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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  330 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Hailed as “One of the best technical painters of our time” by an L.A. Times critic, 27-year-old Aubrey Johnson is finally gaining traction with her work. But as she weaves through what should be a celebration of her art, a single nagging echo of her doctor’s words refuses to stay silent—there is no cure. In less than eight weeks Aubrey is going blind.

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Published April 28th 2015 by Smashwords Edition (first published December 11th 2014)
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Jamie Thank you! I have always been inspired by stories of people overcoming in really powerful ways--often starting with a complete meltdown--so when I cam…moreThank you! I have always been inspired by stories of people overcoming in really powerful ways--often starting with a complete meltdown--so when I came across an article in the paper about a Dutch painter in her 40's who was going blind I couldn't stop thinking about it. I wondered what I would do, and then started doing a lot of research and somewhere in the digging I found Aubrey. (less)

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Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I loved the idea of Hoang causing the peruser deep contemplation. Put yourself in Aubrey’s shoes, imaging yourself in her exact position. Downright heavy and certainly not an easy question to answer. This is a story of the reality and fragility of life, our lives can be easily derailed in an instant, age, gender, race – life is an equal opportunity intruder with good or bad. A very sobering ‘what if’ scenario leaving you lost in thought.

I was most impressed as Aubrey struggled with absorbing her
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I wrote of course I love it! And I hope you will too! Please be sure to check out the Book Trailer on my author page and here: ...more
Indigo Wilmann
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about an artist who learns that she's losing her sight. She takes up a childhood friend's offer to travel around the world with him to see all these amazing places before she won't be able to see them ever again. When I first heard the premise, I wasn't sure about it. Would a book on this topic depress me? I'm happy to say that it didn't. In fact, I loved reading it.

I love books that allow me to learn something while enjoying a story. This book taught me about so many of the places
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I’m taking a much needed vacation from my life.”

I ran into this book’s author on twitter. One thing led to another and I found myself buying a copy after reading the back cover. For the first time in ages I felt like there was no need to check out the reviews available. I had a good feeling.

What would you do if you learned you’d be going blind in six week?” That’s what Jamie Jo Hoang, the author, asks. Blue Sun, Yellow Sky is Aubrey’s answer. And what a breathtaking one!

Aubrey is, at the age o
Stacey V
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, fiction, travel, art
This novel is about 27-year-old Aubrey Johnson, an up and coming artist, who finds out she is going to go blind, within an 6 week period. With a successful show of her work just over, she is terrified thinking how this diagnosis will impact her life and her art in particular. She meets a childhood friend Jeff Anderson, who himself is at a crossroads, and he asks Aubrey if she wants to go along on a trip he had scheduled around the world, China, India, Jordan, Italy, France, Peru and finally Braz ...more
Aubrey Johnson has been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative disease, from which she will go blind. Aubrey’s only 27 and her career as a painter is just taking off when she receives this devastating news from her doctor. She decides to go on an around the world trip with her childhood friend, Jeff Anderson, before she can no longer see the beauty in the world. BLUE SUN, YELLOW SKY is the inspirational story of an artist who is about to lose their sight and wants to experience the ...more
Julie Whitley
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A talented artist receives a life-changing diagnosis just as her career blooms. In six weeks she will be blind.
On a whirlwind tour that takes her around the world, she questions herself on deeper and deeper levels and learns what is important and where her strength lies as she grapples with the pending upheaval. What will happen to her as an artist when it defines how she sees herself and her world? When she has always been fiercely independent, how can she survive alone in the dark?

Jamie Hoang
Tonya Calvert
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite books ever! Aubrey is an artist who is going blind. She sets out to see as much as she can in the short time she has before she loses her sight. The author is an artist as well, painting a beautiful picture of an unsuspecting heroine as she learns to see beauty in the ordinary. No spoilers, but I will say it is not cliche or predictable and I loved the ending. The story and the characters have stayed with me since I read it a couple of years ago. I cannot wait for Jami ...more
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blue Sky, Yellow Sun is a great little book packed with profound thoughts about art and love and the world around us. I loved that Aubrey is the kind of character that felt like she needed to deal with her own baggage before she would ever be ready to take on someone else’s.
Melissa Rose
“There can be no life without change, and to be afraid of what is different or unfamiliar is to be afraid of life.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

To say that this book is well-written would be a critical understatement. Blue Sun, Yellow sky was everything I expected it to be, and more.

I connected with Jamie on twitter, and when I read the synopsis of her novel, I knew that "Blue Sun, Yellow Sky" was a book that I just HAD to read. So it was much to my joy, that Jamie was looking for reviewers. I was even m
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are books that change your thoughts for a brief period of time and then there are books that change you as a person and stick with you for life. This is one of those books. Everyone faces the realization that they could die at any point in time. This book hits you on a whole new level.

What if you lose your eyesight and can never see again? You're not dead. Instead, you're living with the realization that you can never see the things you always thought you would be able to see. All those s
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was everything a book should be - moving, thought-provoking and inspiring. The main character was sweet without being boring and moved through her life with cautious wild abandon. She had suffered tragedy and was going to suffer more, but never succumbed to maudlin thoughts. The author created characters that I felt immediately connected to. The story never became sluggish and even though I guessed what would happen at the end I was still happily surprised at how romantic it was. I lov ...more
Dan Salerno
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jamie Jo Hoang is a very brave author!

In Blue Sun, Yellow Sky, the protagonist is an artist who is told she has retinitis pigmentosa - a progressive eye disease that leads to blindness.

While she is dealing with the emotional turmoil of this prognosis, she runs into a long-lost friend who spontaneously invites her to accompany him on a world-wind travel adventure.

