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Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever.

Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulo
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Hardcover, 408 pages
Published May 9th 2017 by Balzer + Bray
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Emeline Shockingly, gay people throw a fit yet again over the very existence of bisexuals in queer literature. Is anyone surprised?
Constança Freire Hi! So I can only recommend what I've read and here's the thing: with that particular plot, even the ones that I have read were a little bit forgettab…moreHi! So I can only recommend what I've read and here's the thing: with that particular plot, even the ones that I have read were a little bit forgettable... But anyway, here's a few suggestions, and if you want to look through some, please head over to my "queer books I've read" shelf and help yourself! :)
- Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters
- Empress of the World (I've only read the first one and actually remember enjoying this one!) by Sara Ryan
- The Art of Wishing (the first one doesn't have this theme, but I hear the other ones do) by Lindsay Ribar
- Adaptation (it's fucking weird, this one, but still alright) by Malinda Lo

I'm sure there's a lot more but these are the ones I know, even though defos not the queer books I enjoyed most. If you like weird, gender bending stuff, go for the Micah Grey Trilogy (Laura Lam), and if you want something where the protagonist is already comfortable with being bi, try something like Not Otherwise Specified (Hannah Moskowitz), Far From You (Tess Sharpe) or All The Invisible Things (Orlagh Collins)!

Hope this helps! :)(less)

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Adam Silvera
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blurb-books
Official blurb: "Julie Murphy delivers a fresh and glorious love story that addresses all the complexities of one's heart. Ramona Blue's discovery of limitless love is total beauty."

I love love love love this book. There's a scene toward the end I can't stop thinking about. For those who want a hint, I'll just say (view spoiler).
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Ava
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating: 4/5 stars

THIS BOOK.

Pay absolutely no attention to the low rating on Goodreads. It's because a large amount of biphobic people were misled by the synopsis and rated it 1 star without listening to reviews of people who ACTUALLY read the book. This book deserves so many more stars than that.

It's about a girl who is discovering her sexuality. She thinks she's lesbian, but then starts to question. Sexuality is fluid, and we need more YA books that explore it. RAMONA BLUE does exactly
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Whitney Atkinson
4.5 stars

I'm really, really, really upset I didn't read this sooner and even more upset that I considered unhauling it. It breaks my heart to know I almost didn't give this a chance, because it's everything I love and more.

The main character is 6'3. She's attracted to girls and guys. She's from a low-income family in a small town. She's from the south. She's in an interracial relationship. All of these things and more coming together made me fall in love with it.

The writing was gorgeous (SO man
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C.G. Drews
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book hugely features swimming, teenage confusion, and delicious food --> all things I can entirely get on board with. However I admit it was pretty predictable and it was loooooong. Like I did totally care about the characters, which made the book enjoyable, but I would've been keen for some more....plot.

+ So the characters were CLEARLY the best here.
It's very very character driven and follows Ramona Laroux who is super poor, works like 3 jobs, believes she's never leaving her little tiny t
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Cesar
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
(Actual review)

4 stars

I've waited so long for this book to be released and I finally finished it!

But before we get to the review, let's talk about the 'controversy' behind this book as it garnered a lot of attention. If you have had your eyes on Ramona Blue for a while, then you would know the original synopsis of the book didn't sound like what the book was supposed to be about: a girl questioning her sexual identity. I do agree that the original synopsis didn't do the book justice and it anger
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Alex
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I HAVE ACTUALLY READ THIS BOOK.
I've never had to preface a review with this sentence before, but so many people are preemptively rating it I feel the need.
I also feel the need to state that I'm a lesbian.

I won’t deny that I have a lot of feelings. And thoughts. And thoughts about my feelings. And we’ll get to that.

Let me start with the things I loved.

It’s easy in the midst of all the controversy about this book (and I’ll get back to that later) to forget that the central relationship is actuall
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Dahlia
A weird thing to need to open with, but hi! I have read this book. So, let's begin the review now, and yeah, it's gonna be on the longer side with a lot more summary than I ever write, for what I hope are obvious reasons.

Ramona Blue is a sister, daughter, friend, out lesbian, waitress, papergirl...lots of things, living in Eulogy, MS, a town that gets shaken up by tourists in the summer. As the book opens, she's watching her summer love, Grace, head back home, and dealing with the fact that her
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Trina (Between Chapters)
One of the best contemporaries I've read this year!

