432 Pages | Balzer + Bray | Contemporary | 5/9/17
When Ramona’s romance with a tourist ends along with the vacation season in her small town, she doesn’t think she will get over it. That is until Freddie, an old friend from her childhood makes her think twice about how she identifies herself. Ramona Blue is the culmination of everything Bookish Twitter wants, a. It’s a contemporary novel that focuses on people of color, women of color, LGBTQ issues and class, but the story isn’t a “struggle” narrative. It’s just people trying to live their lives. The stakes aren’t particularly high and it is a story that mostly exist in the passage of time, moments and the importance of found family.
Is this what Quiet YA is ?
by Julie Murphy | Read by Therese Plummer
Young Adult Ages 12+ • 10 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2017
Ramona Blue loves the water, but between working several jobs and taking care of her pregnant sister, life is like trying to breathe in the deep end. And while Ramona has always identified as gay, she finds herself falling in love with her best guy friend. Narrator Therese Plummer’s folksy Southern accents are at home in this audiobook set in the small town of Eulogy, Mississippi, after Hurricane Katrina. Plummer offers up a variety of vocal twangs and pitches for the cast of friends and family who keep Ramona afloat during her senior year as she faces her biggest fear of all: change. This is a touching YA story about class, identity, and the people who help you keep your head above water. J.E.C. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2017]
1/2 of the blogging duo at Books and Sensibility, I have been blogging about and reviewing books since 2011. I read any and every genre, here on the blog I mostly review Fantasy, Adult Fiction, and Young Adult with a focus on audiobooks.