Book Review: Blue Sun, Yellow Sky. By Jamie Jo Hoang.

01 Mar
Book Review: Blue Sun, Yellow Sky. By Jamie Jo Hoang.

I would like to thank author Jamie Jo Hoang for my copy of this book. Jamie is a very lovely lady and I am very happy to share my review of this book with you.

Book Description:

Hailed as “One of the best technical painters of our time” by an L.A. Times critic, 27 year-old, Aubrey Johnson’s work is finally gaining traction. 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.

Travelling on a one-way ticket around the world with childhood friend Jeff Anderson, Aubrey is in complete denial. But a blindfolded game of tasting foreign foods in China jolts her into confronting the reality of her situation. So begins her quest.

In this adult coming of age story, Aubrey starts out at odds with her crippling disability and has a hard time accepting. help. But on her journey she finds a deeper understanding of herself and her life—sometimes fragmented and complex, but always with relentless truth

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My Thoughts:

So, to start this review firstly I have to say….. I loved this book, this book is amazing, you should all read this book straight away! 

Aubrey is a brilliant painter, established and recognised in art galleries as extremely talented. Then she gets the news that she has a medical condition called retinus pigmentosa, in other words, she is going blind and there is no cure. Worse still, it will happen in 6 to 8 weeks. Aubrey decides to do something at this time, quite extraordinary. She decides to spend the next 6 weeks travelling the world with an old school friend Jeff.

The story is about overcoming challenges and living life to the best that you can. Aubrey is an inspirational character. She is brave, yet identifiable. The author writes Aubrey in a realistic way, she doesn’t just accept her condition and enjoy her travels. This is a journey of self discovery and as we travel on Aubrey’s journey with her, the reader will experience an explosion of their senses through your own imagination of the authors words. I could imagine the markets in India, the saltiness of the Dead Sea and the exhaustion of hiking to Machu Picchu.

Some highlights of Aubrey’s travels include an Indian market where she and Jeff feed each other very strange foods while blind folded and unknowing of what is going into their mouths. We also see the artistic side of Aubrey as she still paints as she travels. Painting and art are ingrained in her, as she revels in the amazing colours that she can buy in the market. Dairylide yellow and dioxaxine purple! As I mentioned, an explosion for the readers senses! Aubrey does one painting with a blue sun and a yellow sky, hence the book title. We hear her reflections on this and gain further understanding of her character. 

We also hear a bit of history about the places that Aubrey visits. This book has everything! 

As a British reader, I really liked that the author added in a bit about British / American speech. Aubrey and Jeff meet some British travellers, and they speak about the ‘strange’ things that British people say. This made me smile. 🙂    (especially because the author is American).

This book is so lovely that I have taken some quotes to share with you. I found them an extremely enjoyable part of the book, but also inspirational. I hope you do too.

“Everything that’s broken was beautiful at one time. And our mistakes make us better people”.

“Everything in life, our thoughts, our emotions are always fragmented. For me, art brings it all back together. With any kind of art you can feel something and empathise with it on a very deep level without having to put restrictive words to it”.

And my favourite quote of the book, which really sums up the whole story for me:

“Just because you can’t see the stage, doesn’t mean you can’t dance on it!“. How amazing is that. 

Thank you Jamie for your wonderful words. This is a book, I will be keeping and reading again and again. I loved it! 

And here is the book trailer clip. If my review doesn’t make you want to read this book, then this trailer really will……


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21 responses to “Book Review: Blue Sun, Yellow Sky. By Jamie Jo Hoang.

  1. heyjamie

    March 1, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Thank you for such a beautiful post Amanda! I was truly wonderful getting to know you!

    • chocolatepages

      March 1, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      Thank you, you too. Also thanks for following, it means a lot to have great authors like yourself follow my little blog. 😉

  2. mamavsteacher

    March 8, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Sounds like a great read! #SundayStars

  3. heather griffiths

    March 8, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Thanks for this great review I am looking for a new read at the moment and think I might give this a try! x

    • chocolatepages

      March 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      I really do recommend it, I hope you love it too. Amanda.

  4. beautwins

    March 8, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    This book sounds like one I need to read. I love inspirational books especially at a time in need to remind us life isn’t as bad as we think. I love the first quote “Everything that’s broken was beautiful at one time. And our mistakes make us better people”. Beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing and linking this with us at #SundayStars 🙂 x

    • chocolatepages

      March 8, 2015 at 11:02 pm

      I really would recommend it, its amazing. If you read it I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
      Thank you for your nice comments and stopping by.

  5. Everything Mummy

    March 21, 2015 at 9:16 am

    really does sound like an amazing book thanks so much for sharing your review on #sundaystars I’ve jotted it down and will be looking it up later! #sundaystars

    • chocolatepages

      March 21, 2015 at 11:29 am

      It really is, I hope you like it as much as I do. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Carry On Katy

    April 5, 2015 at 9:21 am

    If the review is as beautifully written as this then the book must be a winner. Will add it to my reading list!

    • chocolatepages

      April 5, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Thank you for the lovely compliments. The book really is very good. I hope you read and love it too.

  7. travelingchristie

    April 5, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Thank you, a great review, I will look out for this book, thanks for linking up #SundayStars x

  8. diaryofamidlifemummy

    April 5, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Great review. I’m afraid I never seem to take the time to read for myself any more – but this seems worth a look in!! Thanks again for linking up to #SundayStars Steph xxxx

    • chocolatepages

      April 6, 2015 at 8:19 am

      It is an amazing book, if I were only to recommend one for this year, this would be it. Thanks, Amanda.

  9. fillyourownglass

    May 10, 2015 at 12:39 am

    This sounds like my kind of book! Well done on the review as you have completely made me put this on my “to read” list! 🙂

    • chocolatepages

      May 10, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      That’s great to hear. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks for your nice comments.

  10. Karen (@karenjwhitlock)

    May 10, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Great review – just wish I had a bit more time to read as have a queue of 4 books to read!

    • chocolatepages

      May 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      I know, as a book blogger I have a queue of about 15 books to read!!! If only we could stop time so that we can read, sleep and read some more! Thanks for stopping by.


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