I did have a little trouble getting into it at first. I think too much time was spent on setting things up that only served as backstory. However, later in the book I was glad we'd seen that backstory first hand because it did help you see where the characters were coming from.

This book got a lot of early low ratings because the initial synopsis gave the impression that the main character was a lesbian who suddenly turned straight when she falls
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Romie
Wrote this 31/03/17 :

I'm pretty excited to read this tbh.
And yes I feel the need to write my thoughts on this book because I saw all the negativity this book received and it makes me sick.
Let me tell you something : someone can ID as gay and then ID as bisexual, and it doesn't make this book lesbophobic. I see a great opportunity to explore what a LOT of people are experiencing, and it's IMPORTANT to talk about that. You just have to understand that this book isn't about you, it's about a gi
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

Ramona Blue proves the point that no matter what the story . . . .



I’m not going to waste a lot of time on this review because I’m pissed off at myself that I let a bunch of trolly internet strangers convince me to break one of my own rules and read the same author nearly back-to-back without some breathing room. I also have a case of the manflu so I ain’t gonna be as sweet as I normally am : ) Please note, however, that unlike all
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Abbey
Nov 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
As a lesbian, please stop thinking you're progressive for writing us as falling in love with men. It's disrespectful and dishonest. If you want a book about a bisexual person, write a book about a bisexual person. I hope you read this and feel ashamed, Julie Murphy.
Gillian Berry
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, e-galleys, tbr-own
Full disclosure: I have not read this book, but I'm preemptively rating it five stars merely to combat the slate of negative ratings based off a synopsis the author didn't even write.

Certainly, the trope of a lesbian being "fixed" by the "right man" is an extremely dangerous trope. I'm in no way invalidating how harmful and offensive that mindset is. I do not believe that a lesbian can be "turned" straight or is "just going through a phase". But I also don't believe that a queer girl who has no
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Hannah
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read this yet, but neither have you.

Cut it out.
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

“I hate this idea that boys are thinking about sex nonstop and girls are thinking about - what? Stationery and garden gnomes? No.”

I attended Apollycon this year and had the pleasure of meeting Julie Murphy and listening to her talk on a YA panel. She had talked about Ramona Blue and after hearing what she had to say, I was intrigued and decided to check it out from my local library. Julie had said this book was her own personal screw you to the movie Chasing Amy (which I haven't se
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Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I genuinely really loved this book. It was such a different story, a different cast of characters, and it was unlike anything that I've ever read before.

It's hard to describe my thoughts on this novel because I have so much that I enjoyed about it. First, I will mention the life/background of the main character. I find that I rarely read of a main character that is realistically struggling with their families, finances, and basic necessities in order to survive. I'm not saying that there isn't
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer
I have officially given one of Julie Murphy's books 5 stars! I'm so happy. I'd read her two previous books and they were not for me, but I had a feeling that this one would tick all my boxes and it SO did. I adored this. While I recognize that some of the things she did or said along the way were not necessarily done in the best way (i.e.: trying to force someone into labeling themselves when they weren't ready), I loved the way that Ramona grew during her journey and realized that she was in th ...more
Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
Giving this a pre-emptive boost. There are no ARCs out yet, and the negativity is based off a vague synopsis. A girl who likes girls finds herself having feelings for a boy- so, she's bisexual... your biphobia is showing if you're angry with this. Bisexual voices are important too. And considering this is an #ownvoices novel, and Julie's dealt with sensitive topics beautifully in the past, it's unfair to try & tank the novel because of the synopsis.

I understand how harmful the lesbian-converted-
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
3.5 stars

Like many other YA contemporaries, the main girl in the story is on her way to discovering her identity except Ramona Blue thought she had it all figured out. She was sure she liked girls, only girls. She was pretty much sure she had no life outside of her small town and her meager savings were only meant for her sister’s soon to be born baby and was definite that her home will always be the too small trailer house. She has almost resigned and sealed her fate to this life when things s
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Stormy
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-pub
Okay, so now that I have read this book, I can say that my initial impression of it was not 100% accurate. . . but it was also much, much better than I was expecting. This is more of a 4.5, but I'm keeping my 5 stars to balance out the ratings. The romance is a much smaller part of the book than the blurb might indicate. Ramona makes it very clear throughout the book that she is still very much into girls, but she's into Freddie too and Ramona is very much finding herself. By the end of the book ...more
Meghan
Dec 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
hope this dumbass book flops and I never have to hear about this stupid straight girls "turning lesbians" fantasies again. reading that description alone was like murphy vomited chew, chili, and homophobia directly onto my computer screen and then forced me face first into it. lesbians aren't just bi/straight girls who haven't connected with the right guy yet or just aren't being open minded enough about the future of "who they could become". honestly when will straight people shut up about us f ...more
Di Lamington
Dec 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
Lesbian goes for a dude? She has blue hair? Name is Ramona? Such a unique genre, much original; I hope the line 'I'm a little bifurious' is in there somewhere, or 'your hair is such a warm colour' ahahahaha

