download (1)Reviewed by Carly L.

Ruby Unscripted, the first book in Cindy Martinusen-Coloma’s new series for teen girls, tells the story of fifteen year old Ruby Madden. Since her family moved to Marin County, California, life has gotten pretty confusing for Ruby. The novel deals with both the typical pains of being a teenager and the quiet journey of having faith.

Ruby is a typical small-town girl. She has a best friend she can always depend on, classmates who have known her since kindergarten, and a crush on a cute boy who’s dropping hints about taking her to prom. When her family moves to Marin County, however, Ruby is thrown for a loop. Her new friends in the school’s film club all seem glamorous and worldly and she finds herself drawn to a certain mysterious young man who is unlike anyone Ruby has ever met. As her story plays out, Ruby has to find a balance between the old life she used to know, the new life she’s excited to find, and the faith that’s always kept her going.

Ruby Unscripted seems to be a very authentic glimpse into the chaos of adolescence. For this reason, teens will likely relate to Ruby and her friends quickly, seeing bits of themselves in the character. However, the conflict in this book is a little bit lacking. Even Ruby seems to get bored at times with the social drama and the scattered focus. Ruby’s questions about her faith and life as a Christian do manage to pump a little energy into her story, but she never seems to really explore these questions, being distracted instead by the latest developments in her social circle.

I found this book to be a quick and enjoyable read, although not a memorable addition to Cindy Martinusen-Coloma’s novels. Her grasp on the teen perspective seems to be dead on and I’m looking forward to seeing what else the author has to offer in the world of young adult fiction.

For more information, please visit the Ruby Unscripted website.

Carly lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and their two cats. Her favorite thing to do is to curl up by a window with a library book. When she isn’t reading, she’s usually writing on her blog at www.beingcarly.com.