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A Little Friendly Advice Hardcover – March 1, 2008
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the book I especially love how cute and it gives me a reality check on things that I didn't know beforePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The novel A Little Friendly Advice was a short, quick read. It processed the main points that a book needs (characters, problems, solutions and emotions) but did not give me... Read morePublished on February 19, 2014 by Blondie
She loved the first book that she read from this author so i figured I would get more of the books. She cant seem to put it down. Good stuff for her.Published on January 29, 2014 by SeaCros
This is such a sweet, touching, and realistic book - I absolutely adored it. To me, this is perfect contemporary Young Adult. Read morePublished on June 21, 2011 by Leanne
The book was kind of slow moving, especially through the middle, as far as action, but I was never bored by the characters. Read morePublished on October 24, 2010 by Lucy G.
Ok, so I loved this book, A Little Friendly Advice by Siobhan Vivian. I decided to do it for a school project where we had to read 2 books from the same author. Read morePublished on March 21, 2010
All Ruby plans on doing for her sixteenth birthday is indulge in ice cream cake, take pictures with her new vintage Polaroid camera, and hang out with her three good friends. Read morePublished on August 1, 2009 by And Another Book Read