Black Heart Blue

Black Heart Blue They tried to make me go to my sister s funeral today In the end I had to give in I d been walking in her shadow for sixteen years and I liked its cool darkness It was a good place to hide Rebecca s t

  • Title: Black Heart Blue
  • Author: LouisaReid
  • ISBN: 9780718158781
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Paperback
  • They tried to make me go to my sister s funeral today In the end I had to give in I d been walking in her shadow for sixteen years and I liked its cool darkness It was a good place to hide Rebecca s twin sister Hephzibah was beautiful and daring She was the one who always wanted The one who wouldn t listen Now she s gone, Rebecca is alone.While there were t They tried to make me go to my sister s funeral today In the end I had to give in I d been walking in her shadow for sixteen years and I liked its cool darkness It was a good place to hide Rebecca s twin sister Hephzibah was beautiful and daring She was the one who always wanted The one who wouldn t listen Now she s gone, Rebecca is alone.While there were two of them, they stayed silent about their home life But Rebecca, who knows the truth about how her twin died, suddenly finds herself keeping too many secrets Hephzibah dreamt of escape, but failed Could Rebecca be the one to find freedom Original and unforgettable, Black Heart Blue is not just Rebecca and Hephzibah s story It s a story about all of us a story about the lies we want to believe, the truth we sometimes can t, and having the courage to discover the difference.

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    1. Cross-over fiction is a genre that I’ve thought a lot about.Well, OK not really, I just said that so I sounded like I was ‘in the know’ about all things publishing. Before I read this book, a ‘cross-over fiction’ kinda book, I’d never really thought about it. But for reviewing purposes I have decided to do just that.I’ve narrowed all my thoughts, highly highly intellectual thoughts, down to one question that I will attempt to answer in this review.Is a book that is classed as ‘cr [...]

    2. "They tried to make me go to my sister’s funeral today. In the end I’d had to give in I’d been walking in her shadow for sixteen years and I liked its cool darkness. It was a good place to hide."Such a beautifully written yet extremely sad book. It follows the lives of 16-year-old twin sisters, Hephzibah and Rebecca. Told in split narrative format, Hephzibah narrates the past (before her death) and Rebecca the present (after her sister's death). Hephzibah is the beautiful, outgoing and pop [...]

    3. I've actually waited a couple of days before reviewing this book and I think that I made the right decision to do that. Black Heart Blue is definitely a haunting book and I think that I appreciate it more now that I've had even more time to reflect on it. I think that this will be a book that lingers in my mind for quite a long time.On the very first page of this story is a verse from Sylvia Plath's poem, Daddy. I absolutely adore Sylvia Plath, so when I read the verse, I was so excited that I w [...]

    4. (Fuh I tried so hard to make this a spoiler-free)4.2/5 for Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid.Black Heart Blue is a gripping tale of twin sisters, Hephzi and Rebecca, who have been subjected to abuse and religious extremism in their own family. I like how distinctive the main characters are: Hephzi, the extroverted one, bold at the outside but most fragile at heart and then Rebecca, her twin sister, who suffered Treacher Collins Syndrome, who seemed fragile but actually was a strong-willed child in [...]

    5. Edito: lo que me pasa con este libro es MUY loco, el sentimiento que me provocó su lectura es tan deprimente, me transmitió tanta tristeza, tantas emociones negras y negativas, que no lo tolero. Lo tengo metido en un placard porque no soporto verlo, me chupa la energía. Supongo que voy a regalarlo, pero un año después de leerlo la sensación deprimente no se va. Realmente es un caso único y curioso, nunca me pasó algo así. Es verlo y que se me haga un nudo en el estomago (lo tengo ahora [...]

    6. The author of this book described child abuse in realistic ways, so as a result parts of the story is rather painful and disturbing to read, for example, the abused victims are always too fearful to seek for help to a point you become frustrated and wanting to scream "OMG! Seek help already!". Plus the complicated relationship between the disfigured girl and her pretty twin sister has also been handled nicely. 4 stars.

    7. Its quite rare that I feel so emotional when reading a novel but this certainly was the case with this story. Its a very powerful and compelling story at which I felt sadness, anger and hope in equal measures. The story is told in two narratives of both past and present from two twin sisters, Rebecca and Hephzibah (Hephzi). The book starts with Hephzi’s funeral. We are not told why she died although as the book progresses, it becomes clear. Although they are twins, the two sisters are very dif [...]

