From the Publisher
Praise for THE LIST:
“I devoured THE LIST -- it's funny, heartbreaking, suspenseful, and wise. Siobhan Vivian tells a raw, real, winning story about the perils of fitting in, the danger of labels, and how prettiness and ugliness are sometimes intertwined. It definitely makes my list as one of the best books I've read all year.” -- SARA SHEPARD, author of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS
“Siobhan Vivian's smart, incisive, powerfully honest novel explores just what it's like to try to navigate high school and being a girl without losing yourself entirely.” -- Libba Bray, author of BEAUTY QUEENS
*“Vivian proves that beauty and ugliness aren't always a matter of appearance.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review
“Funny, sharp, romantic, poignant, and true. I stayed up all night reading THE LIST.”
-- Melissa de la Cruz, author of BLUE BLOODS
*“This riveting exploration of physical appearance and the status it confers opens a cultural conversation that's needed to happen for a long time. . . . Vivian refuses to falsify or avoid the uncomfortable realities.” KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review
“Smart, snappy writing.” -- NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Praise for NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL:
"High school has never felt more authentic. . . . Vivian challenges assumptions and sends a positive message about acceptance, forgiveness, and love."
"The dialogue and emotional honesty are pitch-perfect. . . . Readers will cheer."
-- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"A joy to read . . . Full of wry observations, details that delight the senses and perceptions about things that matter."
-- PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Praise for A LITTLE FRIENDLY ADVICE:
“This debut novel manages to be at once uplifting and heart wrenching. Vivian is clearly an author to watch.” -- KIRKUS REVIEWS
“The book itself was nearly impossible to put down, and the plot so captivating that the pages flew by.” --YABooksCentral
“Cultural references keep the narrative hip, but it's Vivian's skill at subtly shaping the personalities that makes this book work.” SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
“Siobhan Vivian nails the little details and the big truths that matter.” -- Maureen Johnson, author of 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES
Praise for SAME DIFFERENCE:
“Readers who have wondered, 'Are these the friends and the life I want to have?' will see themselves reflected in Emily's achingly real struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs.” KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review
“Vivian finds the true voice of every character, even those who aren't truthful.” AKRON BEACON JOURNAL
“[Vivian's] talent for scene-setting and evocative imagery is especially effective for a story about a girl just discovering her eye as an artist and herself as a person.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Vivian's first novel deftly probes the often confusing intricacies of friendship. When her long-lost father unexpectedly shows up at her 16th birthday party, Ruby flees the scene, shocked and frightened. After all, it's been six years since he drove away from Ruby and her mother in his pickup truck, and Ruby has never heard from him. Her best friend, Beth, has helped Ruby recover from his abandonment, and now that Ruby has been thrown back into turmoil, Beth is once again at Ruby's side, dishing advice. But when Ruby discovers that Beth is hiding a letter to Ruby from her father, she is no longer sure who deserves her trust. Vivian's tale begins slowly, but soon will captivate readers with the puzzle surrounding Ruby's father and what actually happened the day he left, as well as with the dilemma that gradually emerges: is it better to tell a comfortable lie or to share the wrenching truth? Readers will find themselves and their relationships reflected in Ruby's story-for better and worse. Ages 12-up. (Mar.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
On Ruby's 16th birthday, her long-absent father shows up at her birthday party. He wants to get to know her, but Ruby wants nothing to do with him. When she discovers that her best friend Beth has hidden a letter from her father, she is very confused about her friend's motives. Ruby spends a lot of time trying to decide what to do and work up the courage to see her father. Meanwhile, she meets Charlie, a boy who finally might get her to re-think her perpetually single status. Tensions rise between Ruby and her mother because of both Charlie and Ruby's newly surfaced father until Beth makes a revelation that completely turns Ruby's memories on end. Ruby must simultaneously learn about the lies people tell for good and bad reasons while learning to trust Charlie. This well-written coming-of-age story is filled with a good mix of traditional issues and interesting plot twists. Ruby is a very realistic, flawed, yet sympathetic character that readers will identify with, whether or not they have encountered similar issues in their own lives. Reviewer: Amie Rose Rotruck
