Friday, August 27, 2010

Review: Ruby Unscripted by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma

Title: Ruby Unscripted
Author: Cindy Martinusen-Coloma
Published: 2009
Source: Received for Review

Sometimes the best moments in a girl's life are the unscripted ones.

Ruby Madden moves to an affluent town in Marin County, California, believing her dreams are coming true, but her hometown life is drawing her back. Her not-so-secret crush finally likes her. Her older brother decides to stay behind with their newly remarried father. And her best friend gets a boyfriend who's all wrong for her.

And Ruby's new life isn't as easy as she envisioned. Marin High School is a place for the rich and famous with their BMWs, chic clothes, and liberal beliefs-a place where she clearly doesn't belong. Even with her new job at the Underground Coffeehouse & Cinema, she is unsure of how to act and feels insecure about who she is.

When she tries out for an amateur film group, the puzzle pieces finally begin to fit. And who is this mysterious guy who's messing with her heart? (taken from
Ruby is such a relatable character. I'm sure that most teenage girls have shared in Ruby's daydreams about the perfect boyfriend or her fear of not fitting in. She could be any regular high school girl, dealing with the typical challenges that come with being a teen. 

It's obvious from the very beginning of the book that this is book is written by a Christian with a young-adult Christian audience in mind. While this doesn't mean that non-Christians won't enjoy it, I do think that Christians will connect more with Ruby. I for one loved the uplifting and inspirational aspects of the story in which Ruby bonds with God. She begins to understand where her life is headed and what God has in store for her.

This book may be classified as "chick lit," but it is by no means shallow. Ruby deals with real problems that girls are faced with every day. Boys, family, insecurities, faith, parents, and friends are all hot topics in this novel. Ruby's story mirrors many parts of my life, and I think many other readers will feel the same way. 

Overall, I'd say that this is a wonderful, heartwarming novel for any preteen/teenage reader. I can easily recommend it to my friends. If you enjoyed Ruby Unscripted (or even if you haven't), I would also recommend Cindy's other novel, Caleb + Kate. I loved that one even more.

*I received this novel from Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

Natalie (Id So Rather Be Reading) said...

Sounds like a cute read to recommend to junior high girls :0)

I see you are reading Mockingjay, I want to know what a teenager thinks of this series! Please tell when you are finished

Oh and... You have an award waiting