Title: Raw Blue
Author: Kirsty Eagar
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Publication Date: June 29, 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?
I first have to thank the lovely Linds from Bibliophile Brouhaha for allowing me to read her copy of Raw Blue and for including me in Kirsty Eagar Week! Both Linds and Nic from Irresistible Reads are hosting this fun week, so be sure to check out all of the awesome posts.
This book is only published in Australia so it was a real treat to get my hands on a copy
Speaking of my hands on a copy… my hands were all up on this book, especially in the last half when I was frantically turning the pages to see what happens next. Carly intrigued me right from the start, even though her Australian lingo and surfing terms confused the crap out of me for a while. Once I read them a few times though, I got the hang of it.
*Fun fact of the day: “bitumen” is the term used for asphalt, and also what they call their roads.
In addition to Carly, the rest of the characters in the book truly added their own piece to the overall story. A few tertiary characters could have been left out, but their presence didn’t deter from the storyline.
You could definitely tell that the author is a hard-core surfer and knows her stuff. The passion for the sport just jumped out of the pages through Carly and made me want to become a surfer immediately (there is no hope for that btw, I’d die). The author also must have a passion for cooking because that came out through Carly as well. I love when an author writes about what he or she knows
and Kirsty Eagar is no exception.
I am most certainly on board to have Raw Blue published in the United States and other countries. If you can get your hands on this book, I highly suggest doing so!!