About the book
Published: 29th April 2016 (Carina)
Four friends have become three. But that’s only the beginning.
Ruby, Evie, Mollie and Chelsea were the bad girls at school. But Ruby was the baddest. Evie fought her anger, Mollie fought her mother and Chelsea…well, Chelsea just fought. But Ruby set her sights on a bigger stage. And together, they dreamed of a future where Ruby could sing, Evie could make art, Mollie could bake, Chelsea could dance – and all of them could finally feel at home.
A decade later, the girls are reunited for the funeral of Ruby, who took the world – and the charts – by storm, before fading too soon. And Evie doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry when she learns that Ruby has left them a house on Camden Square – the perfect place for them to fulfil their dreams. But does she dare take the plunge, and risk it all for one last shot at the stars?
Goodbye Ruby Tuesday is Book 1 in A.L. Michael’s new series, ‘The House on Camden Square’
What a wonderful book, and start to what is set to be a great series, that took me on a trip down memory lane. Goodbye Ruby Tuesday opens, quite appropriately, on the day of Ruby’s funeral back in her home town which, because of her stardom (think Amy Winehouse), is turning into a media circus with everyone wanting their five minutes of fame, other than Evie, Mollie and Chelsea who just want to say goodbye to their friend, Ruby Montgomery.
Ten years prior; Ruby, Evie, Mollie and Chelsea were as thick as thieves, getting into all sorts of trouble in their dead-end town that no one seemed to leave, just accepted their fate and existed – so all 4 girls were determined to leave and do something with their lives. Ruby’s escape route led her to the bright lights of London and whilst the girls drifted apart, she never forgot about them and their shared dream so she has left them her remaining lease on a studio in London to finally achieve it.
It is in London that we are introduced to Evelyn, the enigmatic owner of the studio that Ruby has left them and Killian, the grumpy carpenter who has one of the studios and is far too used to his own company. What ensues is a funny and heartwarming story of friendships being reformed and hard work to achieve what they have always dreamt of.
Whilst generally told from Evie’s perspective, the narrative is taken back 10 years and we hear directly from Ruby which is a nice touch to the story.
I truly loved Goodbye Ruby Tuesday and, as a result, moved straight onto Nice Day For A White Wedding which I read in a day. A.L. Michael’s writing is fantastic and so down to earth, I especially loved Evie with her dry sense of humour and sarcastic nature.
You can hear from the author herself as to why her books always seem to be set in North London here which was part of the Goodbye Ruby Tuesday blog tour and earlier this month I featured a Q&A about House on Camden Square series. My review of Nice Day For A White Wedding will be up next Tuesday as part of the blog tour.
About A.L. Michael
A.L. Michael is hurtling towards the end of her twenties a little too quickly. She is the author of ‘Wine Dark, Sea Blue’, ‘The Last Word’, ‘My So Called (Love) Life’, ‘Driving Home for Christmas’, and her most recent novel ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’, based upon her experiences as a London barista.
She is a Creative Therapeutic Facilitator, currently researching the power of creative writing to be helpful in recovering from eating disorders. Her new three book series, The House on Camden Square, is being released in 2016, starting with ‘Goodbye Ruby Tuesday’ released on 29th April.
When she’s not writing, she likes yoga, trying to bake healthy treats and was a hipster before hipsters were hipster. Well, she likes chai lattes and owns a Mac.