Saving Ruth

Saving Ruth

Paperback - 2012
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When Ruth returns home to the South for the summer after her freshman year at college, a near tragedy pushes her to uncover family truths and take a good look at the woman she wants to become. Growing up in Alabama, all Ruth Wasserman wanted was to be a blond Baptist cheerleader. But as a curly-haired Jew with a rampant sweet tooth and a smart mouth, this was an impossible dream. Not helping the situation was her older brother, David, a soccer star whose good looks, smarts, and popularity reigned at school and at home. College provided an escape route and Ruth took it. Now home for the summer, she's back lifeguarding and coaching alongside David, and although the job is the same, nothing else is. She's a prisoner of her low self-esteem and unhealthy relationship with food, David is closed off and distant in a way he's never been before, and their parents are struggling with the reality of an empty nest. When a near drowning happens on their watch, a storm of repercussions forces Ruth and David to confront long-ignored truths about their town, their family, and themselves.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062059840
Branch Call Number: FIC FIS
Characteristics: 279, 16 p. ; 21 cm

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cmfrakes
Jul 18, 2016

Certainly not great literature. I found myself skimming through the last half of the book because the dialogue seemed unrealistic and was, frankly, annoying. The book attempts to address racism, eating disorders, and depression but I felt the author failed miserably.

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ckimmel
Jul 14, 2012

A nice summer read, although it is geared toward the teenage crowd. Ruth's family looks successful and normal on the outside, but the relationships are complicated and destructive on the inside. A good story, but very simply written.

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