From the Back of My Shelf is a bi-monthly event, that happens on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month where you pull a book from the back of your shelf (with a 2009 release or prior) and review it. It’s a way to read some of those books that have been gathering dust while new books came out. Feel free to join in and participate, and link your reviews up in the Mr Linky below. Check out more in my intro post here here.
A Blue So Dark
Release Date: May 8, 2010
Rating: 3 stars
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 had heard such words of praise from so many bloggers I love, so I was excited to read A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler. While I didn’t have quite the immense love that many others did for this one, I still thought it was a good addition to the many contemporaries out there.
I think my main issue with A Blue So Dark was Aura. I get that she was going through a lot, but she was so completely obstinate and could only see things one way. It was like a broken record how she could think and say the same things over and over. I really loved Nell – She was definitely my favorite character of the book.
A Blue So Dark was a bit like a puzzle for me. At first it was disjointed, but after awhile it was more just putting together the pieces. Once I got the hang of it, it was really enjoyable. For me, this book was all about the smaller moments captured between the overarching major plot points.
A Blue So Dark is a book that I really didn’t have too much to say about when I finished. It was a book that wasn’t a favorite of mine, but still a book worthy of reading. It has made me really curious to check out Holly Schindler‘s other works.