by Jessica Ham
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti is my new favorite book. All of Deb Caletti’s books are teen-oriented, funny, cleverly written and focus on the power of the individual woman. I love all of her books but this one is the best.
In the beginning of the book, you are not sure what to think of its main character Ruby McQueen. However, by the end, you are rooting for her to face her fears and leave her old life behind. Ruby is a quiet girl whose dad left the family when she was very little. Her life changes drastically when she meets Travis Becker, her rich, hot, next-door neighbor. She pretends to be dangerous and lets him control her just to make him like her. This turns disastrous when Travis tries to force her to do something she thought she would never do. When her mother finds out about Travis, she is not pleased and forces Ruby to join a book club called The Casserole Queens (all of the woman in the club use their cooking to win men over). When it’s discovered one of the women knows more about the book they are reading than she should, the group sets out on a journey.
I have never read a book like this before. You go from hating the characters to loving them. The old women in The Casserole Queens become a part of your family, you want them all to live forever. Ruby is exactly the girl I want to be; brave enough to fight her fears and let go of her past. Deb Caletti writes in a way that is easy to understand but is complicated at the same time. She doesn’t write the typical teen romance books. All of her books’ protagonists are teenage girls who overcome fears, accomplish something great and embrace their ‘womanpower’. So, don’t just take my word for it, check out Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti for yourself!
Foundation Features will be adapting five of Deb Caletti’s novels, collectively called Nine Mile Falls.