When I first read ‘Blue‘, a young adult fiction novel set around the surf scene in Newquay, I was landlocked and desperate to read anything I could get my hands on relating to surfing – to connect with it from a distance in anyway possible. I’ve always loved reading and getting totally lost in a good book – I devoured Blue in one sitting.
I remember scouring Amazon a few months before thinking ‘why are there no surf fiction books around that centre on a female protagonist?’ Author of Blue Lisa Glass plugged that gap nicely and had me hooked from the first page. Little did I know that just 2 years later, the town where character Iris and author Lisa lives would also become my home.
I followed Iris and Zeke’s story through to the second installment in the trilogy, ‘Air’. In the blink of an eye, I demolished it and was eager to find out how Iris and Zeke’s story ended. But I waited patiently beyond the release date of the final book, ‘Ride’ and with good reason. I had been invited to the book’s launch party – an opportunity to meet Lisa and get a personally signed copy to mark the occasion.
The party took place at the secluded cove of Lusty Glaze – one of my favourite beaches. It’s gorgeous whatever the weather – ideal for cosying up in Winter in front of the log burner or soaking up the sunshine on long summer days. The food is amazing and it hosts regular music nights, including the popular ‘sundowner sessions’ where big names like Ben Howard and Newton Faulkner have entertained the crowds against a stunning sunset.
We were treated to a reading by Lisa, book signing and music by Little Lapin and The Roustabouts. For the guests who wandered the beach to watch the sunset, a guy on a rescue board put on a pretty amazing display of surfing, although I don’t think that part was scripted!
I bumped into friends I hadn’t seen for a while, shared the evening with my friend Sarah (Checkered Photography) who took some fantastic pictures and met Lisa who happily posed for pictures and signed my eagerly awaited copy of the book.
I started reading it the next day and in a matter of hours, I had finished it – gripped from the word go and relishing every word.
Perfect summer reading
I’m not going to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read any of the books but if you love surfing, a bit of romance and drama, and want a book (or three) to get lost in on your beach holiday, immerse yourself in ‘Blue’, ‘Air‘ and ‘Ride‘. They’re beautifully written, realistic and above all, set in Cornwall!
I read ‘Ride’ with a huge smile on my face and a sense of pride particularly in the places where Lisa references landmarks that I now know like the back of my hand – the beaches where Iris surfs (Tolcarne and South Fistral), The Stable restaurant on Fistral beach (amazing pizzas!), the Beached Lamb and The Box and Barber (which happen to be two of my favourite cafes). My home town leapt off the pages of the book – even the Texaco Gannel petrol station nicknamed ‘the garage of doom’ by me and my other half (it’s where we used to fill the car up with fuel before the dreaded 240 mile journey back to Wolverhampton).
Not quite ‘the end’
As soon as I closed the book, I felt a bit lost that I had read it so quickly. Nothing to look forward to now unless I started on Blue again, for the hundredth time (but never tire of re-reading it). Then I remembered reading in the Q&A with Lisa at the end of the book that there’s a possible spin off novel…
…and then there’s film adaptation, ‘Bluer than the Sky‘ to look forward to!