Fifteen-year-old Aura Ambrose has been hiding a secret. Her mother, a talented artist and art teacher, is slowly being consumed by schizophrenia, and Aura has been her sole caretaker ever since Aura’s dad left them. Convinced that “creative” equals crazy, Aura shuns her own artistic talent. But as her mother sinks deeper into the darkness of mental illness, the hunger for a creative outlet draws Aura toward the depths of her imagination. Just as desperation threatens to swallow her whole, Aura discovers that art, love, and family are profoundly linked—and together may offer an escape from her fears.
Holly gives an overview of the book:
After obtaining my master's degree in '01, I decided to nix the idea of a full-time job in order to pursue a writing career (my lifelong dream). A mere (ahem) nine years (and half a dozen worn-out computer keyboards later), I released my debut YA novel, A BLUE SO DARK,...