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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  1,827 ratings  ·  279 reviews
Carly has dropped out of uni to spend her days surfing and her nights working as a cook in a Manly café. Surfing is the one thing she loves doing … and the only thing that helps her stop thinking about what happened two years ago at schoolies week.

And then Carly meets Ryan, a local at the break, fresh out of jail. When Ryan learns the truth, Carly has to decide. Will she l...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published June 29th 2009 by Penguin Books Australia (first published June 28th 2009)
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Flannery
Jun 02, 2011 Flannery rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fine, I'll say it, Melina Marchetta fans
Recommended to Flannery by: The Amazing Bookers
Somehow Kirsty Eagar manages to capture the feeling in your gut you get when you are so struck with nature that you stumble over yourself trying to describe it to someone else but even if you can never describe it, you’re happy to have ever seen it. I’ve got a couple of these places in my back pocket* but Carly Lee sees one every single day when she goes down to the beach. I know next to nothing about surfing (I’m pretty sure watching Blue Crush probably deducts knowledge rather than adding any)...more
karen
thank goodness for goodreads.

without it, i would never have discovered this book, and i would never have been able to get my little hands on it.

because, yeah, i have become quite a fan of the contemporary YA novel, but my tastes generally run to the dystopia/survival sector, not the realistic stuff. and seriously, in what universe do you see me reading and liking a teen novel about surfing? SURFING!

karen does not surf. karen has no interest in surfing, nor even of getting within three miles of...more
Tatiana
Jul 28, 2011 Tatiana rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tatiana by: Flannery
Shelves: 2011, ya, aus-nz, favorites
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I remember this one surfer guy from 10 years ago. I was working a summer in a beach hotel in San Diego, and so was he. It was always very curious to me, how little ambition he had. He was smart and had opportunities to be promoted, to make more money, be a boss, but he always refused. When asked why, he used to say he didn't care to work more or have more responsibilities. All he wanted was to have his mornings open to surf and just enough money to pay for his beachfro...more
Kat Kennedy
Feb 23, 2012 Kat Kennedy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like Tatiana
Recommended to Kat Kennedy by: Tatiana
If you've been around Goodreads for a while, you may have noticed that there's this particular reviewer. Let's call her Smarty McSmart-Pants. This reviewer has a reputation for having near impeccable taste in books. Usually, whatever book she gives five stars, we're bound to love as well. Some of the other reviewers and I have a little thing going where we recommend her books because, clearly, whoever can recommend a book she likes is Queen of Goodreads for that short amount of time.

So when Sma...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I wish I could pay someone to write this review for me… I think it will turn out to be one of the hardest I’ve ever written. Or one of the easiest… who knows with these things?

First of all, don't you just love this cover? Maybe you need to read the book to fully appreciate it, so all of you who haven't… what are you waiting for?
There aren’t many authors who can portray emotions and transfer them to the readers like Eagar does. Her writing style is readable and clear, and still it draws you in...more
Sam
4.5 stars

There is such deep-rooted emotion in Kirsty Eagar’s writing that it is near impossible to read this book without being affected momentously. That is, in any case, what my reading experience came to be. With so much soul and so much raw emotion, whilst somewhat subtle at times, Eagar’s words have a way of reaching the reader on a beautifully personal level. It is quite clear she is a talented writer – one of those writers who can make you feel anguish and shame and happiness in equal qua...more
Nomes
I was hanging out to read this because:

Melina Marchetta mentioned it as a fave read of 2009.

Author Julia Lawrinson said: 'If you only read one book this year ... it should be Kirsty Eagar's Raw Blue …"

with a 19 year old protag and a 26 year old love interest, it's my kind of fave upper YA

surfing, Sydney, haunted past, Aussie YA :)

My Review: Mate, Raw Blue is so Australian, hey? It is also so authentic that I experienced little pools of tension in my gut and tiny bubbles of hope that Carly would...more
Emily May
Mar 30, 2012 Emily May rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Emily May by: A lot of awesome GR people


"Raw Blue" really is an accurate title all round for this book. It is very raw and sad and depressing but not in a way that would make me cry like, say, On the Jellicoe Road. I was worried that I wouldn't connect with the characters or the story because, well, it's not like us Brits are getting in some quality surfing time in the North Sea (just thinking about it makes me feel cold). And, I admit, for a while I was thinking "uh-oh, I'm not really getting this".

In the first 70-80 pages it's all...more
Nic
Oct 25, 2010 Nic rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Older YA, Adults
Recommended to Nic by: Nomes
“The ocean is a vivid emerald colour and the wind ruffles the wave faces so that they shatter the sunlight like glass. Seeing that glittering skin always tightens my throat with joy. It’s stupid, but that how I feel: joyous. I forget about the underbelly of things, my secrets, and I feel easy and free. I know that I’m meant to stay on the surface and be happy. Just enjoy being alive.”

