I wasn't going to post something because I created the forum and I was gonna stay neutral, but I read the book yesterday and it was awesome. Literally, I just sat in Barnes and Noble from like 3:30 to around 7-ish and read (partly because I didn't have money to buy it and partly because I was bored), (it occurs to me now that sitting in Barnes in Noble on a saturday afternoon is one of those things that qualifies you as a nerd).
But, I really, really liked it. I could really relate to the character of Ruby (not in the mom dying kind of way) because her experience in L.A. gave her a really unique perspective on life. I'm not saying that I have the same perspective on life, I don't. Its kind of similar, but not exactly the same. Its like my feelings about the book "Speak" (and if you know me, you probably know how much I love "Speak"). I like the character of Melinda and her outlook on high school, and in turn, I like the character of Ruby because of her outlook on L.A. and life in general.
I also got really mad while reading it because for the life of me I couldn't figure out why this book was being challenged. It couldn't be sex references because Ruby specifically says that she wants sex to be something meaningful with someone she actually loves. Thus, it isn't arguing for shallow relationships. My guess is that its being challenged for the same reason "the Bermudez Triangle" by Maureen Johnson is being challenged... gay relationships. Argh... When will people learn that everyone is created equal (even homosexuals!) and everyone has the right to do whatever the frick they want to do! Seriously, there is absolutely nothing wrong with writing about gay characters, in fact there's everything right with writing a book with gay characters. Because maybe if enough books about gays are written people will realize how immature their being and accept the people around them.
This is off topic, but I was also mad because at Barnes and Nobles I ran into a potential book banner. She was going on and on about how she would not let her children read such "dirty" material. She specifically mentioned, sex, eating disorders, drug use and of course... homosexuality. Meanwhile her daughter (I can only assume, I didn't exactly go up and ask for a family tree) was standing next to her rolling her eyes and flipping through a copy of Twilight.
But anyways, back on topic. I liked the book, so much in fact that when I do get some money I'm going to have to go back and buy so I can reread it.
Make sure you leave your opinions and ten word blurbs over the next to weeks (till October 16th). A ten word blurb is a sentence that sums up the book in ten words or less. Typically, you'll see blurbs on the front covers' of books.
Below is my ten word blurb;
A surreal, nostalgic version of a coming of age tale.
Seriously, when/if I have children I will purposely buy that kind of books for them. Because they are clearly against casual relationships and drug use and eating disorders and whatever else. And if they read it before they experience it maybe they'll know enough about the side effects that they won't do it. Like, this makes perfect sense in my mind, but maybe its just me?