Thursday, 8 September 2011
Review- Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar
Penguin Books Australia
Publication date: 29th June 2009
My rating: 5 (and then some) out of 5
I could easily spend the rest of the year reading Aussie YA and be blissfully happy. It's only really been through stalking my favourite Aussie blogs over the last few months that I actually realised there was a whole freaking awesome world of Aussie YA out there. The few Aussie books that I've read so far by Cath Crowley and Melina Marchetta have been complete gems and I have now have a specific Aussie to be read list which is pretty much as long as my arm.
Despite having about 10 other reviews to write I really wanted to review Raw Blue sharpish, I just want to shout out from every available rooftop how A-mazing and touching and gut wrenchingly heart breaking this book really is, so much so that days later I can't get Carly's story out of my head.
A horrific incident in Carly's past haunts her, the shame and guilt she feels results in her isolating herself entirely from everyone, working nights in a cafe to avoid having to face people and pretty much withdrawing from life itself. Her only salvation seems to be surfing and her love for the ocean shines throughout the book. I desperately, and I mean desperately wanted Carly to find someone, anyone, to talk to that would be able to help her. I was so engrossed in her story I had a constant lump in my throat and ache in my chest throughout the entire book. And Ryan, mate what can I say? initially I thought he was a bit of a drongo (see I'm even picking up the lingo and everything) but he soooo grew on me. What I loved the most about Ryan was that he never gave up on Carly despite her pushing him away. His phone messages and tattoo idea had me weeping buckets and swooning simultaneously.
Raw Blue didn't feel like a difficult read to me despite the subject matter. It was definitely intense and emotional but it's also very real and just a really heartachingly powerful story. At the end of it I was ultimately hopeful for both Carly and Ryan as in my head they both deserve a happy ending.
Raw Blue is impossible to get in paperback in the UK, firstly THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE but if anyone in the UK wants to borrow my copy please give me a shout. I genuinely want everyone to read it. You can however buy an ebook copy here (trust me it's worth every penny).
Again I would like to say a huge thanks to my Aussie pal C.J Duggan who sent Raw Blue all the way from Australia to Scotland as she knew how much I wanted to read it. Cheers Mate!