Thursday, August 29, 2013

Book Review: Nothing but Blue by Lisa Jahn-Clough

Nothing But BlueNothing But Blue by Lisa Jahn-Clough
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A girl wakes up with the words "All Dead" running through her head. She doesn't know where she is or who she is. She doesn't know what has happened either. She only knows she has to get home and that home is very very far away. It is clear that she has gone through something traumatic and that some accident or other has happened. We know she is a girl that is confused, blocking something out and in distress. As she walks to where she thinks her home is she meets a cast of characters that attempt to help her along. She is also followed by a dog, a dog who helps her survive and come to terms with the things that have happened.

This is a quite moving story. It is beautifully told and the prose is soft, simple, quiet and delicate. And, although I appreciate both the story and the prose, I never really got fully into the book. Because the book was slow moving at first, it took me quite a while to get on with it. I picked it up, going only a few pages before putting it down again. I had to finally sit outside with now distractions and force myself to finish it. I am hard pressed to understand why this was so. The story was interesting, I was sympathetic to Blue's plight and invested in a positive outcome for her. Moreover. I kind of liked the book.

I understand this review might be rather unhelpful as I am unable to quite pinpoint what was it about the book that failed to engage me. For the life of me, I do not know. I will see this book deserves to be read because it tells a sad, yet, beautiful story about loss. Maybe the end did not provide me the resolution I needed to make the book more cathartic, maybe I was just not in the mood for this type of book.


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