GUEST REVIEW BY TAMARA MCRAE
Title — A Different Blue
Author — Amy Harmon
Age group — New Adult
Genre — Contemporary Romance
Published — March 27, 2013
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.
“It’s all about perspective,” I said hesitantly, giving voice to my sudden revelation. “I don’t know what all of you see when you look at this,” I nodded toward my carving. “I can’t control what you see or how you interpret what you see any more than I can control what you think of me.”
“That’s the beauty of art,” Wilson suggested quietly. “Everyone has their own interpretation.”
A Different Blue was beautiful and touching. It was one of those books that whispered its secrets to me and begged me to look inside my own heart to discover how those secrets could help me unfold a little more of my own story.
This story snuck up on me. You may find it slow to start but stick with it, you will be glad you did. The author gently weaved the story of Blue with history lessons, Indian stories and wood carving. An odd mixture you might think but I was captivated by how she tied them all together. This was such a well written story; it is one of those books that you delve into on a deeper level. I took my time reading this, highlighting a lot of it and thinking about the underlying meanings and what I could take from them into my own life.
Blue is a lost soul who doesn’t know her roots. She hides her vulnerability and craving for love and acceptance under a tough exterior that most don’t take the time to look past.
“Most people who worked with wood liked to use soft woods because they were easy to carve and whittle, easy to shape into their own creation. Nobody carved with mesquite or mountain mahogany or juniper. The wood was too hard.”
Wilson, her history teacher, is the exception. His history lessons help her start on her path to self discovery and their growing friendship gives her the love and acceptance she desperately needs to grow and spread her wings. Before I read the book I was a little concerned as to where this book was going to go with regard to the student/teacher relationship. I don’t especially like books with those relationships and I was pleased to find that this book did not touch on any inappropriateness. I don’t want to share any spoilers but just wanted to clarify that for anyone who was not sure whether to read this book based on that aspect.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough. If you enjoy stories of self discovery and the healing nature of love you will like this one.
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