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I found this selection because of my daughter, but liked it pretty well. There is a great deal in this book about high school politics and way too much about women's shoes but it still plays. Ruby is an emotionally typical teen; sometimes thirty, sometimes ten. I was disappointed at the lack of time given to Ruby's supposed intellect and any workouts or self defense training in the book. There are some unlikely elements in this story but the writer is not only able to pull them off but fit them seamlessly into the narrative. Ruby's recklessness puts herself and those she cares about in peril and she doesn't seem to have second thoughts about it until afterwards when she beats herself up over it for awhile; then does it again. Rather than being incongruous this is reflective of an adolescent mindset. These weaknesses make it a four star for me but it is definitely worth the credit.
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What would have made Killing Ruby Rose better?
This was definitely a book I would have liked when I was 13 or 14. But the main character was not believable. She has 5 million dollars in life insurance, cares too much about shoes. She has perfect looks, perfect smarts, a very self-centered and shallow mother, and a new boyfriend who is perfect in every way. I wanted to throw-up. She was also very stupid for a "smart" girl.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
She did a good job of sounding exactly like a teenage girl. Unfortunately, this teenage girl was irritating and that made the narrator be irritating. My poor review of the book stems from the content not the narration.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
It wasn't the worst book I've ever read.