Friday, August 4, 2017

Review: Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Title: Ramona Blue
Author: Julie Murphy
Publication Date: May 9, 2017
Publisher:Blazer and Bray  
Source: Bought
Format: E-book
Age Group: Teens
Genre: Contemporary 

Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever. Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, responsibility weighs more heavily than ever. The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool. But as Ramona falls in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift too, which is the last thing she expected. With her growing affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke. Either way, Ramona will discover that, for her, life and love are more fluid than they seem.

This is my third Julie Murphy book and I couldn't be happier at finally getting the chance to read it. Murphy has been an author that has taken me on rollercoasters that toyed with my emotions but has given me stories worth reading. 

In Ramona Blue, Murphy gives us a girl, Ramona, who, just like any other teen, is finding herself. However, when life gets in the way Ramona starts to take on more roles making her more of an adult than anyone else in her family. In comes childhood friend, Freddie. Now, Ramona's life is turning tables as she starts to question more who she is and who she may like. 

What I really enjoyed about this book was that I felt a deeper connection with Murphy's character than with her other characters. I know that there was a point in my life where I did question my sexuality and I had to take some time to discover myself to see who I was. Thankfully I know who I am now but what is so great about this novel is that Murphy has given a character who is finding herself a breath a life. She has allowed a character to enter a reader's life to show that it's okay to find yourself and that sometimes it takes time and it may not be easy. 

I am glad that I have continued reading Murphy's works and I look forward to her next book. If you are looking for a book that shows the importance of self-discovery, give this book a chance. A manful and well-needed contemporary, Murphy has delivered once again. 

I give this book 4 souls!

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