In all seriousness tho, when only %34 of wlw characters in the media are lesbians but lesbians represent %84 of character deaths? When I can think of SEVERAL books with this exact story line? Like you think bisexual erasure is bad, try lesbian erasure.
Batgirlwoman
Dec 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Lesbians should not be erased for the sake of bi/pan representation. The premise of this book reinforces harmful myths about lesbian sexuality. The author should be ashamed as well as anyone defending her. It's clear that lesbian voices don't matter to anyone in the so called queer community.
Kate (GirlReading)
I loved this book. I loved it so very, very much.

From the first page onwards, I instantly warmed to each and every character. Ramona was wonderful and I've totally fallen for Freddie. There wasn't a character in this book that now doesn't have a little piece of my heart, they were all so gorgeously written and so human. I also very much appreciated that Ramona was so tall, I was extremely tall for my age at one point (although I'm a total shortie now 😅) and I know I would have appreciated this
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Kai
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy, queer
“Sometimes catastrophes split you in half and even if all the pieces are there, they might not ever fit back together.”

Roman Blue was my first book by Julie Murphy and it sure as heck won't be my last. It exceeded all the expectations. I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed the voice actor. She added to Ramona's very distinct voice and granted me so much insight into Ramona's mind.

I picked up this book because of two reasons. 1. Because a trusted friend of mine who has excellent taste in
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Chelsea slytherink
review also posted on Wordpress! Review contains minor spoilers!

When the blurb of Ramona Blue was released, it caused a lot of controversy. Just have a look at the reviews on this website. I for one was very excited to read a book about a girl who thought she was a lesbian, but later learnt she was bi. Unfortunately, that's not what Ramona Blue is about. Though this is written by a bisexual author and she says on social media that Ramona is bisexual, it is never once stated in the book that she
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Milijana
Dec 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
First, lesbianism is not a fluid sexuality, stop spreading that lie and confusing people. Second, the author could have used any other word for the protagonist to identify with: bisexual, questioning, queer (the most popular these days) and everything would have been ok, yet the choice fell on lesbian. This is the biggest issue so far, because combined with the synopsis it feels like another attempt at redefining the word lesbian so it includes a possibility for men to be romantic partners somew ...more
Natasha
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtqiap-all
Review also posted on my blog

Okay, I’m not sure where to begin. This is going to be difficult to review. It was deciding between a 2 and a 2.5, settling on going with a 2 the more I think about it. Before I go into, I do want to state I didn’t find the book lesbophobic at all. That’s actually not at all my problem with the book. I just wanted to get that out of the way. But I did have quite a few problems with the book. And it sad because I was really hoping I would like it after the initial bip
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Katy (Queen of the trash nerds)
"My sexuality is not fluid. My sexuality is a brick labelled lesbian that I will use to defend myself."
Lilian Halcombe
Dec 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
Apparently the author is rewriting the blurb for the book so us mean lesbians won't be so upset with her. I think she still misses the point. The "lesbian meets the right guy" trope is one of the most harmful stereotypes that directly affects our lives on a daily basis and she has still gone ahead a written a book that uses it. Want to be original? Write a YA novel that has a lesbian character who doesn't sleep with/date a guy and isn't conflicted about her sexuality. Those just don't exist beca ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“Kissing him is different, yes. But it’s not. Kissing Freddie doesn’t feel different because he’s a boy, it feels different because he’s Freddie.”


This was a contemporary story about a gay girl, who got confused by romantic feelings towards a boy.

Ramona was a strong character, and she really cared about her family and did everything she could to make sure they were taken care of, even when it mea
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“You've never dated any guys?'
I shrug. 'Haven't even kissed one.' And then I add, 'Well, in recent years.'
'Then how do you know you don't like guys?'
'I don't know, Freddie,' I say, trying to hide my irritation. 'How many boys did you kiss before you realized you were straight?”
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