Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Robin and Ruby” as Want to Read:
Robin and Ruby
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Robin and Ruby (The World of Normal Boys #2)

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  189 ratings  ·  30 reviews
At twenty-years-old, Robin MacKenzie is waiting for his life to start. Waiting until his summer working at a Philly restaurant is over and he's back with his boyfriend Peter. . .until the spring semester when he'll travel to London for an acting program. . .until the moment when the confidence he fakes starts to feel real.

"Engaging. . .capturing intimately the mood of the
ebook, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Kensington (first published March 12th 2010)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Robin and Ruby, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Robin and Ruby

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 780)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Lewis Buzbee
This is a deeply satisfying novel about a brother and sister and the jersey shore, and the mysteries of the human heart. Completely engaging. It's been over three weeks now since i finished this book, and it's still floating around in my head. Soehnlein's characters are sharply and deeply drawn, and the prose is immaculate. But the great success of this book is that the writer does what so few novelists can do, capture an entire world, an entire era, and make it come alive.
Vestal McIntyre
Absolutely wonderful.

This novel is nicely balanced between Robin and Ruby, brother and sister, who are having separate but converging adventures over the course of a weekend in the 80s. Soehnlein is not afraid to be sincere and exuberant in his writing--why would you be, when you're describing kids on the brink of adulthood and all the joy and anxiety that entails? Robin is finding an unexpected romance as he hits the road with his best friend George (a vivid character with bite) while Ruby is
I loved Soehnlein's first novel, The World of Normal Boys , and I was enthralled with the characters, especially Robin and his sister, Ruby. I've had this sequel on my shelf only briefly, and even though I often find follow-up novels to be let-downs, I couldn't wait to read this one, and I was not disappointed.

Though I did enjoy the first book more, Robin and Ruby allows us to explore the lives of both characters a bit deeper and at a time in their lives when they're finally figuring out what i
This sequel to The World of Normal Boys was a dead-ringer for those adolescent emotions that come along with growing up and trying to figure out what is important in you life. Robin and Rudy are siblings whose lives run emotional parallels. Their exploits take them on some pretty heavy topics. It reminds of you of when you were in your early 20's: the paranoid feelings, naivete, experimenting, lack of responsibility..... I had a hard time putting this book down just as I did with "part 1."

When I finished reading Soehnlein's THE WORLD OF NORMAL BOYS back in 2000, I was satisfied with the ending to a book I absolutely loved and was moved by. I knew the characters must go on to live their lives, but I wasn't clamoring for a sequel. So when I found out Soehnlein had written ROBIN AND RUBY, my first thought was "did you really need to go back to that well?" Upon reading the book, I'm glad he did.

R&R finds Robin MacKenzie now 20 years old, a college student working his summer away
Elisa Rolle
This novel follows Robin, from The World of Normal Boys, in that phase in life when you change from boy to man; only that Robin has already had that change, he is not a normal 20 years old guy, and so his summer spent waiting tables in an upscale Philadelphia restaurant is not careless and light as for any other normal boy.

I wondered why K.M. Soehnlein chose to set the story in the middle of the ’80, and other than the obvious reason that, being a sequel of a previous story set in the same peri
This was a wonderfully written story filled with accurately drawn characters who read like real people. Although a little heavy on 80's references, this book did draw me back to a time and place I know well..Seaside Heights in the mid-80s. (Although it wasn't called Club XS until the 90' '85 I think it was called Club Paradise, but it has changed incarnations so many times it's hard to remember.) I loved Robin, Ruby and George. I loved how the author didn't try to sugarcoat his gay charact ...more
Jayson Bucy
"And in this moment her entire life realigns. What matters and what doesn't. What is passion and what is just passing time. What everyone else has wanted for her, and what she wants for herself." Although this quote from K.M. Soehnlein's Robin and Ruby is referring to Ruby, the same can be said for Robin as both their lives completely change over one adventurous weekend. Robin's boyfriend breaks up with him and immediately he finds a deeper relationship in his best friend George. Ruby’s interest ...more
This was a little too much of a "coming of age" tale for me. I also didn't read The World of Normal Boys, so maybe that would have helped. I enjoyed the beginning with Robin, Peter, and George, but by the time Ruby came into the picture, I lost interest. Her parts felt like bad Bret Easton Ellis and I found myself skipping through them to get back to Robin. I would read something else by Soehnlein, just not something involving people who are a little older and more mature.
The book was a fairly quick & easy read. I was a little disappointed though, it was a lot of build up to a whole lot of nothing, the end was very abrupt. What seemed like resolution was all undone in the last sentence, he hears that she is crying.

