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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  133 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Ruby Cathy feels left without friends, without comfort and without love. Then she meets Daphne Duprey, who is "cool, calm, cultured, sophisticated and refined" - everything that Ruby is not. Together, Ruby and Daphne build a relationship that gives each young woman a new understanding of strength, friendship and love.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 30th 2005 by Just Us Books (first published April 26th 1976)
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Karen Chandler
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating novel about a young woman's budding sexuality and the dynamics of her immigrant family. Ruby, the protagonist, is the older sister of Phyllisia, the protagonist of Guy's The Friends, another fine YA book. Guy is somewhat fearless in her wonderful characterization of Ruby, who has her strengths but is instinctual, innocent, and not given to thinking things through. That makes for some problems in her romantic, sexual relationship with the intellectual, sophisticated Daphne. ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! The beginning of this book was enjoyable enough, but let me tell you, by the end, I just had to keep reading to find out what happened to all the characters! This was a touching and real exploration of Ruby's own discovery of her sexuality, and who she is as a person. All the characters were so real - all flawed, all human, and I actually could emphathise with all of them, even Ruby's father (believe me, I surprised myself by feeling sorry for him by the end). The writing style, or editing, ...more
First, I don't really like stuff written in the 70's (or earlier). The style just doesn't jive with me.

The basic story here is good, all about first love featuring WOC, (view spoiler)
Nov 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
I stopped reading 85 pages in. While I appreciate the power of representation of queer women of color - especially for the time this was written - I actively disliked all of the characters. Ruby was dependent on everyone else and spent all of her time seeking others' approval. Which actually does make sense, given how controlling her father is, but none of the other reviews I've read give any indication that she experiences much in the way of character development. And Daphne was self-important ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lis-564, uw
Ruby is a high school-aged Black girl from the West Indies, which gives her a different experience than the African-Americans in her age group in her new home of Harlem. It's a coming-of-age story and she experiences relationships with boys (referenced as past experiences and presumed for the future) and a girl (a main plotline), Daphne. She has a fraught relationship with her activist, bookish sister, Phyllisia, and is submissive to the whims of her father, Calvin, who terrorizes the girls. Plu ...more
Carla Castro
Feb 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I finished this book, I couldn't tell whether I was disgusted or angry. Daphne hated Ruby. Ruby confronted Daphne, then they kissed. The next chapter is about how they're live, or rather how Ruby is in love. This isn't how it works. No piece of literature that I have read involving gay characters go like this. Either they established that they are gay or they are questioning. Ruby did neither, and no, it isn't groundbreaking. She talks about Orlando, a boy who she had a thing with and whom ...more
Did you know that this was the first lesbian YA novel*? (In the U.S. or in English, I'm assuming.) And I would have been impressed, too, for how well the lesbian relationship is treated for 1976, if it weren't for the last page. (view spoiler) Oh well. It turns out this is the second book in a trilogy, and the first book is about Ruby's sister — one of my favorite characters in the book: a bookworm who stands up to her abusive father — and the thi ...more
As a native New Yorker, and Harlemite, this book brings back so many fond memories of my growing up in Harlem, New York in the 1980s.

I read this book for the first time when I was sixteen years old. I was in high school and as an only child, I'd often experienced the loneliness that Ruby felt. I immediately identified with her character. Daphne DuPrey is an intriguing character, someone that you would want to know and know about. You learn about Ruby as she learns more about herself and about Da
Aug 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Great opening, brilliant ending, patchy middle.

This is a YA book about Black lesbian teenage love -- however there are many differences between Ruby the main character and Daphne, her girlfriend. Cultural background, family life, values, goals -- a sense of self.

This is more of a 5. I found parts of it to be really didactic--which I dislike--but I think it would have been a very special discovery if you were young lesbian/bi Black woman back then and even now!

I was interested in the dominant/su
Natasha Khairuddin
This was a good read throughout, although the language used at some parts was a bit heavy for my liking. I did struggle to keep my interest going during most conversations between Ruby and Daphne because they mostly had 'intellectual' banter on issues such as politics and the like (not really my cuppa tea).

I liked the development of all the characters; my favourite has got to be Ruby's father. The portrayal of his character is realistic. He almost reminds me of my own father. It's a good read,
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to love even like this book, I really did just fell flat to me. Some of the language was a struggle but that was because teh book was written at another time. It's hard to like the main character Ruby because she was so needy, dependent, and childesh even though she's 18. I felt that throughout the whole story she didn't grow at all, in fact she became even more dependent at the end of book. In the end I was annoyed by her and her father.
D.k. Johnson
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book I read in high school. This book helped me to understand the feelings I was developing and to put a name to them. It's sort of a coming of age story of a young and somewhat naive girl. West High School media center got me through some tough times.
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May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh Christ, it was terrifying. It was glorious and beautiful and mind altering. Truly fantastic.
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