Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Responding Book Review: One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies


One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies
By: Sonya Sones
The theme in the reviewer’s perspective was: “The book reflects on what is important to a teenage girl and how social issues impact the life of all teenagers.” I agree with this because, in the book after Ruby’s mom dies she has to live with her dad in a new city with none of her old friends. This changes her view on many things in her world, which, I think was very insightful. It was insightful because, the book has many different side-themes building on the main theme and she pulled out the big idea from the book. There was one thing in this review I didn’t entirely agree with. It reads: “The main theme of the book is social issues and how you should look for the brighter side of life even when everything around you seems dull at the time.” It is a good statement, but I think she could’ve incorporated the ideas. “Ruby, a fifteen-year-old girl, is hauled all the way to L.A. to live with her mega-famous father after her mother tragically dies.” I agree with the reviewer’s statement on the setting. Ruby was flown to L.A. to live with her father. I think the reviewer could’ve gone a bit deeper. The book and Ruby’s setting changed, how would you feel if you were Ruby? The lifestyle, city, school and house are all new. In the review, the first four sentences gave you a sense of the characters. You understand how Ruby feels for her father and what she will cope with in L.A. To understand Ruby, you have to read a bit more. The reviewer’s second sentence tells you about other characters she loves and misses from her old home. How much Ruby despises her father is portrayed in the reviewer’s third sentence. In the fourth sentence, the reviewer depicts how Ruby feels for her father after what happened in her parent’s relationship. Overall the characters in the book sounded interesting in the review. “Sonya Sones, has created an exhilarating story of a girl who is trying to put her life together again after having to cope with her mother's death.” Sentence two in the second paragraph, I can agree with however, there is more to the book than that. The reviewer could’ve further supported deeper ideas in the book like what it’s like in a new city, school, etc. What else was the book talking about other than the mother’s death? I think something she could’ve mentioned in her summary for example was something from pages 63-65. These pages not only describe how much her friends miss her, but how much she misses her friends.
I found One of those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies very captivating. I liked it so much, I wish there was a sequel. It’s a good, short read but after you finish you wish it would continue forever! The only thing I wasn’t so fond of was I got distracted with how many ‘ands’ were used (Page 10).  The book seems a good length (not too long) when you pull it off of a shelf, but the columns are very skinny. They are skinny unless it is a page with an email on it. I noticed this when I was reading, but it didn’t bug me at all because I was ‘seeing the story’– pages 122 and 123 are a good reference. I really enjoyed the plot of the book; the writing instantly captivated me. When you read reviews on this book, you might think that the problem is the mother dies but that isn’t the entire issue. To keep the book moving, I found Sonya added different elements (including romance) and I really found that different. Lots of books I have read use something funny as distracting, not romance. Many kids have to go through situations with divorced parents, as Ruby did, and I really think this book goes through lots of things. Ruby has many social issues after moving across a country and leaving the place she used to call home behind her. I’m sure this would bring much loneliness and insecurity, many kids can have issues related to Ruby’s and that is how I can really connect the book to the real world. The conflict in interests and ideas are clear between Ruby and her dad. This book is a fictional novel I would recommend for teens or young adults because of some inappropriate ideas and language used.

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