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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 diagnosis, accepting and dealing with her prognosis. All her emotions, thoughts were plausible. Anyone out there facing a similar life changing scenario will be able to grasp Aubrey from start to finish. Her mettle was tested and Aubrey pulled through. The world will NOT adapt to you, you MUST adapt to the world. Aubrey exemplifies a young woman stricken personally and professionally, yet manages to hold on to her passion by finding another means. Inspiring, admirable, simply a beautiful premise.
I found the world travel aspect very enjoyable, seeing the world though Aubrey’s eyes was affecting. Loads of information provided making the descriptions virtually tactile. I also appreciated the softness of her relationship with Jeff. The friendship/romance was well balanced, given their past it was credible.
Bringing awareness to Retinitis Pigmentosa respectfully and smartly explored. A disease unknown to most, kudos broaching a topic enlightening an audience.
I wish there was more character development with Aubrey. We are given a sense to her essence based on her loss but we really don’t know her. The shreds we are privy to allow us to build Aubrey to our liking, there is a lack of warmth for her personally allowing the reader to connect with her exclusively through her crisis. As portrayed she’s wonderful, just wish more intimacy was revealed.
Hoang possesses the gift of writing, along with creativity. A fabulous freshman debut from an authoress with unlimited proficiency. Highly recommend.
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.
About Jamie Jo Hoang
Jamie Jo Hoang is the author of BLUE SUN, YELLOW SKY. Her writing can also be found on TinyBuddha.com and her personal website heyjamie.com. She lives in Los Angeles, and works to support her expensive hobby of traveling. So far she’s been to: Peru, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Uruguay, Chile, Bonaire, France, England, Jamaica, Ireland, Scotland, and numerous other cities within America.