KISS MY BOOK by Jamie Michaels


Age Range: 11 - 14
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Fifteen-year-old Ruby is a celebrity author with a bestselling book; she only revels in her success briefly, as she’s accused of plagiarism on national television. Ruby cannot bear the instant shunning from those she thought were friends, so she runs away to her aunt in a tiny town in upstate New York. Aunt Fin invites Ruby (now named Georgie O’Dell) to work in her coffee/food/crafts/New Age shop. When Georgie meets Rabbit and develops strong feelings for Mohawk-wearing Jacob, she begins to find contentment. However, she’s lost the one thing that always gave her joy—reading. She regains her love of the written word thanks largely to Jacob. After she sets up a poetry slam, the town is overtaken by a rather romantic (and unrealistic) need to read. Of course, “Georgie” cannot escape Ruby forever, but this time she handles it with sincere acceptance of her actions. Michaels refers to many superb books and sonnets, making this a veritable primer of must-reads—sort of a reading revolution version of Flashdance. (Fiction. 11-14)

Pub Date: Sept. 11th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-385-73499-8
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2007