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The Six Rules of Maybe

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Tender tale of good girl learning to live her own life.

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Like Caletti's other work, this is a rich, emotional novel filled with life lessons that will touch readers' hearts. They will certainly identify with sweet Scarlett and understand why she is angry at her sister's inability to appreciate all that she has, including a wonderful husband and baby on the way.

They may, however, find that some of Scarlett's kind acts strain credibility; towards the end of the book she goes so far as to stuff a lonely neighbor's mailbox full of letters and postcards she has written, and even hangs paper cranes from his  tree.  Even so, it's the smaller, more realistic moments that will really stick with readers, such as when Scarlett's mom realizes how much her younger daughter needs her, or when Juliet finally admits that she is afraid of how much she loves the new family she's creating.  

Book Details

  • Author: Deb Caletti
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: March 16, 2010
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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