Colour Me In
Nineteen-year-old actor Arlo likes nothing more than howling across the skyline with best friend Luke from the roof of their apartment.
But when something irreparable happens and familiar black weeds start to crawl inside him, Arlo flees to the other side of the world ...more
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That last third just sucker punched me right in the feels and I suddenly could see this beautiful novel come to life. It was almost like looking at an oil painting from too close; you can see all these component parts, the colours, the light, the dark... But then when you stand at the perfect distance it a ...more
Arlo's journey is slow paced, incredibly slow at times, and normally that would have bothered me. But in this case it felt perfect, because it was a clear refl ...more
The writing was utterly beautiful, I couldn't fault it at all. I'm definitely interested in reading another novel by Lydia Ruffles. She dealt w ...more
After absolutely loving Lydia Ruffles' debut novel, The Taste of Blue Light, there was no way I wasn't going to read her next novel, Colour Me In. And what an incredible, heartbreaking story it is.
Arlo has a history of mental illness. Two and a half years ago, he had a period of depression that lasted four months, where he could barely get out of bed. Now he's determined to not go back to that place. He's started to notice a change again, but is tryin ...more
The only person he is honest with is his friend, Luke. They’ve known each other from childhood and have an easy-going friendship that really struck me as unusual in its depiction.
When something awful happens, Arlo can’t deal with his f ...more
"You’ve got to go to sea if you want to get really lost; find somewhere deep and watery, somewhere that doesn’t even have a name."
Arlo is going off the grid. Instead of taking his scheduled flight to a screen test that will land him his next big acting job, he's flying to the other side of the world to escape his grief before it takes him over. When he meets Mizuki, an avid photographer trying to capture an image no one has ever seen before, he keeps running. But misery loves company and Arl ...more
'No such thing as just friends,' says Mizuki. 'Friends are more important than anything else.'
One of the many beautiful messages that Colour Me In both states and shows. By the time I was finished, I'd filled my Kindle up with highlights--this is an unfailingly quotable book.
Quotability is just one of numerous admirable qualities I expected from Colour Me In after I read and loved The Taste of Blue Light, Lydia Ruffles's standalone debut. Her follow-up delivered on every count. As befor ...more
Arlo has been dealing with mental health issues for a few years when he experiences an excruciating loss that threatens to send him spiralling back to the dark place he never wishes to inhabit again.
In order to protect himself, he travels to an unnamed place to get away from it all for a while. There he meets Mizu ...more
This is an interesting story about a semi-famous teen actor who flees after a tragedy to try and stave off the depression he can feel looming. I liked all the descriptions of Japan; Lydia has a good eye for descriptive language. The story itself was fairly predicatable, which isn't always a bad ...more
There's a little blurb on the back of this book that says Lydia Ruffles is like an "artsy, British John Green" and after reading this I am inclined to agree with that assessment. I thought this book was fantastic and had unique and powerful ways to describe heartbreak and depression that really stuck with me. I'm glad that I went out of my way to buy a copy of this book (because it's British and not available in most places around here).
There were moments where the imagery was really good, and some great character conflict, though some of Arlo’s actions in the book annoyed me and I couldn’t really relate to him very easily as a guy around Arlo’s age. I feel like maybe this was because the book was authored by an older female writer? Not really sure, it just didn’t feel convincing to me.
Also it's not a good sign that I kept putting it down and not bothering to pick it up again. Took me way longer to read than normal.
This review originally appeared on Addicted to Media
In my search for a book that would truly move me, I encountered Lydia Ruffles's lucid dream of a novel Colour Me In. Ruffles is a relative newcomer to the New Adult market - her debut novel The Taste of Blue Light was only released in September 2017 - yet she is quickly gaining a reputation for her lyrical writing and focus on issues such as grief, depression and mental health.
Nineteen-year-old Arlo is adrift. He's catching a plane to the other...more
I received this book from Hodder & Stoughton in return for an honest review.
⚠️ This book contains discussions of mental health issues such ...more