Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler


Fifteen-year-old Aura Ambrose has been hiding a secret. Her mother, a talented artist and art teacher, is slowly being consumed by schizophrenia, and Aura has been her sole caretaker ever since Aura's dad left them. Convinced that "creative" equals crazy, Aura shuns her own artistic talent. But as her mother sinks deeper into the darkness of mental illness, the hunger for a creative outlet draws Aura toward the depths of her imagination. Just as desperation threatens to swallow her whole, Aura discovers that art, love, and family are profoundly linked—and together may offer an escape from her fears.


I liked A Blue So Dark more than I expected to. Holly Schindler has an incredibly lyrical and fluid way of writing. This was such an intense book. Aura has a really memorable story that will be engraved in your mind for weeks after you read A Blue So Dark. This novel seems like it get’s overlooked a lot which isn’t right. A Blue So Dark was an amazing debut and I recommend it to everyone. There aren’t many YA books out there that deal with someone having a mental illness so in a way, this book was refreshing.
Holly Schindler found the perfect balance between the characters, the emotion, and the story. Once you start reading A Blue So Dark, you won’t be able to stop. Schindler is an amazing writer who people need to watch, because her books can make a difference. I loved this book. It was written beautifully and the characters reach out to the reader so you care about them. This book is a must read!

FTC- Bought.

5 comments:

Kelsey said...

Solid review :)

Alex Bennett said...

I so need to get this book! It looks so dang good!

huycomf said...

Hi, Zoe, I have read a lot of book reviews and I decide to write it, but I confuse because I dont know its Lay-out, (introduction-body-conclusion) by the inductive or deductive, can you help me??? Thank you so much.

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grace crawford said...

I've added this one to my TBR list - I love reading books about mental illness.
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