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Ramona Blue
Ramona Blue | Julie Murphy
For fans of Rainbow Rowell and Morgan Matson comes this sharp and thought-provoking novel about modern love, family, and the labels that we just cant seem to escapefrom Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin and Side Effects May Vary. Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever. Since then, its been Ramona and her family against the world. One of only two out lesbians in her small town and standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona knows shes destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the responsible adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, her responsibilities weigh more heavily than ever. The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramonas friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon hes talked her into joining him for laps at the pool. As Ramona falls more in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift as well, and she must decide if knowing who she is is more important than figuring out who she might become.
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Dr._Who_number10
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Ramona Blue or Darkest lie by Pintip Dunn. Those are my kind of feel good books...🤷🏽‍♀️😂
#10for10 @Laur89 Thanks for the giveaway!!! Love this idea🙏❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

laur89 This sounds like a super interesting book! I‘ve been all about diversity in literature this year. Thanks for sharing! 3w
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Dr._Who_number10
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This book... I'm sorry I'm just in awe. It was just amazing! Definitely one of my most favorite books ever! The characters are just so catching (I can't even think of words!) I definitely think this is a book that a lot of people should read! Thank you so much Julie Murphy for such an amazing book!!! (This picture is from last year's #Nttbf where I got to meet Mrs.Murphy and got one of the books signed)
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Definitely ❤️ this book

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Gissy
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I liked how bisexual topic was described for a teenager that is still discovering herself as a person. She thought was lesbian but she felt attracted, in love with a male, because it is not about physical appearance is about the person you feel attracted, who you love. Bisexual persons sometimes feel judged even by the queer community b/c of their bi orientation. However, story was so slow, sometimes I was disconnected. From ok to so-so 3.3⭐️

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Rachiiebookdragon
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Cute book and interesting storyline, overall a easy read 😊 5/5

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Finished this in one sittingor more like walking. Loved it!! 6/16 #BFC #bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

BookwormAHN Nice job 👏🏻 4mo
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pocketmermaid
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I‘m home early from work today because of snow. ❄️ And I am grateful for the extra time, because I have to read this book for a committee ... before Friday! 😮

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MelissaSue81
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I LOVED this. While I enjoy reading YA, sometimes i find the stories a bit shallow. This was not the case here. This book manages to touch on a lot of really tough issues in a relatable way. Ramona is a super awesome strong female character, but not without faults. The supporting characters are all great too, and I dare you NOT to fall in love with Freddie.

TrishB Loved this one too 💕 8mo
Lovesbooks87 Loved this one too! I love Julie Murphy's books! 8mo
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MelissaSue81
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1. Ramona Blue, and Elizabeth Warren‘s Fighting Chance on Audio.
2. Coffee
3. Diet Pepsi.. but am considering another coffee. #weekendreads

rachelsbrittain I still need to read Ramona Blue. Thanks for joining in ☕😊 8mo
faequeen84 1.Wicked king and between the trees (yes im reading 2) 2. Peppermint mocha from starbucks. 3. Dunkin doughnut mocha coffee from gas station (i get up way to early to make coffee) 8mo
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RavensCarm
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I just loved this book!! Can‘t wait to read more Julie Murphy!

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Easytiger
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Has anyone else watched Dumplin on #Netflix yet?
It was good, so dragged out my copy of Ramona blue. #femaleleadsmakegoodreads

Soubhiville I liked it! 9mo
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TrishB
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Yes, it‘s YA and yes, it has romance in it - but I really enjoyed it and loved the MC Romana. She had so many things going on you wondered if she‘d every see any positive future! A lovely little read.

Cathythoughts Sounds like a good book while you‘re recovering too. Cosy. 10mo
AmyG Feel better. 10mo
Blaire Sounds like a good holiday read. 10mo
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jenniferw88 Hi Trish, meant to write this earlier but forgot! I hope you are feeling better and bbc radio 4's book of the week is something to do with Sylvia Plath this week if you need something to listen to whilst recovering! 10mo
Cinfhen Is your daughter picking your books again?!??! 😘😘 10mo
TrishB @jenniferw88 thanks! Just had a look and have the book on my tbr so might try to have a listen. 10mo
TrishB @Cinfhen she picked this one😁 it was just the right day tbh! 10mo
TrishB @AmyG thank you 😘 10mo
eraderneely Glad to hear it was good 10mo
TrishB @eraderneely I really enjoyed it 💕 10mo
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Lovesbooks87
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I loved this book as much as Julie Murphy's other books. She knows how to perfectly deal with issues that many teenagers and adults face! Can't wait to see what she writes next!

monalyisha I loved this one, too! 10mo
Lovesbooks87 @monalyisha me too! She is such an amazing author! 10mo
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Matilda
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I‘ve been deprograming at night with an audiobook that isn‘t crime. Tonight I‘m starting this one.

