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A Different Blue | [Amy Harmon]

A Different Blue

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Amy Harmon (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"The emotional fierceness of A Different Blue will cut to the core of the [listener]. Amy Harmon has written a story with such allure and relevance, and she has once again displayed how to eloquently write a story that will move the reader beyond words." (Romantic Reading Escapes)

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    "Absolutely Excellent New Adult"
    Would you listen to A Different Blue again? Why?

    Yes, many times! It is a wonderful love story with honest, believable characters and no rushing to jump in bed, which seems to be all too common and popular with today's NA genre.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both Blue and Wilson -- they were funny, serious, quirky, genuine.... just loved the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Wilson was explaining the differences between American English and British English to his class.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. Just before Blue gave birth, she was briefly considering keeping her daughter, though knew that wasn't the best option for both the baby and herself.


    Any additional comments?

    Amy Harmon is an excellent author, or at least did an excellent job with this book. I am turning to Making Faces next and cannot wait for another great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Duncan Sunshine Coast, Qld Australia 04-23-14
    J. Duncan Sunshine Coast, Qld Australia 04-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - very imaginative storyline.


    What didn’t you like about Tavia Gilbert’s performance?

    A woeful and most annoying phoney British accent! To my mind, it's not necessary for a narrator with an already pleasant sounding voice to stretch the limits of their ability in such a way. Unnecessary and very distracting, and took my enjoyment of the story down a peg or two!


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    Angel Claire 03-24-14
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    "A Different Blue - my number one book ever!!!!"
    Would you listen to A Different Blue again? Why?

    Wow! Where do I start. It is difficult to review a book like this without spoiling it for others.

    A Different Blue is a story with so many layers. We meet Blue as a twenty year old working her way through her graduation year of school. Her life takes a massive change when Darcy Wilson, a young history professor, comes into her life. His take on history - how it moulds who we are and where we going, forces Blue to confront her own past and future.

    Would I listen to A Different Blue again? This book is awe inspiring and I know I will listen to it again and again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    We all remember that special teacher at school - the one who made learning seem worth while - the one who made a difference. Darcy Wilson was that person and more. For Blue he was the one who made it all make sense.


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    I have listened to other books narrated by Tavia Gilbert and I think this was on of her best, although I do think she could work on her British accent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did have an extreme reaction to this book. A Different Blue ran the full gambit of emotions. Without spoiling it for others this is a book that will leave your heart full whist at the same time giving your emotions a heavy going over.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story that can be read by old and young adults. Each of us will take something different from it. Amy Harmon has has bravely written a story that that confronts some of society's saddest and happiest events. Well worth the credit.

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    Elizabeth N. Rush 03-21-14

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    "Beautiful tale"
    If you could sum up A Different Blue in three words, what would they be?

    A Different Blue


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved all of the scenes with Jimmy and Blue together


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Blue's prayer


    Any additional comments?

    Often the book jacket art turns me off, I probably miss a lot of good reads because of that. This cover did not influence me one way or the other, until I was about half way through the book. This cover art was perfect! The mood of the book is in the eyes of the woman on the cover.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Horrific choice for British adults"
    What would have made A Different Blue better?

    Erm, where do I start?! The opening is weak. Is it written for teenager/tweenagers? The grammar is poor. The British English is appalling "We call books scrummy"...er, we do?! O_o The audio accent of the British character wanes between posh American, London, Yorkshire and Irish. Requesting a refund immediately.


    What will your next listen be?

    The Silkworm by Robert Galbraithe.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The British accent - a central character to the story - wasn't authentic.


    What character would you cut from A Different Blue?

    For a schoolgirl, 'Blue Echohawk' is far too self-aware - "I was a slut."..."I didn't like the idea of anyone seeing my private parts" - What? This doesn't even make sense.


    Any additional comments?

    Author needs to take this one back to the drawing board...or the bin (or is that wastepaper bin?!). Just because you know British English expressions, such as 'Bob's your Uncle...', you can't just chuck them around without context. Perhaps having a British person read your work before you commit it to the publisher would help.

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  • Amazon Customer
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    6/9/14
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    "Excellent and thrilling story"
    Would you listen to A Different Blue again? Why?

    Yes I would. Lovely story, plus the narrator is terrific in performing. Very touching


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Different Blue?

    When blue finds out who her real biological parents were.


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    Tavia's performance made this story richer to the highest level.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A lot. I laughed, had lump in my throat few times, and tears in my eyes. It was moving and very emotional and felt like I was in it.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful story. Learn some differences between American and British English, contrast between the cultures. Very authentic. Tavia's performance gave a massive boost and made it perfect.

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