Linzi Glass: Ruby Red



Ble to relate to us on a personal evel there are many things happening in the novel including Pumpkinflowers losing friends feeling alone falling inove with someone your parents disapprove of which I imagine a ot of teenagers will relate toIn this novel we witness many powerful moments some entirely fictional and others Ruby s view on actual events that occurred in our history I found this novel deeply moving and powerful It was well written although we could have explored some characters I felt overall it wasn t needed as the main plot was enough to keep me interested and attached emotionally to the storyI haven t gone in to detail on the book because I want you all to go read it and enjoy the roller coaster I will say I was surprised at the ending and I found the ast few paragraphs very touching The finale sentence was beautiful and may have evoked a tear55 stars for a novel I believe everyone should read Set in 1976 in South Africa Ruby Red describes the Overnight Heiress life of 17 year old Ruby Winters whose parents have no black servants and do not believe in discrimination based on skin color This in itself was revolutionary in South Africa reigned by the Apartheid regime The fact that Ruby s mother has an art gallery and is involved with black township artists giving them a chance to express the injustice done against them even adds to the fact that Ruby has to hide her familyife from everyone she knows At school she behaves The Viscount The Virgin (Silhouette Romance, like a model student so she can just blend in but at the same time she has the feeling she has to hide who she really is Added to this societal commentary is aove story between English Ruby and Afrikaans Johann that has to show that Apartheid wasn t the only thing that made The Debutantes Daring Proposal (Regency Bachelors life difficult in 1970s South Africa Ruby s parents for instance would rather tolerate their daughter dating a black man than a white Boer Euality has its boundaries apparently even for the broad mindedJustike a while ago the cat had to say there was nothing wrong with writing just an OK book This is one of them It s OK though not very memorable This The Couple in the Dream Suite (Chatsfield Novella, last element is mainly due to the fact that the characters don t really have aot of depth besides Ruby Ruby for example meets a girl who goes to the competing Afrikaans school and develops a friendship with her However we don t exactly see the two interact much The same is true for Johann her Pleasing Her SEAL love interest Ruby Red is an OK book it proved its point but the cat wants This is young adultiterature but i found myself easily caught up in the story set in Johannesburg before the end of Apartheid It gives very good insight not only into the appalling treatment of Blacks under the regime but also into the tension between British and Afrikaans Nicely written though the ending was a bit of a et down The romance was what ruined this book for me I oved the whole plot the adventurous start and the mysterious way of dragging me in the plotline I The Insider loved Ruby s thoughts but at the same time thought sheacked in character She s beautiful okay but that s about it I don t know anything else about her she has basically no flaws which makes it a nose wrinkling readAnd don t get me started on how terribly the romance ruined this book I oved the beauty of this story the way a girl hides from the world because she mixes with those who re considered below her Also the author did a wonderful job of basing this on a true event and this is one of the few historical books I enjoyedThe romance although I can t remember the ove interest s name happened way too fast It would ve been nice if it were unreuited Payback (The Secret Life of Samantha McGregor, love or just a friend I hate how fast it happened and how fast it ended It had no purpose and I sat through several pages groaning as Ruby droned on about how it wasove at first sight between this boy and herselfOtherwise I think this is a great read for historical fiction Band of Soldiers lovers soong as they don t mind slightly sappy and unrealistic romance I don t think this is my kind of book sadlyI m not into romance and I don t think the one in this book was done well It pretty much went The Jewels of Manhattan like thisThe boy You re the hottest girl I knowet s make out in a boatRuby I think you re hot too Let sSeriously the protagonist has chemistry with this black artist chilling in her house that she thinks of as a big brother The boyfriend s a better plot device than character and the only reason they seem Nation as Mother like toike each other in the first place is because they re both attractive yawn The main character was bland and every character was one dimensional her dad was a wannabe Atticus her mom was petite pretty boy was bad Uncle D was flamboyant and the black The Tryst Betrayed lady who worked at the art gallery was a stereotype with a gutturalaugh The writing itself was too purple prose y for me eyes It was okay I thought the idea was wonderful but it just wasn t pulled off as well as it should have been and the characters didn t grasp me as much as they could This book is written with uite flowery poetic Barron's AP Biology Flash Cards, 3rd Edition language and it just didn t work for me There were also multiple incidents of foreshadowing which became tiresome after the third as they were unnecessary It s a shameEDIT it is now 3 monthsater and I saw this on my bookshelf I couldn t even remember whether I had read it never mind what happened This book is now on its way to the charity shop for a home that hopefully will ike it than I did Downgraded from 3 to 2 stars as it was so forgettabl. Rs and disapproving glances She might not see race colour or creed but it seems everybody else does This dazzling novel will entrance teenage and adult readers alik.

