Book Review: Amy Harmon’s bestselling novel A Different Blue is unforgettable and satisfying
– “Once upon a time there was a little blackbird, pushed out of the nest, unwanted.”
Blue, a troubled high school senior in Amy Harmon’s novel A Different Blue, who doesn’t know who she is, where she comes from, or where she is headed, is challenged by her English teacher: Why don’t you focus on where you’re going and less on where you came from?
There begins Blue’s rocky journey of self-discovery. She gets herself to school every day while working at a neighborhood café and renting a storage unit where she carves beautiful works of art out of Mesquite branches found deep in the Mojave Desert. Filled with unexpected course changes, challenges, and trials that seem insurmountable, this is coming of age literature at its finest.
Sometimes a book comes to a reader unexpectedly. Maybe someone recommends it or it is picked up on a whim. The reader, not expecting much, decides to give it a chapter. Within minutes the reader finds him or herself immersed in another life — experiencing another’s troubles, insecurities, fears, and triumphs.
A Different Blue by Amy Harmon is one of those little gems. It’s the reason book lovers spend hours in bookstores searching for just the right book.
Ultimately, this surprising book is one of the most satisfying reads a reader may encounter. Blue’s story is unforgettable. Set in beloved Clark County with a Darcy and his own Pemberely thrown in, this is a recipe for a fabulous read.
A book like this doesn’t come along very often. Even after the book ends, readers will find it difficult to stop thinking about the characters. A Different Blue pulls readers in from the beginning and never lets go as they undergo a roller coaster of emotion from fascination to surprise, disbelief to sorrow, hope to joy. | iH
A Different Blue
by Amy Harmon
449 pp. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. $15.99.
Author Amy Harmon is a former Henderson resident of 10 years. In addition to A Different Blue, her first New York Times Bestseller, she has written Running Barefoot, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory and, most recently, Making Faces. A Different Blue can be purchased on Amazon.com in traditional print or Kindle e-book edition.
Shannon Dangl is an avid reader who loves books almost as much as she loves her family. A Teacher Candidate Supervisor at a local university, she helps prospective teachers become educators. The native Las Vegan and Henderson resident spends most of her time taking care of her husband and daughters while doing endless loads of laundry, cleaning, laundry, cooking, and laundry.