Review of A Beginner’s Guide To Salad by Jennifer Joyce

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Published: 11th January 2014
Pages: 264


Ruth loves nothing more than curling up in front of the telly with a family-sized bar of chocolate. She doesn’t do diets and she certainly doesn’t do exercise. But all that changes when she’s invited to her school reunion.

Bullied at school for being overweight, Ruth’s first reaction is to rip the invitation into a million pieces. But then Ruth hatches a plan. She’ll lose the weight and arrive at the reunion looking gorgeous and glamorous, leaving her old classmates in awe. Especially her former crush, Zack O’Connell.

With the help of her friends and a new, unbelievably hot colleague, Ruth begins her transformation. With six months until the reunion, losing weight will be a piece of cake, right?


Jennifer kindly told me that through a simple Twitter RT competition, I’d won a copy of her debut novel and I was thrilled.

The novel begins with eighteen year old Ruth, going on her first date. This had DISASTER written all over it. I though the plot was horribly shocking but realistic. It just goes to prove how cruel bullies are.

Jennifer’s writing glided across the page and straight into my imagination – it was like watching a well loved film. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at the dialogue and the narrative. It was superb, fantastic, brilliant and bloody funny.

You’ll find that Ruth is realistic to all the readers – we’ve all tried diets (don’t say you haven’t because all women have!) and sometimes, we just want chocolate and lots of it. I was behind Ruth all the way (whilst eating chocolate…) and it was fantastic to see her determination. But it wasn’t just about Ruth’s diet – it’s about facing those horrible bullies after years of not seeing them.

If you love books which make you chuckle with delight, you won’t be disappointed in this. I can’t wait for Jennifer’s next one.

Twitter: @Writer_Jenn
Website: www.jenniferjoyceswrites.co.uk