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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Teens who enjoy this book may want to check out the first two books in the series, or other books by E. Lockhart, such as The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. See our "Families Can Talk About" section for some ideas for discussing this book.
Will make teens think about high school relationships, and why it's important to think about something more than romance. Also, teens can think about how boys and girls get different reputations based on their sexual experiences.
Positive Role Models
Ruby is a real teen girl. She makes mistakes, but in the end figures out what is important.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Ruby describes herself as a "crazy leg-wrapping slut" after making out with Noel. She also talks about how her best friend had sex with her older boyfriend when she was a sophomore.
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Lots of talk of "hooters" and "sluts" and stuff like a girl who "licks her lips like a porn star."
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Products & Purchases
Some brands like Starbucks, Nordstrom, M&Ms, Birkenstocks.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ruby is an authentic character, and as such is obsessed with boys, uses words like "slut" and "hooters," and goes to Starbucks. In one scene, she has a pretty serious kissing session in a unoccupied school classroom.
Is It Any Good?
Ruby can be grating at times, but she is such a funny and believable character that readers will forgive her for being a bit self-centered. Teens new to the series will certainly fall in love with her, and empathize with her through her many scrapes. Fans won't find a whole lot new here -- even the boys she's obsessing over are the same as in previous installments -- but they will appreciate that Ruby is as honest, insightful, (and neurotic) as ever.
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