Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak

Wild Blue Wonder

There are two monsters in this story. One of them is me.Ask anyone in Winship, Maine, and they’ll tell you the summer camp Quinn’s family owns is a magical place. Paper wishes hang from the ceiling. Blueberries grow in the dead of winter. According to local legend, a sea monster even lurks off the coast. Mostly, there’s just a feeling that something extraordinary could happen there.Like Quinn falling in love with her best friend, Dylan.Afte...

Details Wild Blue Wonder

TitleWild Blue Wonder
Release DateJun 26th, 2018
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Fiction, Young Adult Contemporary

Reviews Wild Blue Wonder

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    This was soooooooooo good. I loved the writing and the characters and the setting SO MUCH. I just finished it but I already want to re-read it???
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    Such a heartbreaking and beautiful book. I read this book in less than 24 hours and pretty much weeper the entire time, but it was exactly what I needed. Definitely my favourite book I’ve read so far this year, and one of my new favourite books of all time. Already looking forward to rereading it. If you like hard hitting contemporaries, please do yourself a favour and pick this one up when it releases this summer.
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    4.5 stars “Scary things and amazing things coexist. The world is full of wildness and wonder. And a lot of it is good.” Wild Blue Wonder is a captivating story about family, forgiveness, and the pain of grief. Quinn is learning to live after the tragic loss of her best friend Dylan the summer before. Quinn blames herself for Dylan’s death and she’s begun to drift from her siblings, who are feeling the loss in their own way. But Quinn is...
  • Renee Godding
    4 stars "In all camp stories, there are monsters. In this one, there are two. The seamonster.And me. Wild Blue Wonder was in my top 3 most anticipated YA-books to be released in 2018, and it didn’t disappoint. If the entire book had been as good as the second half, it would have been a five star for sure. The first half however, left some to be desired for me. The break in enjoyment level was quite noticeable, and even visible in my readingspe...
  • Julia Sapphire
    I was sent an ARC of this book by HCC Frenzy in exchange for an honest review DNF I unfortunately I did not enjoy this book very much. I have been trying to read it for almost the entire month of May but have felt such a huge disconnect. The writing was just okay and some lines in the book I just thought were kind of odd.such as, "Her voice has something in common with razor blades" "They're like grief boobs or something" There were some th...
  • Madison
    Stunning and heart wrenching, Wild Blue Wonder is a beautifully written book. Right from the first chapter it is clear that Wild Blue Wonder is magical. Whether it springs from the legends that surround Quinn’s family campground complete with ancient forests and a lake monster or perhaps from the captivating writing style, everything about Wild Blue Wonder seems to glow.Quinn Sawyer has always known her family’s campground, The Hundreds, was ...
  • Lauren
    3.5 stars Normally I would have given a book like this 4 stars but I'm thinking it deserves a 3.5. I was really looking forward to reading Wild Blue Wonder having read some very positive reviews about it and summer is my season for reading contemporaries but...I was a bit disappointed by this one. I think the main reason was the pace and plot of the story - I found the beginning section very engaging but then it petered out and became...a bit bor...
  • Meredith Mara
    The Hundreds — the summer camp run by Quinn’s family — is a magical place. Spread out across a ten-acre plot in Winship, Maine, The Hundreds is a place where blueberries grow in the deep of winter and a legendary sea monster roams just off the coast. A place where older brother, Reed, middle sibling, Quinn, and little sister, Fern, grow up as tight-knit as they come, sharing everything, including their best friend, Dylan.Until one terrible ...
  • Jane
    4.5 stars. I think this book destroyed me, and I absolutely loved it.
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Rating: 4.5 StarsI went gaga for Sorosiak's debut, If Birds Fly Back. Because of all the love I had for her previous book, I had really high expectations for Wild Blue Wonder. Once again, Sorosiak produced a story, which left me drowning in my emotions.Immediately, I knew something broke this family. Their pain and grief soaked the pages. Sorosiak didn't immediately reveal the entire story, but I knew all this suffering and the accompanying disco...
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    *4.5 stars*This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Content warnings: grief, death, drowningI am having such good luck with these fabulist YA contemporaries coming out this summer. Wild Blue Wonder was a sweet, unexpected gem of a novel, complete with a summer camp setting, alternating timelines, lush writing...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    Wild Blue Wonder has such beautiful writing and it broke my heart at times.The chapters alternate in time by a few months.  The past (summer) is Quinn talking to her best friend, Dylan.  She is sharing stories and how she fell in love with him.  We also find out that both her older brother and younger sister are also in love with Dylan.  He was such an important person in their lives.The current chapters are Quinn dealing with her grief and g...
