Ruby's turning sixteen . . . but the day doesn't turn out to be as sweet as it's supposed to be. Her long lost father shows up, and Ruby doesn't want to have anything to do with him. Instead, she wants to hang out with her friends - loyal Beth, dangerous Katherine, and gossipy Maria. They have plenty of advice for her - about boys, about her dad, about how she should look and what she should be feeling. But really, Ruby doesn't know what to think or feel. Especially when a new boy comes into the picture . . . and Ruby discovers some of her friends aren't as truthful as they say.
Siobhan's writing caught me up in the very first sentence. Her fun and soft style is exquisite and impeccable. Her characters are majestic and rare. Ruby and Beth's friendship is quite alluring and notable. Ruby is so self-conscious and insecure of herself. Whereas Beth is confident and bold. The dialogue is so keen between Ruby, Beth, Maria, and Katherine. Siobhan Vivian knows the meaning of friendship. This is a pick-me-up-when-feeling-down type of novel.
A Little Friendly Advice is a well-written novel. It's cute and sharp. She grabs the voice of friends, growing up, and the truth so very well. It's well intended but bad advice is abundant and in this novel brings plenty of it.
A big part of this book is of Ruby's long-lost father coming back on her birthday. But it's has more to do with friendship then anything else.
I'd grab this novel up for a pick-me-up any day. But it's also perfect for a rainy day. This is one to not miss out on.
I can't wait to read Siobhan's other work in the future. I can tell she's going to be a greatly appreciative Young Adult author. (And can I say how much I adore the cover? It's so cute!!!!!!!!!!)