Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Ramona BlueRamona Blue by Julie Murphy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks to my wonderful reader & twitter friend, Maureen Wehmeier for our shared reading and discussion of Julie Murphy's second totally awesome book (loved Dumplin' too!!!). Ramona Blue was such a great read- I loved Murphy's writing, her characters, and what a plot. Ramona has a lot going on in her life. She is proudly lesbian (great summer romance with Grace) lives in a double wide since Hurricane Katrina wiped out their home & her mother left. Her sister, Hattie, is pregnant and Tyler has been kicked out of his home and now has squeezed into Ramona and Hattie's very small trailer. She works two jobs, feels totally responsible for her sister, and will not even think of applying to college because of all of the above. Enter, Freddie and his grandmother Agnes who Ramona grew up with during her summers. Now Agnes has retired, bringing Freddie back to Ramona. I can't say enough about Freddie (he is a romantic, honest, kind) because his return brings happiness to Ramona but as time goes on with swimming, hanging with Freddie at school and at home - Ramona finds Freddie has become all important to her everyday happiness in her dysfunctional life. I rooted for Ramona- that she would rise above her own restrictions, deal realistically with happiness, Freddie, and her future. Choices were very important to Ramona and the way she expresses herself each time as she chooses was exquisite. A must read about family, friendship and finding the very special in your life. Highly recommended!

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