One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies

One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies

by Sonya Sones
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One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones

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 megafamous 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439107577
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 06/23/2008
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 627,221
Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Sonya Sones has written five YA novels-in-verse: To Be Perfectly Honest (A Novel Based on an Untrue Story), Stop Pretending, One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies, What My Mother Doesn’t Know, and its companion, What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know. Her books have received many honors, including a Christopher Award, the Myra Cohn Livingston Poetry Award, and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize nomination. But the coolest honor she ever got was when What My Mother Doesn’t Know made it onto the American Library Association’s list of the Top 100 Most Banned Books of the Decade (to see why, see p.46). She lives near the beach in southern California, and only tells the occasional fib. Visit her at or follow @SonyaSones on Twitter.

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One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 192 reviews.
Corbella More than 1 year ago
I absolutly fell in love with this book! It was so hilarious to me! But yet it was serious. Weird, but a good mix. I told one of my friend to read it, but she didn't like the way in was writen in a long paragraph instead of a chapter (I really didn't like that either, but I got over it), so I started to read it to her, and she fell in love with it!! This book is about Ruby, who has to go live with her movie star dad, Whip Logan, since her mother died and her Aunt is going away with her new boyfriend. Now to me that would be heaven!! Living next to movie stars, going to a cool school (where teachers actually let you call them by their first names!), and having lots of money to buy anything you want!But to Ruby it's torture! She has to move away from her best friend, and her more than awesome boyfriend,Ray! Once Ruby gets to "Less Angeles" she is forever hating Whip. But Whip is bound to get her to like him. But little does Ruby know Whip has some secrets. What are they? Like I'm going to tell you!! Read it for yourself!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing I read it about 5 times and it never got boring. I don't care about haters so if you don't like it don't bother with it. :)
luckeyBARE More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely amazing, its very great. Its very emotional, funny, and thrilling. Its truly unforgettable, I enjoyed reading this book, Its just so FANTASTIC. I recommend this book for ages 13 and up. This is probably the best book i've read in years!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was amazing! Not writing in paragraphs annoyed me at first, but I got over it quickly! The characters weren't developed the best, it might leave you wanting to know more about Ruby's personality, and past like it did with me! I didn't feel the love for Max like Ruby did, but I didn't despise him. I liked how the author got you to dislike characters quickly! *cough* Ray *cough* Lizzie *cough* But in the end I did like Lizzie. I wish there was more of Colette though. She seemed like an iffy character, like you wanted to have a trio of best friends, and Colette was there just to be another number. The plot was fresh, interesting, and cute! I haven't read anything like it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book a couple days fter my mothers deaf. I thought this was a stupid cliche book.... telling you ways how to cope and didnt really understand. But this book is amazing.. its like someone took MY feelings and thoughts and put it into a book... BUT this book is also funny and the way it is written really gets your attention. Loved it :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a good book couldn't put it down, the twist in the book was litteraly the best! I read it when I was 13 and I read it in maybe two days! Its so good.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
The first half was good, a little slow but it was good. Then it got a little better in the second half. And liked book title references, some I either read or heard. However with the ending, I kind of liked, since like with the What My Doesn't know books endings, the ending for this one I kind of like but felt ended abruptly. But still liked it at the same time. If that make, again makes sense. Do I recommend these verse books, I guess? Actually, sure, why not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books ever
miztrebor More than 1 year ago
This was another great verse novel from Sonya Sones. This is the fourth of Sones' books I've read, and I can say I haven't been disappointed yet. I was a bit surprised with where the story went on this one. I was thinking it was going to be more of a romance focus, but instead there was more of a focus on Ruby healing after her mother's death and other major life changes. It was this and some other minor themes that really made the story stick for me. The characters and their actions were very realistic, especially Sones' younger characters. This author is a great at writing a teenager's point of view and voice effectively. I always enjoy the way Sones can work a well-developed plot, characters, and conflict into her verse. The limited word count allows for each line to be to the point and, at times, more thought-provoking than a normal prose novel could. If this were written in prose I don't think it'd have held as much enjoyment, for me. Though, I have a feeling if this author were to write prose novels, I'd be just as eager to read them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does it matter how many pages? If you want it get if you dont then dont get it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this twists in the story and the shocking events. I also reconmend what my mother doesnt know i love that book too.sonya sones is one of the best authors ( in my opinon)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very interesting. In the beginning i thought it would be boring but when i got further along, i started to love it. It is a very interesting story and you have to read it all the way through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here is a shocker for you... He got a divorce from her cause he was gay and relized it too late... and she asked him not to help with child support...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book, “One of Those Hideous Book Where the Mother Dies” by: Sonya Sones is a book about heartbreak, loss, lifelong changes and love. Ruby, the main character had to go through her mothers death and leaves everything behind including her boyfriend, her best friend and her home to go live with her famous dad, who she has never met before. When I first read that her dad was famous I thought about how cool it would be to have a dad like hers but knowing that Rudy has to start over completely plus adding on the stress and confusion of being famous was a mind changer. She has to adjust to his rich and famous lifestyle by going to a new school and meeting kids with famous parents just like her, she tries to make new friends, and she has to adjust do the fans that lover her dad. Ruby has a hard time loving her dad just like everyone else, but throughout the book he tries to be the best father he possibly can to her. This book shows how the good things in life can help you overcome the bad things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg!!! This book is one of the best book i'v read.. i loved this book soo much... i am not big reader at all i really dont like reading but i wanted to read this book all the time..... you should read it you would love it...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did ur mom die?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Love this book!!!! Great read ;-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book, its one of the only books ive read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ot reminds me of ny own life ..... LITTERALY every thing tjhar happened to rube happened to me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was not entirely suprising it was pretty predivtable it was a good book but not great it lacks a certain umph