Ramona Blue – Julie Murphy


  Ramona Blue – Julie Murphy, Balzer + Bray, (9780062418357), 2017

Format: hardcover fiction

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  realistic fiction

What did you like about the book? Ramona lives on the Gulf shore of Mississippi and is living in the after effects of Hurricane Katrina; her family lives in a small trailer and they are barely scraping to get by. Ramona is one of just a few out and open gay people in her small town in Mississippi so she should be excited to escape her town, but she isn’t excited about the future. She may be a high school senior, but college isn’t something she’s considered. With an overworked father; a pregnant, needy sister; a disinterested and emotionally unavailable mother; and a girlfriend who is still in the closet, Ramona has plenty of problems. Then her childhood friend Freddie moves back to town and suddenly she starts to hope for more than what she has…but it’s complicated. Can Ramona leave her small town and her sister behind? If she falls in love with a boy, is she still gay? I loved absolutely everything about this book, the complex, fully created characters and their deep connections to each other.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing at all. It was perfect from start to finish.

To whom would you recommend this book? Teens who like to read emotional realistic fiction.

Who should buy this book? all high schools

Where would you shelve it ? Realistic fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, the very top!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA

Date of review: June 24, 2017

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