Review: Ruby Unscripted by Cindy Martinusen Coloma



Ruby’s finding out that life is all about improv . . .

Small-town girl Ruby Madden has moved to Marin County, California; home of high-dollar homes and green living. The girls wear shoes that cost more than her entire paycheck at the Underground Coffeehouse & Theater, and the students are well-traveled and full of life experiences that Ruby can only dream of.

All the stresses of adjusting to her new life have put a strain on her ability to trust God. Yet when mysterious and eye-catching Kaden invites Ruby to join the school’s film group, the puzzle pieces start to fit. Her love of art finds perfect expression and the film friends seem to really get her. When a major Hollywood director hosts an amateur film contest, Ruby and her friends are stoked.

But Ruby’s old life is tugging her backward and her frantic balancing act throws her new life totally off track. To top things off, Ruby makes a mistake that could cost her the chance of a lifetime.

Life would be so much easier if Ruby just had a script to follow with a happy ending guaranteed. But what’s the fun in that?


I am so disappointed. This book, this title, it had so much potentional gahhhh! But instead it just was really.. unscripted..

“There are plenty of troubles in this new life. But a gentle strength reminds me that I’m going forward in life’s pathway and nothing in the world needs to stop me now.” 

So the summary starts with ‘Ruby’s finding out that life is all about improv..’ Personally I think the author improv’d the whole book. I did not see a plotline at all, the characters feel very detached and kind of fake, and what the flying bananas makes this unscripted? It could have had so much potential. The title sounded so great, I had high hopes. But nope. It wasn’t gonna be.

“All I know is the essence of my dreams, and this awkward “nonfitting”  feeling. i want to do things and see places that I can’t quite put into words.” 

Those quotes might make you think ‘oh but this sounds great’ while in reality it’s just Ruby trying to be deep and philosophical and not quite succeeding. Wondering about God and all, personally I don’t believe in God, but the way Ruby handles it, just seems weird to me. And the way homosexuality is treated in this book.. no thank you. Apart from all that, it was actually kind of boring. With the word Unscripted in the title, you’d think there’d be some action, but unfortunately not. A lot of wasted potential in my eyes.

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