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
"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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I entirely love this book. The performance was moderately annoying because the narrator performed Manny and Wilson in such a way that was exaggerated and grating. Wilson sounded like Angela Lansbury. Performance aside, I loved Blue. her story was real and touching and I found myself right inside her shoes with her. I hated to end this story. Amy is a 5 star author every single time.
There were parts that were touching in a very personal way.
I don't think I've read another book that touches on these same issues. She covers a couple of doozies.
Good pace, corny, accent was TERRIBLE!!!
Sometimes God gives us more than we can ask for, but not more than we can handle.
I will try to keep spoilers out. I was kind of upset that the authors touched on big subjects but nothing came of it. When the protagonist finds out what her bf's brother did to a young girl, she does nothing about. She just walks away. She tells no one or even lets him know he has been found out or does wrong. He completely gets away with it. That left a bad taste in my mouth.
“Regret is just life's aftertaste.”
This was a lovely, heart-felt story about Blue's discovery of who she really is. There wasn't a moment during her journey that I wasn't fully invested in what I was listening to.
The narrator brought this story to life with her amazing British, Spanish and Native American voices. The overall quality of her voice is almost melodious. It rings with clarity and intent.
I don't usually listen to contemporary stories on audio and this one was a bit of a risk for me. I'm happy to say that it exceeded my expectations and I still think about certain parts of this book-the humor and heartache, often. It's one of those stories that lingers long after you've stopped listening.
Yes - very imaginative storyline.
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!
I probably would, but not as the best book I ever read. I thought it had a really strong start, but then turned and finished without a lot of substance.
For the first 3/4 of the book, I might have compared the character development to The Sea of Tranquility, or I'll Give you the Sun, but I feel like by the end it was just sort of a YA/NA standard romance novel.
Distracting British accents.
Probably not. I think Blue's story was pretty well rounded out by the end - I didn't see much more room for any further character development.
I enjoyed the book, but I was really disappointed that I what I thought was a really strong start about a girl changing and growing, fizzled out into an ending that could be found in any typical romance novel. Don't get me wrong - I love a good romance novel, which is why I enjoyed the book, but my very favorites always have more substance to go with the romance. For at least the first half of this book, it seemed like that would really be the case for this one, so I was disappointed that the story was less and less developed as it went on. It's almost like it reached it's peak about 2/3's in and the rest was just didn't have as much effort put into it.
'life is all we have, and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.'
The Narrator is amazing!
Love romance with a little bit of humor and suspense. A Thousand Splendid Suns is one of my favorite books.
This was one of her best books. I had to force myself to get out the car because I couldn't stop listening.
The author is a gifted writer. she provides a steady flow of entertainment. deep sweet romantic love story. Great example of the strength of the human spirit.
Amy Harmon is a master at telling stories of people rising up out of hopelessness and finding courage to face the world around them. A beautiful story of identity and self worth, of the real kind of love and what happens when we open our hearts to grace.
"Horrific choice for British adults"
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.
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraithe.
The British accent - a central character to the story - wasn't authentic.
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.
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.
"Excellent and thrilling story"
Yes I would. Lovely story, plus the narrator is terrific in performing. Very touching
When blue finds out who her real biological parents were.
Tavia's performance made this story richer to the highest level.
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.
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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