Thursday 15 November 2018

Review: Every Colour of You by Amelia Mandeville

What happens when someone who lives every day to the full meets someone who can only see reasons to stop living?
We had a story - short, but not a simple one. I couldn't stay here and explain it all to you. If you really want to know, you'll have to take time out of your day.
You'll have to read it...

Zoe's life is full of colour. A fan of impromptu yoga, inspirational quotes and experimenting with hair dye, she's on a mission to make the most of each and every day - even if she is currently spending most of her time behind a checkout till.
Then she meets Tristan. The rumour is that since his dad died, Tristan's life has fallen apart. No one has seen him for months. But now he's reappeared, does that mean he's back to 'normal'?
Zoe soon realises Tristan is struggling with a sadness that she can't possibly understand and becomes determined to bring a world of colour back into his life. But the harder she tries, the more she realises it's something she can't fix - and in trying to put him back together, a part of her is beginning to fall apart. . .

Review: I did not expect this book to make me cry so much, but it was just so beautiful, how could it not? I started reading this book and initially it seemed like just another contemporary romance between two complicated young people. These characters both had complications in their life, things they weren't telling each other, things they weren't telling me the reader, things they weren't telling themselves but when you start to peel back the layers, it was oh so heartbreaking inside. 

Zoe is a great character to spend a novel with, she is bubbly and takes risks and wants to live life to its fullest. She is definitely a zero judgement zone and I love that about her. She also seems to have more going on than meets the eye and you do slowly start to see her let her barrier down just a touch as the book progresses. Tristan also has his barriers up and his begin to come down in a very different way to Zoe's. He has some great morals but he doesn't necessarily always stick to them. We know that he is struggling with mental health, but again we don't necessarily see the full extent of that, but part of that is because he doesn't even seem to grasp the full extent of it. 

I love the fact that this book is set in the UK and not the US, I don't think the story would have felt the same if it were the other way around. The other characters in the book have some very British traits and all felt very real and I love the fact that our characters are talking about the kind of things that typical twenty year olds have to deal with; going to uni, working in a supermarket and saving up to buy a car. There are moments in this book that come out of nowhere to hit you in the feels and boy do they hit you hard, but there are moments of such positivity and such beauty too that you literally feel every emotion on the spectrum along with these characters. Mental health is dealt with well and so is the notion of kindness and friendship. 

I enjoyed this book more than I was expecting to and in different ways. If that sounds complicated then you'll just have to read it yourself, I recommend that you do!

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