Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Publication Date: 29 June 2009
Series or Standalone: Standalone
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Place(s) Traveled to: Sydney, Australia
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First Line: Friday morning. I’m heading down to the break, feeling antsy because I slept in.
I am not a fan of surfing. I had an ex once that was boarderline obsessed (which is kinda funny since we don’t have a ton of surfing in the northeast) and was always threatening to take me. I never saw the point and assumed that I’d somehow get myself killed. So when I first heard about Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar I dismissed as a surfing book and thought it wasn’t for me. But to call Raw Blue a book about surfing is to do it a HUGE disservice as it is so much more than that.
Raw Blue is told from the point of view of Carly, a 19 year old chef-of sorts, who has arranged her work schedule so she can surf all day. She has a kooky upstairs neighbor named Hannah who just won’t leave her alone and soon a friend in Danny a teen boy with Synesthesia. Since leaving Uni, Carly has tried to distance herself from people but isn’t having much luck. She is this beautiful, broken girl that you just want to hug and tell her that it will be ok. And then there is Ryan….oh dear reader here is a swoon worthy male character for you…Ryan is this quiet surfer that finally makes Carly start to notice people around her. From the moment they meet there is a tension between them that simply leaps off the page. There is just so much emotion written into this book that its impossible not to feel everything that Carly is feeling.
I was hooked on this book from page one. I absorbed all of its words and almost cried when I reached the end and had no more story. I kept trying to turn the page on my ereader begging it to yield more story. But alas, more story wasn’t to come. Though the characters didn’t leave my head. They all stuck inside it and even as I write this my mind is swirling with ideas on where they all go from the place where Kirsty left them. That’s not something that I can say about a lot of books out there.
I find it so hard to put into words all that I feel about this book. I loved all of the characters and the story was like Mary Poppins (nearly perfect in every way). I was engrossed and time passed without notice. I laughed and I cried. My heart broke and it was healed. This is a total heartachy book and one that I know I’ll be reading over and over. I am always sure that with each re-reading that I’ll still lament and rail that there are no more pages. If I had a physical copy of the book it would be tossed across the room for failing to yield up more words. If you haven’t read this book yet I strongly urge to do all that you can to get a copy into your possession. Its just so amazing and I think that everyone should read it.