  • Jessica
    A really lovely coming of age novel. A powerful portrayl of grief. I particularly enjoyed the questions raised about the impossible. Do we as humans imagine things or create magic as a way of coping with certain aspects of our life? How much possibility is there in the unknown? Fantastic writing, heartbreaking at times, and always poignant.
  • Thamy
    Quinn believes there are two monsters where she lives, the mythical creature she once saw in the water and herself. Since her best friend's death months before, her family hasn't been the same.This is a great story about moving on, dealing with guilt and other people's grief besides your own.I really liked this author's choice of words, my heart broke for Quinn when she says she is one of the monsters. Also, this book has too timelines, one at th...
  • alice (arctic books)
    Review to come!
  • Margaret Robbins
    This book was a delight to read! I’ll soon write more detailed reviews for SLJ and my blog, but here’s what resonated with me: 1. A gorgeous setting 2. Falling for your best friend (we’ve all been there at least once) 3. Unrequited Love (again, we can all relate) 4. Summer camp memories: some of the best of my life, including writing camps and GHP in high school 5. Coping with loss and grief 6. Complicated family relationships 7. A male int...
  • Diego
    The book was really good at first but the middle it was little boring but the end it was so good I cannot put it down.
  • Vicky Skinner
    This is a wonderful wonderful novel that I never knew I needed, with a sibling dynamic that is beautiful and heartbreaking and emotional. I can't wait to hype this book when it comes out!!!
  • Celia McMahon
    Thank you to Edelweiss for the ARC.What I love most about books is that you can dive right into one without knowing anything about it. There are no movie trailers, FB articles that pop up before you can unsee them etc. I can open it right up and start an unexpected adventure.That is exactly what I did with this book, but even if I did know the premise, I would have been blown away regardless. This book is told in first person and jumps from the p...
  • Grace
    The book “Wild Blue Wonder” by Carlie Sorosiak takes place in a small town in Winship, Maine. The book revolves around Quinn, and the summer camp that her family owns. It is a magical place with sea monsters, and other extraordinary ideas. Quinn always believed that it was a magical place until just last summer, when her best friend Dylan passed away. Quinn believes the accident was all of her fault and is still learning to cope from the deat...
  • Lulu (the library leopard)
    “My mother used to tell me that sometimes when a woman’s in darkness, she doesn’t need a goddamn flashlight. She needs another woman to stand in the dark by her side.”Wild Blue Wonder was a really pleasant surprise for me. I hadn’t heard much about it, but when my library got it, I decided to give the book a chance and I ended up really loving it. Carlie Sorosiak manages to effortlessly pull off an aching exploration of the aftermath of...
  • Andrea at Reading Lark
    Review Posted on Reading Lark 7/20/18: https://readinglark.blogspot.com/2018...It seems to be the summer of reading books set in Maine; I'd be lying if I said that didn't influence my decision to give this one a read. While my last Maine read was a dark mystery, this one is a gorgeous and lyrical ode to the wonders and tragedies of life. I lingered with this novel longer than I intended because I wanted to savor every chapter. The writing is gorg...
  • Z
    I almost didn't go on after the first few chapters, when everything felt too YA and the writing, choppy and over indulgent (hence disturbingly reminding me of my own writing, which I dislike), started to bore me. But in a hotel room on a hot, lazy summer day, what else to do than to ignore all that to fall for wild blue everything?Grief... It is hard to wash away grief. The sibling relationships in this reminded me of Paperweight. I can't say I l...
  • Chelsea
    I was prepared for a 3-star book when I picked this one up, but it was actually better than I expected. It made me miss my brothers, and my childhood! I might have been biased, since it took place in New England, but it really made me nostalgic, and I felt really connected to the main character. I liked the writing, and the storyline. I wanted it to end differently, even though you know from the beginning that Dylan dies, but I still kept hoping ...
  • Andria Sedig
    I am a sucker for poignant, melancholy, and sad contemporaries (see my love of Jeff Zentner books), and this book was an absolutely beautiful story about grief and guilt and overwhelming sadness following the death of a friend. It dealt with how grief can tear a family apart, how different people deal with that grief, and how guilt can eat away at a person and influence their relationships even more than grief can. The format of the book - the sw...
  • Marissa Burns
    I went into this book a little skeptic. I liked the idea but some reviews left me nervous that it wasn't going to meet my expectations. And boy was I wrong. I loved this book inside and out. I loved this idea of alternating between the past of summer and the present of autumn/winter. I loved how deeply Quinn's emotions ran and how scared she was to move on. I loved that for the summer chapters, Quinn was speaking to Dylan as if it were a diary. I...