29 April 2010
Terrified that her mother, a schizophrenic and an artist, is a mirror that reflects her own future, sixteen-year-old Aura struggles with her overwhelming desires to both chase artistic pursuits and keep madness at bay. As her mother sinks deeper into the darkness of mental illness, the hunger for a creative outlet keeps drawing Aura toward the depths of her own imagination—the shadows of make-believe that she finds frighteningly similar to her mother’s hallucinations. Convinced that creative equals crazy, Aura shuns her art, and her life unravels in the process.
First of all, amazing cover? Yeah, beyond amazing, the depth and the meaning of it portrays the book so well, it's crazy how great it is.
The idea of having to take care of a schizophrenic mother is new and original, however there was something missing. That sense of reality wasn't sharpened enough, and something wasn't there! I don't know what exactly, I just know that there was a thing missing.
Beginning: Not as grabbing as it could have been. It was...empty, and confusing. It took me a while to catch onto the fast moving plot-line.
Middle: Hard to stop. As confusing as it is, there is still that nice tough of goodness to the story, it was very fluid and the events passed smoothly, with occasional dis-placed ripples intruding.
End: No. Just no. It just isn't realistic, or imaginable, the ending. I was still lingering in the tail-dust of what had happened, and tehn I re-read it to see if it had actually happened. It did, ut you'll have to read it to find out about it.
Characters: Aura, our main character, is obscure and hidden. She appeared to be a normal, dull, dreary girl with no special talent or individuality. Her character is just plain.
Her mom, however, is, of all the characters in this book, my favorite character. Her craziness was true and had this mad fun with it. She was amazingly fun and different from any character I've ever read about.
All in all, I didn't dig any characters but Aura's mom.
Conclusion: A Blue So Dark is a simple debut novel with a good topic and plot, but it was like a thick, hard, tough bone with barely an meat, just a few juicy scraps hanging on (sorry you non-meat-eaters for this descriptive analogy)
Not a must-read, you can read it though, nice and quick.
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