Truthfully, I read this book out of curiosity. I’ve watched the Mandeville Sisters on Youtube for a number of years and have always enjoyed their content. So it was especially lovely when I saw that Amelia had written a book, after watching countless videos on how she wanted to be a writer. After a wave of Youtuber-cum-novelists, it’s refreshing to see someone who has dreamt of this for a long time, not as an extra money spinner when those views are dwindling… (Make of that what you will.)
Every Colour of You is Zoe and Tristan’s story. It’s a love story but not an easy one. Zoe is full of life, Tristan would rather not be living his. Zoe is bursting with the determination to bring the colour back in to Tristan’s life. But love doesn’t always fix everything.
Firstly, the book is published by Little, Brown Book Group which is always a good sign. I don’t think I’ve ever read something by them that I haven’t loved so I was pretty confident with this one.
What I Didn’t Like
At first I wasn’t sure about the premise. It seemed a little too tropey and young adult romance stories aren’t usually my thing. But as the book progressed I enjoyed the characters. It really felt as though Zoe and Tristan were at the heart of the novel.
What I Liked
It’s clear from the off that Mandeville can tell a story. I got major John Green vibes from this which, I think is a great thing. The book was also clever in subtle ways. It was only after finishing that I turned back to the first page and saw something that made me realise how the novel might end. Something that had never occurred to me when I first opened the book. (I’m trying to keep this as spoiler free as possible so sorry if that’s majorly vague!)
I also really liked the portrayal of mental health. As a mental health nurse I often myself getting frustrated with author’s lack of realism but Mandeville handled this really well. I also hope that it will contribute to young people being more open about their mental health. And, allow people to see that it’s okay to be frustrated when someone you love is portraying symptoms of mental illness.
Mandeville can only grow as an author so I’m really excited to see what she puts out next.