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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Fiction Std (January 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936558009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936558001
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,623,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book ranks right up there with my top reads for 2010. I absolutely loved this book and found myself so wrapped up in the story. In fact, I hated to see it end. Even those who don't usually read fantasy will enjoy this tale." --Reading Frenzy, December 4, 2010

"Blue is a compelling fantasy novel that will tug on your heart strings and fill your eyes and heart with wonder. Beautifully written, the worlds just come to life in vivid color in your mind, and the hope and magic will keep you up late into the night turning the pages. Well executed, engaging and with characters you can't help but love, Blue is a must read! I absolutely loved it!" --Minding Spot, December 24, 2010

"So much more than a fantasy story. It's a story of hope and love and sadness all rolled into one. It's a story that made me wish dreams really did come true. The ending brought tears to my eyes and that doesn't happen often. You need to read this." --Confessions of an Overworked Mom, December 5, 2010

"Blue is enriched with great characters, a moving story line, and an author who will have you want to read more of his work. I could feel the anguish Chris felt for his daughter and wanting to spend as much time with her as he possibly could. The world of Tamarisk is full of intriguing people, who are almost as real as Becky. Blue is a five star read in my books!" --Cheryl's Book Nook, January 2, 2011

"Blue is an emotional, thought-provoking story that reaching in and squeezes the heart.... Blue made me cry and laugh. It enlivened my imagination and offered hope. This story is full of subtleties that tease the mind. I'm sure new wonders will come to light each time the story is read--it is a story to be enjoyed more than once. Becky and her Tamarisk Kingdom will be remembered long after the last words of Blue are read." --Long and Short Reviews, January 5, 2011

"Once in a while, a story comes along that completely surprises me because it delivers so much more than I expected; more depth, more feeling, more story-weaving. Blue not only falls into this category, it tops the list.... I humbly give this book FIVE STARS, and wish I had more to offer." --Between the Pages, January 7, 2011

"This book is so imaginative, touching and visual. It is so beautifully written. The characters are easy to bond with and believe in. If your a parent you will start to believe that Becky could be your own child. This book will bring tears to your eyes, and bring you to a wonderful emotional place.... I highly recommend this book. I would have given it more than 5 stars if I could." --Romance Writers Reviews, January 20, 2011

"This was such a well written novel, I couldn't praise Aronica more for the beautiful way he intertwined characters and worlds. Every last detail in the fantasy world was creative and added more to the story. There were some heartbreaking scenes along the way that had me crying, but the love between father and daughter was extremely clear and quite emotional.... A recommendation to all readers." --Chick Lit Plus, January 12, 2011

"Blue is definitely one of those books that everyone should find a moment to read.... If you haven't read Blue, you need to and I promise you won't regret that you did." --Book Noise, January 12, 2011

"Author Lou Aronica creates a world that manages to be both surreal and tangible. Reading this book is like experiencing a lucid dream with depth and detail that play on all five senses." --Blogcritics, January 16, 2011

"Lou Aronica has definitely created an amazing piece of art in writing Blue. The book tugged at my heart, and every emotion expressed was easy to feel and understand. I feel cheated that I've had to go this long without having read something this wonderful. Sometimes there are just certain books that come into your life at the perfect time and touch you in unforeseen ways. Blue was that book for me." --Geek on the Brink, February 4, 2011

"It doesn't happen too often (for me) where I read a book and tell everyone I know about it. And I mean everyone. Blue was such a book. This is a book that will delve into all the emotions you have and leave you wanting more. It is a story about courage, survival, loss, happiness and all the emotions in between....This book is a must read, truly one of the best books I have read in quite some time." --Review from Here

"I read this 400 page book in one night. I just couldn't bring myself to put it down.... There is something to enjoy for every reader in this book. Guaranteed to leave you breathless." --A Fanatic's Book Blog

"Be sure to have a box of tissues beside you when you approach the last quarter of the book, especially if you are a parent. I always say this, and it rings true time and time again, I know a book is good when it makes me cry (even though I HATE being sad). I highly recommend this book." --The True Book Addict

"Although I choked back tears unsuccessfully through the last 15 pages getting the pages all soggy and damp, this sweet novel is also redemptive, which is such a wonderful combination." --Layers of Thought

"This is a big book. Beware. It is a book that will take you from one emotion to the next and leave you wanting more.... If you are looking for one book to read this year that is an unexpected treasure, pick up Blue!" --Life with Five Monkeys

About the Author

Lou Aronica is the author of several novels and works of nonfiction, including the New York Times bestseller, The Element (written with Ken Robinson) and the national bestseller, The Culture Code (written with Clotaire Rapaille). He lives in Southern Connecticut with his wife and four children.

More About the Author

I am the author of several works of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times bestseller, THE ELEMENT (written with Sir Ken Robinson) and the national bestseller, THE CULTURE CODE (written with Dr. Clotaire Rapaille). Prior to focusing on writing, I spent two decades as a senior executive in the publishing industry, including stints as Publisher of Avon Books and Deputy Publisher of Bantam Books. I am currently Publisher of two independent publishing houses, The Story Plant and The Fiction Studio.

My latest solo novel, the national bestseller BLUE, is the most personal and passionate work of my career to date. It took me six years to complete, and it deals with themes I've wanted to address my entire life. The extremely warm reception it has received from reviewers and readers has been tremendously rewarding. I have subsequently published a novella prequel to BLUE titled UNTIL AGAIN, and my newest work is DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, a novel I wrote with Julian Iragorri.

I live in southern Connecticut with my wife and four kids.

