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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (163 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephanie Guerra Narrator: Casey Holloway Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781469215822
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Stella Chavez is your classic good girl: straight As, clean-cut boyfriends, and soccer trophies. You’d never guess that Stella’s dad was a drug addict who had walked out when she was a kid. Or that inside, Stella wishes for something more.

New girl Ruby Caroline seems like Stella’s polar opposite: cursing, smoking, and teetering in sky-high heels. But Stella is pulled in by Ruby’s infectious confidence, brutal honesty, and die-hard loyalty. With Ruby, Stella gets a taste of another world—a world in which parents act like roommates, college men are way more interesting than high school boys, and there is nothing that shouldn’t be tried once.

It’s not long before Stella finds herself torn: between the best friend she’s ever had and the friends she’s known forever, between her family and her own independence, between who she was and who she wants to be.

But Ruby has a darker side, a side she doesn’t show anyone—not even Stella. As Stella watches her friend slowly unravel, she will have to search deep inside herself for the strength to be a true friend, even if it means committing the ultimate betrayal.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A strong new voice.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The story’s strong voice and complex characters will convince readers to forgive the too-tidy ending.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 kb | 1/31/2014

    " One of my first Galleys!... And I'm just a bit disappointed how despite of its interestingly cooked up plot of good girl-bad girl best friendship coupled with older-guy romance on the side and racial issues, I'm still giving it a "Just okay" rating. The writing wasn't very bad but sometimes Stella Chavez's, the protagonist, voice just made me want to turn off my computer altogether. She's this nice Catholic girl who seems to have been blessed with so much decisiveness that she just couldn't help stay out of other people's businesses and let them decide for themselves on whether they want to mess up their lives or what. At the same time, I think she has all this repression inside of her, being a teen and so, and that was why she found it sort of an adventure that she was friends with the bad new girl Ruby and in turn experience all this "darker, cooler stuff" in life. There were also too many underlying stories that went unsolved and that was perhaps what primarily was my problem with this book. Yay!s -Explores a Lolita-esque theme where creepy, older guys get into relationships with girls who are practically still children but stupidly believe otherwise -Contains at least one solid and consistent character: Ruby Caroline! (At least I don't have to hate the name Ruby, because that would be awful, given that I COMPLETELY ADORE e. lockhart's Ruby Oliver novels) Boo!s -I think Yay! #1 is brave and all however, sadly, Stephanie Guerra wasn't quite able to get to the bottom of that. A wasted chance, I'd say. -So goes the same for what could have been an exciting angle of Stella being a Mexican. -And while Stella suffers a vague bipolarity, the other characters are shamelessly one-dimensional. -That ending was just about one of the worst ones I've read in a long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/25/2013

    " Very realistic look at high school life. I enjoyed reading this one even though there is nothing unique about the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meliney | 8/3/2013

    " Target audience is high school. The story started out strong, well written and the author dealt with plenty of teenage issues. However, I felt the characters were rather emotionless, and there was no closure to many of the situations. It just kind of ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 3/12/2013

    " Actually really enjoyed this one. "

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About the Author

Stephanie Guerra has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame. She teaches children’s literature at Seattle University. She also teaches creative writing at King County Jail and researches and speaks about literacy instruction for at-risk and incarcerated teens. She lives in Seattle with her husband and children.

About the Narrator

Casey Holloway is an actor and voice-over artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. After earning her BFA in theater performance from Columbus State University, she signed on as a company member and tour actor with the Lexington Children’s Theater. She is now a company member with the Sketchworks comedy troupe and is working in film, television, and voice-over. Her audiobook credits include How to Rock Braces and Glasses and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.