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A Little Friendly Advice

by Siobhan Vivian


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April 2015


Fiction
Ages 14 – 18 . Grades 9 – 12

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Ruby's turning sixteen . . . but the day doesn't turn out as sweet as it's supposed to. Her long-lost father shows up, and Ruby doesn't want anything to do with him. She wants to hang out and eat cake with her friends -- loyal Beth, dangerous Katherine, and gossipy Maria. They always have plenty of advice for her, and they have A LOT to say about her dad's return. But Ruby's not sure what to think or feel. Especially when a cute new boy named Charlie comes into the picture . . . and Ruby discovers not all of her friends are as truthful as they say they are.
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Siobhan Vivian

Siobhan Vivian is the acclaimed author of Not That Kind of Girl, hailed by Kirkus Reviews as a "powerful, involving exploration of teen girls' identities and relationships," Same Difference, and A Little Friendly Advice. A Jersey girl by birth and a Brooklyn girl at heart, Siobhan currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA, and on the web at www.siobhanvivian.com.

SELECT REVIEWS:

  • Praise for THE LIST:

    “I devoured THE LIST -- it's funny, heartbreaking, suspenseful, and wise. Siobhan Vivian tells a raw, real, winning story about the perils of fitting in, the danger of labels, and how prettiness and ugliness are sometimes intertwined. It definitely makes my list as one of the best books I've
    read all year.” -- SARA SHEPARD, author of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

    “Siobhan Vivian's smart, incisive, powerfully honest novel explores just what it's like to try
    to navigate high school and being a girl without losing yourself entirely.” -- Libba Bray, author of BEAUTY QUEENS

    *“Vivian proves that beauty and ugliness aren't always a matter of appearance.” – PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

    “Funny, sharp, romantic, poignant, and true. I stayed up all night reading THE LIST.”
    -- Melissa de la Cruz, author of BLUE BLOODS

    *“This riveting exploration of physical appearance and the status it confers opens a
    cultural conversation that's needed to happen for a long time. . . . Vivian refuses to falsify or
    avoid the uncomfortable realities.” – KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review

    “Smart, snappy writing.” -- NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW


    Praise for NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL:

    "High school has never felt more authentic. . . . Vivian challenges assumptions and sends a positive message about acceptance, forgiveness, and love."
    -- BOOKLIST

    "The dialogue and emotional honesty are pitch-perfect. . . . Readers will cheer."
    -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

    "A joy to read . . . Full of wry observations, details that delight the senses and perceptions about things that matter."
    -- PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE


    Praise for A LITTLE FRIENDLY ADVICE:

    “This debut novel manages to be at once uplifting and heart wrenching. Vivian is clearly an author to watch.” -- KIRKUS REVIEWS

    “The book itself was nearly impossible to put down, and the plot so captivating that the pages flew by.” --YABooksCentral

    “Cultural references keep the narrative hip, but it's Vivian's skill at subtly shaping the personalities that makes this book work.” – SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

    “Siobhan Vivian nails the little details and the big truths that matter.” -- Maureen Johnson, author of 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES


    Praise for SAME DIFFERENCE:

    “Readers who have wondered, 'Are these the friends and the life I want to have?' will see themselves reflected in Emily's achingly real struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs.” – KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review

    “Vivian finds the true voice of every character, even those who aren't truthful.” – AKRON BEACON JOURNAL

    “[Vivian's] talent for scene-setting and evocative imagery is especially effective for a story about a girl just discovering her eye as an artist and herself as a person.” – PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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