    8. Erste Zeilen: Sie haben mich gezwungen, heute zur Beerdigung meiner Schwester zu gehen. Irgendwann musste ich nachgeben.Eye-Candy: Das Cover ist düster und traurig gehalten, das passt gut zur Geschichte. Irgendwie hätte mir eine Zwillingsthematik fast besser gefallen, aber ich will nicht meckern.Inhalt: Eine untypische Zwillingsgeschichte, die dramatische Züge aufweist und keine leichte Lektüre für zwischendurch ist. Es geht Unteranderem um häusliche Gewalt, Krankheit und das Grauen, das u [...]

    9. Zwillinge wie Rebecca haben es nicht leicht. Ihre Schwester Hephzi ist wunderschön, beliebt und das genaue Gegenteil zu ihr. Doch noch etwas macht Rebecca das Leben schwer: Ihr Vater. Er ist Pfarrer einer Gemeinde, er sperrt die beiden in ihr Zimmer und würde sie am liebsten Tag und Nacht im Haus behalten. Als sie dann, wie durch ein Wunder auf ein College gehen dürfen und nicht mehr von der Mutter unterrichtet werden, merken sie wie anders sie sind. Sie kennen kein Facebook, haben nur gebrau [...]

    10. Black Heart Blue is a touching book which I really enjoyed because it is unusual and both sad and heartwarming at the same time.I really enjoyed the way this story was told. It it told it split narrative for the majority of the book switching between the twins. One looks backs of the events the story is set around while the other is present tense. As a reader you are therefore trying to make sense and fill in the gaps between the two narratives which is something I really liked about it.The best [...]

    11. I was sent a proof copy of this novel at work, and picked it up as some in-flight reading for a weekend away. I eventually started this book on a flight back up north this evening: I was so hooked that I stayed up past midnight to finish it. What an utterly stunning novel - both for the shocking bleakness of the content, and in the beautiful, gorgeous prose.The decision to narrate in two voices - Hephzibah for the past, Rebecca for the present - allowed a lovely contrast which took the reader im [...]

    12. Beautifully written and hauntingly sad. A reminder to us all that just because a family looks respectable it doesnt mean they are.

    13. This book was first reviewed on my blog; hereThere are times when you pick up a book and it truly speaks to you. It’s words enter your mind and instantly find a place within your heart, refusing to leave and determined to leave a mark there forever. Black Heart Blue did that to me. From the very first sentence, the very first paragraph, to the very last paragraph, the very last sentence, this book grabbed for me and has not let me go since. I will carry it around with me wherever I go and I am [...]

    14. The day after reading this, I went to the cinema. I was going to see a great film, one I really loved. But I kept thinking about Black Heart Blue. I could not get it out of my head. That was a few weeks ago now. And it's still just as much in my head now as it was the second is finished it. That there is the sign of an amazing book…Hephzibah and Rebecca are twins. Hephzi is bold, beautiful and confident.Rebecca is quiet, always living in her sister's shadow. Now Hephzi is gone and Rebecca is a [...]

    15. Not only recommended my Claire but by many others, book bloggers, non-GR members & obviously, Jaimie Admans. Thanks to everyone, especially Reid.Review includes GIF and book trailerThis book may just be ever so haunting after those horrifingly engaging 274 pages (that's the whole novel). I quite liked the depth and sombreness- it just was portrayed so well in contrast to the up points of the novel. There were some of those and I felt more for Rebecca as she seemed to be taking the blows. Reb [...]

    16. I cannot stop thinking about this book. The storyline was clever and addictive and unbelievably incredible. I began to feel for the main characters and connect with them throughout the book. The style of writing was beautiful and made me turn the pages faster with each word. Louisa Reid has helped me find one of my favourite books and has me obssessing over a fantastic book.Black Heart Blue is about two girls, which are twins, one is beautiful and the other suffers from a syndrome called Treache [...]

