A Different Blue by Amy Harmon
Release Date: March 27, 2013
Format: ebook, 454 pages
Source: Author for review
Description from Goodreads:
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.
I recieved an ecopy of A Different Blue for the blog tour. It landed in my inbox, I sent it to my Kindle, and then when I did what I usually do and took a little peek at the beginning. Why? Because I was curious. I usually am. Especially considering I send books to my Kindle/recieve them in the mail on a daily basis and have to put them aside for goodness knows how long until I have time to read them. (Seriously. I just started a book today that I got for Christmas. BLAH.) So I usually peek at the beginning. Not the middle, not the end, just the beginning. I don't want to spoil it for myself. That would be terrible. But I peeked at the beginning of A Different Blue. And then I peeked at the next page. And the next page. Next thing I know, it's 3 AM and I'm 80% through with the book.
Um. Yeah. This book is THAT terrific.
It just flies by in a daze of awesomeness that you don't even notice until you have to pee or want a snack or something. And even then, you don't really care because, um, hey, you need to know how this story is going to end. Goodness, I love this book. My heart is smiling just thinking about it. Amy Harmon's writing was fabulous and the story itself was captivating. GOODNESS, HAVE I SAID I LOVE THIS BOOK YET?!?!
Blue: Ahh, how I love her name. Blue and I...we kind of have a love/hate relationship. Her attitude was fun, and even reminded me of a friend I actually have in real life. But some of the decisions she made...I did not like. Don't get me wrong--I agreed with, approved of, and respected A LOT of her choices, especially the BIG choice she made in this book. But there were some little, petty choices that I did not like. They aren't TOO important, but they were there, nonetheless. Overall, I'd say I actually like Blue. WOOT!
Wilson: Oh, this guy. He has me wanting to name something Wilson. Or Darcy. Or one thing Wilson and one thing Darcy. I just want to NAME things after this wonderful human being. (Well, book character, but...meh.) He made me smile so much! And his character shifted so much from the beginning of the book to the end of the book. I. Loved. It. He made some decisions I did not particularly like, too, but still--I adore him and he's my boy. <3
Plot. It seems so straightforward when you read the description, but...this book goes places I never thought it would. And it does that while still being exactly what it said it would be. It was actually completely riveting. I didn't get bored at all, and this book (i.e. my Kindle) was glued to my hand as I read the beautiful that IS this story. Have I mentioned that I love it? I want y'all to know that.
Romance! Oh. Oh man. It is there. And it is...stunning. Blue and Wilson are a fantastic couple. Honestly, that is all that NEEDS to be said there. I could say a whole bunch of other things, too, but I don't feel it's necessary. Not with these two. Just...sweetness. And love. And MY HEART. Gah.
The ending. I'm leaving this one alone this time, actually. Just because. I will say that the ending left me loving this book. As did THIS WHOLE BOOK. This whole book left me loving this book. The ending included.
Overall, Amy Harmon is being added to my list of authors to watch for. A Different Blue has rendered me speechless. It was captivating and beautiful, and I don't regret the sleep I lost reading this for a second. Not one second. Totally worth it. I DEFINITELY recommend this book. No doubt in my mind about that. READ THE AWESOME!