Kiss My Book

Kiss My Book

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by Jamie Michaels
     
 

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RUBY CRANE IS a rising star. At 15, she sold her first book, got a movie deal, scored the hottest guy in school, and became the most popular student at Frasier High. Now, as a soon-to-be junior and published author, she's ready to make waves in New York's literary world. But every star falls back to earth one day. Ruby's accused of plagiarism - on national television.…  See more details below

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RUBY CRANE IS a rising star. At 15, she sold her first book, got a movie deal, scored the hottest guy in school, and became the most popular student at Frasier High. Now, as a soon-to-be junior and published author, she's ready to make waves in New York's literary world. But every star falls back to earth one day. Ruby's accused of plagiarism - on national television. And the worst part is that the proof of her literary lies is indisputable.

Her friends won't return her phone calls. Her boyfriend's gone AWOL. The media vultures are flying low, and they want answers. So Ruby does what any self-respecting headline would do. She disappears. And that's when her story really begins.


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School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up- Sixteen-year-old Ruby Crane has just published her first book to much acclaim. No longer the unpopular girl on the sidelines, she's signing autographs for teachers, dating a hot guy, and making the circuit of New York City literary gatherings with her agent and publicist. Then, suddenly, in unmistakable "ripped from the headlines" fashion, Ruby is discovered to have plagiarized the work of another novelist. Fleeing reporters, back-turning friends, and her life with her parents in the city, she retreats to the safety of her quirky aunt's home in small-town Whispering Oaks, NY. Ruby, who quickly becomes "Georgie" and attempts to toss away her former life with yesterday's newspapers, is forced to figure out who she really is. In the short space prior to the girl's public outing, she's already transformed from geek to chic. In her actions, thoughts, and words, she seems somewhat unbelievable as the erudite bibliophile she claims to be. Yet, while Ruby is at first underdeveloped and her path to self-discovery unfolds in a somewhat predictable manner, Michaels ultimately takes a topical scandal, shows the oft-unexplored side of the accused, and spins a tale filled with the stuff of any beloved young adult novel-growth, love, acceptance, friendship, and ghosts. (The supernatural element may diverge from the standard fare, but it does make for a quirky and poignant plot twist.) Readers will find themselves drawn to Ruby and will end up rooting for her redemption.-Jill Heritage Maza, Greenwich High School, CT

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Kirkus Reviews
Fifteen-year-old Ruby is a celebrity author with a bestselling book; she only revels in her success briefly, as she's accused of plagiarism on national television. Ruby cannot bear the instant shunning from those she thought were friends, so she runs away to her aunt in a tiny town in upstate New York. Aunt Fin invites Ruby (now named Georgie O'Dell) to work in her coffee/food/crafts/New Age shop. When Georgie meets Rabbit and develops strong feelings for Mohawk-wearing Jacob, she begins to find contentment. However, she's lost the one thing that always gave her joy-reading. She regains her love of the written word thanks largely to Jacob. After she sets up a poetry slam, the town is overtaken by a rather romantic (and unrealistic) need to read. Of course, "Georgie" cannot escape Ruby forever, but this time she handles it with sincere acceptance of her actions. Michaels refers to many superb books and sonnets, making this a veritable primer of must-reads-sort of a reading revolution version of Flashdance. (Fiction. 11-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375890666
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/11/2007
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
354 KB
Age Range:
12 Years

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I Am Famous

My English teacher asked me for an autograph.

It was June 12, exactly two weeks before the end of the school year. The sixth-period bell had just rung and I was reaching into my bag for a notebook and a pen when a shadow fell across my corner of the grimy cafeteria table. Startled, I looked up. Then I blinked. Twice. Old Mrs. Gallagher was standing over me, stylishly dressed in one of her usual calf-length checkered dresses buttoned tightly at the neck. And she was smiling.

“Ruby, would you do me the honor?” she asked in a shockingly sugary tone.

I glanced down and saw that both of her arms were outstretched; her left hand held a black ballpoint pen, and in her right was a hardcover copy of my first novel, The Heart Stealer. It was a sobering sight, because the book had landed in stores only a few days earlier. I didn’t think anyone aside from the members of my immediate family had bought it. Yet. There had been a few ads in magazines and a mention of the book on one of the early-morning talk shows, but I wasn’t expecting instant recognition.

“Oh,” I replied. I think I even gasped. “I . . . uh . . . of course. Yes. Sure.”

“Take your time with the inscription,” she said gently. “I’m sure no one will mind if you get to your next class a little late today.”

