I was introduced to this book through Pulseit. It was offered free to read during a certain time period. When I read the beginning of the description, I knew I had to read it. The time expired before I had time to read it, so I went to the library and checked it out.
Ruby McQueen is a sixteen-year-old high school student with the name, she thinks, of a rodeo cowgirl porn star, or, maybe worse, a Texas beauty queen runner-up.
The setting for the story is not Texas, it’s around the Seattle area. Ruby is a quiet girl who likes to stay under the radar. It’s the summer before her senior year, and it becomes a summer of reckoning. A summer of learning and growing and figuring out what true love and family means.
I found myself picking it up to read and then setting it down. It took me longer than it should have to read. For me, it wasn’t a page turner. It was a book I enjoyed but did not feel compelled to read quickly. I think Deb Caletti is a good writer. She has lines that resonate with the reader. I like the way she develops her characters. Specifically, the Casserole Queens ( a book club her mom runs for seniors). Although the story is about Ruby and her summer of rebellion, and how she is attracted to a boy who is nothing but trouble and seems to get his kicks out of pulling her into situations she would normally not put herself in; it’s about a lot more.
I don’t want to spoil anything for you if you decide to read it. This is a YA (young adult) book, which doesn’t bother me at all. I like to read all kinds of books. This was a worthwhile read. I would read more from this author.
Here is quotation from the book that I liked, “This is what I know: We are all a volume on the shelf of the Nine Mile Falls Library, a story unto ourselves, never possibly described with one word or even very accurately with thousands. A person is never as quiet or unrestrained as they seem, or as bad or good, as vulnerable or as strong, as sweet or as feisty; we are thickly layered, page lying upon page, behind simple covers” (301).