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Review: All the Colours by Lo-arna Green

All the ColoursJazz lives her life according to colour.
She vibes off people’s colour.
Her world is happy, bright, fluro. Until her sister goes missing, followed closely by her mother.

She moves across the country and starts a new life. Some of it good, some of it a little bad. All of it colourful. It is there she meets a man who makes her question herself, her previous life and where she is going in this one. Jazz wants to move forward but she also can’t forget the mystery surrounding her mother and sister.

This was an interesting read for me. I’ll admit, as I’ve gotten older (yes, even at the ripe old age of 30, I feel old), I’ve noticed my enjoyment for young adult and new adult books has begun to waiver. But not with this book and I’m happy for that. It was enjoyable read about a young woman whose life is suddenly upended on her. First, her sister disappears after a car accident and then her mother vanishes. Though she knows her mother is probably on a bender, Jazz can’t help but reach out to her beloved aunt for help. Thankfully so, as you later discover her sister was murdered because of someone extremely close to Jazz.

She has this worldview of seeing things in colors and using those to describe everything good and bad about the world and people around her. I’m not really sure I understand this obsession with it. Truthfully, if I met someone who described people like that, I would think they were some New Age loon. But there are moments of clarity when she describes the different layers of people she knows. I still don’t get it, but I at least can glimpse what is supposed to be meant by it.

I kind of felt Jazz’s story was a bit all over the place. Especially since she’s supposed to be dealing with the loss of her sister and mother. There’s not a lot of time dedicated toward mourning these two characters and yet, it somehow colors her behavior and how she shuts herself off from others. It took me a moment to step back to evaluate this approach. While I can understand this lack of concern for her mother, her sister’s disappearance bothered me. I just felt there was a real lack of grief over this loss and even lesser lack of concern or even interest over what happened to her. Even when she starts getting strange e-mails about her sister, she refuses to look into it. Or she does halfheartedly months later. As little as my sister and I get along or even talk, if she disappeared, I’d be obsessed with trying to find out what happened to her. So for me, I can’t understand Jazz’s lack of interest in uncovering what happened. As it is, it’s all too convenient how she finds out a morsel of truth about what happened.

As for Jazz and Jack, I was a bit back and forth with this couple. It’s only when I recalled my own “love” from that age that I was able to get it. Jazz is at an age where love is all and nothing. Where you find the one and it’s supposed to be forever and then when it can’t be… or can’t be the way you want it on your terms, it’s miserable to move forward. I think the author did a great job of having both Jack and Jazz grow during their time apart. It worked out well and I was happy with their ending.

It’s definitely an interesting book and one that I would recommend to anyone who is a fan of Young Adult/New Adult fiction. I’m really thankful I got the opportunity to read this book and I look forward to reading more of Green’s work in the future.

Reviewer’s note: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

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