A Different Blue

Author: Amy Harmon

Recommended by: Jasinda Wilder

Price at time of purchase: $3.99

Genre: Inspirational/Coming of Age

“Blue Echohawk doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know her real name or when she was born. Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn’t attend school until she was ten years old. At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on with life, she is just a senior in high school. With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least. Tough, hard and overtly sexy, she is the complete opposite of the young British teacher who decides he is up for the challenge, and takes the troublemaker under his wing.

This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody. It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love. But falling in love can be hard when you don’t know who you are. Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can’t love you back might be impossible.”~~Amazon blurb.

What did you think the author did particularly well?

Blue’s journey in this book was remarkable. At the beginning, I didn’t particularly like Blue, but I was still fascinated by her voice, by her flaws, by the hints of her mysterious past. I loved that I was drawn into this young girl’s life. I loved that, by the end of the book, I was cheering for Blue, amazed by her resilience and capacity to forgive. I didn’t like her in the beginning, and really,  I don’t think you’re supposed to.

What was your favorite thing about the story?

I absolutely loved the descriptions of Blue’s sculptures. I love art in books. Wilson playing the cello? HOT. I loved that Blue found completion and escape in carving. It made me wish I could carve, wish I could create beauty from a hunk of wood like she did.

This isn’t a plug, honestly, but A Different Blue has certain themes in common with Falling Into You, i.e. grief, loss, forgiveness of others and of yourself, the healing power of art and the healing power of love, learning to accept and move on. Amy Harmon has written a deeply heartfelt book with complex, flawed, believable, and attractive characters that you want to keep living with.

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