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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite
Ruby was having a bad couple of weeks, things just didn't feel right between her and boyfriend Leo, and this is when she really needed them to be the most right. In a fit of anger, Ruby drives away from Leo and is killed in a car crash, but her ghost is left behind to wander the earth, trying to get the one answer Ruby didn't get from Leo before the crash - how much he really loved her. Little Red Gem follows the ghost Ruby as she tries to follow Leo and her old friends and find out what is going on. As young teenagers, this love is eternal and Ruby has to know the answer to this important question. D.L. Richardson writes a tale of teenage love, mixed with rock and roll and the everyday issues surrounding teens.
D.L. Richardson does an amazing job blending music into this book. Not only is Leo in a band and writing his own songs, but Ruby was in a band and writing her own songs too. A number of original songs, written specifically by the author, appear in the book - something which is unique and fun, making it more relevant to teens. Little Red Gem deals with a number of issues that face teens today including drinking and pregnancy. It also presents parents that are flawed and have made mistakes, who are maybe a bit more understanding and not your typical sit-com parents. This is a great book for teens and young adults, and even adults will enjoy the book. A fun read.