Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, Plural. If My Life Weren't Complicated, I Wouldn't Be Ruby Oliver Topics for Discussion
By Ruby Oliver's definition, what does it mean to be a "real live boyfriend?" Why is it important for Ruby to define this term? What does it tell you about her emotional maturity before the novel even starts? In your opinion, is Noel a real live boyfriend? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.
Compare / contrast the characters of Noel and Gideon. Why do you think Ruby was attracted to each of these characters? On paper, which suitor is a better match for Ruby? Why? In the end, why do you think Ruby chooses Noel? Do you agree with her decision? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.
In the novel, both Kevin (Ruby's father) and Noel lose someone close to them. How does the novel portray...