Ruined: A Novel
by Paula Morris
Cover Artist: Cliff Nielsen
Review by Beth Slater
Point Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780545042154
Date: 01 August 2009 List Price $16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Imagine a New York City teenager being sent to live in New Orleans, having approximately a week's notice. Oh, and she's being sent to live with an "aunt" – read lifetime friend of the family. Rebecca Brown didn't have to imagine – she was going to have to live it. Her mother was dead, long ago when she was a baby. Her father and she happily made their way in New York City, until now when her father was assigned work in China, and felt that it was too long a time period for Rebecca to be on her own. Now she was miserable, heading to an entirely different world, alone, for a full school year. From official release/information:
Product Description: Rebecca couldn't feel more out of place in New Orleans, where she comes to spend the year while her dad is traveling. She's staying in a creepy old house with her aunt. And at the snooty prep school, the filthy-rich girls treat Rebecca like she's invisible. Only gorgeous, unavailable Anton Grey seems to give Rebecca the time of day, but she wonders if he's got a hidden agenda. Then one night, in Lafayette Cemetery, Rebecca makes a friend. Sweet, mysterious Lisette is eager to talk to Rebecca, and to show her the nooks and crannies of the city. There's just one catch: Lisette is a ghost. A ghost with a deep, dark secret, and a serious score to settle. As Rebecca learns more from her ghost friend - and as she slowly learns to trust Anton Grey-she also uncovers startling truths about her own history. Will Rebecca be able to right the wrongs of the past, or has everything been ruined beyond repair?