The Ruby Notebook is a quick and light read. It has many themes- true love, fantome- secret admirer, and family. The characters are easy to like and I got engrossed in their story. We watch as the main character Z discovers her path to new love, finding friends and routine in a new country. She makes friends with some elderly folks and help them to realize that they are both quietly in love with the other. She journeys to find the father that she never knew, and goes on a quest to help the couple find the sacred waters- the fountain of youth. The plot is well paced, and the themes of the story are sufficiently explored. The ending gives good conclusion, but leaves a lot for the reader to think about and make their own endings.