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Ruby Winters is a seventeen year old girl who ives in South Africa and goes to a rich English school Her mom owns an art gallery with which she helps to hide wanted black artists And her dad is a Flashback My Life And Times In Bollywood And Beyond lawyer who helps poor black people who have been treated unfairly Set in the 1970 s in the Apartheid Ruby is always been told all people are eual But in a community that things black and white shouldife separate it is hard to hold your feelings back This book touched me deeply It is so amazing how the tension rises with every page I turned How the ineuality is displayed And how Ruby s story is woven into the history off South Africa The plot is so uniue and unpredictable I had no clue where this book was going and how out of hand it would get The book is really easy to read and has a fast pace When I started reading I had no idea what the book was about and where it would City Improbable lead to The beginning is uite childish I enjoyed it but it felt a bitike a high school novel There are a The Big Bookshelf lot of scenes about the school and how popular Ruby is But fast after that you find out her parents hide black artists and protect them from the police The story developed to an exciting story The uniue thing about this book is that it is written from not a victim of the racism but from a bystanders perspective She has a clear point of view though and I totally agree with her There are aot of books out there about the victims but this gave something uniue Ruby notices the black servant and the black gardener while everybody just ignores them That was amazing to read about The history in this book is amazing to read about These Soweto uprisings are woven in Ruby s story just incredibly I No Future for You loved to see how it would affect the normal citizenike Ruby At one point I thought this book would go in the direction of a Romeo and Julia story and that Ruby would fall in SOS Schlank ohne Sport - love with Juliaan But that didn t happen fortunately Which I found also uniue the story still manages to be so interesting without her falling inove with the discriminated human Because Ruby has a fight with the most popular boy at school he is a total jerk she goes from most popular girl to someone nobody wants to be seen with This happens uietly through the book and I think the writer did this so beautiful and natural that I didn t even notice it until she has only two friends Charming the Firefighter (In Shady Grove, left in school Luckily she finds Loretta and Johan The scene in the art gallery when the exposition of Julian is about the be revealed was soooo cool Before the scene started I wasike are you seriously Making India Work letting this go through you re putting everybody at risk including your family But the development was so amazing I had toaugh about the stupid police officers after The ending felt a Everwar (Cal Leandros, little rushed view spoiler When Johann warns them that Ruby s dad might be in danger they pick up andeave THE END That was weird I would have wanted an epilogue or something What happens next I am so unsatisfied And what the mom does is so unbelievable She The Red Hat Society Cookbook leaves her daughter and husband to stay with the artists What sounds so unrealistic everybody would choose their family right hide spoiler This novel was shortlisted for the Carnegie and well worth it It is set in South Africa around the time of the Soweto Riots The main character is Ruby a white teen girl Ruby goes to the English high school as opposed to the Afrikaans high school Her father is aawyer who defends not only the rich but also poor black activists Her mother owns an art gallery where she often highlights up and coming black artists This puts her family under a vigilant eye by the powerful and Ruby No Way Home lives a very privateife not admitting her own or her parents views openlyWhen she rebuffs the advances of a boy in her school and falls for a Afrikaans boy she alienates her school friends and begins to be harassed When the riots begin her family is caught in the middleThere is a Sequins and Spurs lot going on here and Ruby must mature faster than most teens as she deals with it There isots of interesting history here and a section at the end gives information on South African history Glass was born in South Africa emigrating to the US as a young adult I wonder if this book made the Carnegie shortlist in 2008 because of its topic the narrator Ruby is 17 in 1976 just before the Soweto riots The reviewer in Books for Keeps called it racist but all the characters are stereotypes white or black the shallow best friend who dumps Ruby when she rejects the spoiled rich kid the flamboyantly gay gallery assistant the Afrikaans rugby captain with a uiet shy sister and the angry young black artist who DK Adventures loves her for example The writing seems overdescriptive even for a teen narrator and the plot follows a YA trajectory with no return home possible in the end Glass s novel for teenaged girls takes place in 1976 Johannesburg in the timeeading up to the Soweto uprising in which black children came together to protest being instructed in Afrikaans the In The Name of God language of their Dutch colonialist oppressors It s the story of 17 year old Ruby Winters and her parents progressive anti apartheid activists who have hosted African National Congress meetings in theiruxurious home David Ruby s father is a awyer known to take on cases in which the human rights of blacks have been violated Her mother Annabel owns an art gallery and is a champion of emerging black artists from the townships As the story opens In Ruby Winters' world colour opens some doors and slams others shut Her opulent Johannesburg neighbourhood is a far cry from the streets of Soweto where anger and.

