Ruby Cooper likes to expect the worst. That way, she's never disappointed.
Abandoned by her mother and forced to leave the house she calls home, Ruby is facing too many changes. Her world has been transformed into a life of luxury by her long-lost sister, but all Ruby wants to do is leave... read more
Ruby and her mother move around a lot, and their life is rather unpredictable. It’s usual for her mother to disappear for days, but Ruby knows something is different when her mother doesn’t come back for months, leaving Ruby on her own. Ruby tries to hide the fact that she’s underage and... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Ruby and her mother move around a lot, and their life is rather unpredictable. It’s usual for her mother to disappear for days, but Ruby knows something is different when her mother doesn’t come back for months, leaving Ruby on her own. Ruby tries to hide the fact that she’s underage and living alone, but eventually her landlords find out. The state sends Ruby to live with her older sister, Cora and her husband, Jamie. Ruby and Cora haven’t seen each other since Cora left for college, years ago, escaping their mother and abandoning her younger sister (or so Ruby thinks).
Cora has built a life for herself: a successful career, a big house, and a great husband. She’s living the American dream. Ruby has never lived a life anything like that, and she certainly doesn’t want to start now, being tied down and being a burden on a sister who doesn’t want her. Somehow, she keeps meaning to escape. The novel finds Ruby attending a fancy private school, staying with her sister and her husband, finding a job, finding friends, and maybe something more in her neighbor.
“But I was sure of something, too: it's a lot easier to be lost than found. It's the reason we're always searching, and rarely discovered --so many locks, not enough keys.”Ruby
“Everyone has their weak spot. The one thing that, despite your best efforts, will always bring you to your knees, regardless of how strong you are otherwise. For some people, it's love. Others, money or alcohol. Mine was even worse: calculus.”Ruby
“I just don't know, I said, my voice sounding bumpy, not like mine, "how you help someone who doesn't want your help. What do you do when you can't do anything?”Ruby to Cora
“Well, you can expect your hand to fall off, if you want," he said. "But personally, I just can't subscribe to that way of thinking.”Nate
“Needing was so easy: it came naturally, like breathing. Being needed by someone else, though, that was the hard part. But as with giving help and accepting it, we had to do both to be made complete—like links overlapping to form a chain, or a lock finding the right key.”Ruby
“My point is, there are a lot of people in the world. No one ever sees everything the same way you do; it just doesn’t happen. So when you find one person who gets a couple of things, especially if they’re important ones... you might as well hold onto them. You know?”Olivia
“You get what you give, but also what you are willing to receive.”Ruby Cooper
“But sometimes, we just have to be happy with what people can offer us. Even if it's not what we want, at least it's something.”Reggie
“But now, I was beginning to wonder if you didn't always have to choose between turning away for good or rushing in deeper. In the moments that it really counts, maybe it's enough - more than enough, even - just to be there.”Ruby Cooper
“We all have one idea of what the color blue is, but pressed to describe it specifically, there are so many ways: the ocean, lapis lazuli, the sky, someone's eyes. Our definitions were as different as we were ourselves.”Ruby Cooper
it’s a lot easier to be lost than found. It’s the reason we’re always searching, and rarely discovered—so many locks, not enough keys.Highlighted by 198 Kindle customers
It’s never something huge that changes everything, but instead the tiniest of details, irrevocably tweaking the balance of the universe while you’re busy focusing on the big picture.Highlighted by 197 Kindle customers
What is family? They were the people who claimed you. In good, in bad, in parts or in whole, they were the ones who showed up, who stayed in there, regardless. It wasn’t just about blood relations or shared chromosomes, but something wider, bigger. Cora was right—we had many families over time. Our family of origin, the family we created, as well as the groups you moved through while all of this was happening: friends, lovers, sometimes even strangers.Highlighted by 162 Kindle customers
Family isn’t something that’s supposed to be static or set. People marry in, divorce out. They’re born, they die. It’s always evolving, turning into something else.Highlighted by 147 Kindle customers
In the end, though, maybe it’s not how you reach a place that matters. Just that you get there at all.Highlighted by 144 Kindle customers
“But sometimes, we just have to be happy with what people can offer us. Even if it’s not what we want, at least it’s something.Highlighted by 144 Kindle customers
That was the thing about being alone, in theory or in principle. Whatever happened—good, bad, or anywhere in between—it was always, if nothing else, all your own.Highlighted by 139 Kindle customers
Needing was so easy: it came naturally, like breathing. Being needed by someone else, though, that was the hard part. But as with giving help and accepting it, we had to do both to be made complete—like links overlapping to form a chain, or a lock finding the right key.Highlighted by 135 Kindle customers
I thought again of how we can’t expect everybody to be there for us, all at once. So it’s a lucky thing that really, all you need is someone.Highlighted by 113 Kindle customers
A lot can change between planning something and actually doing it. But maybe all that really matters is that anything is different at all.Highlighted by 102 Kindle customers
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