Guest Review: Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar

Friday, September 2, 2011

Today, I have my good friend Arlene sharing her thoughts on Raw Blue.

Published by: Penguin Books Australia
Publication date: June, 2009

Carly has dropped out of uni to spend her days surfing and her nights working as a cook in a Manly café. Surfing is the one thing she loves doing ... and the only thing that helps her stop thinking about what happened two years ago. Then she meets Ryan and Carly has to decide ... Will she let the past bury her? Or can she let go of her anger and shame, and find the courage to be happy?


Guest Review by Arlene:

You just have to see those times for what they are: a chance to look down at your life. And when you do, you see it’s a skin made up of shiny little moments.

~whimpers~
Noooooooooo!!!!! Just one more chapter please!
I mean, I can imagine how that conversation went, or I can hope it went a certain way, but I can’t think it better than Kirsty Eagar can pen it. Absolutely beautiful!

I’ve said this so many times before… Aussie writers have this gift. It’s a magical ability to catapult you into a fictional moment that feels so damn real and full of raw emotion that you can’t help but fully connect and when it’s over you feel like you fell on your ass because there’s no more pages left for you to grab onto. It’s like a tight embrace that makes you feel there… in the moment… and when it’s done and releases you, all you feel is the space around you and nothing comes close to that moment when you were in the story. Truly in the story. That my friends is what Raw Blue accomplished.

Absolutely everything about Raw Blue felt so real to me. Maybe because of the setting and how familiar I am with the feel of the sand between my toes, or a wet towel wrapped around me long after I’ve left the beach, the sound of waves crashing, the smell of sunscreen and not wanting it too close to your eyes or stuck on your hands, the taste of the salty water when a wave playfully takes you down. It’s been a part of me my whole life and this book connected with me in a way that felt true and vivid. Kirsty Eagar has what it takes to guide you into that fictional space that commands your attention and your heart. Captivating and emotional!

Carly is a character so carefully flawed to perfection that I couldn’t help but completely fall for her. Everything she went through, every emotion she struggled with, her moments of desperation, and her times of brief happiness. I can’t remember the last time a character made my heart bleed with paper cut precision. Ryan, sweet lord! Rhino! Can someone just tell me he’s real? He’s actually somewhere out there. What an awesome guy! His last voice message, yup, I’m memorizing it. It was a thing of beauty. But, not just the two main characters, Eagar makes me want to believe all of these characters are real and I actually worry about them long after closing the book. Will Marty be okay? Is Kylie going to make it through? What’s going to happen to Danny next? Shane? Roger? All of them are broken somehow and you just want to make sure they’ll be alright.

So if you get the chance to pick up an Australian book, Raw Blue is a perfect example of their greatness. This book is filled with emotional moments, happy events and wish-they-were-real characters. It will stay in my thoughts for a long time and I can see myself reading it over and over again. I absolutely loved it!

Favorite Quotes
8 is just an infinity symbol the right way up.

I have two friends here: a fifteen year old who sees people in colours and a salsa-mad Dutch woman. I didn’t pick them, they just turned up in my life, and I’m really glad. I think this and I’m suddenly struck down with gratitude for all the things this place has given me. The break, the ever-changing moods of the ocean and the best surfs I’ve ever had. Tonight my world is a bubble. Clear, round, perfect and fragile.

“I’ve worked out a tattoo – if I had one” says Ryan. I look at what he’s done. He’s got the outline of my hand over his heart and in it he’s written, Her...

Ryan's last voice message...


Final note Okay, so here’s the deal. If I were offered the choice between free access to U.S. bestsellers for the rest of my life or 10 Aussie books… the choice is pretty clear… hands down. There’s just some things an avid reader can’t live without and that’s fictional greatness, and Aussie writers have what it takes to deliver that. It’s become my favorite writing style and I feel it should be its own genre. Actually, hold on a minute… I’ve made it so. It’s officially a separate genre because hell yeah the writing stands apart and there so denying it. Try one. You won’t regret it…
 


Thank you Arlene for letting me post your gorgeous review (hugs).

You can check out my thoughts on Raw Blue here.

Don't forget to stop by the other blogs on the schedule and enter GIVEAWAY for a signed copy of Raw Blue (international).

394 comments:

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Jacinda (The Reading Housewives) said...

Those voice messages...He never gave up! I loved that about him! Great review!!!

bibliophile brouhaha said...

Nailed it, nailed it, nailed it! And DITTO on choosing the Aussie authors! The authenticity in their characters' voices. . . once in a while, a book here will come close, but not often enough for me. I LOVE the attention this book is getting this week and so richly deserves.

Jenny said...

"Carly is a character so carefully flawed to perfection that I couldn’t help but completely fall for her."

LOVE how you put that, it's exactly how I felt about Carly as well. She was just beautiful in all her imperfections and I just wanted to hug her. LOVE THIS BOOK!

Bailey said...

WOW WOW WOW. I need to get this book NOW!!! You have me convinced that I will love it. =D

Missie said...

Yeeeeessss! One more chapter. I felt the same. Didn't want it to end. The realness of it startled me, it was very gripping.

I think I'd go for the 10 Aussie books too!

Lauren M said...

Now I'm even more eager to try out some Aussie lit! I love books that feel really real. Thanks for sharing! :)

Liz. R said...

I'm so intrigued about this last voice message! I so want to read this book, it sounds so amazing. Great review - this is definitely going on my wishlist.

Savannah said...

I totally agree! I find Aussie books much more intense! I loved the feel of the characters and the way the authors can make them come to life!

Alexa said...

Yes I told the husband we should live in Australia next so I can get my hand son all these amazing books.

I loved this review, the book that inspired it must be amazing. I think I will have to order it from Fishpond.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh I so totally want this book! Love the whimper! You know it is a great book when you do that after the last chapter.

Jenny N. said...

Don't know when I'll be able to read Raw Blue but its definitily on my wishlist.

Alex (A Girl, Books, OtherThings) said...

I agree with you that Aussie author's have a gift!
Usually, whenever I read and Aussie book I end up feeling raw inside but at the same time like something is glowing, because I Went there with the characters and I came back and their stories and voices touched me so much!

Anyway, I love the sound of this book! :) the more I hear about it the more awesome it sounds.

Alyssa@Teens Read and Write said...

Sounds Aus-some! Love the quotes.

Teddyree said...

Great review, I've just picked this one up. Can't wait to read it :)

Arlene said...

Thank you so much for posting my review Nic. I loved this book and thankies for rec'ing it to me. :)

Anonymous said...

I really want to read this book and can't wait. The author makes it seem so real. Thanks Joannie jscddmj[at]aol dot com

A Canadian Girl said...

I think I'd probably pick Aussie books over US bestsellers too. The few Aussie books I've read have all been fabulous.

Every time I see that quote about Ryan and the tattoo, I swoon.

Kylie1403 said...

I want to read this book so desperately

Miss Page-Turner said...

Awesome review! I've spotted many reviews of Raw Blue lately and they all make me want to read it so badly.

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