“I’m nobody. Who are you? Are you nobody too?”
– Emily Dickinson
Blue Echohawk has lived a difficult life. No name, no identity and no place to call home – these are some of the ripple affects she has had to endure as a victim of abandonment at the age of two. Raised by a drifter – the only family she has ever had the privilege of having – and kept in the shadows, Blue only started school when she was ten years old.
“Once upon a time there was a little blackbird, pushed out of the nest, unwanted.”
A troubled, lost soul hiding behind a mask of insecurities and bad attitude, makes Blue a difficult student as you can imagine. But her new history teacher, Darcy Wilson, refuses to give up on her, and seems to be on his own mission of finding the girl he believes her to be.
“The beauty of that poem is that everybody can relate, because we all feel like nobody. We all feel like we are on the outside, looking in. We all feel scattered. But I think it’s that self-awareness that actually makes us somebody. And you are definitely somebody, Blue. You may not be a work of art, but you are definitely a piece of work.”
Blue’s quick wit and smart mouth left me in stitches from page to page. The strength she found within herself to stand her ground and tell it like it is made me love this character so much more.
A Different Blue is a story about love, friendship and the search of lost identity. A story of a girl who rises above her circumstances and through it all, finds redemption at a time when all hope of saving seemed lost… A story of a brave little Blackbird who evolves into a Hawk, and who finally finds the courage to leave the nest, spread her wings and fly.
Goodreads: 4.24 avg rating
Date Published: 29 March 2013
Genre: Romance, Young Adult, Fiction, Drama