It’s not quite in the same league as Campaign Ruby. The plot stalls a little in the middle and the slapstick humour is a bit heavy-handed in places. There’s rather a lot of coarse language (do young women really swear like this?) and some unconvincing child characters. Ruby - who in her previous incarnation could always transcend her wardrobe malfunctions to still be attractive – is less appealing in this book. Not only does she often look terrible, she betrays a bit of a nasty streak here and there as well.
But these quibbles aside, it’s an entertaining story which romps along from one comic disaster to another, with a romance complicated by the eternal work/life balance, and a delightful new character in the form of Bettina, an overenthusiastic intern with a predilection for a very bright wardrobe and a Ruby-like talent for making grossly embarrassing mistakes.
If you’re looking for something that’s fun to read, as I was, it’s just the thing.
Author: Jessica Rudd
Title: Ruby Blues
Publisher: Text 2011
Source: Review copy courtesy of Text Publishing.