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The Blue Girl Paperback – April 6, 2006
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But "The Blue Girl," the latest urban fantasy novel by Charles de Lint, is not your average young-adult story of teen angst and the perils of fitting in with a new crowd. Like any new student, Imogene runs afoul of the "beautiful people" who consider themselves superior to the groundling students in their midst. Unlike most students, however, she also encounters a ghost. And that ghost -- Adrian, the miserable remnant of an unhappy student at her school several years before -- has fair-weather friends among the fairies ("when house brownies go bad"). So, when Imogene readily accepts the existence of ghosts but balks at believing in fairies, Adrian decides to prove it to her -- and that brings Imogene to the attention of more malevolent spiritual forces.
"The Blue Girl" is a stand-alone story in de Lint's canon of Newford tales, although one recurring Newford character does make a few appearances and a handful of others are mentioned in passing. While the lead characters sometimes suffer from "Dawson's Creek" syndrome -- their vocabularies and mannerisms are a bit more mature than their supposed 17 years -- the book largely reads true. And, to be honest, the elevated maturity of the young protagonists makes the book far more readable to its adult audience while not pushing it past the ken of its younger target crowd.Read more ›
The Blue Girl is about the new girl in town and her problems finding friends and getting harassed just for being different. There are many elements in the story that almost everyone can relate to, the cliques of kids in high school, the feeling of isolation because your different from the other students, and the happiness of finding that special friend who accepts you for who you are.
Although many of the regular characters you come to associate with Newford don't appear in the story (Jilly Coppercorn is mentioned. I don't think Charles DeLint could write a Newford story without mentioning her, at least), Christy Riddell appears as that special adult, a person a teenager can confide in. Of course it takes a little while for Imogene, the title character to decide whether Christy is that special adult.
Underneath all the universal truths and things we can identify with is that element of the supernatural and other world that permeates Charles DeLint's work. It's part of what makes his stories special.
If you've read DeLint's other stories, you'll want to read this one as well, especially if you like the Newford stories.
Go for this one! It's money well spent! (And I dont have alot to spend!)
If you've never read any Charles de Lint, this might be a good place to start. He is a master of depicting settings and characters that are very real and very familiar then adding a touch of Magic (whether it be ghosts, fairies, timetravel or just plain strangeness) that is never too much to overtax your willingness to go along with it. He writes frequently about themes of love, loyalty, friendship, acceptance, and, on the other side, loneliness, anger, and despair. Feelings we've all had to deal with from time to time. Without being preachy or overly moralizing, de Lint lets you hitch a ride with one or more characters as they work their way from darkness towards the light.
I won't bother to synopsize the book, other reviewer have done a good job of that already. But I will give it my enthusiastic recommendation to anyone who'd like to spend a few hours in a magical place, just around the corner.
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I absolutely love love love this book just really wish there was a Kindle option I'm constantly on the go and would love to have it in my Kindle go read when ever I wantPublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
I first read this book when I was a freshman in high school. About 4years ago. I liked it so much I didn't want to return it to the library haha , I did returned eventually. Read morePublished 15 months ago by David Gonzalez
I kind of dislike reviews that give you the plot of something that you haven't read yet. So I keep mine slightly fuzzy in the detail department while attempting to remain helpful. Read morePublished 15 months ago by EuphoriaWasted
This is one of my favorites! I've been trying to find it, and at last I've found a copy. de Lint is an awesome author!Published on April 26, 2014 by Kimberly
this is one of my favorite books and it is in PERFECT condition, it is like new and it was really cheap as wellPublished on April 16, 2014 by looeezah
Bumpy is a good word. This might have been one of my favorite books had I read it in my most awkward of teenage years. Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by Hannah
I'm really hoping that this book comes out in Kindle format soon, it's one of my favorites from my teenagerhood, and my library does not have it :(Published on November 3, 2013 by Makenna