Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: March 27th,2013
Genres: New Adult
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.
Blue Echohawk is no one. With no sense of identity, self worth, and respect, Blue uses her looks and her sexuality to fill the voids in her life.
I’d learned that there was a comfort to be had for a pretty girl. Physical comfort, comfort that might be fleeting but that would fill me up temporarily and take away my loneliness.
Her classmates view her as a bitch, a slut, a whore. And Blue does nothing to change their opinions. Blue is incredibly defensive, snarky, and downright viscous from time to time. But she is not unlikable. She is just incredibly sad.
When Blue meets Darcy Wilson, her British history teacher, he assigns the class to reveal their history.
Once upon a time there was a little blackbird who was pushed out of the nest,unwanted. Discarded.
Blue is reluctant to even participate, but Wilson refuses to give up on her. He is constantly trying to knock down the walls that Blue has built around herself. As Wilson and Blue learn more about each other, they develop a connection and a friendship. And Wilson starts to understand Blue in ways nobody else ever has.
The beauty of a 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 the 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.
Over time, the friendship between Wilson and Blue grows into something more.
I keep wishing you had a better life…a different life. But a different life would have made you a different Blue.” He looked at me then. “And that would be the biggest tragedy of all.
What I appreciate about this story is that the romance is slow, subtle and not the main focus. Instead, Blue’s story is more about her consequences, selflessness, growth, and redemption.
I am being incredibly vague with my review but there are so many elements of this story that it would be a disservice for me to spoil them for you. Let me just say that if you love books with imperfect characters, rich storytelling and heartbreaking vulnerability, you will adore this book as much as I do.
In fact, books like A Different Blue are the reason that I love reading.