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Out of the Blue

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  145 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
At once heart-wrenching and funny, poignant and provocative, here is a rare novel about finding the courage to take a remarkable leap of faith. Smart, funny Anna Bolles, a born athlete and a dynamic teacher, figures God decided to have the last laugh when her life was tragically and irrevocably changed five years ago. Since then she has kept herself firmly grounded in the ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 26th 2002 by Ivy Books (first published February 29th 2000)
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When I saw this was about a 29 year old woman who was an avid athlete before being diagnosed 5 years prior with a disabling disease, I had to read it. After all, that’s exactly how you can describe me, although I don’t have MS, like the heroine. I have another neurological disorder, one that’s better in some ways and worse in others.

With that in mind, this is an extremely difficult book for me to dissect fairly. Because the heroine’s situation is so similar to mine, I was infuriated with her be
Anna Marie
Dec 12, 2013 Anna Marie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so gawd-awful, I made it one chapter and one page before tossing it aside. And that was FORCING myself to read it.

Page 5: I set my brake in front of the photograph.
..........knew I was going to be a while looking at it.
Page 6: He grabbed the handles of my chair and pushed me
..........out the doors.


Page 9: "I could hear Ma buzzing in my ear: 'Whoa, there, Annie - you're in deep doo-doo -- except she wouldn't have said doo-doo. I suppose it's my f
Aug 27, 2015 Ashley rated it it was ok
Shelves: love-romance
I read this years ago in high school and remember liking it a lot more. For some reason this second reading was difficult.

I didn't really understand why Anna and Joe loved each other. I suppose they had strong physical chemistry because many of their conversations felt flat. Joe's emotionally closed off character was frustrating and I didn't feel like I got to know him. Anna also annoyed me with her frequent episodes of I'm-thinking-something-but-I'm-not-going-to-say-it. I struggled with the mo
May 22, 2016 Irene rated it liked it
Anna Bolles was funny, smart and a born athlete. Her life was tragically and irrevocably changed five years ago when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Her days are filled with perfectly baked muffins, air conditioned museums and teaching at a private school. Her mother is her sole support. Her father drifted away from her and her mother years ago.
Then she meets Joe Malone, pilot, businessman, amateur photographer. He has everything except happiness. He is known for a short attention spa
Lisa Murray
This book was on the “staff recommendations” shelf at our library, so I decided to give it a shot. Ironically if the description had been more explicit I would have dismissed it as one of those woman overcomer + romance books. But it was far more than that. While not profound or particularly exceptional in terms of story, Out of the Blue is the first book I’ve read that provides a fairly realistic portrayal of MS with its terrifying unpredictability and the way it undermines a person’s sense of ...more
Apr 08, 2011 Vikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Teacher with multiple schlerosis and her sassy mother live in NYC. The girl falls in love with an airline businessman. Very good.
First I thought the title was appropriate for the story because Anna suddenly found she couldn't run one day, later her attacks of MS symptoms came from Out of the Blue and she met Joe, the photographer on several occasions in New York City by chance, Out of the Blue.

Anna had MS for five years when the story starts and she meets Joe. I enjoyed her humor, found her stress with life from a wheel chair added to her character and not always in a positive manner and her passion for teaching is someth
Barbara J. Harbison
Interesting book

I read the book, found it to be very interesting but it didn't captivate me and I cannot put my finger on the reason why. The story was good, the characters were real, the writing was good but for some reason I looked forward to the end of the book.
Maybe it was my headspace while reading the book.
Jun 01, 2014 Nat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chic-lit
I read this because like the main character I have MS. Usually I get quite annoyed; but the writer presented a very accurate presentation of MS.
Melissa Hinton
Oct 06, 2015 Melissa Hinton rated it liked it
It started out slow and I almost gave up but it gets better. I am glad that I finished it. It was very heart warming and inspiring.
Stephanie Cox
Jun 05, 2015 Stephanie Cox rated it liked it
Very long drawn out book!
Previously read in French

I read it 3 times before in French and I enjoyed it more those times but it remains a good and touching story.
Feb 29, 2016 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have tried & tried to read this book. I finally made it to page 78 & have given up.
Hope whoever ends up with the copy I have likes it better than I have
Superbe histoire pleine d'émotions et qui sonne tellement vraie. Après 3 lectures, il me fait toujours le même effet que la première fois. A lire!
Wendy Wieser
Sep 30, 2015 Wendy Wieser rated it did not like it
Could not get into this book. Did not finish and gave the book away.
Jan 20, 2009 Virginia rated it liked it
Sort of a light read, romance type. Does give an insight into living with MS. Kept my interest.
Apr 21, 2009 Bednarzterry rated it did not like it
okay...I've started three clunkers in a row. Time for something good!!!
Jul 17, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
Great summer read - light romance with rich characters.

Sep 30, 2014 Emily rated it it was ok
read about 50 pages; predictible
Rating 3.25 stars
Sep 16, 2008 Amber rated it really liked it
Quite touching.
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Read 5/00
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