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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; First Edition edition (March 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416910077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416910077
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,326,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–Eighteen-year old Indigo Skye is a free-spirited Seattle teen, happily coasting toward graduation. She loves her quirky family, her hunky boyfriend, and her job waiting tables at a small café. Then a mysterious customer leaves her a $2.5 million tip. Deciding that she can't keep the money, she follows her benefactor to Maui, where her father also lives. But Richard Howards, a search engine entrepreneur seeking a clean start, insists that she keep the money. “The money is not a burden,” Indigo decides in a characteristic moment of soul-searching. “It is the end of all burdens.” So she returns to Seattle, newly wealthy, only to learn that money changes everything—and not necessarily for the better. She escapes to Malibu with a pal, where she must decide if she can ever feel at home with the rich and famous. Deb Caletti's early descriptions of Indigo's stratified Seattle neighborhood, with its haves and have-nots, nicely set up the protagonist's attitude toward wealth. The novel's (Simon Pulse, 2008) first half is overly long, but once Indigo receives the money, the pacing and humor really pick up. Ellen Grafton's earnest, effusive reading is a winning match for Indigo's happy-go-lucky disposition. Her depiction of various male characters is less convincing, even corny at times, but luckily most of the story takes place in Indigo's voice. A sprinkling of strong language aside, this is a refreshing modern fable.–Amy Pickett, Ridley High School, Folsom, PAα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

From Booklist

What would you do if you were to come into two and a half million dollars unexpectedly? That’s the question facing Indigo Skye, a high-school senior whose life has consisted primarily of spending time with her boyfriend, navigating her family (Dad has left the family to sell surfboards in Hawaii), and working mornings at Carrera’s restaurant in Seattle. Indigo can tell what people are like by what they eat for breakfast, especially the regulars. But when a well-dressed stranger on an orange Vespa comes in and orders only a cup of coffee, Indigo finds him hard to figure out—even after he becomes a semiregular. After the stranger gives her a fortune, Indigo’s search for answers takes her to Hawaii to confront her benefactor and also to ritzy Hollywood suburbs, where she learns that being rich is not all it is cracked up to be. Caletti’s coming-of-age story with an infinitely likeable heroine and richly limned supporting characters makes a fine counterpoint to the ubiquitous rich-girl series books. Grades 10-12. --Bina Williams

More About the Author

First of all, a confession. I am a literary addict. I read endlessly, voraciously. In lieu of a book, I will read cereal boxes (Cap'N Crunch breakfast jokes, Special K Heart Smart facts), shampoo bottles, pamphlets in doctors' offices about kidney stones and allergies (neither of which I have), and even those self exam charts with the little arrows going around in circles. My books are multiplying, becoming furniture themselves - end tables, nightstands. On one wall, I have a bookshelf, minus the shelf. I get restless, even sad, when I leave a fictional world I love and am not yet immersed in another. The highest compliment I've gotten about one of my books was from a reader who said she read slower as she approached its end, rationed out the remaining pages because she couldn't bear for it to be finished. Oh, joy. I knew just what she meant.

I was happily hooked at a young age. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and was one of those quiet kids carting home a stack of books. Was? Still am. My mother says there were several years where they never saw me; they just shoved reading material and food under my door (not true, but pretty close). My parents said I'd mess up my eyes reading at night in the back of the car. They were probably right.

Writing, too, was part of my life since I was six or seven. I would get an idea, then bolt off to write it down. A hippie teacher of mine gave encouragement. "Groovy," he'd scrawl, and I had a sense I was on to something. After we moved to the Seattle area when I was twelve, I continued writing - short stories, bad poetry, and later, lyrics.

Being a writer was the only thing I ever wanted to be, but I didn't have the courage to study creative writing in college. I pictured rooms full of people wearing berets and dressed in all black, talking about Turgenev, which sounded a lot like the noise that escaped my throat whenever I was in one of those courses where they asked you to read your work aloud. I worried I wouldn't have the talent, since I didn't own a beret and never wanted one. So I studied journalism. I worked on the radio station, reading the news. What I learned more than anything was that I wasn't a journalist. I earned my B.A. degree from the University of Washington, got married, won the Nobel prize (just seeing if you were still awake) and did PR work. I got serious about fiction writing after my children were born. I didn't want to be one of those people who talked about their dream but never did anything about it. That seemed sad. I worried I would end up sitting alone at the counter at Denny's eating pie and smoking cigarettes, and I've never even smoked. So I made a decision. I would write and keep writing, at least until I was published. No giving up, no going back. I would have the determination and persistence of a dog with a knotted sock.

I read everything on the craft, studied, took notes, wrote and wrote, until finally, finally my fifth book, QUEEN Of EVERYTHING, was published. I would say I'm self-taught, but it isn't true - all my years as a reader, all of those authors I read, taught me. From Mrs. Piggle Wiggle to Tess of the D'Urbervilles. From Encyclopedia Brown to The World According to Garp. Books are what inspire me to write, and to write better. I believe in their power. Books teach empathy and define our lives and times. Writers are our truth tellers, and I strive for honesty in my writing. I want my readers to recognize their own experiences and to see our shared humanity in my work - our mistakes, our triumphs, our pain, those small moments of rightness. I want my readers to miss my characters when the book is set down. If my reader says, "Oh yes, that's just how it is. I know - that's how I feel, too," then I've done my job. I've given what I can to my fellow addict, and maybe, just maybe, I've added a piece to her nightstand.

