Finding Ruby Starling by Karen Rivers

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When I was a kid, I always wanted a twin. Someone who would understand me perfectly. An identical twin would be perfect. Then she would completely understand what it is like to be me.

So of course, I loved Sweet Valley Twins and The Parent Trap, the latter, of course, because I did not yet know I had a twin.

Finding Ruby Starling by Karen Rivers (Arthur A. Levine Books, August 2014) is a perfect modern companion to the many other fun long lost twin stories.

It is told completely through emails and letters written by two girls and their friends and family. Ruth in America used a new app to find pictures of herself online, and to her surprise a girl named Ruby in England had her same face! The mystery for the girls is why they were separated at birth, and it’s an emotional journey for them as they come to terms with their new reality: they truly are twins.

I really enjoyed this book. I will say that some of the email and tween slang in the text bothered me. I just don’t get teenagers these days. I’m in the mommy-to-young-kids club. But still, it is a fun book that tweens will really enjoy! Ruth and Ruby are fun protagonists!

And a note for readers who are wondering what happened to all the classics reviews: I’m going through a busy time right now. These fun, quick books are the ones that are keeping me going!  I am THANKFUL for simple and fun entertainment every now and then! Happy Thanksgiving!

Note: I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration. 

Reviewed on November 26, 2014

About the author 

Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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