Honey, Baby Sweetheart by Deb Caletti
Read by: Amanda Ronconi
Release Date: May 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Library/Overdrive
It is summer in the Northwest town of Nine Mile Falls, and sixteen-year-old Ruby McQueen, ordinarily dubbed The Quiet Girl, finds herself hanging out with gorgeous, rich, thrill-seeking Travis Becker. But Ruby is in over her head, and finds she is risking more and more when she’s with him. In an effort to keep Ruby occupied, Ruby’s mother, Ann, drags Ruby to the weekly book club she runs. When it is discovered that one of the group’s own members is the subject of the tragic love story they are reading, Ann and Ruby spearhead a reunion between the long-ago lovers. But for Ruby, this mission turns out to be much more than just a road trip. . . .
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti is my very first ever audiobook! I had this book on my wish list, along with all the rest of Deb’s books, after reading Stay. There’s just something about her writing that I absolutely love. So, when faced with all my possible audiobook choices I picked this one. I’m so thrilled that I did!
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. I was anticipating a story about a summer fling with a bad boy, and that’s part of the story, but really it’s so much more. Ruby is a really intelligent and witty character. She makes some bad choices in the book that are completely understandable. I felt a very strong connection to Ruby. She describes herself as ‘The Quiet Girl’ and that was pretty much me when I was a teen.
I loved the Casserole Queens so much! Each character was so unique and funny. I really got so much more invested in the characters than I thought I would. I also really adored how close Ruby was with her mother and brother.
When I read Stay I was amazed at Deb’s beautiful writing. I haven’t read many contemporary books in the same league. Her writing is just gorgeous. It’s filled of these completely insightful things. I found myself saying ‘Huh…That’s so true.’ so many time while listening to the book.
The pacing in Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti is a bit slow but it was one of those rare instances where I really just didn’t care. The story is very character driven and not much happens. It was a wonderful experience seeing Ruby grow up and learn important lessons. I very much enjoyed every minute of it. If your in the mood for a beautiful and utterly entertaining contemporary I definitely suggest picking up Honey, Baby, Sweetheart.