Thursday, February 20, 2014

Just Like A Musical

Just Like a Musical
Release Date: 12/15/13

Summary from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Ruby Fields has always lived by the rules set up by her foolishly overprotective mother. As a result, she doesn't go to school, she's never been kissed, and almost everything she knows about life is what she has learned from old movies.

But there's this Joshua guy. He's quirky, and he's tall, and he uses “romantic” and “old-fashioned” in the same sentence.

And there's Mrs. Wheeler, an eccentric retired Hollywood costume designer and Ruby's new best friend.

When Mrs. Wheeler ends up in hospital, just after telling Ruby her long-kept secret, Ruby decides to break her mother's rules and embark on a journey that will change her life forever.

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It's been a while since I have read a young adult book and Just Like A Musical made me miss the genre and want to get back into reading it.

The relationship between Ruby and Ms. Wheeler is interesting, unique, quirky, and fun. I'm pretty sure that I was looking forward to spending time with Mrs. Wheeler more than Ruby herself was! She is such an interesting person who has seen and done it all and met everyone who is anyone.  I would love to have a neighbor like her.

And then you have Joshua. Sweet, lovable, swoon-worthy Joshua.  He is so supportive of Ruby wanting to take a journey and stays by her side the whole way.  He's damaged, but not in an endearing sort of way.

All in all, Just Like A Musical is all about finding yourself and doing all you can for the ones that you love.  It is heartwarming and a great weekend read.

About the Author

Milena Veen was born in Belgrade, Serbia. Her first piece of writing, a poem about a walking cherry, saw the light of the day when she was seven. She's been writing ever since.

Milena graduated from University of Belgrade with a degree in psychology. She lives in a little European town with her husband and a mute cat. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading, riding her bicycle, and listening to music. She prefers clouds to sunshine and coffee to tea. 

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