A Little Friendly Advice [NOOK Book]

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Siobhan Vivian's sparkling YA debut... now in paperback!

Ruby's turning sixteen . . . but the day doesn't turn out to be as sweet as it's supposed to be. Her long-lost father shows up, and Ruby doesn't want to have anything to do with him. Instead, she wants to hang out with her friends--loyal Beth, dangerous Katherine, and gossipy Maria. They have plenty of advice for her--about boys, about her dad, about how she should look and what she ...
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Overview

Siobhan Vivian's sparkling YA debut... now in paperback!

Ruby's turning sixteen . . . but the day doesn't turn out to be as sweet as it's supposed to be. Her long-lost father shows up, and Ruby doesn't want to have anything to do with him. Instead, she wants to hang out with her friends--loyal Beth, dangerous Katherine, and gossipy Maria. They have plenty of advice for her--about boys, about her dad, about how she should look and what she should be feeling. But really, Ruby doesn't know what to think or feel. Especially when a new boy comes into the picture . . . and Ruby discovers some of her friends aren't as truthful as they say.
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Editorial Reviews

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.)

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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
Kenan Metzger
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
Melissa Moore
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
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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

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Kirkus Reviews
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)
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."
-- BOOKLIST

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545477246
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 251,863
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 914 KB

Meet the Author

Siobhan Vivian

Siobhan Vivian is the acclaimed author of Not That Kind of Girl, hailed by Kirkus Reviews as a “powerful, involving exploration of teen girls’ identities and relationships,” Same Difference, and A Little Friendly Advice. A Jersey girl by birth and a Brooklyn girl at heart, Siobhan currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA, and on the web at www.siobhanvivian.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    A Fantastic Debut

    For Ruby, her friends are like her lifeline. First, there's Beth, the girl who has been with Ruby through all of her family problems and is always there to offer good advice. There's also Maria, who is the most experienced with boys and is very supportive. The latest addition to their group is Katherine, the bad girl, who is going through family problems of her own and seems to not like Ruby that much. Things go askew when Ruby's father, who abandoned her family many years earlier, shows up for her sixteenth birthday party. All the feelings and memories that Ruby has been trying to bury resurface. Ruby seems to have a fear of hooking up until she meets the new guy Charlie. But her mom is acting strangely as well as her best friend Beth. Things only get worse when Ruby finds out that Beth stole a letter her father left for her. Throughout the story, Ruby realizes that she can't always rely on her friends, because no matter how much she wants to think that they are always loyal, they are bound to let her down sometimes. Ruby also comes to terms with her mom, and the terrible secret that broke up her parents' marriage so many years ago. Although her reunion with her father isn't perfect, it is the best that can be expected under such conditions. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story, especially because it was through Ruby's perspective. It was easy to understand her point of view and feelings in most situations she was in. This novel was truly heartfelt, and I even cried at several points. I recommend this book to fans of Sarah Dessen, because the stories are similar in many aspects. I look forward to more books from Siobhan Vivian, because this debut novel was amazing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2008

    OK

    Ruby gets a little more than she wished for on her 16th birthday. Her long-lost father comes home for a surprise and turns her world upside down. After years and years of trying to shut him out a ten minute discussion brings her insecurity about herself back. Her three friends try to help and guide her through her hard times, but bad advice is everywhere, so how can you tell whether it's trustable or immature? Then a boy named Charlie comes into her life, and she realizes who her real friends are. This book is slightly boring at the beginning. It's exciting around the end when her relationship with Charlie gets more intense and events in the novel become more unexpected.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Advice Question

    All mighty god of advice, please head to my question!! So I met this girl and we both like each other, she is really nice and caring. The problem is she lives in New Jersey, I dont. She says we could never make it work and wont even let me try to. What do I do I really like her and dont want to let her go!!

    ~Noswad Samej

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2008

    ruby is a real gem

    This book was awesome! My copy is being passed along to all my friends at school. I wish Charlie was a real boy, he sounds dreamy. Cant wait to read more from Vivian!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2008

    Ruby keeps it real

    I finished this book in one day. I would¿ve followed Ruby anywhere as she followed her heart. The relationships between these girls is real and raw and my own heart broke as these friendships stretched and expanded with growing pains. But it¿s Ruby¿s family story that will stay with me. It is so true that no family 'or person' is perfect-and that love is sometimes shown in the weirdest ways. I can only hope there is a follow up so we can see what happens next in Ruby¿s big adventure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2008

    A reviewer

    This book was so emotional. It was fantastic! What ever you thought would happen next was totally different. It was a great suspense and romantic book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2015

    Question

    What is masturbating?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2014

    Hey megan

    I was lead here from the fault in our stars book. You posted that you could help people with there problems.... Thank you for helping all these people and for posting positive things on your nook, and not trashy things other people talk about! God bless you and your family. I will pray for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    To advice guy or gal

    How can I get my Minecraft rp to be somting big? (Btw if you wanna join go to blocks all res and respond to jason at jasons problem res one)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Tap here

    How did this become an advice comment station?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    To below

    Is that you arcticwind?!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2014

    Re: To below (June 12)

    Yes, that was me, Arcticwind. Though now I'm Arcticstar. I don't need that help aymore (fortunately), and am the hpy mate of Flamewind. Even still, I'll never forget the day one of the shes found out... -Arcticwind now Arcticstar&#22276

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    YES I DO

    TELL ME

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    To all

    Hey. I wanna know how to masterbate and where. What gives the best pleasure?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    To: i need advice

    Go to "cer" res 1 and 2 and 3 for good teenage se.x

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Jack

    No texas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Alex

    Smiles oh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    QUEEN OF ADVICE

    To ask someone out just keep it simple. Say u wanted to go to a movie with him/her just invite her like Avory would you like to see Transformers four with me and a couple of my friends and go to lunch/dinner after?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    To Advice 101

    Ok, I have a crush on this girl, but I might not see her anymore. How can I tell her/my parents that I like her? ~Dontknowas***aboutgirls

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Rain

    What is rping? What does bbl and gtg mean? How do you make those stars. &star ? What does res mean

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