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.
Zoe Fishman is the author of Balancing Acts. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and son.
This book drew me in and I read it in a day 1/2 and loved every minute of it.
This coming of age story is a wonderful read, one that will resonate with anyone who survived the tumultuous transition from teenager to adult.
It's just a great story, so believable, so relatable, with wonderfully flawed people.
Nice, light read...if you are looking for an easy beach read, this is enjoyable.Published 2 months ago by EverydayReader
I really have enjoyed this book. Really told a story about a young girl and her brother. I have read the other 2 books by this author as well. Job well donePublished 3 months ago by Judy W. White
saving ruth was hard to put down even when i finished it. Ruth is back from college and now shes skinny but not skinny enough for herself. Read morePublished 13 months ago by isabel ward
Our book club opted to read this. Honestly, if had not been a book club selection and I had not been at the beach, there would have been no way that I would've finished it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Janice Hellmann
This story was a sad commentary on today's society where parents inadvertently place pressure on their kids to be the best/skinniest/smartest/etc. Read morePublished 19 months ago by C. Lichtman
Not all books have to be a wow to be loved. This book drew me in and I read it in a day 1/2 and loved every minute of it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by mustbedancin
I truly loved this novel -- the characters were real, the voice so honest and raw I sometimes flinched, and the atmosphere of a small, Southern town in the height of summer... Read morePublished on October 17, 2012 by Ann Mah
THis book reminded me of "The Help" in the quality of its writing and characterizations. hHe problems of anorexia, racism, relationships,
and drugs set in a small Southern... Read more
This coming of age story is a wonderful read, one that will resonate with anyone who survived the tumultuous transition from teenager to adult. Read morePublished on August 31, 2012 by C. Quinn