I don’t know why but I find it so hard to write reviews for books I love. I have been struggling with this review...more
Catie
4.5 stars

There are times when I look at the world and it seems like a really horrible place. Heck, most of the time. People are just naturally blind and violent. We all move through life, colliding with one another and in general just fucking each other over. But this book made me think about all the small actions and the people that make it bearable. I think that we all have those people in our lives. Maybe they only make brief appearances, and maybe they aren’t even aware of their own impact....more
Arlene
Aug 01, 2011 Arlene rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Bookers - Nic
You just have to see those times for what they are: a chance to look down at your life. And when you do, you see it’s a skin made up of shiny little moments.

~whimpers~
Noooooooooo!!!!! Just one more chapter please!
I mean, I can imagine how that conversation went, or I can hope it went a certain way, but I can’t think it better than Kirsty Eagar can pen it. Absolutely beautiful!

I’ve said this so many times before… Aussie writers have this gift. It’s a magical ability to catapult you into a fiction...more
Jo
“Even though the world looks grey and gloomy, the water’s warmer than you’d think.”

Initial Final Page Thoughts.
My entire body aches.

High Points.
Secrets. Honesty. Brutal. Raw. Glitter skin. Seeing colours. The ocean. Salsa dancing. Strength. Delicious treats. Accidental best friends. Tattoos. Board shorts. Sex. Love. Forgiveness. Understanding. Her. Him.

Low Points.
The entirety of my knowledge of surfing comes from this song and that one time I got stuck on a train from Manchester to Bangor with...more
Lisa O.
4.5 to 5 stars.

Another great writer delivered to us from Down Under. And NOW I understand why even at McDonald's they are so adamant on putting on the wrappings "100% Australian beef", it must be something they're putting in the food there. Aside from having the most poisonous snakes and the most dangerous animals, it wouldn't be wrong to say they also have the best YA writers at the moment. Kirsty Eagar is, without a doubt, one of such writers.

Carly is 19 and she is running away from her life....more
Emily
I don't know why I am even bothering to write a review. How can I adequately express my love for this book? How can I write a review when all I can do is sit around with a stupid grin on my face thinking about how fabulous it was? I am going to try though, because that's what I do and this book deserves another rave review.

To those who haven't read Raw Blue yet: Find a copy immediately. I know it's tough, being an Australian release and all. But don't let that get in the way. Spend your savings...more
Isamlq
Aug 07, 2011 Isamlq rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone!
Shelves: aaw-yeah, favorites
Reading Raw Blue had me breathing in, then breathing in some more until... him. Carly read honest and real and possible to me. I 'got' her. Am I being redundant in saying I was hooked by her flaws? She's so hard but she's so fearful too and it's all clear why. But she's still sad that way anyway and that's even given her words that were sometimes profound, sometimes heartbreaking but sometimes frustrating too.

It's the characters that impressed me most:

Carly isn't a simple girl rebelling (at all...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
3.5 stars, although the book deserves more stars than this. I'll explain my rating later.
I wonder if that's true, if he'd still want me knowing who'd been there before him and what they did.

This is a book about the aftereffects of rape and abuse. It's not pretty, it's not fluffy, there's no "feel good" romance to soften the blow.

This book is a prime example of just how hard it is to heal after going through sexual assault. I recently read another book dealing with a similar subject (Easy) an...more
~Tina~
Aussie Book challenge 2011 #5

Raw Blue is such a powerful and haunting story about a girl named Carly who went through a traumatic experience and channels cooking and surfing to her every single day routine to stop the memories from over powering her life. When she meets Ryan, she doesn't know if she can let him into her heart because of her past. This is a raw and emotional read about letting go, trust and healing the human soul.

I love Australian books. I love how different it feels every time I...more
Ariana


Why is it that we can relate so easily to pain, to struggle, to despair instead of happiness and joy?
When you say "emotional story" there's a small possibility for you to be referring to some positive feelings. You always imagine yourself in your bed, with a book in your hand and a lot of tissues around you.. Why do we remember the bad things in our life with such intensity but we forget so easily all the good things that happen to us?
"If I was a sheep, I’d be black."

For Carly life has never be...more
Jasprit
Melina Marchetta, Cath Crowley and now Kirsty Eagar, these awesome Aussie authors I’ve come across this year never cease to amaze me with their writing. Eagar’s Raw Blue quite literally blew me away, the way her writing flows gently tugging you along, her aching words triggered so many emotions, they niggled under my skin, sneaking their way to my heart and remained there for days afterwards. Her writing had something magnetic about it, constantly making me want to re-read my favourite passages....more
Giselle
3.5 stars
Well apparently I'm the only one in the world who didn't absolutely love this book. It's not bad by any means. I still genuinely enjoyed it, I just didn't completely fall in love with it.