It reminded me of a soap opera more then a novel in the sense that it could have endlessly went on and on introducing new characters to the same scenarios. The main points of friction such as the race difference in boy loves boy was lightly touched
This was such a hard book to get through. The World of Normal Boys is one of my favourites and I really don't think it needed a sequel. There were way too many things going on, many of them not fully explained or developed, that it seemed like there were 3 or 4 interesting pages then 10 off in a different direction. Totally disappointing. Maybe if it was just Robin's story, or just Ruby, or even George's perspective, it would have been better.
Adam James
Catching Up With Old Friends

Reading “Robin and Ruby” was truly like spending a weekend catching up with old friends.
Alternating between Robin and Ruby, K.M. Soehnlein tells us what they’ve been up to, but more notably, what chaotic happenings they are about to encounter this weekend.

If you haven’t read “The World of Normal Boys”, I strongly recommend reading this Lambda Award Winning novel, then catching up, by reading “Robin and Ruby”.

Adam James
It was decent, I still wish Scott would come back in some way or another.. He was my favorite character in the first book.
This was an interesting look at a family torn apart in many ways by the death of the little brother years ago. Set in the early 80's when the AIDS epidemic was becoming public. Robin is a 20 year old gay theater student frightened by his past sexual behavior; Ruby is his sister, 19 and anti-everything. Robin is dumped by his boyfriend and then must go to the Jersey shore because Ruby has disappeared on a weekend trip. Robin's long time best friend is a black man which adds race to the mix of hom ...more
George Ilsley
The title does say Robin and Ruby, but really this is Ruby's book. She makes friends, has friends, even has the biggest sex scene. Her gay brother however has very little happening that didn't already happen in The
World of Normal Boys (which was a brilliant novel; read it twice; loved it). This book however did not work for me. Midway through I felt that if this had been Ruby's book, with more about her life, this would have been a better tale. As it was, with expectations so high, it was a dis
OMG! I tried! I really, really tried! I wanted to love it and fall in love with the characters and see what all the rave reviews were about but I just can not go on any further!!! Barely 50% read and I have been working on it for a month! Ugh... It just keeps feeling like the set up and like it never gets to the actually story! If half way threw I am still wondering "what the hell is this book about?" there is a problem! For me at least :)
This was a random selection from the library. It was on a beach reads shelf display. Definitely a different perspective (I did not know it was gay lit), but I loved this book. I am going to have to read the other book by this author.
Jason Mock
Soehnlein's novel is a not-quuuite satisfying follow-up to
"The World of Normal Boys". The writing is excellent and the characters
are superbly drawn, but this reader feels it may have worked better
as a novella or short story.
There are parts that are quite well done, but overall it felt choppy and like the author was going for the Gen-X angst of an early Bret Easton Ellis novel just 20 years after.
Almost liked the sequel better than the original. Great writing, with characters that I cared about. I will miss these siblings!
Mandy Dake
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Paul Wilson
Not as good as Soehnlein's first two books. This one just didn't captivate me, and it was a struggle just to finish it.
Very engaging story of a brother and sister relationship. Highlights, to a degree, one siblings trouble with drug abuse.
Greg Wolfson
pretty lame/tame gayish version of any other coming of age novel set in the 80's
Greg Wolfson
pretty lame/tame gayish version of any other coming of age novel set in the 80's
I really liked this book but I feel like it could have been a little better.
Great read, one hell of a sequel to "The World of Normal Boys".
Well written but too depressing to really enjoy.
Aug 26, 2010 Brenda rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no
not very good
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 25 26 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Raising Jake
  • The Cheating Curve
  • Petals From The Sky
  • Getting In
  • Bone Fire
  • The Homeplace
  • You Can't Stop Me (Crime Seen #1)
  • The Half Life of Stars
  • Dark Dreamer (Dark Vista, #1)
  • Pinocchio in Venice
  • Commuters
  • Seeing Stars
  • Amigoland
  • Perfect Reader
  • One Night in Boston (One Night, #1)
  • Sushi for One?
  • In the Shadow of the Cypress
  • Strings Attached  (Tales from Ballena Beach, #1)
K.M. Soehnlein is the author of the new novel ROBIN AND RUBY, the story of a brother and sister during one eventful weekend in the summer of 1985. The novel follows the main characters from Soehnlein's debut, THE WORLD OF NORMAL BOYS, winner of the Lambda Award for Gay Men's Fiction. Soehnlein's novel YOU CAN SAY YOU KNEW ME WHEN, was praised by The L.A. Times's Regina Marler as "a dense, enjoyabl ...more
More about K.M. Soehnlein...

Other Books in the Series

The World of Normal Boys (2 books)
  • The World of Normal Boys
The World of Normal Boys You Can Say You Knew Me When

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »