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Ramona Blue Find all of my reviews at Blue proves the point that no matter what the story I m not going to waste a lot of time on this review because I m pissed off at myself that I let a bunch of trolly internet strangers convince me to break one of my own rules and read the same author nearly back to back without some breathing room I also have a case of the manflu so I ain t gonna be as sweet as I normally am Please note, however, that unlike all Find all of my reviews at Blue proves the point that no matter what the story I m not going to waste a lot of time on this review because I m pissed off at myself that I let a bunch of trolly internet strangers convince me to break one of my own rules and read the same author nearly back to back without some breathing room I also have a case of the manflu so I ain t gonna be as sweet as I normally am Please note, however, that unlike all the 1 Starring trolls who jumped at the chance to say I actually read this effing book Now, I am the first to acknowledge that handing out 1 Stars for unread material is not against the Goodreads TOS so angry click all you want I will say in this case There are countless books out there that actually intend to be offensive and people who believe that being gay or trans or Jewish or black or lord only knows what else is an abomination This book is not one of them If anyone would have bothered to spend two seconds before they started all the pearl clutching they would have realized the entire point of this story is thatGrowing up can change youIt s not about lesbianism or Hurricane Katrina or any other hot button type of topic It s about Ramona Blue growing up and some things she learns in the process Like about first love I think that maybe she meantto me than I did to herOr antiquated thinkingSometimes ignorance is as dangerous as bigotryOr how maybe sexual identity isn t the only thing that is still considered differentMaybe you haven t thought about things like this before, because you don t have toAnd a handful of other lessons that proved even a lesbian with blue hair can be a pretty small minded person But perhaps the simplest lesson of all was Real life is messy and complicatedThis is a story with a very simple message Life isn t always written in the stars Fate is mine to pen I choose guys I choose girls I choose people But most of all I chooseIt would probably be beneficial to everyone out there to embrace a little of Ramona Blue s ideology rather than following the herd After all you youngsters really should know best that So why does this only get 3 Stars from me Well, because Ramona Blue was kind of a whiny asshole whose story went on about 100 pages too long and I didn t enjoy her much Pretty simple Oh and don t even bother attempting to troll me on this You ll be instantly blocked Go rant on your own space just like I did here.ORIGINAL REVIEW Actual review 4 starsI ve waited so long for this book to be released and I finally finished it But before we get to the review, let s talk about the controversy behind this book as it garnered a lot of attention If you have had your eyes on Ramona Blue for a while, then you would know the original synopsis of the book didn t sound like what the book was supposed to be about a girl questioning her sexual identity I do agree that the original synopsis didn t do the book justice and it anger Actual review 4 starsI ve waited so long for this book to be released and I finally finished it But before we get to the review, let s talk about the controversy behind this book as it garnered a lot of attention If you have had your eyes on Ramona Blue for a while, then you would know the original synopsis of the book didn t sound like what the book was supposed to be about a girl questioning her sexual identity I do agree that the original synopsis didn t do the book justice and it angered a lot of people.Because of that, it was the center of controversy I put controversy in quotations because a lot of people were being over dramatic about it even after the synopsis was changed Even after the change, it still pissed off some biphobic lesbians into giving the book 1 star ratings.I, on the otherhand, gave Julie Murphy the benefit of the doubt and thought it was the publishers who made the synopsis, not Julie A lot of people don t realize that the publishers havecontrol in the synopsis than the author Thankfully, the synopsis changed and that seemed to calm some people down.Now I m here to say that this book was good Ramona Blue is about Ramona, who is living in her small town of Eulogy with her father and pregnant sister in a trailer Hurricane Katrina had destroyed their previous home and had forced them to live in a trailer, leaving them with little money Ramona s mother flaked out and is living somewhere else, which didn t help the situation Since then, Ramona has been living her life, trying to help her sister with the pregnancy and looking out for her family Soon, her childhood friend, Freddie, moves back into town and their friendship continues from where it left off But Ramona soon realizes she s developing feelings for Freddie Even though she considers herself a lesbian, she s struggling to understand if she s bi or pan , or if this thing with Freddie is a fluke.As you can guess, this book deals with a lot of themes in regards to sexuality, money, and even some talk about racism All three blend together to make a great, heartfelt story We go on this adventure with Ramona as evaluates her family life and her sexual identity.I just want to point out that this isn t a case where Ramona finds the right guy and is turned straight No matter what you heard from others, this isn t like that Instead, it explores the idea of fluidity self evaluation Here s a quote pretty much explaining itMaybe liking girls was that common thread that drew us together, but it s not all that s kept us together and you know it And I still like girls A lot Kissing Freddie doesn t suddenly erase that part of me Ramona still likes girls She also happens to be falling in love with a boy Her journey is one I m sure a lot of people can relate to We re still growing And we come to realize that we do not fully understand who we truly are That s the case with Ramona.Anyway, on to my overall thoughts.I enjoyed this book Julie s first book, Side Effects May Vary was okay despite Alice being annoying Dumplin was better albeit another main character that did something that really got on my nerves And here we are with Ramona Blue, a book where I liked the plot, the themes, and the main character What I liked most was the family aspect of the book as well as Ramona coming to terms with her sexuality, and that bit about racism These are real issues that can speak volumes I m glad Julie isn t backing away from this and goes at it head on This is a coming of age story where everything is black and white With Ramona, it falls somewhere in between as she finds herself.This is not a story of a lesbian turning straight It s about a girl realizing her true self And that is okay Verdict I really enjoyed this book Julie Murphy is slowly starting to become one of my favorite authors and I ll happily read anything by here in the upcoming future Thanks for reading my review Cesar Thoughts on the controversy Edit 2 24 17So the synopsis has been changed The plot doesn t seem to be bad as it was before And for those of you wondering, it wasn t Murphy who wrote the synopsis I m sure the publisher wrote it So don t take out your anger on her Also, to the people who rated it 1 star without reading it I haven t read it You haven t read it Stop whining Edit 12 28 16A while ago, I found out that Julie Murphy is going to revise the synopsis for Ramona Blue Which is a good thing because the plot could ve been written differently I m glad Julie is staying strong throughout the hate she s been getting and wish her nothing but support After the cover was released and we got the synopsis, I ve noticed that some people aren t happy with what the book is about The thing is, these things do happen Though we don t hear about it often, it s there There are people who identify as straight and may later realize that they are bi or gay And with gay people, some realize they are bi Keep in mind, this happens to some people There are those who are 100% gay or straight and have never felt attraction to the opposite or same sex With me, I didn t know I was gay until middle school Before, I didn t think about it really and just thought I liked girls Then come middle school and then I realized I prefer men It doesn t happen to everyone, but it s there With bisexuality, you could have a preference for one gender over the other but still, have feelings towards the other A bi girl is still bi if she s with a man and she s still bi if she s with a woman So don t judge until the book is released and you have read it.Obviously, I m not going to mark it as read or give it 5 stars since it hasn t been released yet.And here s a video that pretty much explains how some people who are gay realize they re bi before you go and give this book a one star because of the synopsis, understand that these kinds of things happen People are still understanding themselves even as adults Some realize it later than others and that s normal Ramona Was Only Five Years Old When Hurricane Katrina Changed Her Life ForeverSince Then, It S Been Ramona And Her Family Against The World Standing Over Six Feet Tall With Unmistakable Blue Hair, Ramona Is Sure Of Three Things She Likes Girls, She S Fiercely Devoted To Her Family, And She Knows She S Destined For Something Bigger Than The Trailer She Calls Home In Eulogy, Mississippi But Juggling Multiple Jobs, Her Flaky Mom, And Her Well Meaning But Ineffectual Dad Forces Her To Be The Adult Of The Family Now, With Her Sister, Hattie, Pregnant, Responsibility Weighs Heavily Than EverThe Return Of Her Childhood Friend Freddie Brings A Welcome Distraction Ramona S Friendship With The Former Competitive Swimmer Picks Up Exactly Where It Left Off, And Soon He S Talked Her Into Joining Him For Laps At The Pool But As Ramona Falls In Love With Swimming, Her Feelings For Freddie Begin To Shift Too, Which Is The Last Thing She Expected With Her Growing Affection For Freddie Making Her Question Her Sexual Identity, Ramona Begins To Wonder If Perhaps She Likes Girls And Guys Or If This New Attraction Is Just A Fluke Either Way, Ramona Will Discover That, For Her, Life And Love Are Fluid Than They Seem This book hugely features swimming, teenage confusion, and delicious food all things I can entirely get on board with However I admit it was pretty predictable and it was loooooong Like I did totally care about the characters, which made the book enjoyable, but I would ve been keen for some.plot So the characters were CLEARLY the best here.It s very very character driven and follows Ramona Laroux who is super poor, works like 3 jobs, believes she s never leaving her little tiny t This book hugely features swimming, teenage confusion, and delicious food all things I can entirely get on board with However I admit it was pretty predictable and it was loooooong Like I did totally care about the characters, which made the book enjoyable, but I would ve been keen for some.plot So the characters were CLEARLY the best here.It s very very character driven and follows Ramona Laroux who is super poor, works like 3 jobs, believes she s never leaving her little tiny town and has very blue hair And there s like STACKS of minor characters and while at first I was like WOAH WHO IS WHO , but the end I really loved them all and felt they were complex individuals Gotta admit I love Saul who s favourite audience to his shenanigans was.himself Bless Saul I also loved the discussions on sexuality Ramona is gay butshe isn t sure what label she has Or even wants Because she s always loved kissed girls but then Freddie comes along childhood friend who is suPER sweet and well WELL Well well Freddie literally the sweetest bean of all so like FREDDIE I also think it s important to have LGBTQIA books that talk about still finding out who you are Because for a lot of people it isn t clear cut And sexuality can be fluid I have no idea if it s good rep, so definitely go read reviews from people in the know but I thought it was respectful and interestingly presented And also it actually spoke up for people who are bi pan and do have girl boy romances It doesn t make you less gay to end up with a boy, and from discussions I ve seen on twitter, I think that gets erased a lot Also plenty of diversity Freddie love interest was black, and most of the minor characters were on the LGBT spectrum Ramona s sister, Hattie, had a teenage pregnancy Romana is extremely poor ALSO EXTREMELY TOL And one of the excellent minor characters has two mums BUT IS IT JUST ME OR IS ANYONE ELSE THINKING OF RAMONA QUIMBY.You know Beverly Cleary Ramona and Beezus HENRY HUGGINS I m stuck here excuse me Massive food appreciation.Freddie is like I exist to cook for you and I am totally pleased with him right now I do confess there is justnota lot of plot.Like basically none And what things did unfold I found totally predictable IT WAS WELL WRITTEN THOUGH But I did find it a smidge of a drag at the beginning because everything was painfully obvious and I ended up lying upside down on my bed while reading to stay interested and nearly killed myself with blood running to my head So IDK, peoples, the bookworm life is dangerous I did like Ramona but I didn t understand her.Always a bit awkward when the protagonist me end up having an eyeball stare off combination and then I m whispering, but why are you doing that it makes no sense you blue haired onion Because I m completely empathetic I KNOW Anyway her blue hair was absolutely awesome So there s that But like when the view spoiler romance started going well, I m like OK BUT THEY LL BREAK UP FOR SOME DUMB REASON SOON and they did I was so pissed off It just felt cliche and old and tired Like she literally broke up with him because she was having a pissy day And then there was SO MUCH of the book with them just not talking and then they get back together How would that even last hide spoiler Honestly the ending was fine and good, but it left me feeling a bit eh.Aren t you glad you re here to read my highly eloquent reviews I know, I know I m amazing.ALL IN ALL It s a really nice contemporary that has a rambling tone and basically covers a whole year Ramona was a great protagonist I think she had a lot of relatable struggles with figuring out WHO she was And I love love looooved her and her sister s close bond 3 Freddie was the sweetheart of the century and food tho Personally for me Just a little too predictable and slow So ENJOYABLE but not memorable But if you loved Tash Hearts Tolstoy I m like soooo sure you ll eat this one right up Now that I ve read Ramona Blue, I can tell you that my excitement for it was totally founded Ramona is definitely a complicated individual, and reading her journey was intense While the uproar about this novel focused on her sexuality, a big part of the novel is about Ramona figuring out her place within her family and how her future is impacted by her sister s pregnancy, as Ramona is determined to be there for her sister but feels the weight of all their financial burdens I would classify th Now that I ve read Ramona Blue, I can tell you that my excitement for it was totally founded Ramona is definitely a complicated individual, and reading her journey was intense While the uproar about this novel focused on her sexuality, a big part of the novel is about Ramona figuring out her place within her family and how her future is impacted by her sister s pregnancy, as Ramona is determined to be there for her sister but feels the weight of all their financial burdens I would classify this novel as a coming of age one because Ramona has a lot of decisions about her future weighing on her and she is still attempting to just find her place in the world.In terms of her relationship with her childhood friend, her feelings for Freddie confuse her and she questions her sexuality, and it s clear that she may eventually identify somewhere under the bisexual umbrella There was some concern over the novel s original blurb, but rest assured that the trope of a lesbian needing to find the right man to turn her straight is not in this book Before reading I have pre emptively given this book 5 stars because I see the GoodReads rating is so low I m aware that this book is being lowly rated for its potential queer representation and I m going to speak about that for a bit RAMONA BLUE is about Ramona, a lesbian teen who based on the GoodReads description discovers that perhaps she may have feelings for a boy she bonds with over a shared passion for swimming Because sexuality is fluid, I do think readers deserve a chance to read the novel first or at least a few pages of it before deciding for themselves whether or not they view the representation as harmful Not everyone will agree but I do think having different representations of sexuality will allow teens to find a place in literature for literally whatever they are going through If you know me, you know I have spoken out against harmful representations about LGBT characters but I don t think that will be the case with RAMONA BLUE when I read it, I can update my review I HAVE ACTUALLY READ THIS BOOK.I ve never had to preface a review with this sentence before, but so many people are preemptively rating it I feel the need.I also feel the need to state that I m a lesbian.I won t deny that I have a lot of feelings And thoughts And thoughts about my feelings And we ll get to that.Let me start with the things I loved It s easy in the midst of all the controversy about this book and I ll get back to that later to forget that the central relationship is actuall I HAVE ACTUALLY READ THIS BOOK.I ve never had to preface a review with this sentence before, but so many people are preemptively rating it I feel the need.I also feel the need to state that I m a lesbian.I won t deny that I have a lot of feelings And thoughts And thoughts about my feelings And we ll get to that.Let me start with the things I loved It s easy in the midst of all the controversy about this book and I ll get back to that later to forget that the central relationship is actually not between Ramona and Freddie, but between Ramona and Hattie Hattie is Ramona s older, but little er, sister Hattie is pregnant and the father, Tyler, is in Ramona s mind at least utterly temporary They live with their dad in the trailer that was supposed to be temporary after they lost everything in Katrina when Ramona was five Her mom left soon after and it s just been the three of them ever since, making things work one odd job at a time.When we think of Katrina we usually think of New Orleans, but all along the coast, towns and lives were devastated Ramona lives in Eulogy, Mississippi, a tiny town that she knows she ll never escape from As an urban librarian, I m always looking for books that will help my teens see that their lives are not always so different from those who live in very different parts of the country world The sense of being trapped, of leaving as betrayal to family who need you, of balancing the desire for an individual future with making sure the people you care about continue to eat, is a heartbreaking reality that binds urban and rural poor teens together That feeling permeates this book, and made me rage and cry in turns Okay Now the controversy In the beginning of the book, Ramona is saying goodbye to her girlfriend Grace, who was a tourist for the summer In the beginning of the book Ramona identifies as a lesbian Out and proud and super loud In the beginning of the book, this is one of the few things Ramona knows about herself.By the end of the book, this has changed I m still trying to figure out what I want to call myself Gay Bi I m not sure, but I m going to figure it out as I go along What happens to motivate this shift She meets a guy named Freddie.Actually she re meets him, since they were childhood friends He moves back with his Grandmother