Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges is the true story of the author’s grandmother, Ruby. She is invited to go to school as a child, and she loves it. However, she still needs to do her household learning as she is a girl. While the other girls drop out, she stays and thrives. She resents being a girl but tries to hide it from her grandfather. He comes through in the end, though, and allows her to go to the University rather than being married off.
Pros: There are great themes of perseverance and being true to yourself.
Cons: There are elements that clash with Care and Feeding mindset. Namely, Ruby is not in charge of her own life – she is at the mercy of her Grandfather’s decisions. He has ultimate power/authority over her. She feels the need to lie to him to cover up her intentions. I don’t like how they deal with boundaries and vulnerability.
Overall: This book didn’t work for me. I was looking for something that modeled personal power and got the opposite.