Raw Blue is a deep and dark story about a girl who went through a traumatic ordeal and she's taken up surfing as an outlet to take her mind off of it all and, in a way, punishing herself for having been a victim. Like the title says, this is a raw story. It's dark. It's deeply impassioned and very frag...more
Shirley Marr
Nineteen year old Carly has decided to let go of her life, her uni degree and her family, to work joyless nights at a daggy cafe in Manly (that's Sydney) so she can spend all day doing the one thing that takes the unbearable away - surfing. What has made a once carefree Carly into this solitary girl out on the ocean and will meeting fellow surfer Ryan heal the raw blue inside of her?

I am first to admit that surfing is not something that interests me, but struck by the awesome reviews this novel...more
Janina
Objectively, this novel is worth much more than the three stars I decided to give it. But on a did-I-deeply-care-for-the-characters and were-my-expectations-met level, I just can’t give it any more. This book has received raving reviews from so many of my friends here, it has been described as life-changing and utterly captivating, it has been compared to Melina Marchetta’s novels (which I love with abandon) … but it just wasn’t any of those things for me (which makes me sad). I expected this to...more
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Keertana
Rating: 4.5 Stars

In life we often come across beautiful books - books that have kick-ass characters, amazing plot lines, or descriptive writing - but very rarely do we come across a book that manages to be beautiful simply because it captures the true essence of humanity in all it's raw emotions, confusion of feelings, and awkward moments. In Raw Blue, Kirsty Eagar has created a masterpiece of true emotion, succeeding where very few authors have - not only in writing a provocative and realist...more
Carla
Mate, Raw Blue is well Australian eh? Eeeeeuurgh, mate. (sorry!) You guys, I can't even begin to explain how mind bendingly amazing this book was for being so authentic it made me get all butterflies in my tummy excited. And I can tell you guys right now this is probably one of the most intensely beautifully written books i've ever had the pleasure of reading. I'm going to hit it while it's hot and say it's without a doubt, one of the best books I have EVER read. EVER. and i've read a LOT of boo...more
Steph Su
I’ve heard of and wanted to read RAW BLUE, an Australian debut novel, for two years before I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a copy, thanks to the amazing generosity of a blogger friend who is a staunch RAW BLUE evangelist. The verdict? Oh boy, was it worth the years of quiet and patient waiting. I wish more people know about this powerful, heartbreaking, and full novel.

RAW BLUE is not an easy read. Carly is an emotionally damaged young woman who pushes people away as much as possible. E...more
Angie
RAW BLUE has been skirting the edges of my consciousness for awhile now. I knew it was a debut novel. I knew it was written by an Australian author. And I vaguely knew that it wasn't really available here in the states. But I wasn't really interested until a few days ago, when for some odd reason I started investigating it seriously. I'm not sure what made me do it. All I can say is, I saw a reference to it somewhere and I got a feeling. You know what I mean. So I went on the hunt. As far as the...more
Paula Weston
You know how there are books that get under your skin? Raw Blue was well and truly under mine about 50 pages in. I had late nights so I could finish it. And now, three days later, I still can't stop thinking about it. About Carly and Ryan. Carly's brokenness. Healing.

This is one of the most gritty and moving novels I've ever read - and I've read a lot. It's unsentimental (but never cold); uncomfortably honest in parts and unexpectedly funny in others; and written so beautifully it hurts. Her cha...more
Lindsay
I have a shelf in my room. I call it my 'Holy of Holies" shelf, and on it goes my most precious and prized books. Raw Blue by Kirsty Eager now has a place on that rather short space. The last time I read something that affected me this deeply, it was If I Stay by Gayle Forman, and before that, who knows? If you look for deeply emotional reads that simultaneously leave you aching and hopeful, you owe it to yourself to pick up this book.

This is an example of a character driven story at its finest...more
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Kirsty Eagar grew up on a central Queensland cattle property and spent her school holidays at the beach. After studying economics, she worked on trading desks in Sydney and London before changing careers, wanting a life where she could surf every day. She travelled around Australia for a couple of years, worked a variety of jobs and began writing fiction. Her debut novel, Raw Blue, was published b...more
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“I let myself feel good for no reason. I let joy happen right there and then, and it's inside me and around me, it's the lights on the road ahead, the clean black of the night, the cold air coming through the window. It's like hearing a song for the first time and being struck by it, haunted by it, wanting to hunt it down and catch it, because the song sums up something you didn't know you wanted to say, giving you chills and goose bumps. But even as you find out what it's called, and you're thinking you'll download it, you've already lost. Because the feeling was right then and there and it's already fading like a dream.

You just have to see those times for what they are: a chance to look down at your life. And when you do, you see it's a skin made up of shiny little moments.”
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