A review by dennasus
What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez by Claire Jiménez

emotional reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated
To me this was a powerful story about siblings and families and also for me a valuable insight into the difficult life of a Puerto Rican family in the US, doing their best to get by. It's mostly told from the point of view of Ruthy's older and younger sisters and while the drive of the story of course was to find Ruthy or get her back, we also learned a lot about what it is like to grow up in the US, when you're not part of the white middle-class. It also made me feel sad for all the thousands or more "Ruthy's" who disappear every year in the US and elsewhere. I thought the whole reality show bit - including the showdown - was a bit over-the-top and often silly. I don't know anything about the current state of reality shows., though. Maybe they actually are like that. (Written on 10 May 2024)

[I've stopped giving star ratings in May 2024]