HONEY, BABY, SWEETHEART
In Caletti's second novel, shy, reserved Ruby McQueen goes a little wild, comes to her senses, then learns who she really is.
At 16, Ruby is a one-friend-only girl whose life lacks punch, until she meets Travis Becker, a totally sexy and slightly dangerous boy. Soon, Ruby finds herself doing things she'd never have considered, and she's not too proud of herself. Meanwhile, her mother is trying to deal with her own relationship demons and drags Ruby with her to the local senior book club. Though some teens may be turned off by the senior theme, hopefully they'll stick around to see the lives these extraordinary, funny, rich people lead.
Caletti is a top-notch writer whose book can just as easily be enjoyed by adults as teens. Her smart writing packs keen observations on love, boys and life in general. Plus, the story is really entertaining. (May, 320 pp., $15.95)