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A Beginner's Guide To Salad

(Beginners Guide #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  197 ratings  ·  21 reviews
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
Published January 14th 2014 by Smashwords Edition (first published January 11th 2014)
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Rachel Gilbey
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although at times I wanted to slap Ruth for some of the diets she was attempting and her motivation for trying to lose weight, I did really like Ruth as a character and enjoyed her housemates and also how she deals with her boss at work. She has a great support network and I loved Jared from the moment we meet him. The book is written from the focus of multiple characters and I think that works really well. There is just something about Ruth that you can't help loving, she had a horrible time of ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t read it quick enough so that I could find out what was going to happen.
The style of writing was wonderful and I loved the characters, especially Ruth, who the story is centred around.
Ruth is invited to her schools reunion and she’s in two minds as whether to go or not, as she was bullied at school for being overweight. So she plans to lose some of the weight and turn up a new slimmer Ruth.
This book was hilarious and had me crying with laughter in quite
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I'd like to begin my review of A Beginner's Guide To Salad by Jennifer Joyce by saying a massive thank you to the author for providing me with an eBook copy which I was lucky enough to win through a Twitter give-away! Wahoo! I was over the moon when I was announced as the winner, especially after seeing some of the fabulous reviews, so I couldn't wait to begin reading.

In A Beginner's Guide to Salad, we're introduced to Jennifer's heroine,
Fabulous Book Fiend
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review: I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of this gem of a debut novel and I am so glad I was given the chance to read this as I might not have discovered it otherwise! I was expecting a story about a woman's battle to loose weight, the feelings and emotions associated with this and the highs and lows we feel when we are dieting, especially for an occasion! What I got was a whole lot more, I actually found It really hard to put this book down and found myself wanting more when I finish ...more
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ruth lives with her friends Theo and Billy, she's overweight and miserable and to top everything off it'll soon be her school reunion. She hasn't forgotten her devastation ten years before when Zack, the boy of her dreams, humiliated her in front of all the cool kids, and now Ruth is determined to lose weight and go to the reunion looking stunning. She puts into action her plan to diet and exercise her way to her goal weight, but somehow her life doesn't go the way she expects it to.

I love the w
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It's been a while since I read chicklit, but this reminded me of everything I love about it. A Beginner's Guide To Salad made me laugh out loud more times than I can count, and there were a few twists and turns I didn't see coming, even though I thought I had it all figured out!

A new chicklit superstar has been born! Great work, Jennifer Joyce!

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*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

Before I start with the actual review of this book, I have a confession to make. It happens rarely that I ask an author a review copy. I do request from NetGalley, but when it comes to requesting books from authors, I guess I'm pretty old fashioned. It's not 'cause I'm shy or anything, but I prefer being contacted by authors themselves. Could be I'm playing safe, but the truth is I assume that way these auth
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This was a brilliant début from Jennifer Joyce. It is written as if by an author who has been writing books for years (she has previously written a short novella, but this is her first full length novel).

A Beginner's Guide To Salad tells the story of Ruth, who lives with Billy and Theo and she likes nothing more than watching the TV series A Beginner's Guide with her flatmate Billy and a nice, family sized chocolate bar. But when Ruth
Trish Hills
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
loved this book! Jennifer has such a beautiful style. You get drawn in to the story and the characters with such ease.

Ruth is a woman that I wanted to be my best friend. She has issues just like we all do. The people in her life are so much like the people that I know and the binds she gets herself in to are so funny and real!

I love the way Jennifer describes Ruth’s clothes. I want dresses like hers! Gorgeous flair for fashion! Ruth is a great lead character. She taught me that beauty really do
Pat Elliott
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely book! The writing drew me in, creating pictures in my mind as I read. Ruth had been the bullied and mocked girl at school and when the reunion looms, she wants to shine, as a type of revenge. Diets come and go, with Ruth never seeing the beauty inside herself. She has trouble sticking to anything. I so wanted to say she was worth so much more, but then some of the male characters did it - and finally she believes it. She does get to the reunion, where there are a few surprises. Sim ...more
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A joy to read. I loved it from start to finish. Fab characters and plenty of laugh out loud moments. A truly fab read from Jennifer Joyce.
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book, would definitely recommend it!
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
The most realistic diet behaviour I have ever read, in a book! Made me laugh out loud and relate to the main character a lot :) That said the characters were warm and believable and but for the drama in the last few chapters that made me feed bad for one character - it all ended well and happily! First book of the author - looking forward to reading more
Clare Colvin
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the characters and the story resonated with me. Highly recommend this book
kieran james bassett
Great read

A gem of a find. Funny and heartwarming you really come to care about the characters can’t wait for the next book.
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant read .
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was hooked on this book. I loved that you couldn’t tell what was going to happen between everyone until the very end. Jared sounds so dreamy and perfect, I think I fell in love with him myself!
Amanda Facey
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really identified with the heroine, having been badly bullied about my weight and appearance throughout my life. I felt her pain, hopes and fears, and was encouraging her along her journey. She deserved her Happy-Ever-After, as did the main love interest, whose own story had tragedy. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance, comedy and character growth.
claire cardy
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

From the moment u encounter Ruth, u can't not like her. She is warm, funny and caring. I can relate to Ruth in so many ways, from being bullied about my size to feeling rejected, but like Ruth iv got my happy ending and a wonderful man that loves me unconditionally
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