This is an engaging story told in first person through the eyes of a sixteen-year-old girl named Ruby. Ruby has the ability to understand her friends and read their actions and words so that the reader knows all the characters very well. Ruby and her friends struggle through disappointments with parents and broken families and form bonds that provide support in times of need. The girls argue, get into trouble together, fight with their parents, and navigate the perils of teen society. With the exception of a few flashbacks, the story takes place in real time as we discover with Ruby the truth about her father and her friends. This would be an excellent book to talk about relationships and broken homes. It does contain some mild references to sex as well as specific references to teenage drinking, so it may not be suitable for younger readers. Reviewer: Kenan Metzger
Ruby's sixteenth birthday celebration with three friends takes an unexpected turn when her dad crashes the party after a ten-year absence. Ruby only wants to play with her vintage Polaroid and maybe experience her first hook-up, but her plans keep getting interrupted by stale memories of her dad and the best intentions of her closest friend, Beth. This first novel expertly captures the authentic voices of teen girls. Vivian sets up a beautiful contrast between the clean, still moments of life, captured in a white Polaroid frame, and its ongoing complexities and flow. The tension between the girls is tenderly captured, and Ruby's fears of abandonment produce empathy rather than pity. The given reality of teen smoking and drinking might limit the book to a high school audience. Reviewer: Melissa Moore
AGERANGE: Ages 12 to 18.
Ruby is turning 16, living with her mother, having been abandoned by her father without explanation ten years before. No discussion about this traumatic event has taken place between Ruby and her mother since. Fortunately, she has three best friends to see her through the perils of high school, but her bestest best friend is Beth, whom she has known since preschool. Beth is a girl who seems to know what’s best for everyone and has a bit of a Madonna complex, in that she takes care of others, whether they want her to or not. On her 16th birthday, however, the day to which Ruby has looked forward so much, her father unexpectedly appears on the doorstep, bearing flowers and an apologetic smile. Her first reaction is little short of hysterical; luckily, her friends are available to cocoon her from the shock. However, after some reflection, Ruby thinks maybe there’s more to the story than she’s been told and her father might have some answers. Then she discovers that Beth is hiding a letter to her from her father that invites her to meet him at the local motel before he leaves town. Of course, there’s a boy and a budding romantic interest also involved. This book is about the role of friendship in a girl’s life, how much protectiveness is too much, when is abandonment really abandonment, and the discovery that parents aren’t perfect and everyone is not always as they first appear. Reviewer: Myrna Marler
March 2008 (Vol. 42, No.2)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up- On Ruby's 16th birthday, Beth is the first to call her, at 12:01 a.m., and even decorates her locker at school. Beth was there to help pick up the pieces after Ruby's dad walked out several years earlier. Now she is at her side again when he unexpectedly walks through the door as she is about to blow out her birthday candles. Ruby looks to her friend to know how she should feel about his visit. Indeed, she never questions Beth, who gives her enough advice to last a lifetime. Then she discovers that Beth has been dishonest with her, that she knows more about her parents' breakup than she is telling. Although the story gets off to a slow start, the plot eventually picks up speed, and the characterizations of the girls, their friends, and family are believable. Ruby's anxiety about her father and her friendship with Beth are portrayed with empathy. Engagingly written and with a surprise ending, this novel will appeal to teens.-Julianna M. Helt, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Ruby's 16th-birthday party is interrupted by the arrival of her father whom she hasn't seen in years. She manages to escape with her three friends: the loyal Beth, the gossipy and wild Maria and the angry Katherine. They attempt to distract her with their own party, complete with pin the tail on the donkey and a stolen bottle of champagne, but nothing can distract Ruby from the sinking feeling that her life is about to change for the worse. She attempts to juggle her three friends, a new boyfriend and her mother, but she is sinking fast. It seems only confronting her father will help. Populated with real characters who have authentic emotions, this debut novel manages to be at once uplifting and heartwrenching. Vivian is clearly an author to watch. (Fiction. YA)