    17. This book was a really touching read. Told by the perspectives of both sisters. Hephzibah speaks before her death of the details before the incident and Rebecca after Hephzibah's death. Hephzi and Rebecca have always been homeschooled by their mother but the book begins when they have beged their strict, abusive father to let them go to college.Hephzi becomes involved with a new group of friends and soon starts sneaking out the house to meet them.Rebecca however struggles with her disfigured fac [...]

    18. Published in May 2012, Black Heart Blue is Louisa Reid's debut novel and is part of the SpineBreakers series from Penguin Books. It is aimed at a teenage audience, but is also published in an alternative, more adult cover. It is most definitely a cross-over story, one to be read by all ages.Twin sisters Rebecca and Hephzibah are the daughters of the local vicar, they had not had an easy life, not allowed to mix with other children, beaten and abused, yet both of them had hope of a better life so [...]

    19. When I chose this book it was due to its intriguing blurb which though vague had all the right words to lure me in and want to know more. The story is told in two perspectives; Twins Hephzibah and Rebecca. We are first made aware of the death of Hephzibah and the seemingly sinister way in which she died through Rebecca while she is attending the funeral and throughout the novel we are given little clues and tid-bits here and there to help us piece together what happened to the girls. Rebecca's p [...]

    20. I think I wept most of the way through this. It made reading it more difficult. This is my only criticism. I love the writing styles that Louisa Reid's adopts for the two girls. They contrast and complement each other perfectly to give a rounded and full emotional background to their horrific upbringing. She switches between these two narrators throughout the book to really explore the range of emotions that might be experienced in such an extreme situation, and the book deals wonderfully with t [...]

    21. Black Heart Blue is a powerful and harrowing tale of two sisters who have grown up sheltered from the world, subjected to religious extremism and abuse.Told in before and after chapters by the two girls, we learn of the circumstances leading up to the death of Hephzi (before) and Rebecca's struggles to escape from her life (after).A poignant and gripping tale, one that left me with a golf ball sized lump in my throat at times, and tears threatening to spring out at others. Do we ever know what g [...]

    22. Black Heart Blue by Louisa ReidThis has to be one of the best books I’ve ever read since ‘My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece’ by Annabel Pitcher. I literally devoured it in less than two hours. Beautifully written, with a complex and original storyline, this story takes us through the lives of Hephzibah and Rebecca, two twins, one beautiful the other disfigured, when one of them suddenly dies. They cope with abuse, love, and death, and create a story out of this world. One of the twins tel [...]

    23. I finished reading Black heart blue  this afternoon,  I finished this afternoon because I couldn't put this book down and stop reading.  Right from reading the   first page I was hooked.  The story is written at a nice pace with plenty of hints and descriptions of events and secrets hidden that I just had to keep reading to find out if they were as dark as they suggested.  ( and it turns out they are )   The book is written from both the perspectives of two girls who are twins, one  is [...]

    24. Black Heart Blue es una historia que relata la cruda realidad acompañada de personas insensibles e intolerantes al dolor ajeno. Un padre salido del mismo demonio, una madre que no está muy lejos de allí y una hermana hermosa absorta en su egoísmo.No tengo muchas palabras para expresar lo que este libro es, lo que nos cuenta a través de Rebecca, esta chica que es débil pero a la vez tan fuerte y desinteresada si lo que hay que salvar es a su hermana gemela. Tomé todo lo que relató Louisa [...]

    25. haunting, heartbreaking! When I started reading this book,I somehow related to Rebecca's feelings of sadness and despair, and how she somehow got used to it.I loved how the characters developed throughout the story. love made hephzi strong enough to stand up to The motherhow Rebecca started as a sad person with no self confidence and ended as a strong woman ready to face the world on her own.I held resentment for The parents and I loved the girls. Each character had a great part and the story wa [...]

    26. This book is one that stays with you for days and days. Like other reviewers I devoured it in less than a day. It is fabulous - the voices of the girls are so real you can hear them speaking as you read. The power of the relationship of the girls extending out beyond the grave is so terribly sad but also comforting for the twin left behind. It made me cry, it made me laugh. Just stunning.

    27. What a difficult but interesting book to read. I really liked the dual perspective and the before and after timelines and how that shaped the story and what information is revealed to the reader. Was definitely a dark, hard book to read but I finished the book with a sense of hope.

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