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By PattyLouise VINE VOICE on March 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
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I just finished reading this most beautiful and unusual novel. It sort of reminds me of the movie Avatar. Nothing specifically, just sort of the aura of it. When I was first reading it I thought that it was a father's story. Then a few chapters later I thought it was a daughter's story. A few chapters after that it became an amazing fantasy. And then three quarters of the way through I realized it was all of the above. Chris, the father, was mourning the loss of being with his daughter Becky due to the break up of his marriage. Becky was confused about the situation and was fourteen and was spending her allotted time with her father but separating from him, too. They had been very close and Chris was at a loss as to how to get this closeness back. When Becky and Chris made up the world of Tamarisk it was to help Becky get through a difficult time. Becky needs Tamarisk back again and Chris helps her to achieve that goal. Becky begins to go to Tamarisk and interact with the people there. She especially loves being with Miea who was the Princess when Becky was little but now Miea is the Queen. On one of her trips to Tamarisk Becky learns that there is trouble in Tamarisk. Plants are dying and no one knows why. Becky enlists her father...who is a botanist...to help her.

I cannot even begin to describe what Tamarisk looks like. The descriptions in the book make Tamarisk come alive. I wanted to taste fenigers and drink barritts and ride a waccasassa over the bloat marshes. I want to listen to the music of all the amazing birdlike creatures that Becky and Chris had made up in their stories years and years ago. I loved being able to see Tamarisk. It was magical and lovely and it felt real. I wanted Becky to help Miea and I wanted everyone to live happily ever after.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Anna Lemkau on January 13, 2011
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Much is involved in this book but.... Blue is a story of about Chris & his daughter Becky and what happens when their reality meets the fantasy world they created. Blue was an enthralling tale, sweet and touching. A unique story. The story explores life's challenges, magic, adventure, hope & possibility. I'm quite picky when it comes to fantasy, and this book is not something I wouldn't have picked up on my own, but I'm glad I got the chance to read about Chris and Becky's journey. If you love when fantasy and reality collide, this book is for you.

3 Stars = Good Read
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Alexia VINE VOICE on January 27, 2011
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At first, this story was a little confusing as it went back and forth between our world and Tamarisk, the fantasy world Becky and Chris created long ago. But once I got the hang of all of the multiple narrators and figured out who was who, the story flowed much smoother. Still not 100% sure who Gage is, but I have a rough idea.

Becky isn't your typical teenager, as she's a survivor of both childhood cancer and her parent's divorce. She has a best friend, Lonnie, who isn't the typical sidekick and made a refreshing change. I actually liked both of these girls, probably because they weren't stereotypes. Becky just wants to fit in, and is in denial that life might not be as okay as she'd like.

Between the two, I think I preferred Becky's story to Miea's. Not that Tamarisk wasn't interesting, but it was Becky's creation and I enjoyed watching her discover it during her visits. Of all of the characters, in both of the worlds, I liked Becky the most. Her father Chris did not make a good first impression, and her mother Polly was a weird combination of good mom/angry ex-wife. It was almost like she had a split personality!

This story kept me up much too late as I couldn't put it down, and I had a tough time finishing the book because it's a little hard to read with tears in your eyes. Tends to make the words go all blurry. I love a story that brings tears to my eye! The book had a strong main character, okay secondary characters, good plot, and an all over decent storyline. Definitely a good read!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sandy in Jersey on March 25, 2011
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The real magic of Blue is that doesn't seem like a fantasy at all. It's the story of people growing together, coming apart, growing together again, and then finding out that they were connected all along in a way they couldn't fathom. The father-daughter relationship between Chris and Becky is lovingly depicted, and Aronica crosses the threshold to Tamarisk with grace and humor. But there's a larger story here--one that can be a life-changing lesson in the real nature of loss.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina on February 24, 2011
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Blue touched my heart. It is the story of a father's desperate desire to reconnect with his teenage daughter, before it is too late. There has been a divorce; the family is divided, both physically and emotionally. What was once an intimate closeness with his daughter has become a schism that seemingly cannot be crossed, due to unspoken emotions.

What can save this impossible situation? Imagination! Through the world that they created and shared as childhood bedtime stories, a larger reality is revealed, one which needs them as much as they need it.

Lou Aronica has written a compelling page-turner. Don't miss this one!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jacob's Beloved on March 4, 2011
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Getting into this book was a tad slow since there was alot of back story to get through before I felt like I understood what was occurring in the present time of the book. Once I got through that, there were a few things that I could easily predict about the plot. First, the plot would very much favor the father over the mother in regards to the relationship shared with the main character, fourteen-year-old Becky. Second, it is inevitable that Becky's leukemia is going to relapse. Third, this fantasy world of Tamarisk would somehow play a part in both Becky's disease and her parent's ugly divorce.
What I could not predict was how absolutely fascinating the world of Tamarisk is. I actually thought about researching all of the made-up names of the plants, animals, and geology before I completely realized the depth of creativity to which Becky and her father Chris went in the creation of this fantasy world. What began as a coping mechanism for a young child going through the rigors of chemotherapy became a world in an alternate universe that existed with its own laws of physics. I was completely enthralled by this unbelievable world of blue foliage, black dirt, microfarming, moldable crystal, smelling of chocolate and raspberries, and featuring transportation in the form of giant flying birds - and that is only the beginning of all that this world holds to tantalize the senses and ignite the imagination. Becky's voyages into Tamarisk alone are enough to fill countless children's stories that would hold any grown adult rapt with wonder.
On the alternate side of this fantastic world is the grievous reality of the ongoing feud between Chris and Polly, Becky's divorced parents. Even though Polly has remarried, she still harbors intensely negative feelings towards Chris.
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