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Honey, Baby, Sweetheart

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  7,421 ratings  ·  488 reviews
Right away I got that Something About To Happen feeling. Right away I knew he was bad, and that it didn't matter.

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 a
Paperback, 308 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Simon Pulse (first published May 4th 2004)
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Sep 29, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
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 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 15, 2012 added it
Shelves: audio, enjoyably-bad
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
Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Sep 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, mixed-feelings
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
Books and Literature for Teens
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
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
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.
Sarah Marie
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti

3.25 stars

Ruby McQueen is sixteen-years-old and finds herself hanging out with Travis Becker, a bad boy with a motorcycle and an obscene amount of money. Ruby finds herself on a road trip with her mother’s book club and reuniting one of the members with the man who got away. The writing drags a little at times. It’s not always the most immersive and at times I found myself struggling to care. However, the humor in this novel makes up for the rocky writing. I

Jul 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-2010
Originally posted here.

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
Feb 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  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)
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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Gaby Méndez
Nov 30, 2008 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 2.5/5

Review to come!
May 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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
Brenda Lane
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Wow this book was awesome, I'm surprised it has such a low score here on Goodreads like truly don't understand the negativity, honestly the writing was actually PHENOMENAL there were times when it legitimately left me breathless. As to the plot it was quite amazing, sure it's not the most action packed book in history but it was so poetic and deep and I was able to personally relate to the main character. I love all the secondary characters they were so real and well created I'm quite sure this ...more
Mar 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book. Brilliant!!! Made me laugh and it made me cry - my favorite kind!
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

I picked this book up on a whim. It was a free read on Riveted and since I had yet to read a book by Deb Caletti, I decided to give it a read.

Honey, Baby, Sweetheart is about a teenage girl, Ruby McQueen's, summer. There are two main storylines. First, while walking home from work she passes the new Becker house and one day meets Travis Becker. This sets off a fast and spiraling relationship. She ride
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love. Everything was just perfect. So tender and heartfelt.
Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Monique by: Tina
Originally posted here.


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
Melanie Barrall
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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Brandy Painter
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 Spohn
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-favorie-books
Hahaha. Wow. Some parts in this book are SSSOOOOO funny!!! Like the parts where it mentions shit, shit. Hahahahahaha!
Anyways, this book is a book above l<3ve. Duh.
It's really touching and it's really good too. Very entertaining. 308 pages, I finished it in three days.
I would recommend this book to people who like reading romance. And guys COULD read this if they wanted too but it would be a little weird.
There is also a little bit of mystery in it. Just a tad bit in the middle and the rest is
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Deb Caletti is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of over sixteen books for adults and young adults, including Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, a finalist for the National Book Award, and A Heart in a Body in the World, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. Her books have also won the Josette Frank Award for Fiction, the Washington State Book Award, and numerous other state awards and honors, and ...more

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