Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Indigo Blues
Author: Danielle Joseph
Release Date: July 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 14 yrs and up
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 14 yrs and up
Year/Setting: Present day, Caulder MA
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate/Extreme
Violent Content Rating: None/Minimal
Danielle's Website/Blog: www.daniellejoseph.com
As a person who was lucky enough to have read this author’s book, Shrinking Violet, I was extremely happy to receive this – her next book – in the mail. In fact, Ms. Joseph had me at "hello." Not only does she write exceptionally well, harkening back to the well-written teen fiction of Judy Blume, but she also has the ability to write a story withOUT a pale-faced vampire taking center-stage which I, for one, am extremely grateful for.
In this fun tale, Indigo is a young lady who has friends in school, a car named Darnell that is her best friend forever, and an ex-boyfriend who she cared very much for at one time but they’ve broken up,. Now any break-up is difficult under normal circumstances. However, when you’re the ex-girlfriend of a boy who is now living in New York with his friends, who are a brand new up-and-coming boy band on the scene called Blank Stare (think, IN*SYNC), and that boyfriend has just written and sung a song named after you called Indigo Blues, that talks about how hard the break-up was on HIM and how much HE wants to get back together with you no matter what…well, that’s when a regular break-up turns into a nightmare. In fact, Indigo suddenly finds herself surrounded by friends, acquaintances, enemies – heck, just about everybody – who are so mad at her for what she did to that "poor boy" by breaking his heart.
Indigo is a senior and in eight months she’ll be graduating and racing to California. She wants nothing more than to be free from her past life and this boyfriend who is becoming more and more popular by the minute. She is dying for the return of her anonymity, while Adam is in New York wondering why he’s not happier. He has it all. People are even starting to recognize him on the street. But all he can think of is his ex-girlfriend and why she won’t answer the phone anymore when he calls.
This is a great story that’s filled with everything from teenage angst to the downside of "making it big" in the entertainment world. I also absolutely loved Indigo’s brother Eli who basically acts like Sherlock Holmes. All women will get a kick out of this; perfect for young adults, but also a treat for all women who remember a time long ago when they would’ve made a great subject for a top-ten hit song.
Until next time, Amy
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