Posted by: Lisa Hill | November 29, 2011

Ruby Blues (2011), by Jessica Rudd

Ruby Blues

I was in the mood for something light-hearted after my most recent book, and Jessica Rudd’s sequel to Campaign Ruby (see my review) seemed ideal.  I whizzed through it in just a couple of days.

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
ISBN: 9781921758560
Source: Review copy courtesy of Text Publishing.

Availability update:

Fishpond: Ruby Blues is now available as an eBook: Ruby Blues as well as in a cheaper edition, see Ruby Blues

Or direct from Text.


  1. I rarely enjoy sequels as much as first books, in the same way I often don’t appreciate movie adaptations. I think I have worked out what it is…good books leave something to the imagination and keen readers like to create their own ‘pictures’ from the words. Sometimes a reader’s pictures will differ to the writer’s ones but that only matters when a sequel ‘outs’ the variations.


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