Published by Howling Wolf/Ravenswood Publishing on May 5, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, YA
I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
Fragnut. Confused? Well so is everyone else at Lumiere Hall Prep when sixteen-year-old Rubie Keane rolls in from Trinidad and Tobago talking her weird lingo. Not that she minds the culture confusion; she's determined to leave the past behind her and be overlooked—but a certain stoic blue blood is equally as determined to foil her plans.
Gil Stromeyer's offbeat personality initially makes Rubie second-guess his sanity, but she suspects his erratic outbursts of violence mask a deeper issue in his troubled, charmed life. Despite his disturbing behavior, a gradual bond forms between the two. However, on the night of the annual Stromeyer gala, events unfold that leave Rubie stripped of her dignity and kick Gil's already fragile world off its axis.
Both their well-kept secrets are uncovered, but Gil's revelation proves that sometimes the best remedy for a bad case of lost identity, is a dash of comradery from an ally packed with flavor.
Rubie Keane moved to America with her sister and husband so she can go to a private school. The school she’s going to should help her get into an ivy league school. Everyone decided this is what best. Sad to leave her beloved Trinidad behind she’s also looking forward to making a new start. By new start means being a loner and not making friends because of what happened in Trinidad. Gil Stromeyer has other ideas says he needs Rubie to be his friend. With Gil being persistent will Rubie stick to her no friend rule?
In ” an Oyster Shell – This was a surprisingly amazing read that will stay with you long after you have finished.
The Pearls – It was nice to be exposed to the Trinidad culture. I learned so much about it from this book and I love that. I love how Rubie fit into America by standing by her customs (mostly phrases) and sporting her Trinidad pride.
The contrast between Rubie and Gil was amazing. It made for a great dynamic. The fact that they had a platonic relationship was unique and refreshing. I liked the creativity behind the why they had a platonic relationship.
The themes in this book were very real. There was a lot of dealing with loss do to death and sickness. It was amazing that in the end Rubie and Gill could really be there for each other in their respective struggles.
The Sand – Sometimes a strength can be a weakness. I think the strong Trinidad pride was a bit over done. It would have been nice to see Rubie being acclimated to more American things to balance it out.