A LITTLE FRIENDLY ADVICE
Vivian vividly paints Ruby's pain and confusion over her parental issues and keeps her friends sounding realistically teenage, all while weaving a satisfying conclusion. An impressive debut.
At Ruby's 16th birthday party, an unexpected guest shows up: her dad. Ruby quickly learns that while her mom and her best friend Beth just want her to be over it already, she still has some things to deal with and the past to confront. (PUSH, Mar., 256 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9780545004046, HC, 12 and Up)