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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Just Like a Musical Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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 now...now 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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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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My rating: 4 stars
My 2 cents

I really enjoyed this contemporary!  I loved the quirky characters, impossible situations, and just some of the randomness of the story!

Ruby is not your normal 17 year old.  She is homeschool, and her life is ruled by her very overprotective mother.  Ruby just longs for friends and adventures.  She finds both in this fun, strange story!

The best thing about this book was definitely Ruby's character, and her love interest, Joshua.  Joshua suffers from Tourettes, which makes him appear strange to most people, but Ruby is one of the few people in this world who can see past the physical.  

My one complaint was definitely Ruby's mother.  I felt like I didn't get enough of a sense of her character.  Most of the time, I thought she was evil, but then there were times she just seemed stupid, and then she would do things that seemed completely out of character.  I would have liked more to the story in exploring Ruby and her mom's relationship.

I really enjoyed this story, and really appreciated the somewhat realistic ending.  A great, fun read!

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