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Posted December 7, 2006
It's a love - hate thing for me
Yellow raft in blue water is the story of there women who change because of each other. Rayona the half-black half-indian teen that isn¿t comfortable in her own skin. Christine is Rayona¿s mother a woman who lives a life that she can¿t afford and her health can¿t bear and Ida, Christine¿ mother is a hard cold woman hiding a huge secret. Michael Doris has shown you the characters incredibly well. They are imagintitive and complex, they seem like really people, and you can sort of get in their head. The problem is that it takes a long time to ¿get inside¿ their head. Michael Doris always clearly tells you what they are thinking, but until the middle or close to the end of each part (the story is in three parts each one through the eyes of a different one of the characters) their thoughts just aren¿t that interesting to read about. The other thing is that what they think makes the characters just plain unlikable through out the whole book. Rayona can be bland and submissive, Christine can¿t control her emotions and has a `don¿t-care¿ attitude that really bothered me, Ida is so harsh and negative that even when you hear her side of the story you still don¿t like her that much. I¿m not really the type of person who enjoys books where there isn¿t at least one person who you really like and can feel sorry or happy for. For some people though this is the perfect book. So if you like deep, thought-out, intense characters even they if aren¿t really likeable and a long plot it¿s the right kind of book for you. Because the book is in three parts it hard to know who the main character is. Is it Ida who influences every thing that happens to Christine and Rayona, but not that much happens to her herself? Or Christine, who gets both Ida and Rayona affecting her, but also had her own story to tell? Or Finally Rayona the youngest character who hasn¿t really had that much happen to her yet, but when it had its¿ been dramatic? Each person who reads this book had a different character that they thought was the main or that they liked the most, but you can¿t really decide until you have finished the whole thing. I found that at first I thought Rayona was the main girl and the most likeable, really just because her story is part number one in the book. Then I decided that she was too submissive, quiet, and even a little bit boring so I switched to Christine. Then I felt sorry for Ida, but when I had read them all and was done with that I would have to say that I think Christine is that ¿protagonist¿. She has both Rayona and Ida pushing her in different ways and influencing her, but she still had her own separate story to tell. Also she really shows the clearest changes from beginning to end, making her in my mind the most likeable. It is undoubtedly a good book, but it¿s not really a page turner, stay up late to finish type read. So it¿s not the book for me, but I¿m sure that for some people this is exactly the book for them so don¿t let my opinions stop you from reading it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 1, 2009
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