Customer Reviews

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I would highly recommend this book to everyone, as it truly was unforgettable.
Deb Caletti's writing was fresh and amazing.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Little Willow on March 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Indigo loves being a waitress. When she watches the customers at Carrera's eat and interact, she feels as though she is the conductor of a orchestra, making sure that every instrument is in tune - that every customer is happy. She knows when her regulars (fondly referred to as "The Irregulars") will come in, what they will order and what they will discuss.

Indigo thinks there's a correlation between a person's order and his or her personality. (The book's first sentence reads: "You can tell a lot about people from what they order for breakfast.") When a stranger drives up to the diner on a Vespa, then walks in and orders nothing but coffee, Indigo is intrigued. The gentleman is polite and well-dressed, and he leaves behind a tip that's more than the coffee. The waitress and the regulars are naturally curious about this quiet guy.

Indigo's parents are divorced. Her father lives in Hawaii with his new wife, Jennifer, while Indigo shares her home with her twin brother Severin, her younger sister Bex, her absentminded mother, a chatty parrot named Chico, and a sneaky cat named Freud. The snappy dialogue that zings back and forth between the Skyes makes it apparent that they love each other and know each other better than anyone else. Even though money has been tight since their father/husband left, their home is a happy one.

"Vespa guy" comes into Carrera's a few more times, politely ordering coffee and saying very little otherwise. When she spies a pack of cigarettes in the pocket of his expensive suede jacket, Indigo can't help but tell him about the dangers of smoking. Her words are motivated by concern, not by moral superiority, and she hopes he knows she is being genuine, not judgmental.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Biblioloca on August 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Haven't read a book by Caletti before, but this one was definitely intriguing. First of all, the plot is pretty boring & predictable: girl gets a fortune, lets herself be sucked away from her values, learns a lesson, blah blah. But there were so many interesting observations about people and the way we interact--little things that I've noticed, but haven't been able to put in words... Those were so intriguing that this is the first book in a long time that I've wanted to re-read immediately upon finishing. So, if you're looking for an action-packed story with a gripping plot, this ain't the book for you. If you're looking for a few insights into human nature, give it a try...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Howell on January 24, 2009
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Deb Caletti does a great job developing the characters of Indigo and those who frequent the diner where she works. Then Indigo receives a huge tip. I found it inconsistent with Indigo's personality to spend as she did. I also found it surprising that she felt she had to apologize to her boyfriend for not sharing freely. He should have apologized for being so presumptuous. In places,transitions were not smooth. The book could too easily be summed up in its plot divisions: restaurant relationships, spending spree, running away, and patching things up. The ending was predictable and disappointing, too nicely sewn up.
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Indigo Skye is pretty pleased with her life. She has an amazing boyfriend, she loves being a waitress at the homey neighborhood restaurant, Carrera's, and while her family may not be well off, they sure are filled with love.

While some situations may not be ideal, Indigo knows she will always be supported by those she loves. Whether it is her direct family or her family over at Carrera's (also known as the Irregulars), she knows she always has someone to turn to.

All is good until a new man starts coming into Carrera's. Indigo finds him very strange because he only orders coffee and just stares out the window. One day, Indigo finds a pack of cigarettes in his pocket and tells him off, as she cannot stand a smoker. She thinks she's scared him off until she gets a phone call from her boss telling her the mysterious man left her an envelope.

Indigo is puzzled as to what lays inside, but is sure that it will be disappointing. The contents are anything but disappointing; actually, they are stupendously unbelievable. Enclosed is a check for two-and-a-half million dollars. Indigo is thrilled, but doesn't know much about having money. She is constantly warned that money changes people, but she doesn't think it could ever happen to her.

This was a completely brilliant and amazing book. I fell in love with it from the very first sentence. Not only was the storyline amazing, but all of the characters, not just Indigo, had great personalities. Even the characters that you only met once or twice felt so real that I could automatically tell whether I liked them or not.

Indigo was definitely my favorite character, though. She was extremely sarcastic and witty.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. R. G. School on April 29, 2010
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I buy books for a teen library. I had heard of Deb Caletti as a YA author, and The Fortunes of Indigo Skye had a good premise: Indigo is a teen waitress who is left 2.5 million dollars from a restaurant customer, thereby causing dissension within all of her relationships. What kid doesn't dream of being a millionaire and being able to buy whatever he wants? The book falters, however, on many levels. Honestly, does someone leave 2.5 million dollars to a waitress who has only waited on him several times, simply because the waitress tells him he should quit smoking? And does a girl like Indigo, who Caletti promotes as caring about MANY social and moral issues, have shallow friends like Melanie and a boyfriend like Trevor? Characters like these seem to be in the book merely to highlight Indigo's supposed "humanity." My biggest complaint about the book, however, was the constant use of swear words. A good writer doesn't need to rely on the use of expletives to get a point across; taking the time to find a word or phrase to better describe a situation is a mark of experienced writing. Caletti has the "moral" Indigo use expletives in all situations, which also seems out of character for her. By the end of the book when her "enlightment" happens I was sick of her and other's use of the "f" word, or describing someone as an "a..hole," or saying that she had a "sh...y" day, and on and on. It's absolute profanity overkill. And unlike one of the other reviewers, I don't think that this kind of language is acceptable merely because it is "normal these days." Is it? I work with teenagers every day in academic and nonacedemic situations and I have never heard any one of them use profanities like what is found in this book.
C'mon Caletti. The YA market is filled with excellent writers. You should be able to grab readers with intriguing plots, believable characters, and precise writing. This book fails in all of those areas and I will not be adding it to the teen library.
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