A taste of blue Light – Lydia Ruffles
When Netgalley sent me an email saying I could have a copy of this, they sold it to me by including a quote from Louise O’Neill (who I adore) and by saying this book was what YA would be if Sylvia Plath wrote it and well I am a girl with a Sylvia Plath tattoo so naturally, I had to have it.
These are the things Lux knows:
She is an artist.
She is lucky.
She is broken.
These are the things she doesn’t know:
What happened over the summer.
Why she ended up in hospital.
Why her memories are etched in red.
Desperate to uncover the truth, Lux’s time is running out. If she cannot piece together the events of the summer and regain control of her fractured mind, she will be taken away from everything and everyone she holds dear.
If her dreams don’t swallow her first.
So, is this Sylvia Plath-esque?
In a way, yes. The way that Lux’s trauma and confusion is portrayed is very Bell Jar, her despair and her desperation to understand and go back to the party girl she once was rather than this new, unfamiliar version of her that has heightened senses and anxiety. The basic premise of this book is that party girl Lux, who attends an exclusive school for aspiring artists, goes to a party and then wakes up in hospital with no recollection of how she got there, only that she now seems to have synesthesia, suffers from intense paranoia and anxiety and gets intense migraines. Desperate to figure out what happened to her and get better, Lux convinces her parents to let her go back to school and normality but she knows she’s on borrowed time to figure out what is going on.
Guys, I bloody loved this. Well… Most of this.
Like, Lux’s fears and thoughts and her feelings of being trapped in her own mind dripped from the pages, the puzzle unravels slowly and has a satisfying conclusion. It’s also a story I’ve not come across before and left me, as the kids say, shook.
And now for the bits I didn’t like in the object of fairness – though I had become invested in Lux and her friends and I wanted to know how they fared after graduation, part two does seem a little unnecessary in places. It felt a bit like bits of it was there to fill out the word count rather than furthering the story, which was disappointing after such an enjoyable read.
Let me leave you with one final thing, I really loved this book and I am so excited for further books from Lydia Ruffles just because I loved her writing style so much, there was something so ethereal about the way Lux’s story was told and it really dug its way under my skin and left me a little book hungover.
I think this gets a Seal of Approval – the first of the year!