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When the Stars Go Blue: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Caridad Ferrer
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Winner of an International Latino Book Award

A dancer driven to succeed.

A musical prodigy attempting to escape his past.

The summer they share.

And the moment it all goes wrong.

Dance is Soledad Reyes’s life. About to graduate from Miami’s Biscayne High School for the Performing Arts, she plans on spending her last summer at home teaching in a dance studio, saving money, and eventually auditioning for dance companies. That is, until fate intervenes in the form of fellow student Jonathan Crandall who has what sounds like an outrageous proposition: Forget teaching. Why not spend the summer performing in the intense environment of the competitive drum and bugle corps? The corps is going to be performing Carmen, and the opportunity to portray the character of the sultry gypsy proves too tempting for Soledad to pass up, as well as the opportunity to spend more time with Jonathan, who intrigues her in a way no boy ever has before.        

But in an uncanny echo of the story they perform every evening, an unexpected competitor for Soledad's affections appears: Taz, a member of an all-star Spanish soccer team. One explosive encounter later Soledad finds not only her relationship with Jonathan threatened, but her entire future as a professional dancer.

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In a risky career move, ballerina Soledad refuses an offer to join a dance company in order to play the role of Carmen with a Miami-based competitive all-male drum and bugle corp. Although the role and its opportunities are seductive, spending the summer with her new boyfriend, bugle-playing Jonathan, and exploring their fresh, exciting love is equally compelling. As deep as her love is for Jonathan, Soledad finds herself strangely attracted to Taz, a Spanish soccer player—a development that threatens not only the couple’s love and trust but their careers as well. Ferrer understands the drive that consumes aspiring artists and athletes, and she conveys this single-minded absorption with charm and intensity. All three teens are likable, even lovable, and readers will empathize with their difficult choices. The story effectively depicts the excitement of performance, the intrigue of one girl traveling among 150 boys, Jonathan and Soledad’s steamy romance, and Taz’s courtly pursuit. Well written, with contemporary characters and an engaging story line, it lacks only the promise of a sequel to make it complete. Grades 9-12. --Frances Bradburn


"Ferrer understands the drive that consumes aspiring artists and athletes, and she conveys this single-minded absorption with charm and intensity. All three teens are likable, even lovable, and readers will empathize with their difficult choices. The story effectively depicts the excitement of performance, the intrigue of one girl traveling among 150 boys, Jonathan and Soledad’s steamy romance, and Taz’s courtly pursuit. Beautifully written, with contemporary characters and an engaging story line, it lacks only the promise of a sequel to make it complete."--Booklist

"All the pain, passion and consequences of first love, told from the heart of a bold, feisty heroine make this a hard-to-put-down read. Ferrer elegantly captures both the certainty and doubt of young love and combines it with the lessons of growing up and coping with change."--RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

"A fresh, new spin on a classic tale, Caridad Ferrer delivers a dreamy romance with all the necessary ingredients: a feisty heroine, an irresistible hero, and an ending that will make you swoon. Delicious from beginning to end—I devoured it in one sitting!”—Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Immortals series

"With the grace of a ballerina and the fiery moves of a salsa dancer, Caridad Ferrer's When the Stars Go Blue jetes into the reader's heart in a story as romantic, funny, dramatic and moving as the best of So You Think You Can Dance?"--Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of Crazy Beautiful and The Education of Bet

"For fans of drum corps or marching band, this novel is your automatic read of the year. For everyone else...Come for two hot guys in love with one driven dancer. Stay for the lyrical prose that captures spicy Miami and entices you on a young woman’s cross-country tour as she comes of age among a hundred and fifty ...

Product Details

  • File Size: 454 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312650043
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (November 23, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P9VZFM
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Emotional Novel November 25, 2010
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When the Stars Go Blue is an absolutely stunning novel about Soledad, an 18 year-old dancer in Miami who becomes involved with both a drum and bugle corp, and the corp's lead horn player. It is, quite honestly, one of my favorite books of the year. Unfortunately, it's also very difficult to review without spoilers (which explains why the publisher's book description is so vague). Since there aren't any reviews yet, I'll do my best to share why this (along with another recent read, Mindi Scott's Freefall) is one of my favorite young adult titles of the year.

First of all, this is the story of Soledad and her first love, Jonathan. The relationship between the two is extremely intense, magnified by the drum and bugle corps' trip around the country performing at fairs and festivals. Their relationship grows extremely quickly, and it Ferrer's outstanding writing swept me up in their romance right along with Soledad. However, Soledad also has doubts about their relationship and where it will go when they each possibly head their separate ways at the end of the summer. Ferrer brilliantly explores Jonathan's jealously stemming from her friendship with a soccer player on the same fair circuit as the corp, Taz, and how it confuses and hurts Soledad, because she really does love and is devoted to Jonathan. There is nothing predictable and stereotyped about the way the characters react to the circumstances and obstacles in their paths, and I turned each page feeling the same doubts and confusion about the resolution as Soledad.

Secondly, the book feels like a love letter to the arts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
When the Stars Go Blue by Caridad Ferrer is a story that made a very strong impression on me. I've been lucky, this is the second book in a row I've read with a strong and resilient female protagonist.

This book mimics the ups and downs of dance and the arts so well. Caridad Ferrer does an amazing job of bringing the movements of Soledad's passions to life through words. I felt her pain when a performance did not go quite as expected. I felt her passion for each movement across the football field, and I felt her disappointment in knowing that the chances of becoming the star dancer she dreamed about may not come true. Of course, this book is about so much more than dance.

Caridad Ferrer does an absolutely exquisite job of interpreting Carmen for a YA crowd. Teen girls in particular are going to dive head first into the whirlwind romance that Jonathan stages for Soledad. Her passion for him is strong and seems invincible. Of course, as anyone knows, teen girl or not, no love is invincible and cracks start to surface. But the initial courtship, that whirlwind of meeting someone who matches you in passion and determination, it is off the charts for Soledad and Jonathan.