I reached out and took the pen. I laid the book—my book, complete with a glossy cover and my name in bright block letters across the top—down on the table. I felt my cheeks blush. All around me, the cafeteria went silent. Students who would have otherwise bolted for the double doors were suddenly witnessing what had to be the freakiest incident in the history of Frasier High School: an English teacher asking a student for an autograph.

And not just any English teacher.

Mabel Marie Johnson-Gallagher was a cold, disapproving, PhD-from-Yale-toting literary snob. An elitist in every sense of the word, she preferred metaphors to music, poetry to perfume, and probably sentences to sex. She had a cat named Brontë. She wore her black hair in one of those smooth, oily, Emily Dickinson–style buns. She even scolded us in Shakespearean tongue.

Dost thou not remember / thine homework from yester eve? You gall me with hell!

In short, Mrs. Gallagher wasn’t a favorite among students because she had a tendency to make us feel brainless. I supposed it was just her style of teaching, though I had never forgiven her for writing ’Tis drivel and poop! across the bottom of one of my best essays in Comparative Litera- ture. And I never expected her to care about a commer- cial novel written by the sixteen-year-old who rarely spoke up in her classroom and would never swear in iambic pentameter.

I should have been flattered, but getting singled out by Mrs. Gallagher was a lot like winning a bowling tournament: all you had to show for it was a geeky grin and a bad pair of shoes.

Now she was staring at me with wide, expectant eyes.

I was frozen. An autograph? It wasn’t as easy as just scribbling my name across the page. People want more than that—especially when they’ve invested twenty-five bucks in a hardcover. And what kind of inscription was she expecting? She hadn’t exactly been nice to me for the past ten months. To Mrs. Gallagher, I thought, imagining my hand gliding across the page. Does this mean my writing isn’t drivel and poop? No, that wouldn’t work. Too edgy. Not even remotely Shakespearean. She still hadn’t submitted my final grade for the year, and I wasn’t taking any chances.

“I read that wonderful article on you in TeenGirl maga- zine,” she gushed. “There you were—right on page twenty-six! Oh, Ruby, I had no idea what tremendous news this book of yours is! And the fact that you’ll be making an appearance tonight at the American Literature Club—it’s just astounding.”

Her voice boomed across the cafeteria. My cheeks felt hotter. The article in TeenGirl wasn’t one of my favorites, because the picture of me had been taken before I’d lost those pesky eighteen pounds. As for the Literature Club . . . it was pretty astounding. The event I’d be attending in just a few hours was big and by invitation only. I’d be rubbing bookends with some of the greatest writers on the planet. A new inscription suddenly popped into my head: To Mrs. Gallagher, Read—don’t speak. Love, Ruby Crane.

“Was the article correct?” she continued. “Is The Heart Stealer going to be adapted into a movie next year?”

I felt the cafeteria crowds thickening behind me. It wasn’t really news to anyone—the whole school had known about my book’s being published since September—but now that it was so in their faces, I felt strange. Or maybe just a little pressured. Or completely strange and nervous and pressured. How about that? Strange. Nervous. Pressured. Yeah, that works. I hoped my insecurities weren’t showing. To Mrs. Gallagher, Have you ever been slammed in the head with a hardcover? Love, Ruby Crane. I held on to my smile and gave her a meek nod.

“Oh! How wonderful!” She did a little jump, as if a jolt of electricity had shot up from the carpet and zapped her in the butt. The bun on the back of her head bounced. “And just to think how young you are!” she continued. “You have a brilliant literary career ahead of you, Ruby. And . . . and who knows? Maybe even an acting career! Will they let you star in the movie?”

I held the smile in place. To Mrs. Gallagher, Hast thou gone totally freaking berserk?

“Oh, you would be so wonderful in the movie!” she said, clapping her hands.

Someone two tables away let out a chuckle. It was likely one of the mean, golden-haired cheerleaders who hated me for becoming famous, for burning through the dark web of sophomore-year obscurity like a forest fire.

I had experienced a lot of that in the past few months—snickers, sneers, eyes rolling whenever someone mentioned my book. I’d entered Frasier High School a nameless freshman, then risen through the socially envied crowd at breakneck speed. There were a lot of people—girls, mostly—who didn’t like it, who viewed me as an unworthy shadow intruding on their world. It took me a while to understand why they felt that way.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Meet the Author

A lover of books, words, and libraries, Jamie Michaels was born and raised in New York City and can often be spotted reading in Central Park, on the subway, or pretty much anywhere.


