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A Different Blue – tekijä: Amy Harmon
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A Different Blue (vuoden 2013 painos)

– tekijä: Amy Harmon (Tekijä)

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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.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:susanwithagoodbook
Teoksen nimi:A Different Blue
Kirjailijat:Amy Harmon (Tekijä)
Info:(2013), 322 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
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A Different Blue (tekijä: Amy Harmon)

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 16) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
A beautiful story

I loved the story of Blue. It's a tale of loss and love and of how our pasts can foretell our futures. ( )
  Jenx9000 | May 9, 2020 |
“Someone told me once that to create true art you must be willing to bleed and let others watch.”

Funnily enough, I knew I wouldn't enjoy this book before I even read it. So why still read it? Well I was on a quest to read all of the Amy Harmon works because her books are magnificent, but I guess there are exceptions in every situation.

​Also I disliked the cover from the very first time I laid my eyes on it - it's weird, but I think not liking the cover also influenced my opinion on the book. I guess I'm just a cover whore.

“Why don’t you focus on where you’re going and less on where you came from?”

​I honestly don't even know where to start - I guess I should say that this is the only Amy Harmon book that I actively disliked, and I read 8 of her books already.

First off, the writing - the first 100 pages of the book are completely horrendous. It felt like somebody completely different wrote it. Normally Harmon's writing is lyrical and beautiful, and inspiring. This felt like something I'd read on a WatPad (which there is nothing wrong with, it's just not what I expected). A Different Blue was full of "he threw his hands up into the air", "he ran his hands through his locks", "I clipped", "growled", "sashayed to him" and more, - very cringe-y.

I alsmot DNF'd the book, but lately I've been dnf-ing so much that I felt I had to finish something! So I kept reading. The writing did get better as the book progressed, and so did the plot (sadly, by the end of the book the plot plummeted back to the ground).

I wasn't able to identify with, or for that matter like, any of the main characters. Blue was irrational and bitchy, and while I did see the reasons for it - it just didn't do anything for me. There were some moments where I felt for her, but even that wasn't much.
​Darcy, despite his British old fashioned manners, was a complete jackass and I just don't understand the attraction at all. There was no spark, no rhyme or reason for them to be each other's love interests.
The only character I more or less liked was Tiffa - she was fun and so full of life, she just didn't get enough page time.

The book seemed to have no plot, or maybe too many plots - I honestly am not sure. So many things were happening, but then they all just ended up going nowhere. Things that could have gone somewhere and that could have had a big impact weren't explored nearly enough. Manny and Graciela seemed like great side characters to build a story on, but around 30% they were just whisked away and only mentioned once after - such a waste.

Also I really disliked how "my sister wanted to kill herself because of you" arc didn't go anywhere at all! It was just brushed aside and never mentioned again, and the message behind it was so important! Very disappointing.

The whole purpose of the book, besides the romance (bleh) was that of Blue suffering because she didn't know who she was and where she came from - which I didn't find tragic at all, so that plot line was extremely weak to me. Sure, she didn't know her family history but she had a full life - she was taken care of, fed and clothed. So many kids have it way worse and they don't even complain half as hard as she did. And in the end when everything unraveled and came together, well, it was all very anti climatic.

If you want to read something by Amy Harmon, I'd recommend Making Faces, The law of Moses/Song of David, or if you are feeling like reading a romantic fantasy The Bird and the Sword. A Different Blue is a very weak novel comparing to all of them and doesn't do this author justice. ( )
  bookandsword | May 27, 2018 |
I liked Blue's character, her courage,her strength,& the way she handled difficult situations and made vital decisions (& her name :-) )
I liked Darcy Wilson's personality and the maturity with which he handled Blue. But really,I immensely enjoyed his lectures ,those were too engrossing for me.
I was very excited about reading this novel,the teacher-student forbidden love promised in the synopsis had me full of anticipation and was happy to not to be disappointed. It was just my type of romance novel because I don't like the ones where there are pages and pages depicting sensual encounters and that keeps happening after every five minutes (no pun intended).I want THE STORY,the author getting into the depth and complexity of characters' feelings,a few good lessons. Needless to say, I have found my favorite author in Amy Harmon :-) it was Amy's first book that I read and I want to read the rest. ( )
  Palwasha_Here | Nov 17, 2017 |
Lo bueno:

*Lo largo del libro porque permite un desarrollo bastante creíble de los personajes. Tanto en su crecimiento personal como en la relación sentimental. Lo que significa cero insta-love.

