The Ruining by Anna Collomore

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Annie Phillips is thrilled to leave her past behind and begin a shiny new life on Belvedere Island, as a nanny for the picture-perfect Cohen family. In no time at all, she falls in love with the Cohens, especially with Libby, the beautiful young matriarch of the family. Life is better than she ever imagined. She even finds romance with the boy next door.

All too soon, cracks appear in Annie's seemingly perfect world. She's blamed for mistakes she doesn't remember making. Her bedroom door comes unhinged, and she feels like she's always being watched. Libby, who once felt like a big sister, is suddenly cold and unforgiving. As she struggles to keep up with the demands of her new life, Annie's fear gives way to frightening hallucinations. Is she tumbling into madness, or is something sinister at play?

The Ruining is a complex ride through first love, chilling manipulation, and the terrifying depths of insanity.

About Anna Collomore

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Anna Collomore is a pseudonym for a children’s book editor who lives in Brooklyn. In her spare time, Anna enjoys blowing her budget on gourmet food in specialty markets, redecorating her apartment, and lolling around with her dog in the park. Anna earned her MFA from the New School in 2008.
Published February 7, 2013 by Razorbill. 336 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Originally, I read it as a straight-up weak ending: it’s a strangely discordant, misty sort of happy ending, and the resolution comes about through no action on Annie’s part.

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This intriguing take on the classic story “The Yellow Wallpaper,” finds Annie, a refugee from poverty in Detroit, moving to a mansion in San Francisco to become the nanny for a wealthy couple’s 3-year-old girl, Zoe.

Nov 14 2012 | Read Full Review of The Ruining

Mysterious Reviews

Review: Eighteen-year-old Annie Phillips dreams of leaving her bleak existence in Detroit.

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A Patchwork of Books

It has not decreased the pile of books bought recently to read in paper copies, but I have read quite a number of samples of books on the kindle, some of which I will not want to read, others I will want in paper copies, and some I might just buy if they come up as cheap books on the kindle.I am ...

Mar 01 2008 | Read Full Review of The Ruining

A Patchwork of Books

How much of what she wrote there about her “wretchedest and wickedest hours” was romantic fiction, modeled on such books as Flaubert’s Madam Bovary, we will never know, but when her husband discovered the diary and read it he was incensed and determined to ruin the man Isabella had set her heart on.

Feb 10 2013 | Read Full Review of The Ruining

Gr 8 Up—Libby Cohen, the gorgeous young mother of an infant and a toddler, opens her palatial Belvedere Island, San Francisco home to a downtrodden nanny from the mean streets of Detroit, giving her employment and the chance to attend college. Annie is still torn by guilt over the drowning death ...

Apr 01 2013 | Read Full Review of The Ruining

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