4 Reasons Why You Should Read The Beat On Ruby's Street


Author: Jenna Zark
Publisher: Dragon Moon Press | June 2016
Historical Fiction


Set during the 1950's in Greenwich Village, NYC, this book follows the story of Ruby Tabeatha - a young, strong-willed girl who wants nothing more than to become a poet. She was raised by inattentive but talented parents - a musician and a painter - who were part of the then growing and constantly misunderstood Beat community.

As Ruby was on her way to a reading event of Jack Kerouac, she stops by a fruit stand and tries to arrange the fruits on the bin. The next thing she knew, she was whisked to the police station and was accused of stealing.

But Ruby was only a child, so the authorities put the blame on her nonconformist parents. They separate Ruby from her family and force her to live in a children's home until her family succumbs to the demands of the state and ensure that Ruby can be raised in a proper home, as defined by the state.


This is the first thought that came into my mind when I got a copy of this book: Why have I never read anything about the Beatniks?

I don't know much about them, only that they are the art-loving people. I never had any idea about their way of life, moreso the challenges they faced. After reading the blurb of the book, I was immediately itching to grab it and read it in one sitting! (Yes, it is a very short book - about 200 pages.)

And so, that's what I did. I sat down and read the book - only I did not expect it to be so good that I finished it in a few hours. I enjoyed it immensely, and I was able to think of four reasons why you should go pick it up, too.

1 - You'll experience what it's like to live like the Beatniks.

That is how well author Jenna Zark writes this story.

I was fascinated at the amount of research she has done and how she used simple words to make the Beat community come alive - I felt like I went into a time machine and woke up in the 1950s, in Greenwich Village to be exact. The author paid attention to every single detail about the time, place, and culture that I ended the book feeling like I just finished a history book, minus all the boring dates.

2 - It is filled with moments that will give you a good laugh.

There were several moments of plotting, schemeing, and going against the will of adults in the book, and I must admit that these were some of my favorite parts. The kids in this book were very stubborn - especially Ruby - and I can't help but laugh at the things they go through to get what they want!

3 - Ruby the Dreamer is inspiring.

Throughout the book, Ruby wanted nothing more but to become a good poet. Before her life turned topsy-turvy because of the incident at the fruit stand, Ruby's days consisted of going to readings, talking about poems with her friends, and interacting with other Beatniks. When she was in distress, she tried composing poems in her mind and jotting them down whenever a pen and paper is available.

Her persistence for her dream is so inspiring, it will make you work harder for yours, too.

4 - You won't find any other book like this.

The Beat on Ruby's Street is one-of-a-kind. It is well-researched and easy to understand, especially because it was narrated by an 11-year-old.

If you want to be whisked away into an unfamiliar time and immerse yourself in a different culture, The Beat on Ruby's Street is perfect for you. It is complete with heartwarming friendships, devastating breakups, and fun adventures with a young girl who knows exactly what she wants.

This is a book that you should not miss.

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The Book Blvd received a copy of The Beat on Ruby's Street from the author in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I had never heard of this book before. It is not the kind i read often but it could be nice discovering a nouveau genre!

  2. This book has not yet crossed my radar, but you have definitely caught my interest.

  3. THis book has yet to cross my radar, but you have definitely piqued my interest.

  4. Just like you, I don't know much about the Beatniks. I've heard the term and seen the references in pop culture...but I have no idea what it was actually like to live in that culture. I'll have to check this out!

  5. I like the 1950s and would love read this one. It would make a good movie I think

  6. I love books that are set back in time and this one sounds really moving. I don't know anything about the Beatniks but this book seems really intruiging. I already feel a little sorry for Ruby for being yanked again from her parents.

  7. I think that some books that are set back in time are fantastic. Although the story is emotional and maybe sad, I think I will recommend it to my sister. I have a feeling the book will suit her better than me :)

  8. This sounds very intriguing. I love getting lost in stories such as this and the narration by an 11 yr old sounds like a great way to tell a story. Very different!

  9. I've heard the word Beatniks for years but I honestly have no idea about it! You've piqued my interested and now I think I'll have to check this out! Thanks!

  10. Looks like a great read, i should get iyt

  11. Seems interesting story. And your review gives thumbs up that makes this book worth read.

  12. Perfect timing! I am just after a new read so The beat on Rubys street looks like an ideal read for me x

  13. Wow! What an interesting story line. I think I would enjoy reading this book.

  14. It sounds interesting, especially since it's from an 11 year olds point of view. I've never read anything about beatniks either, so I might have to pick this up.

  15. Sounds like a great read and will definitely add it to my list for 2018. Btw loved the simpsons giphs ;)

  16. Never heard of this book before but It sounds definitely interesting and worth giving it a try!

  17. Wow that fact that it is narrated by an 11 year old is intriguing and i would definitely pick this book up the next time i am at the store!

  18. This sounds like a really interesting story and I love getting the chance to learn more about a different time period. I'll definitely have to add this to my reading list.

  19. This sounds like a good book and Ruby sounds like a nice character. Would like to step back to the 1950s!

  20. Wow! I would love to read that kind of book! The reasons are very satisfying which made me feel so excited to read this

  21. A perfect choice for my book lover sister in law! I love the story you summarized in here, it sounds interesting and fun to read too!

  22. This got to be an amazing read just from the review. Books that are set way back is what I love to read. Thanks for posting.

  23. This book sounds amazing, I will definitely have to check it out. Your review is amazing of this book, I love how detailed you are. Thanks for sharing.