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Kiss My Book 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Wakes up and changes into pink leggings and a minnie mouse and mickey mouse dress shirt with them kissing a smakl pink bow clip in her hair. With ballet flats. Im home babe!
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I love this book. I zipped through it in two days and i just didnt want it to end. This is definatly in my top 10 favorite books. Read it!!!!!!!! I LOVED IT
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This book has become one of the books in my top 25! It had a brilliant story of a girl trying to be normal and in the process finding who she really is. I love the characters and highly recommend this book.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Ruby Crane just can't believe her good luck. Just by writing a somewhat autobiographical book has caused Ruby to shoot right into instant stardom. You just have to know you're famous when even your teacher asks for your autograph. But being the author of a novel doesn't just get you famous: for Ruby it got Jordan Lush, the guy that every girl in her school dreams about, to be her boyfriend; popularity; a movie deal, of course; and the chance to be on a bestsellers list.

All this good luck has to go sour sometime. For Ruby it came pretty quick. Her novel "The Heart Stealer," about a lonely freshman girl who just so happens to end up with the cutest guy in school, becomes evidence that Ruby Crane plagiarized.

Samantha Golding, the very popular news reporter, took it upon herself to tell the whole world how Ruby's book is quite similar to author Adella Morgan's book "My Broken Soul," making sure to have all the passages that were alike on hand. And before she knows it, Ruby is making headline news in every heard of publication, all for the worst reasons possible. Not only has her reputation been ruined but now no one wants to even be around Ruby, since her star status is gone down the drain.

So the only thing for Ruby to do is to go incognito. And before she knows it, Ruby is on her way into a totally new world, in a town where she can definitely get in touch with nature, away from the crowded and busy streets -- and start over. And along the way, Ruby will meet those who truly care for her, like her Aunt Finn, and a boy that doesn't care if she's famous or not.

Starting over may not be easy, but discovering yourself and learning how to fight back just makes it all worthwhile.

A novel that makes us all believe that we can stand back up again after falling down, KISS MY BOOK is extremely funny and very smart. Ruby Crane is just one of those characters that we all inspire to be, and Aunt Finn is that person who we would want to support us. KISS MY BOOK is one of those stories that you can't put down and one that we should all take to heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
not what i thought, but very entertaining! it was an awesome book! i recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
That was the most outstanding book I have ever read in my life and that is going to be hard to top in my book. I am 15 and I read alot and I loved this book so much!! I have reccomended it to all my friends!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl named Ruby and she just wrote this amazing book and her life starts to change. But when everything starts to be good in her life, she is accused of plagerizim. Her life is horrible now so she decides to run away...you want to find out what happenes? Get a copy of this book and find out. You wont be dissaponted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ruby Crane just can¿t believe her good luck. Just by writing a somewhat autobiographical book has caused Ruby to shoot right into instant stardom. You just have to know you¿re famous when even your teacher asks for your autograph. But being the author of a novel doesn't just get you famous: for Ruby it got Jordan Lush, the guy that every girl in her school dreams about, to be her boyfriend popularity a movie deal, of course and the chance to be on a bestsellers list. All this good luck has to go sour sometime. For Ruby it came pretty quick. Her novel ¿The Heart Stealer,¿ about a lonely freshman girl who just so happens to end up with the cutest guy in school, becomes evidence that Ruby Crane plagiarized. Samantha Golding, the very popular news reporter, took it upon herself to tell the whole world how Ruby¿s book is quite similar to author Adella Morgan's book ¿My Broken Soul,¿ making sure to have all the passages that were alike on hand. And before she knows it, Ruby is making headline news in every heard of publication, all for the worst reasons possible. Not only has her reputation been ruined but now no one wants to even be around Ruby, since her star status is gone down the drain. So the only thing for Ruby to do is to go incognito. And before she knows it, Ruby is on her way into a totally new world, in a town where she can definitely get in touch with nature, away from the crowded and busy streets -- and start over. And along the way, Ruby will meet those who truly care for her, like her Aunt Finn, and a boy that doesn¿t care if she¿s famous or not. Starting over may not be easy, but discovering yourself and learning how to fight back just makes it all worthwhile. A novel that makes us all believe that we can stand back up again after falling down, KISS MY BOOK is extremely funny and very smart. Ruby Crane is just one of those characters that we all inspire to be, and Aunt Finn is that person who we would want to support us. KISS MY BOOK is one of those stories that you can¿t put down and one that we should all take to heart. **Reviewed by: Randstostipher 'tallnlankyrn' Nguyen