ONE OF THOSE HIDEOUS BOOKS WHERE THE MOTHER DIES by Sonya Sones
MY HOLLYWOOD DAD THINKS HE’S ALL THAT
Did she have to die?
And if so why do I have
to go live with him?
YA (ages 12 and up)
First person POV
Main character – 15 year old Ruby
Themes – mother’s death, new world, new family, new life
Setting – Hollywood
Movie star father
Name dropping – some real, some fictional – some smooth, some forced?
Teen angst exacerbated by Hollywood plastic expectations
Whining, complaining, caterwauling – (do I have to live with the rich and famous? Why can’t I just go home?)
High levels of constant self-pity and egotistical worldview – solidly teenager-ish
Structure of book works well – emails mixed with poems balance in delivery and style, Overall good plot pace/flow