Agnes and her new husband Bart They reconnect as friends They mourn their broken hearts together And then Ramona realizes she is very attracted to him.And so a war is waging online, mostly between lesbians and bi pan queer folks about whether this is a GOOD thing or a BAD thing, as if there is absolutely no middle ground.First, I m going to talk about how I felt about this, personally as a reader who is a lesbian, but PLEASE stick with me because that is not all that I am saying.Personally, as a lesbian, there were aspects of this storyline that made my heart hurt Because the you just haven t met the right guy yet is something I have been told too many times to count Because corrective rape is a very real and frightening thing Because being someone who will never under any circumstances sleep with men or respond to the male gaze is so terrifying to men that sometimes they literally kill us for it Because a part of me feels like whenever a queer woman chooses a man instead of a woman, it invalidates me Makes me feel invisible Tells the world that I m not real Because lesbiphobia is a real real thing Because I have to fight so hard to feel like I m okay Because I have to fight so hard to be seen as legitimate Because I had to fight so hard to be me and I m proud of who I am and I want to stand up and yell Because I ve seen too many movies and tv shows where a lesbian cheats on her wife with a man Because I struggle to be seen as valid and real and to see myself represented in books and media in a non problematic way.HOWEVER.I have many dear friends who inhabit the space in the middle of the spectrum Who s hearts hurt when lesbians and straights alike insist they can t actually live in that space Who are told that bisexuality does not exist Who are accused of being slutty, of not being able to make up their mind, of doing it for attention and any number of other asinine things Who feel unsafe in the straight community and unwelcome in the gay community Who are only read as one or the other depending on who they re dating Who struggle to be seen as valid and real and see themselves represented in books and media in a non problematic way Look at how similar these lists are Look at how similar our struggles are And yet, we seem to insist that each of our identities invalidates the other why Because Patriarchy obviously.It s not about us I mean, it is, but it s not Our struggles and our frustrations and our battles are all about how we are seen and treated by others Lesbians are sick of seeing the lesbian made straight by that one magical dick stories that play into the fantasies of cis het men Bi pan queer folx are sick of seeing the she had a boyfriend and a girlfriend because she was a slut stories that play into the insecurities of cis het men Lesbians are sick of being told we could change if we tried harder by our mothers Bi pan queer folx are sick of being told to pick a side, by their mothers We re all tired of cis, white, gay men sucking up all the representation, hogging the Pride Parade floats, and grabbing our tits at the bar If it is possible for a girl who identifies as straight to realize she s bi pan queer, it is also possible for a girl who identifies as gay to realize she s bi pan queer.Sexualty can be fluid It can change And when it changes for person A, it does not follow that person B no longer exists simply because person B s sexuality did not change.We HAVE to stop fighting each other, y all WE HAVE TO.So, once we accept that a girl who identifies as a lesbian falling for a boy is a thing that can happen and it is valid and doesn t threaten my personal existence and identity as a lesbian, we are left with two things about this storyline to consider intent and execution.Having read Murphy s previous work, having read about her, and having interacted with her a bit online, I came into this book assuming that her intentions were good And now, having read it I maintain that opinion Murphy is not trying to throw lesbians under the bus or invalidate our existence as has been suggested online She s not trying to suggest that we can be cured with the magical dick How do I know that Because Ramona says so For my mom, the world is black and white If she knows I m dating a boy, she ll think I m cured And that you re to thank I shake my head But there s nothing wrong with me Kissing him is different, yes But it s not Kissing Freddie doesn t feel different because he s a boy, it feels different because he s Freddie Kissing him varies in the same way that kissing Grace was different from Kissing CarrieAnn or any other girl Murphy is trying to tell the story of Ramona Blue A girl who identified as a lesbian and kissed girls and had sex with girls and was 100% who she was and then fell in love with a boy She s trying to tell the story of occupying the space in between the binary, of the confusing greyness that doesn t come with clear boundaries That s what she s trying to do And her execution, as far as I m concerned, is as great as all her previous books There are characters I likedthan