A Different Blue
Author: Amy Harmon
Publication Date: March 25, 2013
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: New Adult
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.
5 / 5 Stars
I borrowed A Different Blue from the library without reading the book description. I simply wanted to read another book by Amy Harmon. I’m happy I didn’t because I might not have read it.
I’m not much for student-teacher relationships. They’re one of those taboo relationships that kind of gets to me. It’s easier to understand when it’s a younger teacher and a high school student, but there’s just some lines that shouldn’t be crossed and I believe this is one of them. Maybe it’s becoming a parent. Maybe it’s knowing how many lives would be ruined in the aftermath. Maybe I’ve heard way too much of the Mary Kay Letourneau story (my mom was a teacher in the district when/where it happened). It’s just a relationship I can’t stomach.
But, like I said, I’m glad I didn’t look at the description. I would have missed out on a great book because this wasn’t a student-teacher affair story. While the story begins while Blue is in high school, it jumps time. Blue and Wilson’s friendship may have began while she was in high school, but any romantic feelings were left for the future. This was the inspirational story of a broken young woman coming to terms with what life threw at her and who she really was.
Nineteen-year-old high school senior Blue knows what everyone thinks of her. She’s a mean slut. But Blue doesn’t care. She doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone.
Her mother abandoned her when she was two. She doesn’t even know who she really is. Her “father” died several years later, leaving his sister to care for Blue. There’s no one that truly cares what happens to her. Well, except maybe for the new history teacher–the young British teacher all of the girls except Blue are hot for. And Mr. Wilson probably just wants her to graduate so he doesn’t have to deal with her anymore.
As the school year goes by, history quickly becomes Blue’s favorite class. The more she learns about history, the more she begins to discover about herself. But just when Blue thinks she knows where her life should be headed after high school, life throws a wrench in her plans.
Blue’s stuck turning to the one person she’s been fighting the entire year, Wilson. She suddenly gets why all those girls have been giggling all year.His friendship will help Blue make it through the year, but her crush on him might just ruin her.
Oh, this book. It almost had me in tears so many times. As inspirational as the story was, it was so hard to see Blue struggle. She was so lost as a person due to her past and just when she would start to figure things out, something big would change her course. I kept hoping for some happiness and hope for her, but it seemed always just beyond her grasp. I wasn’t sure how she would ever be who she wanted to be.
I adored Wilson and the way he tried to help Blue. He frustrated me at times, but the way he cared for her was so sweet.
I would highly recommend A Different Blue to NA readers who love inspiring novels. It has a great message and a sweet, slow-burning romance.