Author: Kristy Eagar
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Publication Date: June 29, 2009
Source: Borrowed from the ever delightful Melanie
About the Book: 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 at schoolies week.
And then Carly meets Ryan, a local at the break, fresh out of jail. When Ryan learns the truth, 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?
My Thoughts: This is one of those books that I never would have read if so many bloggers weren't talking about it. It hasn't been published in the US yet so I don't think I ever would have come across it. It was an interesting story with a gritty edge. I'm glad I got a chance to check it out.
I read this one at the end of July. Thinking back what really sticks out to me are the characters. First of all, the main characters are college age. This alone sets the book apart from most others. But even more, each character stuck out to me in unique ways. They were well developed and each had some interesting traits/quirks that I found intriguing.
If you're a fan of contemporary novels that touch on some of the more serious issues in life Raw Blue is for you.