Ulian a particularly promising young visual artist from Soweto committed to representing the hardship and endurance of his people moves in with the Winters He s been viciously attacked and slashed by thugs from his own community who are resentful of his success Ruby forms a friendship with this young man and for a while the reader suspects that the novel will be their ove story No In fact Ruby is only a sort of muse to himUltimately however this novel does turn into a teenage ove story not uite a 70s version of Romeo and Juliet but with echoes of that drama Ruby falls for Johannes the handsome rugby captain at a rival private school where children of the wealthy Afrikaner minority are educated The relationship is intense and challenging When Ruby brings Johannes as her guest to the annual dance at her Anglo high school violence breaks out Glass shows that racial and ethnic tensions in Johannesberg run deep not just between blacks and whites but also between those of Anglo and Boer ancestry Ruby to this point a popular straight A student who has served as a school prefect becomes a social pariah Her ife is turned upside down Meanwhile her parents are under intensified police surveillance for consorting with blacks The exhibition of Julian s work at Annabel s gallery may not be able to take place and Ruby s father s From Blah to Awe life is threatenedGlass has the bare bones of a good story here It s how she fleshes those bones out her writing that is problematic The author appears never to have met an adjective or adverb that she didn tike She is particularly preoccupied with the colour and style of clothes and furniture Some of the similes she provides are absurd There s a great deal of ofty anguage and many melodramatic moments in this novel Ruby is an idealized protagonist whose heart bleeds for the suffering of others She s the only student at her school noble enough to acknowledge the humanity of the school s hardworking Xhosa gardener for example Oh and did I mention that she is also absolutely beautiful I wish editors had worked to curb the excesses in Glass s overwrought prose This book had potential but the writing is often distractingly overblown Having said this I do believe some teenage girls would be engrossed by Ruby s story and Glass does manage to communicate a ot of valuable information about ife in South Africa during the 1970s This is one of the best books I ve read in a while and I d highly recommend it Its a young adult fictional novel that deals with an historical event that we don t usually see in YA but it doesn t feel ike you re reading a historical book which is in my opinion the way it should be The synopsis is a ittle misleading because the romance was not in my mind the main plot in the novel There was much to this bookThis book seems to be relatively unknown not one of my 200 goodread friends had read or even added it to their to read shelf I definitely think this should changeThis novel is set in 70 s South Africa during Apartheid I have An Allegheny Homecoming little to no knowledge of this era but it was in very simple terms the segregation of whites and blacks There was also extreme tension between two white races the English and the Afrikaner peoplesRuby Winters our protagonist belong s to the White English and attends a private school One of the most popular boys at school is chasing her she s intelligent she s popular among her peers and she s a school prefect At school she appears to be the example of a perfect young adult but there s much to Ruby and her family Her mother and father are both defenders of Black rightsHer family don t have black servantsike everyone else They have black guests whom they keep secret Her father is a How to Measure a Cow lawyer who often represents black people and her mother owns an art gallery that showcases talent from oppressed black individuals This could get her parents arrested and so Ruby can never invite her friends homeWhen her school s rugby team is playing an Afrikaans school she befriends a student from the school called Loretta while they both wait for their parents to pick them up When she tells her parents about her new friendship they are both against it and Ruby believes them to be hypocrites They preach about ending segregation but at the end of the day they don t approve of befriending an AfrikanerRuby then falls inove with Loretta s brother Johann an Afrikaans boy who disagree s with his father who is extremely racist and a supporter of Hitler and his views on oppressing the black people but nevertheless it is extremely dangerous for her and her familyLove was a strong theme in this novel but not just romance The The Debt Bomb love between a parent and a child Theove between friends The ove for a causeOne thing that makes you think is the dynamic between Ruby s mother and her child What should come first a child or a worthy cause At the start of the story I thought she was a good mother although she endangered her child through supporting the black artists but perhaps this was a good esson to teach However as the story moved on I really felt that she put Ruby s ife in too much danger for her art A fact that her husband pointed out Ultimately SPOILER she did chose her artists over her daughter and husband and this is something I felt was not acceptable for a mother Ruby should have come first END OF SPOILERAlthough there are ots of elements in this novel I hope many of us won t be Hatred simmer under the surface Ruby can't resist the blue eyed Afrikaans boy who brings her the exciting rush of first ove but whose presence brings hushed whispe.

Linzi moved to the US as a young adult and has lived in Santa Monica with her teenage daughter Jordan for many years She has been in the trenches of animal rescue for seven years and has personally rescued hundreds of dogs She is the Executive Director and Co founder of The Forgotten Dog Foundation a non profit organization that is dedicated to rescuing rehabilitating and re homing dogs in