others because of my own personal baggage, pet peeves, and personal tastes But at the end of the day, this book is muchabout Ramona s life outside of her relationship with Freddie It s an honest, authentic portrayal of a girl trying to figure out who she is.So give it a chance before you spew hateful bullshit, okay A weird thing to need to open with, but hi I have read this book So, let s begin the review now, and yeah, it s gonna be on the longer side with a lotsummary than I ever write, for what I hope are obvious reasons.Ramona Blue is a sister, daughter, friend, out lesbian, waitress, papergirllots of things, living in Eulogy, MS, a town that gets shaken up by tourists in the summer As the book opens, she s watching her summer love, Grace, head back home, and dealing with the fact that her A weird thing to need to open with, but hi I have read this book So, let s begin the review now, and yeah, it s gonna be on the longer side with a lotsummary than I ever write, for what I hope are obvious reasons.Ramona Blue is a sister, daughter, friend, out lesbian, waitress, papergirllots of things, living in Eulogy, MS, a town that gets shaken up by tourists in the summer As the book opens, she s watching her summer love, Grace, head back home, and dealing with the fact that her newly pregnant sister s babydaddy is moving into the trailer in which the family already doesn t fit All the talk of sexuality surrounding the book would have you believe that romance is its core relationship, but surprise It s not More than anything, this is a sister book, and Ramona s sister, Hattie, comes first and foremost in her life, even when Ramona knows that ll mean a lifetime of sacrifice, especially since she opted to have the baby the family that s already struggling to make ends meet can t really afford Their mother lives elsewhere, and mothering isn t really her forte they see her once or twice a month Their dad is one of those awesome YA dads you love to love, and she s especially grateful for him since two of her best friends, who are siblings and both gay, haven t had the same luck with their parents acceptance or lack thereof And yes, she s not even the only lesbian in the book While Ramona deals with trying to keep a long distance relationship going with Grace, her childhood friend Freddie reenters her life when the grandmother who raises decides to live out her days back in her fave tourist town Freddie s also trying to keep a long distance relationship going, and as they both struggle through that, they find their friendship growing and growing, until they realize they re each other s best friends, and then they realize they re actually.Now, if you re interested in how things play out regarding her sexuality, go ahead and click open the spoiler view spoiler Here are things explicitly stated by Ramona in the book before getting with Freddie 1 I am a lesbian2 I am not looking for the right dick 3 Straight is not and has never been the default for me or something I ve wantedAnd after 1 How to identify iscomplicated for me now, and nothing feels quite right 2 I don t know about IDing as a lesbian any, but I don t know about not IDing as one any, since other than you I only like girls and I imagine if I dated someone after you, it would be a girl3 I am not comfortable IDing as bi, either, because I think you re probably the only exceptionThings Ramona never says 1 I am straight now2 I like boys now 3 I want to be fixed 4 You fixed me hide spoiler Okay, so, hope that quells all the curiosity about that Now, onto the actual review.I loved this book, which is actually about clawing your way out of the tiny box you ve put yourself into in every way, and it s also about Mississippi getting quietly fucked by Katrina and the way that instilled its cracks in her family and her life and her future Ramona has convinced herself she can t be anything but someone who lives in Eulogy forever, waitressing to take care of her and her sister, living in a trailer, and, yes, dating girls, too But throughout the book, people show her that she s only as pinned in as she thinks she is, that there are other paths for her regarding her education and making money, and that she is not her sister s keeper and that her relationship with her mother might haveroom for growth than she thought and that she doesn t have to settle in love for girls she doesn t want because she s afraid of what it means to want the guy she does That she can grow as a swimmer, grow as a friend, grow as a person That she can bewithout leaving the past behind And I thought it was pretty damn great One of the best contemporaries I ve read this year I did have a little trouble getting into it at first I think too much time was spent on setting things up that only served as backstory However, later in the book I was glad we d seen that backstory first hand because it did help you see where the characters were coming from.This book got a lot of early low ratings because the initial synopsis gave the impression that the main character was a lesbian who suddenly