My mother always jokes that she can tell what's truly important to me by the way I pack. Since I was eight, it's been books first, movies second, music third and clothes last. All else is fat in my life and can be trimmed. I recently married, and when I was preparing to move into my new home with my husband, there were a few cherished books that I couldn't bear to move in until the day I moved in. Raw Blue by Kisrty Eagar was one of the very small group. It also was the only one not published in the U.S. (my review)
I have no idea why this book isn't published worldwide, but I'll settle for it getting published here in the States for the time being. Aussie YA really has resonance here in the U.S. among readers, and Raw Blue is an exceptional example of this. I was lucky enough to get a copy of this book in Fall of 2010, and rather than send my personal copy on a little unofficial tour, I opted to purchase a second copy from Australia instead. No, I did not want to part with my copy. Yes, I love and believe in the book that much.
I've linked to some reviews below from all around. If you think Raw Blue sounds like the kind of book you want to see published everywhere, I encourage you to seek out a copy. This is an incredibly important story about loving yourself enough to move forward despite the vile and despicable ways your life can be irrevocably changed by the evil in others. Thankfully, I've never had to go through what Carly did, but I firmly believe that she can be 'any' girl. . . she might be a friend or family member of yours. She might even be you. Carly is a remarkable character. Your attachement to her sneaks up on you, and her story, Ryan and the rest of the wonderful cast of characters will cling to your memory long after you've finished the book. When you get the chance, please take time to read the reviews below. People who don't even care for contemporary YA lit seem to really love this book.
Please visit Kirsty Eagar's website here. To purchase a copy from Australia, go here. To purchase a copy of the soon-to-be released UK version from the Book Depository, go here ($8.23 and NO SHIPPING).
"To those who haven't read Raw Blue yet: Find a copy immediately. I know it's tough, being an Australian release and all. But don't let that get in the way. Spend your savings on a plane ticket and buy it from one of our nice Aussie bookshops. Alternatively, you could order it online or coerce an Aussie buddy to mail it to you. The moral of the story - read. this. book."
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"Raw Blue is a story that contains a torrent of emotional conflict between its pages, one that handles personal anguish in a delicate and unassuming way so we don't even realize the strength of the connection we've developed with Carly and Ryan until we find ourselves unable to let them go. . . "
There aren’t many books that I can say make me feel like that."