February 25, 2014

Title: A Different Blue
Author: Amy Harmon
Publisher: self-published
Published: March 29, 2013
Genre: Mature YA Contemporary

Synopsis: 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.

Celeste’s Review: 4 stars Wow. Ms. Harmon is amazing. This story took so much to get through emotionally, but totally came full circle and was worth every painful angsty second.

A Different Blue had it all: heartache, love, friendship, kisses, humor…it really was all in there, and it was all done so well. This book seals the deal that Amy Harmon is indeed extremely talented. This was a tale about Blue Echohawk and her journey to find herself. While Wilson is a solid constant in her life, he actually ends up changing too, becoming whole, all because of Blue.

Wilson was incredibly mature for someone his age. I adored and loved him. He was so good, so strong, so smart…so freaking swoony!! But, he still wouldn’t let himself love Blue, and while I wanted to shake him, I respected him even more. He was a class act from page 1 and I couldn’t get enough of him.

Blue has an image of herself, but it’s not really who she is. Once she is able to find out more about herself, she finds how she fits into her own skin, and embraces it.

The romance in this story is there, dancing around the entire time, not in your face, but it’s there. It’s sweet, and it takes a long time…but it’s worth it.  I was dying a little inside each time Blue and Wilson left a conversation before it was done.

Then I was done and I sat back and said “hmmm. I loved it, but I wanted just a teeeeeensy bit more.” That more was romance. I  needed a few more kisses, a few more “being held all night long while Wilson has no shirt on (no pants would work too! j/k not really). Something intimate. It didn’t have to be smexy time, just something…

Would I rec this? Oh my gosh, a million billion times YES. It was the story of a woman that makes so many right choices even when it looks like she doesn’t even have a chance. This book will make your heart sing, but it doesn’t come easily.


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