Title: Ruby’s Diary: Reflections on All I’ve Lost and Gained
Author: Ruby Gettinger
Genre/Audience: Memoir, nonfiction, adult
Publication: HarperCollins, 2009
Ruby is the star of the Style Network’s reality show Ruby, which I love. It is a funny, sweet, and inspirational show that chronicles Ruby’s journey to weight loss. At her heaviest, she was over 700 pounds. Ruby’s Diaryis essentially a “diary” written by Ruby, though it does not seem like a real diary at all. It is obviously written based off of the show and the events in it.
This small book is told from Ruby’s perspective about her weight loss journey. She talks about many things including her friends, family, and difficulties with the weight loss. The end of each chapter contains a letter from one of her friends or family members, talking about Ruby and why she is special to them.
I love this show, and I think Ruby is hilarious. This book was pretty good, but not what I was expecting. I was hoping for more of a memoir, whereas this book is all over the place with no focus whatsoever. While it was nice to see Ruby’s thoughts, it was essentially just the show on paper. Many of the incidents she talks about are what was already seen on the show. Some of it was insightful and funny (such as Ruby talking about her made up words that she uses frequently such as “hacky” which is happy/wacky), but I was slightly disappointed with the book overall. If you watch the show, you would probably like this book, but I would not recommend buying it. I borrowed it from the library, luckily. If you don’t watch the show, I would highly recommend you do not read this book as you would more than likely not enjoy it.
Overall, a slight disappointment that was not nearly as insightful as I had been hoping for. This book is meant for fans of the show only.
My Rating: 3/5
Currently Reading: Secret Life of a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks. This is the first book I’ll have read by her. Apparently this is the 6th book of a series, but I didn’t know. I seem to be having no problem with it though. It seems to me like maybe the books in the series are stand alones. If any of you have read the Love at Stake series, is this correct, or should they be read in order?