Thanks to my mom for the guest review today! My boyfriend is here this week from California so my mom was happy to read this book and review it for the book tour!
Title: Saving Ruth
Author: Zoe Fishman
Genre/Audience: Contemporary fiction, adult
Publication: William Morrow, 2012
Source: For review, TLC Tours
Summary: All Ruth Wasserman wanted while growing up in Alabama was to be a blond Baptist cheerleader. But as a curly-haired, overweight Jewish girl, this was an impossible dream. Making matters worse was her older brother David, a soccer star with good looks, smarts and popularity. Going away to college in Michigan provided Ruth an escape. Now she’s home for the summer, lifegarding and coaching alongside her brother David, who has become completely closed off to her, which is not helping with her eating disorder. When a near drowning occurs on their watch, they are forced to examine truths about themselves and their family.
My Thoughts: The cover blurb states, “It is impossible not to love Ruth Wasserman, even as she finds it impossible to love herself.” I totally loved Ruth. She is fighting an eating disorder, which no one seems to want to confront her about, and she herself knows she has a problem, but doesn’t know what to do to stop. Despite this, she is a loyal friend and sister, especially during trying situations. But the story is not really about her eating disorder per se, it’s more of a story of her coming to terms with herself and coming out of her brother’s shadow when she discovers he is not the golden boy everyone else sees. I would have loved to able to go up to Ruth and give her a hug and tell her she’s a wonderful person and I think you will too. Zoe Fishman has a previous novel, Balancing Acts, that I am definitely going to look for and read.
My Rating: 4.75/5