History Literature / RubyOliverQuartet

9th Nov '16 10:23:04 AM somestrangecircus
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* CaliforniaUniversity: Averted; every college mentioned in the book is a real school, including the one that Gideon attends (Evergreen, in Olympia). The only fictional school in the series is Tate Prep itself.



** Cricket in particular gets this treatment throughout the entire series. Her character isn't really developed beyond her fondness for acting and the fact that she sides with Kim on the Jackson issue, and while Ruby mentions her as being part of her former friend group, the relationship between Ruby and Cricket isn't ever really addressed, whereas Ruby's respective relationships with Kim and especially Nora are analyzed a lot more closely.



** Subverted in ''Real Live Boyfriends''; as part of her interview for Ruby's film, Meghan discusses her previous views of popularity and her eventual realization that Ruby and Nora were the first real friends she ever had.



* FriendlessBackground. Hutch, who is a 'social leper' at Tate.

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* FriendlessBackground. FriendlessBackground: Hutch, who is a 'social leper' at Tate.



* PrecociousCrush: Ruby has a vague one on one of her teachers, but it never goes anywhere.

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* PrecociousCrush: Ruby has a vague one on one of her teachers, but it never goes anywhere.anywhere, for obvious reasons.



* ShipperOnDeck: Nora does a little of this for Ruby and Gideon, and Meghan for Ruby and Noel.

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* ShipperOnDeck: Nora does a little of for Ruby and Gideon. Meghan eventually starts doing this for Ruby and Gideon, and Meghan Noel, but only once it's become clear that Nora doesn't have feelings for Ruby and Noel.Noel anymore.
8th Nov '13 8:53:09 PM silentheartsong
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* BreakUpToMakeUp: Ruby pines for Jackson in some way, shape, or form throughout the first three books. With the help of her friends and therapist (not to mention her increasing feelings for Noel), she eventually comes to terms with the fact that Jackson was and always will be a jerk.

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* BreakUpToMakeUp: Ruby pines for Jackson in some way, shape, or form throughout the first three books. With the help of her friends and therapist (not to mention her increasing feelings for Noel), she eventually comes to terms with the fact that Jackson was and always will be a jerk.jerk, [[spoiler: and when he asks her out again at the end of ''The Treasure Map of Boys'', she shoots him down cold.]]



* CrazyJealousGuy: [[spoiler: Noel]] gets this way in the later books if he thinks Ruby likes another guy.
* DatingDoSiDo: Pretty much everyone at Tate but especially Ruby.
* DemotedToExtra / PutOnABus: A good number of characters in the fourth book, mostly because it's primarily focused on Ruby and Noel's romance. Kim and Cricket are hardly mentioned; Jackson has graduated and is now attending Cornell; Hutch spends the semester in Paris.
** Angelo is pretty much non-existent after ''The Boy Book''.

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* CrazyJealousGuy: [[spoiler: Noel]] gets this way in the later books if he thinks Ruby likes another guy.
* DatingDoSiDo: Pretty much everyone at Tate Tate, but especially Ruby.
* DemotedToExtra / PutOnABus: A good By the fourth book, a number of characters in have disappeared from the fourth book, series, mostly because it's primarily focused on Ruby and Noel's romance.relationship. Kim and Cricket are hardly mentioned; Jackson has graduated and is now attending Cornell; Hutch spends the semester in Paris.
** Angelo is pretty much non-existent after ''The Boy Book''.



* FriendsWithBenefits: Ruby and [[spoiler: Angelo]] hook up a few times in ''The Boy Book'', although it doesn't last very long.

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* FriendsWithBenefits: Ruby and [[spoiler: Angelo]] hook up a few times in ''The Boy Book'', although but it doesn't last very long.trails off relatively quickly.



* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: While Noel is visiting his brother in New York City, his brother's boyfriend dies in an accident right in front of him. He proceeds to push Ruby away and attempt to ignore his feelings about the matter.]]



* MatchmakerCrush: Ruby attempts to give [[spoiler: Nora]] advice about her feelings for Noel, despite having recently realized her own feelings for him.



* ParentalObliviousness: Downplayed with Ruby’s parents; neither of her parents ever seem to notice the true amount of crap that their daughter has to deal with, but Ruby's mother does bring up that Ruby has entirely stopped hanging out with Kim and Cricket.

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* ParentalObliviousness: Downplayed with Ruby’s parents; neither of her parents ever seem to notice the true amount of crap that their daughter has to deal with, but Ruby's mother does bring up that Ruby has entirely stopped hanging out with Kim and Cricket.



* SecondLove: [[spoiler: Noel for Ruby. Finn for Meghan.]]

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* SecondLove: [[spoiler: Noel for Ruby. Ruby, Finn for Meghan.]]



* ShipperOnDeck: Nora does a little of this for Ruby and Gideon.

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* ShipperOnDeck: Nora does a little of this for Ruby and Gideon.Gideon, and Meghan for Ruby and Noel.



* YourCheatingHeart: This seems to be a chronic problem with Jackson. It's implied that he cheated on Ruby with Kim; although he swears the two of them didn't do anything wrong and it's never confirmed either way, Ruby admits to herself that Jackson was probably lying.

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* YourCheatingHeart: This seems to be a chronic problem with Jackson. It's He cheats on Kim while she's on an exchange program in Tokyo, and it's implied that he cheated on Ruby with Kim; although he swears the two of them didn't do anything wrong and it's never confirmed either way, but Ruby admits to herself that Jackson was probably lying.views it as a probability.
6th Apr '13 10:21:05 AM SeptimusHeap
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* AsianGalWithWhiteGuy: Jackson and Kim.
6th Mar '13 1:17:40 PM Xtifr
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!!! Books in the series:
* ''The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs, and Me, Ruby Oliver''
* ''The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them''
* ''The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, and Gideon--and Me, Ruby Oliver''
* ''Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, Plural. If My Life Weren't Complicated, I Wouldn't Be Ruby Oliver''
28th Feb '13 2:57:08 PM fairy
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* SexWithTheEx: Ruby with Jackson, though only as far as kissing.
28th Feb '13 2:44:48 PM fairy
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* FemaleGaze
28th Feb '13 2:37:33 PM fairy
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* AsianGalWithWhiteGuy: Jackson and Kim.
28th Feb '13 2:09:13 PM fairy
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* SlutShaming: Ruby is on the receiving end of this trope. Her Boyfriend List is MistakenForEvidence of her slutty ways, and Ruby's ex friends write graffiti about it in the girls' bathroom at Tate.
28th Feb '13 12:52:30 PM fairy
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* FriendlessBackground. Hutch, who is a 'social leper' at Tate.
21st Dec '12 3:49:51 PM silentheartsong
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