Simon & Schuster BFYR

May 2013

$9.99 US

282p pb

ISBN: 978-1442493834

fp May 2004

One Of Those Hideous Books Where The Mother Dies

Sonya Sones

from the book...

My name is Ruby.

This book is about me.


It tells the deeply hideous story of what happens when my mother dies and I'm dragged three thousand miles away from my gorgeous boyfriend, Ray, to live in L.A. with my father, who I've never even met because he's such a scumbag that he divorced my mom before I was born.


The only way I've ever even seen him is in the movies., since he's this mega-famous actor who's been way too busy trying to win Oscars to even visit me once in fifteen years. 


Everyone loves my father.

Everyone but me.

If you have read this verse novel and would like to share your opinion of it with other readers please send your review or comments to YARR-A

This is an amazing book. It is about a girl named Ruby who has to go and live with her father after her mother died. Her father is the well-known, mega movie star, Whip Logan, who divorced Ruby’s mother before she was born. When Ruby leaves she is forced to leave all of her friends behind and go and live with the father that she hates. When she finally meets him everyone wants to know her. Ruby’s only friend when she meets Whip is a man called Max. Max is Ruby’s personal trainer.

I really, really enjoyed this book. It is full of sarcastic humor and funny outcomes. The story is good and quite a few famous names are in it. I found this a really amazing book and would recommend it to teenagers and anyone who enjoys a great read! I give this book 5 out of 5.

Ben, Year 10, Canberra, Australia

This book is about a 13 year old girl who is forced to live with her father who she has never seen since she was born because her parents were divorced. He father is a selfish, mean movie star named Whip Logan, or so it seemed. When she moves to L.A. to be with her father she has to leave behind her whole life and everyone she loves so dearly.

This is one of my most favourite books because of its great story line and characters. I think this is a really incredible book and would recommend it to anybody because it is such an enjoyable book.

Tim, Year 10, Canberra, Australia

One Of Those Hideous Books Where The Mother Dies was such an awesome book! I loved it! The characters in this book remind me of some of my friends. I’ve always dreamed of having a famous father. I think it would be awesome if I suddenly had everything I ever wanted!

Sonya Sones should create a sequel to this book!

Rachel, Year 8, New York

One of those hideous stories where the mother dies is about a fourteen-year-old girl called Ruby. After her mother dies she is dragged kicking and screaming over 5000 km away to Hollywood to live with her father, a famous movie star Whip Logan. Everybody seems to love him, everybody except Ruby. When Ruby goes she leaves behind her aunty, best friend Lizzie and first ever real and beautiful boyfriend, Ray.

This book was a really good read. It had me hooked from the start. It had me hooked because Sonya seems to understand what it is like being a fourteen-year-old girl (of course because she was one once). This book was so well written and the descriptions of the characters are so great that I could hear, see and smell them. I could also put myself in the shoes of Ruby and it felt like she was sitting on my bed telling me her story. All the parts in the story seem to fit together well and are easy to follow. At the top of every verse there was a sentence either telling you what the verse was about or started the verse off. This book is very hard to put down and I read all of it in one day. It seriously is in my opinion a good book to get into trouble for reading under the covers in the dead of the night!

All the characters in the book are so real. Not everybody in this book is a saint. I prefer books where not everyone is a hero. I like these characters because they are just like us. They do the same sorts of things that we do, they make the same mistakes that we all do and they speak the same way the fourteen-year-olds should.  I found though that what happened with Ray needs to be explained more. Such as: why and when. (I don’t want to say too much because it might spoil it for you.) 

I don’t really find that this story has a message though if it did this is what I think it would be: just because you don’t see friends doesn’t mean that you can’t keep in contact with them. That maybe God didn’t want that ‘it’ to happen and that he had a good reason for it not to happen. This book leaves you just wanting it to go on forever. I think that it would be a great book to have a sequel to because there is the main question of “what happens next?”

This book is sort of a read by yourself book. The way Sonya writes it feels as though as I said Ruby is telling you her story and only you. I would personally love to have a copy of this book all to myself. It is a book that I don’t think that you could ever get sick of. I feel that every time that you read it you will find one other little detail that you may have missed last time you read it there and it may help to make everything that little bit more real. 

I found that this was a really great book and I will recommend it to people from the ages 13 – 16. I hope to be able to share this with other people and I definitely will keep it aside for when I have a teenage daughter.  I would give this book easily a 5/5. A very awesome read! Absolutely loved it!

Hannah, Year 9, Canberra, Australia

The verse novel One of those hideous books where the mother dies is written by Sonya Sones and is about a 15-year-old girl named Ruby.

After her mother dies from sickness, Ruby is sent away to live with her father in LA leaving behind everyone that she loves greatly including her best friend Elizabeth, her first serious boyfriend Ray and her aunt Duffy. When Ruby was young she found out that her father, Whip Logan, was a huge movie-star and up until now she had the impression that he was a self-centred man who didn’t care about her or her mother for the past fifteen years.

This story tells about Ruby and her life at her new school, her friends back at home, the mega famous actors and actresses she gets to meet and most of all the relationship that she and her father strongly build throughout the book.

It was a pleasure reading this novel and I have to say that it was one of the most enjoyable verse novels that I have read because the story is easy to follow and imagine. The book is easy to understand because the author didn’t use complicated words but words that teenagers often use everyday and that’s why this book got me interested from start to finish. I like the characters in the novel because I feel that they have strong personalities and I can imagine what they look and acted like throughout the story.

I enjoyed reading about Ruby’s new lifestyle and how she feels attending a new school and how she feels about everyone including her old friends back at home and her new friends in California. It was good to see all the different emotions the main character feels in the novel. I love the way that she doesn’t have one main expression but can be happy one minute but angry and moody the next minute. This is why I feel that her expressions are honest, and a lot like how a real person might think and feel.

I would recommend this book to young adults especially teenage girls who enjoy reading.

Hannah, Year 9, Canberra, Australia

The book called ‘one of those books where the mother dies’ by Sonya Sones is a great, exciting, funny and interesting story, It is about a young teenage girl called Ruby who grew up not knowing where or who her father was because he left Ruby’s mother before she was even born; but what Ruby didn’t know, was that her father was a famous movie star!!. Ruby’s mother died when she was only young and lives with her mother’s sister who always used to take Ruby to the cinemas to watch her famous father, Whip, acting in a movie.

As Ruby got older her aunty’s boyfriend was moving in and their house wasn’t really big and it didn’t have enough space so her aunty sent her to live with her father. Ruby flew to L.A. leaving every thing behind: her best friend, her boyfriend, her aunty and her mother’s grave but what she didn’t leave behind was the hatred of her father leaving her family and not caring about her or her dead mother. As she arrived in L.A. she got every thing she could ever ask for and moved in with her father and met her first friend who was called Max, her personal trainer. As every one began to realise that Ruby was Whip’s daughter many people wanted to get to know her, but what she didn’t know that what was installed for her later on...

This book was so amazing; I really liked it and I really enjoyed as well. It’s a book that you wouldn’t get bored with because it explains what it would be like if that ever happened to some one and it gives you a depth feeling as the author explains what Ruby was going through,  how she feels, her emotions and the situations she going through. You really feel the feelings she’s going through which I think was great as it gets you interested in the book. If I could give a rating for this book I would give it 8 out of 10 and I would recommend this book to 12 years of age and above.

Alana, Year 8, Canberra, Australia

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