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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Blue Sun, Yellow Sky by Jamie Jo Hoang is a heart rending novel about artist Audrey Johnson who has been diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa and will soon be blind. She decides to go on a trip around the world with her old friend Jeff. Being a painter, this trip is very important to her and she tries to recreate the images of each place many times in front of her eyes. As her sight slowly deteriorates with each passing day, she realizes that she has not lost everything. This magnificent journey with the author not only takes readers to different countries, but also tells readers more about Retinitis Pigmentosa and its effect.
The author's story is human and it takes readers through myriad emotions, ranging from self pity to acceptance and finally to adjusting and adapting to reality. The author's positive attitude towards life is uplifting and the book also teaches readers about Retinitis Pigmentosa. A romantic angle between the two friends also run subtly through the plot. The book has many dimensions to it and that makes it a compelling read. The author's journey to many lands and her journey into blindness capture life and loss nicely.
The journey to different countries makes Audrey strong and enables her to handle her life with more grace and dignity. The book also captures the sights, sounds and essence of each country and the author makes this very visual by her descriptions. The story is unique and the author creates characters and incidents that are plausible. A beautiful story of hope and acceptance.