in an "email" format, Karen Rivers made the story even more fun to read.

I also like Ruth's personality, she may be adopted but she has a positive mind, which I appreciate.
Miss Sarah
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
What do you do when someone from a foreign country writes you and says they are your long lost twin sister? You freak out and think they are crazy right? This delightful book told in emails explores two girls finding out and getting to know each other and their family secrets. Upper elementary. I loved the emotions and questions posed when everyone thinks they are doing the right thing.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
honestly didn't get good until 3/4 through
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was great
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
It was a good book
almost like the "Parent Trap" but through emails
Gretta Patterson
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was fun! at time I found a bit boring but both girls had fun personalities, and it was fun jumping back and forth between lives.
Sarah K
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I thought this book had a interesting title, but when I read the book, it was pretty complicated. I give this a 3 out of 5.
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