The romance in this book is center stage, no doubt. On first reading many of Jonathan's accolades and praise for Soledad, I was kind of creeped out. However, as the story continued, I feel like Ferrer did a good job of fleshing out Jonathan's character. He was a troubled boy in love with someone for the first time in his life. He did not make good decisions, but I truly believe, especially in the book's beginning, his heart was in the right place. He was not all evil, even if his actions were not worthy of the love he claimed for Soledad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best novel so far. December 3, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I admire Ferrer's work, but I have to say I think this is her best novel so far.

The short chapters are all intense and bursting with Soledad's personality. I was swept along in both her romance and her romance with dance and performance.

The best part, however, is the relationship between Soledad and her grandmother - realistically full of humor and love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful on so Many Levels December 1, 2010
18 yr old Soledad has just graduated from a performing arts High School in Miami. She studied dance her entire life. Soledad was going to spend the saving up money to move to NYC. Soledad impulsively changes her plans when, Jonathan, another recent graduate offers up a new dance challenge and his heart.

Jonathan is a trumpet player and a member of the Florida Raiders drum and bugle crops. During the summer they compete against other drum crops. This year the all male team will be doing Carmen. After Jonathan convinces Soledad to audition the part is hers.

This book was so good. I loved Soledad. She wasn't humble about her dancing talent nor was she conceited. She simply owned it and would not allow any one to tell her otherwise.

"As I walked the length of the bleachers and out onto the floor eyeballing the dimensions and staking out a good starting spot, I heard, "What do you want to bet she'll be kiss-ass predictable and do something from Carmen? said fairly quiet, but not that quiet. My gut clenched some but otherwise? Bitch please. I met the offender's gaze head on and smiled that smile I'd learned from Mamacita - the serene,
"come too close and I'll cut you" smile. "

Soledad and Jonathan's relationship comes about fairly quickly, its very believable in its intensity. After the first few fair competitions the Raiders kept running into the same 20 and under all star soccer team from Spain. Soledad catches the eye of Taz, one of the best soccer players. Soledad knows her heart belongs to Jonathan but he just can't see that.

When the Stars go Blue is keep turning the pages good. Part of that comes with the beautiful balance. This is one of the best YA romances I've ever read, yet the author doesn't forget drum crop competition.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars For romantic novel enthusiasts, the book is great. For those with a...
I was really excited when this book was given to me by my sister. I was excited to finally see a book that had drum corps as it's primary backdrop. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jackie H.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Story
This book took me into a world I'm not familiar with but made me feel comfortable without going into too much detail. Read more
Published 8 months ago by VELB
4.0 out of 5 stars When the Stars Go Blue
I really loved this book. I liked Soledad's spice, her independence, and her willingness to make herself vulnerable to love someone. I also loved the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lisa Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and Inspiring Story
When the Stars Go Blue is about an 18 year old dancer Soledad who is asked to join a drum and bugle corps. Read more
Published 16 months ago by haaschiibrownii
4.0 out of 5 stars Very realistic romance
I hadn't heard much about this book, but for some reason, I knew it was going to be good. The beautiful cover - a model who fits to the description of the main character! Read more
Published 23 months ago by Hannah @ Paperback Treasures
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, emotional, believable & REAL- Simply amazing
When the Stars Go Blue by Caridad Ferrer is all the cover suggests it to be- stunningly beautiful.

It is the story of Soledad, and passionate and gifted dancer, hurt by... Read more
Published on January 14, 2012 by Basically Amazing Ashley
3.0 out of 5 stars Blue Skies
A modernization of Bizet's Carmen, Ferrer has created a richly drawn story of a young dancer who joins a drum and bugle corp as it's principle dancer. Read more
Published on April 18, 2011 by Galleysmith
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful, Intense & Unpredictable
When the Stars Go Blue is a beautiful book--intense, honest, funny, written with rich physical and emotional detail, infused with the passion and grit and populated with... Read more
Published on February 28, 2011 by Danielle Younge-Ullman
3.0 out of 5 stars A hot romance with a strong story about following one's passion
Soledad Reyes's entire life is dance -- she lives it, breathes it, and eats it. She attends an arts academy for high school in Miami and devotes everything to her talent. Read more
Published on February 6, 2011 by Kelly Jensen (STACKED Books blog)
5.0 out of 5 stars Her blossoming relationship with Jonathan threatens her entire future...
WHEN THE STARS GO BLUE tells of Soledad Reyes, whose life revolves around dance - until a fellow student proposes she forget teaching dance and spend the summer performing in... Read more
Published on January 22, 2011 by Midwest Book Review
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More About the Author

Caridad Ferrer is a first generation, bilingual Cuban-American, whose young adult debut, Adiós to My Old Life was Romance Writers of America's 2007 RITA® winner for Best Contemporary Single Title Romance as well as being named to the 2009 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list, awarded by the ALA and winning the Bronze medal in the Young Adult category of the Florida Book Awards.

Her latest young adult novel, When the Stars Go Blue, a contemporary retelling of Bizet's Carmen, was released by Thomas Dunne Books with Booklist calling it, "Well written, with contemporary characters and an engaging story line." Recently, Stars was honored as the first place YA Novel: English Language at the 2011 International Latino Book Awards.

A native Floridian, Ferrer now makes her home in the Pacific Northwest, thriving amidst the rain and cooler weather, finding it the perfect writing environment as she hangs out with her dogs, family, and good coffee, dreaming up new stories with which to entertain herself and her readers.

Follow her on Twitter at @BarbFerrer or on Facebook at Barbara Caridad Ferrer.


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