Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy Book Review (Spoiler-Free)

Good morning everyone and happy Monday! I’m so happy because this will actually be the first book review I have posted on my channel. I wanted to review a book I had a lot of thought on and, I have plenty of thoughts on this book.

Ramona Blue – ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

So if you guys aren’t already fond of this author, Julie Murphy is the author of the now very popular Dumplin’ YA novel that turned into a movie on Netflix recently. I had read Dumplin’ and enjoyed it, so I wanted to dive into some other books that she has written, and that’s how I found Ramona Blue.

Ramona Blue is the story of a girl named Ramona. Shocking I know. It follows her life after her family was affected by Hurricane Katrina. She is now a teenager after a summer she would never forget after falling for a girl named Grace, but her amazing summer comes to an end when Grace has to leave her summer home and go back to start school again. Ramona knows she likes girls, but when Freddie, an old friend from the past comes back to town, Ramona questions whether she likes boys and girls, or if its just a fluke.

So, first off I’ll start by saying I did enjoy this book. I enjoyed the plot and its story line and the characters, and especially the writing. Ramona’s family was just so imperfect, between the mom being so selfish and clueless to Hadie, Ramona’s sister being pregnant with a boy she was just kind of seeing, not even really dating, to them living in a tiny trailer with their dad. It wasn’t the perfect family image most books have behind their main character, and although their family was going through so much, I did enjoy what the characters brought to the story.

I did enjoy this book although I did have some issues with it, and they were very minor. At first the book was slow to start off, and for me that’s a turn off and it was a big factor as to why this book took a little over a week to read. Luckily the book sped up when Freddie came back and that’s when my emotions really came through. I found myself throughout the book getting mad at the characters, although I loved them, they did get me mad at some points. I just wished Grace wasn’t like the girl that was stuck in the closet type of evil villain that you were meant to hate. I wish it wasn’t such a blowup between the two, but I guess it only added to the story.

All in all I did enjoy this book and ended up giving it a 4 out of 5 stars, which is a pretty good rating and I think its fair. If it wasn’t for how I kind of felt about Grace at points in the book as if she was a terrible person, and if the pace of the book was a little better, it definitely would have been a 5 star.

Well that’s it for me today! Thank you guys so much for reading and I’m already so proud of this blog. See you Wednesday!

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