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.
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!
“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.
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.
I LOVED Mr. Wilson! By the end of the book I thought I loved it but then I had to think that parts in the middle were somewhat SLOW & kind of didn't exactly keep my attention BUT very good story if you make it through those parts :)
passionate reader and vegan
I am an unabashed Amy Harmon fan. I read this book when it first came out on Kindle and loved it. As with most books I really really like, the audio book is a means to hear it (of course) which allows a difference resonance and depth than written. Ms Harmon has such a great writer's voice that captures in great depth and power the intensity, struggle and consequences of actions taken or actions not taken. Blue Echohawk is a study in contradictions--belonging yet not belonging; young yet old; needy yet fiercely independent; private yet attention-seeking. And, she is immensely talented and strong. This is her coming of age book which details with all the vivid shades that Blue is how she fills a destiny and falls in mature and deep love. My advice is to read this book if that's available to you and THEN listen to it. You won't be sorry AT ALL as it is such a sweet story of a culture forgotten and a magical girl who brings it back to life.
No. I love Tavia Gilbert's talent - her voice is smooth and comforting - but I didn't care for her male British accent (Wilson) which I found to be very distracting and lessened my overall enjoyment. She did a wonderful job of all the voices in Running Barefoot and Samuel's Native American male accent was excellent. I really hope she works on improving her British accents because I have no doubt that she is very capable.
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.
Both Blue and Wilson -- they were funny, serious, quirky, genuine.... just loved the story.
When Wilson was explaining the differences between American English and British English to his class.
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.
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.
A Different Blue
I loved all of the scenes with Jimmy and Blue together
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.
"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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