Hoang's writing is consistently engaging, enlightening and entertaining.

And she throws in a bit of a romantic cliff-hanger to boot, wh
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since the books theme was about travel, I decided the best time to read it was during my holiday to Bali. This was the best/worst decision as once I started, I could not stop! It was such a good boo that you deeply emotionally connected with and I could not put it down. Spent the day reading the book in my hotel and not leaving for the day activities I had planned. Had a solid cry at some points and a good laugh at others. Highly recommend!
Kathleen Dunagan
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book!

I loved the story line, all the wonderful descriptions of places they went, and Jamie's vulnerability in sharing her story. The only reason I give it 4 stars is because there are several typos and missed words in the book. Otherwise I found it enthralling.
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Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This promising debut from Jamie Hoang tells the story of a talented young painter, Aubrey, who learns she is going blind and takes off with an old childhood friend, Jeff, to travel the world during the last weeks she still has sight. Hoang weaves a sumptuous and accurate tapestry of the sights, smells and sounds of each of the places the two friends visit, throws in a hesitant but comfortable love story, and ends the book on a high note as Aubrey is able to continue to be a celebrated L.A. artis
Brienne Dubh
Oct 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Alright, so this female painter, Aubrey, is on the cusp of her big break and discovers she is losing her sight and will be completely blind in eight to ten weeks. At the same time, she meets up with an old high school (male) friend and decides to spend six weeks travelling the world. Just like anything in life, you have to be in a certain mood for things. When I first picked up Blue Sun, Yellow Sky, I was immediately annoyed by the summary. I was thinking, 'Why am I being told upfront to feel so ...more
Scherry  at The Novel Lady
I read a lot of books. So I'm frequently looking for a book that is different. I found one here with Blue Sun, Yellow Sky. This wasn't quite a romance book, although it had a bit of romance in it. It was more of a life adventure book that made me think about what I would do if I was suddenly told that I would lose my vision in a few weeks time. Perhaps I would do the exact thing that Aubrey did and travel around the world, taking it all in. I enjoyed the bits of travel to different countries, es ...more
Penny Ogram
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book and the journey it took you through. The characters were warm and funny, made you think about life and it's uncertainties.
I recommend this book for all people who like easy reading
Amanda ChocolatePages
So, to start this review firstly I have to say….. I loved this book, this book is amazing, you should all read this book straight away!

Aubrey is a brilliant painter, established and recognised in art galleries as extremely talented. Then she gets the news that she has a medical condition called retinus pigmentosa, in other words, she is going blind and there is no cure. Worse still, it will happen in 6 to 8 weeks. Aubrey decides to do something at this time, quite extraordinary. She decides to
Galit  Balli
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


I love the travel throughout the world and the author did a great job letting us follow Aubrey in her magnificent journey. I will say this that at first I really thought this would be more about the romance and I am beyond happy that it’s more about Aubrey herself. Her struggles and her journey, loved that. I can relate to this plot a lot (a lot). After I’ve been diagnosed I went through a lot of thoughts and
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-sent-to-me
The Short of It:

How much does what you see, impact who you are?

The Rest of It:

This is a question I’ve asked myself over the past few months. The eye issues, the eye injury and then my fear of going blind have all played a role in my anxiety over sight. My father lost his vision at the same age I am now and it’s been a fear of mine for a very long time.

So what do I do? I accept a book for review about a young artist who is going blind. Sometimes, books find you at exactly the right point in time.
At first I wasn't sure how I felt about this book. I was reading it, I found it interesting enough, but I didn't feel like it was having any kind of emotional impact on me. I like to read books that have a straightforward, immediately noticeable impact on me, I guess. If it's a romance, then I want to feel that hope that they will get together, If it is a mystery, I enjoy the suspense of not knowing who did it or why. With a thriller, I love the pulse pounding, edge of your seat feeling of not k ...more
Lynne Spreen
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is about a 27-year-old artist who breaks through and is on the verge of making it big-time only to get a diagnosis that should kill her career. In addition, it’s a sweet love story. I enjoyed it very much; in spite of a few typos, it’s very well written and edited. It’s well-paced, pulled me in, and had me looking forward to my evenings with it.

A couple of problems, though. Without explaining where their wealth come from, the two main characters live such comfortable lives. For examp
Mimi Marten
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit
I received this book as a present. I had no previous knowledge about the author or what the book was about.
I have a hard time with reviews; many have too many spoilers. Without giving too much away, I will express my opinion about my experience with this novel.
The name “BLUE SUN, YELLOW SKY” is a fantastic expression. You get immediately intrigued and later on realize how fitting the title is to the story.

In the beginning, the plot is a little slow. I was enjoying the story, but I had no emotio
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The idea of a successful painter going blind really caught my attention. At its core, "Blue Sun, Yellow Sky" successfully combines several themes - it's a travel-buddy adventure, an introspective medical drama, and ultimately a coming-of-age love story. The book is told from the point of view of an award-winning painter named Aubrey; she's slowly going blind. You get to experience the highs, the lows, and the humor in between from her vantage point.

The travel aspect of it takes you to a lot of p
Ashley Tomlinson
This book was amazing! It was interesting, witty, and even though it could have been very sad, it wasn't. I read this book in one sitting in a matter of hours because I could not put it down. I needed to know what happened and my mind wouldn't rest until I finished it.

Aubrey is a very talented artist that finds out she has a rare disease and she will be blind in a matter of weeks. Her old friend, Jeff, whisks her away to go all over the world so she can see everything she can, while she still ca
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