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monalyisha
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Ramona Blue was just as good as everyone told me it would be. I stayed up late, reading until the wee hours of the morn. I had bags under my eyes & was maybe, possibly, even a little late for work this morning...but it was worth it.🙈💙

If you‘re looking for a fast, swoon-worthy Summer read — one that doesn‘t shy away from discussions of class, gender, race & sexuality — while still managing to be, first & foremost, a love story, this is for you.

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monalyisha
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Reading past my bedtime & turning the pages so, so quietly so that my husband doesn‘t wake up from where he fell asleep, snoozing on the couch, & tell me that it‘s time for us to go to bed. 😬🤫😴

Bklover I will be veeerrry quiet! 🤫 1y
Librariana Be vewy vewy quiet. We're hunting wab... I mean, we're reading books! 1y
Slajaunie 😂😂 1y
monalyisha @Librariana You know I would never hunt the alternative! 😅🐰 1y
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monalyisha
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I finally made it outside & the joy is so real!

Side note: Who else loves Scrabble?

Word nerd dream: A New England #litsymeetup. We bring books to swap (obviously) & Scrabble boards to play. When you finish one game, there‘s another empty board & another ready nerd waiting for you. No one tries to play abbreviations or proper nouns & everyone goes home happy - with new books & a feeling of dorky victory.

Who shares my dream? ✋

😍😭🤓

trazo Adorable slippers 😍 1y
Quirkybookworm I‘ve got one too! 1y
RebelReader Sounds fabulous! I love Scrabble. Sadly, I live too far away. 😩 1y
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monalyisha Thanks @trazo! And @RebelReader: what a bummer! Steal my dream & create a local chapter? 😉 1y
monalyisha @Quirkybookworm A dream, you mean? 🙏🏻 1y
Ashley_Nicoletto I also love scrabble. 1y
TiredLibrarian I ❤ Scrabble too! Where in New England might you be dreaming about? 1y
monalyisha @TiredLibrarian I‘m in Rhode Island & am 90% sure I could get my old bookstore (which has a nitro coffee cart, to boot 😉☕️) to host us, if that‘s something we were interested in. I also work in Central MA, so that‘d be an easy locale for me. And I‘d be willing to drive for such an event - within reason. 😊 1y
Redwritinghood Sounds fun! 1y
monalyisha @Redwritinghood Thanks! 🙌🏻Are you in the area or just expressing support? 1y
Redwritinghood @monalyisha I‘m in CT. 1y
monalyisha @Redwritinghood That‘s (potentially) close to me! 1y
TiredLibrarian @monalyisha I'm in upstate NY so central MA is do-able 🚗😊 1y
MaureenMc 🙌 (Also, I need those slippers in my life.) 1y
daena I support your dream! Now I need to find those with the same dream where I live! 1y
whippoorwill815 I just need to tell you that I own those exact same slippers. Mine are close to falling apart because I wear them so much 😂 It was a bday gift from my cousins. I really think we are the same person!! 😝 1y
monalyisha @whippoorwill815 OF COURSE you do! 😂 I love our parallel lives! 🙌🏻 1y
MoMogrl That sounds like a great idea! I'm in CT so it may be doable for me. 1y
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monalyisha
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A school of fish. A gaggle of geese. What do you call a bunch of unwanted guests? 😅 I was about to head outside but my landlord‘s entire extended family just appeared (around a newborn babe) on my once-quiet deck.

Most of the time, I don‘t want the hassle of home ownership. But sometimes, when I‘m feeling antisocial & I don‘t want to coo, I get it.

Relegated to my husband‘s office, where the early evening light is best. Best kick off my shoes.

CouronneDhiver Ha! Yep. I might not love taking out my own trash (miss the apartment shoot) but I don‘t miss the landlord interruptions. 🙄 1y
vivastory I think the collective noun is a cacophony of company. 😂 1y
monalyisha @vivastory I concur! Brilliant! 1y
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monalyisha @CouronneDhiver This apartment is actually a godsend. We‘ve been here for about 2.5 years & our landlord is fantastic. We have a communal garden, chickens for eggs, & he even bakes every now & again & shares the goods! This past week has just been a little crowded. Babies‘ll do that. 🙄👶 1y
CouronneDhiver Well that‘s excellent! Seems like a decent set up ... for the most part 😉 1y
monalyisha @CouronneDhiver It is! I really shouldn‘t complain. That‘s why I do it on the Internet. 😉😅 (edited) 1y
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AshleyS
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I was so excited for this book I accidentally bought it twice, in hardcover and on kindle, and it did not disappoint me. So good and sweet.

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OneBookishBabe
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"Life isn't always written in the stars. Fate is mine to pen. I choose guys. I choose girls. I choose people. But most of all: I CHOOSE." - Ramona

I love that!

