Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Ramona Blue
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Ramona Blue “Kissing him is different, yes. But it’s not. Kissing Freddie doesn’t feel different because he’s a boy, it feels different because he’s Freddie.”

This was a contemporary story about a gay girl, who got confused by romantic feelings towards a boy.

Ramona was a strong character, and she really cared about her family and did everything she could to make sure they were taken care of, even when it meant repeatedly dipping into her savings to help out her pregnant sister.

The storyline in this was about an old friend of Ramona’s returning to the place where she lived. She hadn’t seen Freddie in years, and they struck up a friendship, which later turned into deeper feelings, which confused Ramona as she was sure that she liked girls not boys. I was a little surprised by their first kiss, mainly because Ramona liked girls, but Ramona and Freddie were cute together, and at the end of the day people are just people, and love is love, and this pair seemed to really love each other.

The ending to this wasn’t quite what I expected, but it was hopeful for the future.

6.5 out of 10

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