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The Six Rules of Maybe Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Caletti, Deb
ISBN: 1416979719     ISBN-13: 9781416979715
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: March 2011
Annotation: Scarlet considers herself someone who fixes other people’s problems…until she becomes one when she falls in love with her sister’s husband in this beautiful young adult novel about love and family from National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor medal winner Deb Caletti.

Scarlet spends most of her time worrying about other people. Some are her friends, others are practically strangers, and then there are the ones no else even notices. Trying to fix their lives comes naturally to her. And pushing her own needs to the side is part of the deal. So when her older sister comes home unexpectedly married and pregnant, Scarlet has a new person to worry about.

But all of her good intentions are shattered when the unthinkable happens: she falls for her sister’s husband. For the first time in a long time, Scarlet’s not fixing a problem, she’s at the center of one. And ignoring her feelings doesn’t seem to be an option…
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Interpersonal relations; Fiction.
Sisters; Fiction.
Pregnancy; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2009022232
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.00" (0.65 lbs) 321 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 136964
Reading Level: 5.0   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 13.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q48360
Reading Level: 5.4   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 21.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall)
Seventeen-year-old Scarlet Hughes is always trying to help others. When her thoughtless older sister Juliet returns home married and pregnant, Scarlet feels it's her job to protect Hayden, the sweet, devoted father-to-be. Caletti's layered, engaging story includes lots of introspection on the part of her narrator, a multitude of fascinating characters, and loads of skillfully crafted sentences. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2010 #3)
Seventeen-year-old Scarlet Hughes is always trying to help others. At school, she's the Designated Listener, "the one who stayed emotionally sober while everyone else was falling apart"; in her neighborhood, she worries about senile Mr. Weaver, unhappy Goth Girl, and a couple being taken in by e-mail scammers; at home, she's the thoughtful daughter. When her thoughtless older sister Juliet returns home married and pregnant, Scarlet feels it's her job to keep Juliet from hurting Hayden, the sweet, devoted father-to-be. While Scarlet initially believes her need to help comes from "a low tolerance for other people's pain," by the end she realizes she just likes "to have a little control over a situation." Just before her mother breaks up with her self-centered boyfriend, she tells Scarlet, "The idea that we can control things is wishful thinking...You can let go; that's all. Maybe that's the most important thing to do." Scarlet also learns about letting go from an array of others, including Hayden (who finally lets go of Juliet) and the scammed (but happily re-located to the Ivory Coast) neighbors; she learns that a little selfishness can be good; and she learns that it's okay to give when your only incentive is kindness. Caletti tells her layered, engaging story in her usual style that includes lots of introspection on the part of her narrator, a multitude of fascinating characters, and loads of skillfully crafted sentences that will entice readers racing through to slow down and re-read with pleasure before speeding on again. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 February #4)

When 17-year-old Scarlett's older sister, Juliet, moves back home pregnant, she brings with her a romantic new husband "she'd never before even mentioned." While Scarlett's feelings for Hayden grow—she secretly reads the love notes he writes to Juliet and sneaks out to join him for late-night chats—he remains devoted to her pretty sister, who in turn seems fixated on her loser high school boyfriend. Caletti's (The Secret Life of Prince Charming) main characters are well drawn and complex, especially mature Scarlett, who, to her own detriment, is constantly looking after everyone else in her life. Readers may find some of Scarlett's neighbors over the top, such as an elderly couple whose belief in Internet scams leads them to Africa. Scarlett's devotion to them also seems extreme, but it clarifies both why "being needed sometimes made me feel good" and why she feels connected to kind Hayden. In the end, readers will be willing to overlook some of the more outlandish characters to focus on the moving story involving Scarlett and her family. Ages 12–up. (Mar.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 March)

Gr 9 Up—Caletti invites readers into Scarlet Hughes's life and all its "maybes." The introspective teen copes when her charismatic older sister, Juliet, shows up suddenly married (and pregnant) after time away at a Portland hotel singing gig. Both Scarlet and her mother quickly come to adore her husband—Scarlet perhaps a little too much. Hayden is not only smart and good-looking, but he is also funny, great at listening, and deeply in love with Juliet. He writes her poetry and love notes, which Scarlet cannot help but read. She also can't seem to stop trying to help her motley collection of neighbors. The elderly couple too easily conned by Internet scams, the Goth girl whose chalk drawings inspire some prom date interference, and the retired postal worker who is flirting with senility are all part of Scarlet's habit of trying to fix things. Maybe she can stop her sister's tendency to run scared of the commitment Hayden offers her and her yearning for her train wreck of an old boyfriend. Maybe she can convince her mother that she shouldn't marry someone who spends all his time criticizing her. Maybe she can make up with the friend whose crush seems to like Scarlet instead. All of these dealings are about hope as the fuel of one's dreams and efforts, about the frequent necessity of persistence, and about how to know when to let go. Reminiscent of the best of Sarah Dessen's work, this novel is beautifully written, deftly plotted, and movingly characterized.—Suzanne Gordon, Peachtree Ridge High School, Suwanee, GA

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