Source: Traveling ARC Tours
Publication Date: 01 July 2010
Series or Standalone: Standalone
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Place(s) Traveled to: Caulder, Massachusetts and New York, New York
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
First Line: When I found out that “Indigo Blues” hit number one on the Billboard charts this morning, I ran to the bathroom and threw up.
I first learned of Indigo Blues when I went to a book signing at the beginning of July which included Danielle Joseph, Christina Diaz Gonzalez and Erin Dionne (click here for an event recap). Unfortunately, the store didn’t have a copy of the book in stock and so I made a note to add it to my wishlist. Then a few days later I noticed that a copy had been put up on the Traveling ARC Tours website and so I tossed my name into the pot.
This was a book that I was excited about as it was told using multiple POV and if you know anything about me you know that I love that format of story telling. Indigo Blues alternates between Indigo (the girl of the song) and Adam (her ex, and the one who wrote the song). Now that I have read Indigo Blues I find that I can sum up my thoughts of it in one word – whiny. These were two characters that I never seemed to be able to warm up to because all they seemed to do was complain. Indigo was mad at Adam for writing the song and while I can understand her being upset she just seemed to whine about it more than anything else.
Then there was Adam, who just wrote a hit song about how the girl he loved ripped out his heart and smashed it to pieces. You think that he’d be more angry at Indigo for their relationship ending or even be sad about it ending or happy that his band was starting to take off. Instead all he could do was whine about how Indigo wouldn’t return his calls and he never understood why she might be upset with him. He honestly thought that she’d hear the song (remember its a song that doesn’t paint her in a good light) and want to get back together. Even when he started to date someone else, he pined for Indigo and I just had no real respect for him.
To say that I was less than thrilled with this book is an understatement but the fact that I finished it should count as a point in its favor. Even though the ending did have me rolling my eyes on several occasions…as did many of the dialogue scenes. This book also describe scenes of underage drinking, made references to drugs and sex of the first date and contained some foul language – which is something that concerned parents should be on the look out for. Overall, Indigo Blues and I didn’t make a connection but I am still interested in Joseph’s first book Shrinking Violet which I have heard only good things about.
Minor note on the cover: This is another example of where the model doesn’t match the character description. The girl has the pose and attitude of Indigo, but in the book she’s describe as having long hair – which she is often putting up in a pony tail. The cover model obviously has short hair.