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. (Synopsis from Amazon.com)
Bubby: SO EXCITED to get the chance to review this brand spanking new novel by Amy Harmon. She was kind enough to let us read it as an advanced reader’s copy – several weeks before the publishing date. Made me feel all special and important!
Sissy: You ARE always special and important to me, Bubby. Especially when you bring Diet Coke. A Different Blue is a little darker than Amy Harmon’s previous novels, and when she warned us of this I was a little worried at what that meant – i.e. heaving bosoms? Multiple @#!**#%s? Spouting fountains of blood and gore? Did the author turn into a goth-emo-slasher satanist? But no worries. It is a story of redemption, sacrifice and hope, beautifully executed.
Bubby: Yes, I too was a little concerned that Amy Harmon might have fallen to the dark side. Yes, the main character, Blue Echohawk, is at first a naughty girl. She behaves badly. But she has good reason. Her life has been one tragedy after another and she is acting out in the only manner she knows. If wearing tight clothes and too much makeup and being “easy” gets her the attention and validation she so desperately needs, then that is what she’s going to do. At least in the beginning. The title, A Different Blue, gives us a clue right off that this is going to be a story about transformation. And it’s a good one.
Sissy: I have said it before and I’ll say it again:
Bubby: “Get your hands off my chocolate or you’re a dead woman!”?
Sissy: Not quite, but close. Thanks, Bubby for interrupting my professional philosophical meanderings. Anyway, there are thousands of writers and then there are WRITERS. People who have the beauty of words oozing out of their souls. They find the perfect balance of prose, description, characterization and flow and make it seem effortless. I like a lot of authors but not many of them fit into this category. Amy Harmon does.
Bubby: I have a friend (hey, Holly!) who owns signed copies of Amy Harmon’s first 3 books. After reading A Different Blue I told Holly that she needs to take those books and wrap them in acid free paper and put them away in a box because they are going to be worth money someday. We gave away some signed copies in a contest last year and now we are kicking ourselves – that could have been us making a killing on EBay in a few years! I predict that in 5 years Amy Harmon will be a nationally renowned author on the NY Times Bestsellers List. You watch and see.
Sissy: If I was a major publisher I would be on that like grey hair on grandma. Publishers! What’s wrong with you?!?!? Sign this woman and give her 100K immediately! I loved Blue’s foster father Jimmy Echohawk, who saw something in her that made him want to take her in even though he lived a life of a drifter/artist. What he did enlarged her soul and ultimately saved her life. In the end the mystery of his life binds him to her even more than she could have ever known.
Bubby: Everyone at some point in their lives feels unloved. Unwanted. Unworthy. Hopefully at that point, there is someone who believes in you enough to buoy you up and help you realize just how fabulous you are and how much potential you have to be even more fabulous in the future. Blue has felt unloved and unworthy for years and has had no one to be that person for her. All she had was her art – her beautiful wood carvings – as an indication that there was more to her than what showed on the outside. As her relationship with Wilson evolves, you begin to see more and more of that inner beauty reflected in her outward appearance and mannerisms.
Sissy: A tragic life is one wherein a person cannot see or recognize their own intrinsic beauty and value. Introduce into that life individuals who are trustworthy and nurture a person in a way that they can begin to see and believe in themselves and the tragedy turns to triumph.
Bubby: I think we could go on all day about what a moving and beautifully written novel Amy Harmon has created in A Different Blue. But don’t think it’s all violins and sunsets and self-discovery and emotion. It’s wickedly funny in bits as well. Just fantastic. A rare and well deserved 5 bubbles from me.
Sissy: We here at Bubble Bath Books are ultimately snark queens so we wouldn’t fully enjoy a story unless it was balanced with enough humor and sarcasm to make it real. This is another aspect of Amy Harmon’s writing genius. 5 giant, luminescent bubbles.
Bubby: We have a really special treat for Friday – an interview with the author herself. Don’t forget to pop by and have a look!
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