turned straight when she falls One of the best contemporaries I ve read this year I did have a little trouble getting into it at first I think too much time was spent on setting things up that only served as backstory However, later in the book I was glad we d seen that backstory first hand because it did help you see where the characters were coming from.This book got a lot of early low ratings because the initial synopsis gave the impression that the main character was a lesbian who suddenly turned straight when she falls for a boy This is definitely NOT the case, and the book combats that idea several times Ramona never stops liking girls It was such a healthy portrayal of sexuality and how it can be fluid The book has several side characters who are gay, lesbian, and bi, and it does a good job of talking about labels Though, please understand that you cannot take my word alone for this and should see some ownvoices reviews Murphy also did one of the best jobs I ve ever seen in YA of describing EVERY character s race as soon as we meet them Even side characters you never see again There is no ambiguous language here I loved the family aspect of this book It shows both good and bad family relationships and has a portrayal of poverty and living in the aftermath of natural disasters.The romance is a very sweet friends to lovers situation no instalove and the characters were so well developed that I was really convinced of this relationship.I loved the characters and felt this was such a healthy and needed addition to YA Would definitely recommend it Audiobook The audiobook was fantastically narrated by Therese Plummer Her voice acting for every character sounded very natural and she really brought the story to life One of my favorite audiobooks of the year Actual rating 4 5 starsTHIS BOOK Pay absolutely no attention to the low rating on Goodreads It s because a large amount of biphobic people were misled by the synopsis and rated it 1 star without listening to reviews of people who ACTUALLY read the book This book deserves so manystars than that It s about a girl who is discovering her sexuality She thinks she s lesbian, but then starts to question Sexuality is fluid, and we needYA books that explore it RAMONA BLUE does exactly Actual rating 4 5 starsTHIS BOOK Pay absolutely no attention to the low rating on Goodreads It s because a large amount of biphobic people were misled by the synopsis and rated it 1 star without listening to reviews of people who ACTUALLY read the book This book deserves so manystars than that It s about a girl who is discovering her sexuality She thinks she s lesbian, but then starts to question Sexuality is fluid, and we needYA books that explore it RAMONA BLUE does exactly that, and does it perfectly It is NOT a book about a guy who turns a lesbian straight It is a book about a lesbian who realizes she s not as sure about her sexuality as she used to be It s about family Ramona, the main character, has very different relationships with her mom, sister, and dad, and each is explored in the book It s about swimming We rarely see YA books in which the mc does a sport where it s mentionedthan once, and swimming is a big part of Ramona s life in this book As a swimmer, I adored it It s about friendship Ramona has a unique, real group of friends, and I loved it It s about growing up poor, and how that affects your entire life And yes, it s about romance There IS a boy That s not all the story is about It s so muchthan that Give RAMONA BLUE a chance If you do, you ll read a book you ll absolutely fall in love with 4.5 starsI m really, really, really upset I didn t read this sooner and evenupset that I considered unhauling it It breaks my heart to know I almost didn t give this a chance, because it s everything I love and.The main character is 6 3 She s attracted to girls and guys She s from a low income family in a small town She s from the south She s in an interracial relationship All of these things andcoming together made me fall in love with it The writing was gorgeous SO man 4.5 starsI m really, really, really upset I didn t read this sooner and evenupset that I considered unhauling it It breaks my heart to know I almost didn t give this a chance, because it s everything I love and.The main character is 6 3 She s attracted to girls and guys She s from a low income family in a small town She s from the south She s in an interracial relationship All of these things andcoming together made me fall in love with it The writing was gorgeous SO many tabs Ramona was human and realistic and emotionally mature I really don t have any deep analysis of this other than it was really, really worth my time and I encourage you to reach for it as well because it s heartwarming while also providing smart, nuanced conversations about several relevant topics The reason it s not a full 5 stars is because the ending action kind of came out of nowhere, but I still loved the characters so much and I really vibed with this entire thing

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