#25infive #8inTwo #Readathon #WeekendsAreForReading #PrideBooks

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Mem_ugh
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Ramona Blue is 6‘3”, a high school senior, from a small town and is 17 going on 45. Ramona feels a certain sense of responsibility for keeping her family afloat, especially after her older sister gets pregnant by a typical townie. She doesn‘t see a future for herself aside from staying in her town and getting a job to help out her dad. All and all, pretty good, Ramona reminds me of myself, total martyr complex😂 4/5 ⭐️‘s

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Deborah42
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Ramona, 6‘3” and blue-haired, has lived in a dilapidated FEMA trailer ever since Hurricane Katrina destroyed her home. She shares the tiny space with her dad, her sister, and her sister‘s baby daddy.

Maintaining a long-distance romance with Grace gets complicated when her childhood bestie comes back to town and makes her question her sexual identity.

Wonderfully diverse and vivid cast of characters. I loved it!

TheBookKeepers Oh that sounds interesting!! What age is the MC? 1y
Deborah42 She‘s a senior in high school. 1y
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shutterbug_mama
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Snagged 4 books off the Kindle Flash Deal going on today! Ramona Blue, The Queen‘s Rising, Orphan Train and The Keeper of Lost Things. There‘s 30 to choose from! #justtakemymoney

Julsmarshall Loved Orphan Train! 1y
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Rabidgummibear
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Today for 1.99 you can pick up Ramona Blue! I‘m really excited to finally read this one since I loved Dumplin!

Jess7 Thanks for the heads up! Done! 1y
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VanChocStrawberry
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At first I was concerned about the central story, but it‘s just as important for queer kids to realize sexuality can be fluid as it is for straight kids (and adults, let‘s be real.)
I always enjoy Murphy‘s writing and this one stuck in my head.

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✴✴✴1/2
I really enjoyed the first half of this book, a YA about a gay girl dealing with her girlfriend leaving and the return of an old friend. The 2nd half was not as enjoyable getting bogged down in problems and a Ramona I had trouble liking. So a decent mixed read that had some good moments, but not enough for me to love it. #romansty #osrbc

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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EllenG
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Excellent contemporary YA fiction about a girl who is 17 going on 30. The story of her evolving and confused sexual identity is also central to the story.

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Life is a series of conflicts, and maybe the only resolution is accepting that not all problems are meant to be solved.

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Yournewfriendsams
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I love Julie Murphy. That's all.

Sassy_Steph She's so good! I loved Dumplin and Ramona Blue 2y
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Clare-Dragonfly
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I liked this book but didn't love it. The feelings were messy and raw in a good way, but parts of the plot felt forced or too easy. Also, I had some expectations about what kind of a queer book this was going to be, and it turned out to be a different kind of queer book, so that was a disappointment that is most likely unique to me.

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pocketmermaid
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I finally got the unicorn lamp from Target that so many people have told me about. And of course there‘s no room on my bookshelf for it. But i made it work. #shelfie

Notafraidofwords Absolutely love it. 2y
Bianca That lamp is fantastic! 2y
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Clare-Dragonfly
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"I'm sort of impressed with myself. Not because I'm good, but because I don't stop."

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Loved this! Beautiful love story that shows how fluid sexuality is with an impactful post-Katrina setting.

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BrandiNB
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Loving Julie Murphy‘s newest. I want so much more for Ramona that she seems willing to settle for.

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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Julie Murphy is the best!

Photo cred to the husband.

#pdxbookfest #wordstockpdx

Yournewfriendsams This panel was so good. 2y
That-Bookish-Hiker @Yournewfriendsams it was! My husband and I had tears in our eyes from laughing so hard at her Selena Story. As hispanics we related to that so much. 2y
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GirlMeetsBook
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A few months ago I was listening to this and then... disc 3 restarted after track 4! 😱😭 it's finally back in my possession (and fixed), so this half hour I have to spend waiting for a friend for dinner is no big deal! 😍

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Kelly
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Queer reads for today's #riotgrams

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Life is complicated and Ramona's life seems to be getting more complicated by the minute. A good book about identity and friendship. Not too serious but not too fluffy either. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Bookbeez
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Kindle and fresh out of the oven zucchini bread. #deliciousreads #autumn

MarriedtoMrT Yum! 2y
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Missusb
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I wrote a review. I loved this book. I think it presents an interesting and challenge representation of sexual identity. I loved the backdrop of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. https://trishtalkstexts.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/review-ramona-blue-by-julie-mur... #blogging #reviewing #yaliterature #ramonablue

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Skyfullofzoes
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I walked into this book thinking it was an action book but it's actually a romance book so my opinion on the book may b a little biased. Basically what happens is Ramona is ready to leave the town. She's almost done with school. Her family lives a poor life after hurricane Katrina. Once an old time friend comes back to town, her feelings change and maybe she's not a lesbian she thinks she is?? She also has to worry about her prego sister

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LA_Mead
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I loved this book so much that it broke my heart a little when it ended. It was a very satisfying ending.

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LA_Mead
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I loved "Dumplin" and this one is just as awesome! Great voice for audio too.

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One of the most heartfelt books I've read!

SarahRotenberry Definitely! I have not a single nit to pick with this one 💙 2y
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