AQUA BLUE

AQUA BLUE

by Marian L Thomas
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AQUA BLUE 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
Haley, Aqua Blue, and Jonathan, though their reasons are different, have all outgrown their small town of Jackson County, Tennessee. On a bus bound for New York, each is hoping for a better future. But can you ever really escape your past? The author’s easy style kept this reader reading. “Aqua Blue” made for an enjoyable read. I did not, however, understand the emphasis on the AA characters’ eye colors. While I enjoyed all three characters’ stories and think the development was there, I would have preferred a more fleshed out story for the two girls. Jonathan’s story seemed more complete while Haley’s was the least rounded out. There are a few hiccups in editing, particularly commas and periods after closing quotation marks. Also, at times I couldn’t tell what time period I was in. All in all, “Aqua Blue” was a captivating read. Not one for name dropping of other titles and characters within a storyline, the author has piqued my interest in regards to her previous titles. Reviewed by: Toni
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
Aqua Blue is an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. This story follows five different characters through the harsh reality of their lives. They deal with the darkness that lives with humanity, the thirst for love, and the need to be complete. In some ways I feel like they are all searching for that one thing or one person that will complement them and make them whole. To describe each character would make this a rather long review, but suffice it to say that you have a full spectrum of characters that will win you heart. Their trials and tribulations are heart wrenching, soul searching, and humbling. From the very beginning you are captivated and entranced. You will not want to put this story down! The beauty, the ugliness, the romance, and the personal journey and growth of each character is inspiring and realistic to the point of pain. You will cry, you will laugh, you will love, you will hate…this story has it all and more!
achickwhoreads More than 1 year ago
What to say about this book? At first I didn't know what to make of it. It was a little disjointed and listening to Haley and Aqua Blue talk was unnerving because Marian wrote their dialogue the way it should have been written for these two poor Southern girls. There's so much crammed into these 200 pages that it is hard to believe that Marian has told such an emotional story, of not one...or two..or even three characters..but really five. This book chronicles the lives of both girls as well as Jonathan and then his aunt and mother in flashback form from the 60s. And their stories don't involve fluffy family life. There's spousal abuse, child abuse, interracial marriage, bigotry. You name it, it seems to fit on these pages. I still haven't figured out how such a short book, filled with such heavy themes managed to be so fulfilling. Each character's story was well rounded even though they were told often side by side and skipping through time, with Jonathan's mother and aunt's story being told as part 2 of the book. The ending is heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. This isn't your typical Southern novel...though you can't take the south of the characters, because their background plays such a huge part in defining who each of them are. It is more a novel of finding themselves, of coming of age, and starting to live. I also love how she mentions two of her other books in the story as well. Marian Thomas is definitely an author to watch! ~Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
Kimyatta More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars! Here we go! First lemme say...I heard the author read from the book and I was completely floored. I had read the first chapter on her website and I could hear the country boy telling the story...but when she read it, I was excited and just pulled in! There are a few different stories going on and I was a little uncomfortable with the timeline...however, it fits. It works. You just have to make sure you're paying attention...otherwise you'll be missing something important! First, there's Aqua Blue who feels ignored by her family from the outside...looks completely trapped in her situation. She makes a plan though. She has a dream. Next, there's Haley...Aqua Blue's best friend...In the prologue, we get a glimpse of the two girls trying to sort out their lives. Don't sleep on Haley...she surprises us all. Johnathan is next...he is a simple boy next door type...who loves his mama. In the first chapter, we meet him with his mother and he is doing his best to protect her. Her plea with him though is different than anything he has ever imagined. Follow these three as they grow. See the world through new eyes as the lives of these three youngsters intertwine and separate. New truths are learned. Secrets are revealed and love is found. You'll learn to appreciate your families and friends. My major issue with the book is that it ended. (same song different book huh?) I'm grateful to know though that the stories are complete. There's no question unanswered, but you'll always want to know...what the characters are up to. (Maybe I'm the only one who does that...) I love these characters and truly feel their pain. It lingers. Not many authors can pull that kind of emotion from me. The funniest thing about the book to me...is a conversation Aqua Blue is having with a cab driver. He is telling her about some books about a famous jazz singer named Jazzmyne called Color Me Jazzmyne and the two follow ups called My Father's Colors, and Strings of Color...these are books by Marian! lol...I thought that was clever. Enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to the rest of Marian's work. It feels good not to feel guilty about reading something.