You’re down to be inspired by a New Zealand-Samoan rugby star who overcomes hardship with courage.
Part memoir, part self-help book, Straight Up passes on the knowledge Ruby Tui has gathered on her way to becoming a World Cup-winning rugby player. Swerving from gutting to funny, she retells stories of an abusive stepfather, Sapphic awakenings, and adapting to her Samoan dad’s life as a teen. What we loved about each chapter was the “tool-kit,” where Ruby reflects and gives advice to younger women. It’s clear she’s passionate about guiding future generations of girls – and we love it! TWs: mentions of sexual violence, racism, homophobia, and self-harm. Recommended for our matchmaker by Book Discussion Scheme New Zealand
Biography, Contemporary, Self-help, Grim, Humorous, Profound, Upbeat