Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti

Ruby McQueen never thought that a guy like Travis Becker would notice her. He’s rich, timelessly beautiful, and he has a motorcycle. Travis brings out a side of her that Ruby doesn’t recognize and isn’t 100% sure that she likes. As Ruby gets in deeper with Travis, she starts to pull away from her family and others who love her. She knows Travis is bad for her, but she can’t seem to make herself stay away.

344637I felt like I could really relate to this book. In my case, it was just a friend in high school who wasn’t that great for me. In hindsight, I can definitely see that I should’ve broken the friendship off much sooner than I did, but at the time it was kind of exciting. In this book, we see Ruby make a series of bad decisions. We know they’re bad, she knows they’re bad, but we have to watch her make them anyway. It’s frustrating at times, but because of my past experiences, I feel like I understand why she makes the decisions she does. She knows that her family loves her, but all the same, I think she feels a little neglected by her mom. Ruby’s looking for someone to give her attention and make her feel special–even if that person isn’t doing it in the right away.

“Sometimes we are so convinced someone is throwing us a life preserver that we don’t notice that what they are actually doing is drowning us.”

I thought this book was great. It was messy and the characters are far from perfect. Like I said earlier, I feel like Ruby is very relatable and all of the secondary characters are on point. Chip Jr is definitely my favorite. He’s so smart and I love that he and Ruby are on the same team! He actually reminds me a lot of my little brother so I particularly enjoyed his character. I also love the Casserole Queens. What a riot! I was literally laughing out loud the entire time during the “old folks home breakout” scene. Another character that I want to give a shout out to is the dog, Poe. Poe is seriously indescribable.

This book made me think about things from Travis’ perspective as well as Ruby’s. What did Travis want with Ruby? What drew him to her? Is everything just a game to him or does he really care for her? They’re so different and we’re given a closeup look to what Ruby sees in Travis, but I really wonder about the other way around.

Overall, I really liked this book. Fun characters, real story, awesome community/family moments. It left me so satisfied–a great summer read.

Overall Rating: 5
Violence: Mild
Language: Moderate
Sexual Content: Mild
Smoking/Drinking: Mild

July Reading UPDATE

Ghosts of Shanghai by Julian Sedgwick – DNF
Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood – Read and reviewed
The Kiss by Lucy Courtenay – Read
The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – Read, review coming
Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George – Read and reviewed
Song of Summer by Laura Lee Anderson – Read, review coming
Alive by Scott Sigler – Currently Reading
Devil’s Daughter by Hope Schenk-de Michele, Paul Marquez with Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Bombs Away by Harry Turtledove
Agents of the Internet Apocalypse by Wayne Gladstone
Confessions of a Queen B* by Crista McHugh
The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak
Wishful Thinking by Kayla Bulster

Kindle TBR Challenge
Something Real by Heather Demetrios

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Read, review coming
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti – Read and reviewed
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang – Read