*No es exageradamente dramático. No tenemos demasiados conflictos, en cambio se centra en unos pocos hechos y en como van evolucionando. Lo que significa cero trama de novela mexicana... en su mayoría.

*Buenos personajes, en general. Aunque Darcy no es mi favorito.

Lo malo:

*Lo laaaaaaaargo del libro. Sí, sí, permite un buen desarrollo de personajes y todo, pero para el poco antagonismo que hay podría fácilmente haberse cortado un poco. No se me hizo pesado si no ya hasta el final cuando todos los conflictos estaban resueltos y aun así seguía y seguiiiiiia. Un final un poco mas concreto y preciso hubiese funcionado mejor. ( )
  Glire | Jun 22, 2016 |
"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."

"Continuo a desiderare che la tua vita sia stata migliore...diversa. Ma una vita diversa ti avrebbe fatta diventare una Blue diversa." In quel momento mi guardò. "E questa sarebbe stata la tragedia più grande." (scusate la traduzione un pò becera, è tutta mia e non incolpate altri che me ;)


I cento colori del blu (A Different Blue) è un romanzo che, dalla sola quarta di copertina o dal genere letterario in cui la massa lo ha inserito (new adult romantico), può essere sottostimato o proprio visto nell'ottica sbagliata.
Certo, l'età dei protagonisti è quella dei new adult: 20 (circa...e c'è tutto un perchè dietro questa incertezza) Blue e 22 Wilson (non chiamatelo Darcy che si imbarazza! E dico io, come non capirlo!).
E, come nella vita reale, c'è una parte di romanticismo...anche se sicuramente secondaria.

Ma alla fine questo è il romanzo di Blue, punto.
La sua storia, la sua crescita...quindi la sua infanzia difficile, l'adolescenza ancora più difficile. Poi l'incontro con un insegnante, giovane certo, ma probailmente proprio per questo qualcuno con cui confrontarsi e che la fa pensare.
Wilson involontariamente, attraverso un compito dato in classe, spinge Blue a rivivere e ad affrontare memorie dolci-amare che la accompagneranno però in un cammino di scoperta di sè e di crescita. Dal tempo passato da piccola con l'amato e vagabondo Jimmy, papà putativo o meglio compagno di viaggio taciturno e dall'affetto burbero, che è maestro di vita e da cui impara a scolpire il legno, ma che la abbandona presto nella vita.
Dai quesiti mai risolti sulla sua vera madre, che l'ha abbandonata piccolissima nel camioncino di Jimmy.

Ed è quindi l'idea che ha di sè, di essere indesiderata e indesiderabile, a costellare il romanzo e ad essere il vero punto su cui Blue deve confrontarsi per crescere.

L'arte, poi, è una delle cose che più mi è piaciuta della storia.
L'amore per la scultura, mezzo con cui Blue riesce ad esprimere le sue violente e nascoste emozioni, mi ha sicuramente avvicinato al personaggio in maniera diversa.
Amando disegnare fin da piccola, questo particolare veramente ben gestito dall'autrice che lo descrive con intensità e passione, è stato un bellissimo modo per farmi amare -rendendola originale e a tutto tondo- Blue.

Di fronte alle persone Blue è chiusa, aggressiva, sulla difensiva.
Ma di fronte alla sua arte l'anima esce e si trasforma in qualcosa di meraviglioso.

Blue commetterà errori, anche molto importanti e con conseguenze difficili, ma l’aiuto di persone buone e amorevoli conosciute durante il suo “viaggio” di scoperta, nonchè la sua arte, le permetteranno alla fine di avere il suo happy ending o meglio il suo starting anew, perchè è tutto solo un nuovo inizio.

http://azurestrawberry.altervista.org/recensione-amy-harmon-cento-colori-blu/ ( )
  AzureStrawberry | Jan 12, 2016 |
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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.

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