The Ruby Notebook
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The Ruby Notebook


Sixteen-year-old Zeeta and her flighty English-teaching mom, Layla, have traveled the world together, settling in a different country every year, making a whole new set of friends and adopting new customs. This year, they’ve chosen to live in Aix-en-Provence, France, an enchanting city full of fountains, creamy yellow light, and a fascinating group of scarlet-clad street performers.
Zeeta soon begins to receive mysterious notes and gifts from someone she calls her fantôme, or ghost, admirer. But she is expecting her boyfriend, Wendell—the love of her life, as her friends call him—to arrive in Aix for a summer program very soon. Zeeta brushes off her curiosity about her fantôme, and her simmering attraction to one of the street performers, Jean-Claude, until Wendell arrives and she begins to fear that her feelings for him have truly changed. Perhaps—like Layla—she’s simply not made for long-term romance.
As Zeeta tries to draw away from Wendell, however, circumstances seem to force them together. Zeeta’s friendship with a local antiques dealer and his reclusive artist friend leads to a dangerous adventure. When Zeeta and Wendell join forces to find a secret underground spring whose water is rumored to bring immortality, they are forced to reconsider their own desires, and their beliefs about true love. Yet as soon as Zeeta decides that her mind has cleared, she’s confronted with the biggest shock of her life: the incredible true identity of her fantôme.
Vibrant, warmhearted, and evocative, The Ruby Notebook is a remarkable novel about learning to accept love in all of its wondrous and imperfect forms.

Title:The Ruby Notebook
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages

    The Ruby Notebook Reviews

  • Anna Francesca
    Aug 25, 2011

    Laura Resau's writing is gorgeously poetic. Her word choice is spot-on, and her descriptions make me long to travel. After years of speaking French, despite my having forgotten most of what I learned,...

  • Bradley
    Mar 28, 2011

    Sometimes a book comes into your life at just the right moment and it changes the way you look at life. That's the kind of book the Ruby Notebook is for me. It reminded me to "make everyday a song". T...

  • Teresa in Ohio
    Jun 22, 2017

    This year Layla and Zeeta are in France. Wendell has plans to join them this summer to improve his french. Things get bumpy for them when his family lines up a host family for him to stay with and not...

  • Ari
    Jan 03, 2012

    I’m still puzzled by Rumi quotes but I’ve just accepted that I will never understand him but neither does Zeeta and her mother constantly uses them. This book was as close to utter perfection as a...

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    Jan 18, 2010

    Reviewed by Monica Sheffo for TeensReadToo.comLaura Resau shines again with this stunning sequel to the captivating novel THE INDIGO NOTEBOOK.Zeeta's back and on another exciting adventure, this time ...

  • Melissa
    Feb 06, 2014

    The Ruby Notebook is a more enjoyable read than the previous one, and I guess better as a novel. I felt like The Indigo Notebook has heavier story-line (intercultural adoption) so it's harder to just ...

  • Holly
    Jul 27, 2010

    I adored Indigo Notebook and loved Ruby NOtebook just as much. I love the intergenerational aspect of this book....Zeeta made friends with teens but also had a great relationship with two 70 years old...

  • Melody
    Mar 09, 2012

    The middle book of a trilogy seems more often than not to be the weakest book. I was not in love with this one. I figured out the mystery in pretty short order, and found the whole father subplot more...

  • Stephanie
    Feb 04, 2012

    As always Laura Resau takes me to another world with her writing. The details and the time she takes to accurately write her books just amazes me. I can clearly picture the fountains, the cafes, the b...

  • Lauren Cook
    May 13, 2016

    The Ruby Notebook by Laura Resau is the second in its series, but it is easy to follow regardless of whether or not its reader has finished the previous book. When the first book is taken into account...

About Laura Resau

Laura Resau

I'm the author of the young adult novels The Queen of Water, Red Glass, What the Moon Saw, The Indigo Notebook, The Ruby Notebook , The Jade Notebook, and the middle-grade novels Star in the Forest, and most recently, The Lightning Queen. I grew up in Maryland, then moved around for ten years (as student, ESL teacher, and anthropologist), making my home in New Orleans; Aix-en-Provence, France; Oax