What a huge disappointment!
The first book in this series, The World of Normal Boys, was absolutely fantastic (to see my review click here). Robin and Ruby was the exact opposite. Where the first book was life changing, this one was simply boring. I really don't get the point of the story. I kept reading to the end in hopes that something changed. Sorry to say nothing did.
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 ...more
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 ...more
R&R finds Robin MacKenzie now 20 years old, a college student working his summer away ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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”.
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 ...more
"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.