Blue by Lou Aronica
finished reading on March 3, 2011
Note: Personally, I do not feel that this review contains spoilers, but you may want to read it cautiously, just in case.
What would you do if your daughter had cancer at age five? What would you do to help get her through the painful cancer treatments? Well, Chris Astor and his daughter Becky create a world together called Tamarisk...and it turns out this world is real.
I have to admit I was skeptical when I began reading this book, but that did not last. The author has constructed such a terrific blending of the real and fantastical world. The realities of cancer and divorce and their effects on a family and the fantasy of a world created in story to help a young girl overcome her pain do not seem like they would meld together, but in this book, they do. I loved the characters, especially Becky's dad, Chris. Never have I encountered such a devoted father. A father that believes in his daughter so much that he does not hesitate to believe her when she tells him Tamarisk is real. And the world building of Tamarisk was fantastic...and believable.
Let me warn you...be sure to have a box of tissues beside you when you approach the last quarter of the book, especially if you are a parent. I always say this, and it rings true time and time again, I know a book is good when it makes me cry (even though I HATE being sad). I highly recommend this book. Remember what I said, I was skeptical in the beginning. But if you start reading it, don't give up on it. If you do, you will be missing out on one terrific book.
Chris Astor is a man in his early forties who is going through the toughest stretch of his life. Becky is Chris's fourteen-year-old daughter, a girl who overcame enormous challenges to become a vibrant, vital young woman - and now faces her greatest obstacle yet. Miea is the young queen of a fantasy land that Becky and Chris created when Becky was little, a fantasy land that has developed a life of its own and now finds itself in terrible, maybe fatal trouble. Together, Chris, Becky, and Miea need to uncover a secret. The secret to why their worlds have joined at this moment. The secret to their purpose. The secret to the future. It is a secret that, when discovered, will redefine imagination for all of them. Blue is a novel of trial and hope, invention and rediscovery. It might very well take you someplace you never knew existed
You can read all about the author, Lou Aronica, HERE on goodreads.
I'd like to thank Tracee at Pump Up Your Book for giving me the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book.
I received a copy of Blue in conjunction with a book tour from a publicity firm for my honest review and did not receive any monetary compensation.