Blue by Lisa Glass
Quercus Books, May 2014
Surfing is sixteen-year-old Iris’s world, and when the ultra-talented Zeke walks into her life, it soon becomes her passion.
Over one amazing summer, as she is drawn into his sphere, she experiences love, new friendships, but also loss, with an intensity she never dreamed of.
But is Zeke all he seems? What hides beneath his glamorous and mysterious past? When Iris decides to try for her own surfing success, just as her ex-boyfriend comes back into her life, she will test her talent, and her feelings for Zeke, to the limit…
I wanted to read this book the moment I saw the cover, then I read the blurb and I pre-ordered it right away. The sun, the sea and talented surfers - who could want more? The best thing is that with Blue you also get a wonderful story about growing up, love, commitment and the art of surfing.
Iris is still shattered because of how things ended with her ex boyfriend and she's so sad and confused about that and other life problems that she doesn't realize that she is far from being as damaged as she feels; in truth, she's immensely talented, and once she gets in touch with her inner strength, she rocks those waves. The way Iris grew and developped through the story made this a compelling read, because she felt as real as the girl next door.
Now Zeke, well, let's just say there's no boy like him next door to me. Sadly. Zeke is a force of nature. His strength, his connection with the ocean and nature as such was so well-written that I had no problems imagining him. I could feel how he influenced Iris and her way of seeing herself, the world, him. His characterization made him a believable surfing champion, he felt almost too real for fiction. That is another great thing about Blue: Lisa Glass knows what she's taking about. Her knowledge of the surfing world could be seen on every single page of the novel.
This is an inspiring read that will show you not just what competitive surfing looks like and the risks surfers are willing to take in order to win, but also what it feels like to find something so true and good in a relationship that it turns your world upside down.