Summary: “Ruby, where is your mother?” With that question from the social worker, Ruby knows the game is up. She’s been living alone in the old yellow house, waiting out the months until she turns eighteen and can finally be on her own legally. It certainly wasn’t in her plan to be reunited with Cora, the sister who left ten years before, and brought to live with Cora and her wealthy entrepreneur husband. Suddenly life is transformed: a luxurious house, private school, new clothes, and even the chance of a future Ruby couldn’t have dreamed of. Her old life has been left behind, but where does she fit in this new life? Only Nate, the genial, popular boy next door, seems to understand, perhaps because he’s hiding some secrets of his own.
Why I picked it up: I heard about this book a few years ago, and I wanted to read it but I never found it. So when I was shelving books at the library and I saw it, I recognized it and decided to read it.
Why I kept reading it: The main character, Ruby, is suddenly surrounded by all this money and glamour, but she doesn’t become spoiled and is really down to earth. It’s not one of those lovey-dovey stories about her and some guy. It’s a realistic story, but it isn’t cheesy, even though books from this genre typically are.
Who would I give it to next: I would recommend this book to anybody who likes Sarah Dessen’s other books, because she is an amazing author.
Reviewed by Nihal S.