This past month I read Ramona Blue with a couple other bloggers for a book club started by Courtney at Curly Book Owl. Like any blogger I’m writing the review a week after I read the book… and I don’t remember much of it and I don’t normally take notes when I’m reading. So here are my discombobulated thoughts in no particular order:
- I wanted more swimming! I haven’t read a sports book in forever and I was thinking this was going to be kind of sporty.
- Freddie and Viv’s relationship hit so close to home. It was nice to see a realistic thing done so well
- It wasn’t as swoon-worthy or memorable as I thought it was going to be. That being said I also read two contemporaries back to back and it’s not my type of book at all. They started to blend together.
- It was a quick read, I read it in a day so it’s a solid choice for a readathon!
- But… it did drag in the middle. I had to stop and do other things for a bit before continuing.
- Ramona was a bit generic with the looking out for her family/ letting it hold her back I really want a character that is like “screw you guys I’m going to college. I can help you out better when I get a degree.”
- Ramona and Hattie perfectly capture what it’s like to have a sister. You fight all the time and don’t agree with things but in the end they’re always there for you and you’re always there for them.
- The supporting characters are all very well written and I want to be friends with all of them. They’re fun and energetic but accepting and grown up.
- I really can’t speak on the representation, but one thing that I haven’t seen many people mention in reviews is how Freddie educates Ramona on police brutality.
- They call each other out on their stereotypes, which sometimes felt as though it was pushed in there to be there and other times was natural.
Basically while I can see why everyone loved this book, it just wasn’t for me. I kind of knew that going in it probably wasn’t going to be my thing but I wanted to read it anyway. However, I’m glad I read it and if someone wanted a diverse or contemporary romance this would be one of them I recommended.
I received a free ARC of this book via a program at work. This did not impact my thoughts in any way.