HONEY, BABY, SWEETHEART by Deb Caletti

HONEY, BABY, SWEETHEART

Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Tender and poetic, Caletti’s tale of the multifaceted effects of the many kinds of love tells the story of Ruby, who, in an effort to break out of her quiet-girl persona, begins dating an exciting but amoral rich boy. To bring Ruby back into the fold, her divorced librarian mother gets her involved in a reading group for the aged. One of the members of the book club, an elderly woman recently debilitated by a stroke, turns out to be the real-life love of an author whose book they are studying. In the least inspired part of the tale, the crowd decides to kidnap the incapacitated lady from her controlling daughters and bring the lovers together. Caletti has the gift of voice and tells her story with humor, insight, and compassion. Listen to Ruby musing on the delicate balance of kindness and truth between mother and daughter. “We cared too much for each other to have between us the recklessness of complete honesty.” Lovely. (Fiction. 12+)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-689-86765-4
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2004




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