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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Push (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545004047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545004046
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,682,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Praise for A Little Friendly Advice: "Populated with real characters who have authentic emotions, this debut novel manages to be at once uplifting and heart wrenching. Vivian is clearly an author to watch." -Kirkus Reviews "Cultural references keep the narrative hip, but it's Vivian's skill at subtly shaping the personalities that makes the book work." -San Francisco Chronicle "A bright new voice that holds nothing back." -Cecil Castellucci, author of Boy Proof

About the Author

Siobhan Vivian is the author of the PUSH novels A Little Friendly Advice and Same Difference. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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my name is siobhan, which is pronounced SHOVE-ON. i like writing books. i hope you like reading them. visit me at www.siobhanvivian.com !

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When the book was over I was so sad, because I didn't want it to end, it was just that good.
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I also liked how Vivian included little details that, overall, made each character seem more realistic and progressed the story.
Realistic from the get-go and written in present tense, the rhythmic and funny narrative will grab readers right away.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Little Willow on February 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Let me give you A Little Friendly Advice: Read Siobhan Vivian's debut novel. Now.

Realistic from the get-go and written in present tense, the rhythmic and funny narrative will grab readers right away. It all starts when four people come to celebrate with a birthday girl - one of whom was not invited.

The book begins on Ruby's Sweet Sixteen, when the birthday girl hanging out in her humble house with her mom, waiting for her friends to arrive. She has ziti, a whale-shaped ice-cream cake, and a foil party crown.

Shortly after receiving an old Polaroid camera from her mom, Ruby tests out her gift, capturing her mom in a little white square. The guests start to arrive, and Ruby takes a picture of each one. Her friends are very distinguishable, both in looks and in personality. First is Beth, petite, exuberant, the best friend ever. Next comes maudlin Katherine, who is far more Beth's friend than Ruby's, and two years ahead of the other girls in school. In bounces sassy Maria, thus completing the guest list.

Then the last person Ruby ever expected to walk through that door does exactly that. She takes the opportunity to run out of the door, her friends close behind her. His presence pushes the story forward, as his long-term absence has huge part of her past.

Along comes someone else, someone new. His name is Charlie, and he's a sweet, easygoing boy who likes to make buttons and conversation. Like a picture from Ruby's camera, Charlie will instantly capture the hearts of readers, but it will take a while for their relationship to develop - and he'll patiently wait.

There are plenty of laughs to be had and tears to be shed, sometimes simultaneously, as Ruby re-evaluates her friendships and her parents' divorce.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jocelyn on February 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A Little Friendly Advice, Siobhan Vivian's fantastic debut novel, is blurbed on the back cover by Cecil Castellucci and Maureen Johnson. To some of you, blurbs may not matter, but for me, a book blurbed by two fantastic authors always moves higher up on the to-be-read stack! Which is good for the book, but it also probably raises my expectations, which could turn out to make me unreasonably disappointed.

In this case, however, those high expectations were certainly warranted! I absolutely loved A Little Friendly Advice. It's a smart, funny novel that is mainly about people and their relationships (friends, love interests, and family). It all starts on Ruby's sixteenth birthday, when her father shows up unexpectedly after years of being totally out of the picture. She was planning on a nice celebration with her mother and group of three close friends (her longtime best friend, Beth, her boy-crazy sometimes-outrageous friend, Maria, and the new addition to their group, Katherine), but all that goes out the window when Jim comes through the front door.

One good thing does come out of Ruby's birthday, though: her mother has gotten her an old Polaroid camera, which she uses to document the events that follow. She realizes her best friend, Beth, has been keeping secrets from her, but with good intentions. She must make some difficult choices about her relationship (or lack thereof) with her father. A new guy steps into her life, Charlie; this is a new area for never-been-kissed Ruby! The friendship dynamics within her group are changing, too. The next few days are very eventful for Ruby, and it's all a bit much for a girl to handle alone, and her friends' advice may not always be for the best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on March 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Ruby is on the verge of turning sixteen. Her friends have been planning her party for weeks. They all have gathered at her house for a pre-party. Her mom has made her favorite dinner - ziti. All is perfect, down to the vintage Polaroid camera her mother has given her. Then it turns horribly wrong. With the ring of the doorbell, her father, who has been gone for years, has come back into her life.

One night, when Ruby was ten, she sat and watched as her father walked back and forth loading up boxes and his suitcases into his blue truck. Then he just drove away. That was it. No contact, no reasons, nothing. After six years, Ruby has finally gotten on with her life, forgetting about her father (who she now simply calls Jim) and wondering why he left.

Ruby's friends all have different levels of advice. But when her best friend fails to hand over a letter that her father left for her the day after her birthday, she has more than her father to think about. She now wonders if she's ever really known her friends at all.

There are so many different levels of conflict in Ruby's life. At the age of sixteen, when girls should be celebrating the best time of their lives and the new independence that the age brings, Ruby feels like her world is falling apart. Not only does she not have a father in her life, she's not sure she can trust her friends anymore, and conversation with her mother is stilted at best. The only bright spot in her life is her possible boyfriend, Charlie. But Charlie may not be around for long either.

Ms. Vivian is a fresh new voice on the young adult book scene. The story is well-written and emotional. Ruby struggles with everyday issues that everyone can relate to. The story moves quickly to a satisfying conclusion for Ruby. A LITTLE FRIENDLY ADVICE is a story that everyone will enjoy and celebrate with Ruby as she comes into her own.

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