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The Taste of Blue Light

by Lydia Ruffles

'new gen' - Great Fiction for Young Adults Debut Books of the Month Debuts eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Taste of Blue Light

February 2018 Debut of the Month  |  In a nutshell: angry, witty and ultimately life-affirming coming-of-age story

The Taste of Blue Light establishes Lydia Ruffles as an exciting and original new voice in YA. We first meet her central character Lux Langley at her school’s end of year party, the kind of wild, uninhibited bacchanal that Richdene Art School is famous for. She seems to be everything many teens long to be – bold, confident, popular. But something happens that turns her summer bad, so that ever after it tastes to Lux ‘of tequila and ash’. What that something is, we don’t know; Lux can’t remember but she’s desperate to find out. It makes for powerful, sometimes painful reading, and indeed could almost be too angst-ridden but for Lux’s sharp, sarcastic teen voice which grips and intrigues with equal measure. 

Readers who enjoy this should be directed to The Catcher in the Rye or Plath’s The Bell Jar~ Andrea Reece

A Piece of Passion from Anne McNeil, senior publisher at Hachette Children’s Group: “We are incredibly proud to be publishing Lydia; her voice is vividly unique. Whilst The Taste of Blue Light is by no means the same story as The Bell Jar, Lydia’s main character, Lux, has parallels with Plath’s Esther. Both are young women who are privileged in the opportunities presented to them, but both women feel out of place and suffocated, and unable to touch upon why they feel the way they do.”

Andrea Reece

The Taste of Blue Light Synopsis

An incandescent, soul-searching story about a broken young woman's search for a truth buried so deep it threatens to consume her, body and mind.

These are the things Lux knows: She is an artist. She is lucky. She is broken.

These are the things she doesn't know: What happened over the summer. Why she ended up in hospital. Why her memories are etched in red.

'The nightmares tend to linger long after your screams have woken you up ...'Desperate to uncover the truth, Lux's time is running out. If she cannot piece together the events of the summer and regain control of her fractured mind, she will be taken away from everything and everyone she holds dear. If her dreams don't swallow her first.'

The Taste of Blue Light Press Reviews

A game-changing exploration of mental health   Emerald Street

An original take on trauma and memory loss...Lux's voice engages readers on issues that are timely, absorbing and perceptively related   Irish Times 

dark and affecting...a truly unforgettable debut    Heat Magazine

This gripping thriller will stay with you long after you finish the last page   The Sun on Sunday

Remember the name Lydia Ruffles: this devastating and brilliant YA book goes to the most unexpected of places and will leave you mulling it over for days, weeks and months after   Stylist

A gripping Bell Jar-type narrative of mental distress and confusion   Financial Times

If Sylvia Plath wrote a novel for young adults, The Taste of Blue Light would be it... Beautiful. Visceral. Gripping. I loved it  Louise O'Neill, author of Asking For It

It's very brave, and fierce, and electric  Sara Barnard

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781444936766
Publication date: 08/02/2018
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781444936735
Publication date: 07/09/2017
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444936766
Publication date: 8th February 2018
Author: Lydia Ruffles
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Debuts of the Month, Debuts, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thrillers (Children's / Teenage),

About Lydia Ruffles

After graduating with a degree in theatre and a postgraduate diploma in public relations, Lydia Ruffles spent a decade working in corporate communications in between travels. She is a graduate of the acclaimed Faber Academy and lives in London. The Taste of Blue Light is her first novel. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @lydiaruffles

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