Truth or Date was such a great example of how opposites can attract, and whether that’s ultimately a good thing, or a bad thing. There is nothing about Nick that Ruby feels she could ever be compatible with, considering how totally different they are. Yet, that doesn’t change the fact that she still feels drawn to him. I think that might have something to do with Ruby sharing a few characteristics with Nick, and not realizing it, or maybe she doesn’t want to. If they have anything in common, it might mean she’s boring, too.
Often, your deepest desires are illuminated in your dreams, which is exactly what Ruby experiences. She hates admitting to herself that Nick’s the only guy she’s ever truly felt herself around, allowing him to see her even when she feels at her worst. Well, other than Millsy, her best friend. He’s another guy in Ruby’s life who has seen her hit rock bottom, with only a smidge of judgement. When Ruby hatches a plan to win Nick’s heart, Millsy becomes one of her biggest supporters, offering up some of his own sage advice on the subject, as far off the mark as that may be. Ultimately, it won’t break his heart if things don’t work out with Nick. He can’t stand Nick, and doesn’t get why Ruby feels the way she does. In Millsy’s world, there are always plenty of fish in the sea. Why can’t Ruby adopt that philosophy?
This was an interesting take on relationships between friends, roommates, frenemies and even coworkers, and how sometimes the people you least expect to be in your corner shows up, and the ones you felt would always be there, isn’t. Having read a few of Portia MacIntosh’s books (Bad Bridesmaid, How Not to be Starstruck, Drive Me Crazy), I felt this was a wonderful addition to the MacIntosh collection.
Reviewed for Chick Lit Central