I just finished this one yesterday. It was a bit up and down for me: there were parts I really liked and parts that I didn’t like. It certainly wasn’t what I expected, and I can’t say I loved the ending, as I found it somewhat abrupt. I wanted some finality, I suppose.
Joseph’s fascination, interest, obsession, whatever you call it, with Ruth’s eating disorder was what initially drew me to the book, but I think in the end I found it off-putting, such as the diary reading. I wanted him to want to help her, but it seemed like all he wanted to do was study her disorder.
There were parts of the book that I really enjoyed, like when Joseph and Ruth followed the skinny girl out of the library, and the parts about Joseph’s job teaching the Russian students, but I don’t think this book measured up to what I wanted it to be.