I can check off my first goal of 2011-finish reading Laura Resau’s novel, The Ruby Notebook. It was a delightful story that continues the adventures of world travelers, Zeeta and her mom, Layla, who now live in Aix-en-Provence in France. Resau has a dreamy writing quality which does a fantastic job of capturing settings. And since I took some French in high school, I enjoyed trying to figure out what the French saying sprinkled in the story meant without checking the glossary at the end. Her story also carries a heart-warming message of seizing love when it’s in front of you. I can see teen girls loving this story for both Zeeta’s desires and the cool people she hangs out with. The book would also appeal to woman pining for a little far-away romance.