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Blue Paperback – September 10, 2013

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About the Author

Lou Aronica is the author of several works of fiction and nonfiction, and he has collaborated on a number of books, including the national bestseller The Culture Code.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Story Plant (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611880963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611880960
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,105,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved this book! It is one of the best "fantasy" novels I've read. Because of the low Kindle price, I took a chance on an author I didn't recognize. But what a surprise: I found an accomplished and elegant writer, and a treasure that I'll want to revisit many times. I'm buying the paperback version too, so I can keep it in my bookshelves with other much-loved and often-read books!

The premise is original: an imaginary land created in great detail by a little girl and her father, as a way to distract Becky from the pains and terrors of dealing with leukemia and its treatment. It's touching, as the father and daughter share their nightly stories about Tamarisk and its history, geography, and inhabitants both human and otherwise. Becky grows into adolescence, and the plants and animals of Tamarisk become less Disneylike and more creative. When her parents divorce, not amicably, Becky's time with Chris, her dad, is limited to the usual weekends-and-one-night-a-week arrangement. Her anger with Chris for leaving "the family" makes her refuse any more Tamarisk collaboration. Becky's illness is in remission, and she does her best to live the life of a normal fourteen-year-old. Meanwhile, Chris grieves at their emotional separation.

Then we discover that Tamarisk has a life of its own. The fantasy land has continued to develop even in the absence of further creation from Becky and Chris! The young princess created by little Becky is now the queen; and a mysterious blight is affecting Tamarisk's plant life, changing its entire ecosystems in unimaginable ways. Becky finds herself visiting Tamarisk and becoming friends with Miea, the queen. She convinces her botanist father to accompany her on her brief visits in the hope of finding some solution to the blight.
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SOME GENERAL SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW: I read this book based on the reviews already here on Amazon and for the most part I agree that its a good book that brings you along well. The father and child are well developed as characters, although the father has the most exposure and growth throughout the novel. The fantasy land created by father and daughter to help the infant daughter escape from her pain during chemotherapy returns when the daughter's cancer returns some years later - the two are tied together in an obvious way. However, the story makes the obvious still wonderful to read. I do have to say, however, that portions of the novel describing the fantasy land were sometimes over done and I felt them to be irrelevant to the story - I found myself losing interest in the story in these chapters. I was more interested in how the father grew throughout the story and it would have been nice to see the mother also develop more in the story - she was portrayed as a fairly stubborn woman who distrusted her ex-husband's motives and only one time did the fact that the daughter's best interest wasn't at heart brought up (when the daughter states as such).

Overall, its a good story, the general plot reminded me of Pan's Labyrinth, although the fact that the quilt turns blue at the end suggests that Tamarisk is, indeed, a real place.
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This is my second time reading Blue. What I discovered reading it a second time is that it is a lot like reading Charles Dickens for me. What I mean by that is every time I re-read a Charles Dickens book, I come away with something new. Some little thing I did not get a previous time. A new perspective based on my life experience since reading it a previous time. Blue did that for me. Not every book I read does. Another thing I have noticed with this book is that when you read a review or talk with someone who has read it, most likely they will have a different view from you. The book is amazing like that. I think this makes it the perfect book club choice. Everyone who reads it comes away with their own views and thoughts on it. I know, every book does that. What makes Blue unique in this is how different those views are. The story doesn't change. You do and what you get from it does.
Blue is an amazing love story. One that will touch you deeply and stay with you long after you close the book. I do not know the author. I do not know his history with leukemia or a seriously ill child. I do not even know if he has ever personally dealt with these issues. I do know he writes as one who has intimately known both cancer and a seriously ill child. Blue is one book I would give a sky full of stars to.
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Generally, I like this type of story line but something here was just incredibly slow moving and I kept feeling like something was completely missing. It just has no depth and no believability. I gave up reading at about 35%, which is rare for me - I almost always finish every book I start reading. I read, on average, 3-4 fiction books per week and I can probably count on one hand the number I've not finished over the years.

I think it has potential but clearly, it's missing the mark and I'm glad I got it when it was free.
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I found Blue by looking at the top-selling fantasy ebooks on Amazon. When I started it, I thought it might have been miscategorized. It follows the story of Becky, a 14 year old survivor of childhood leukemia and her father, who struggles to re-bond with his daughter after her mother divorced him. However, it is definitely a fantasy. To help Becky deal with her illness, she and her father created a make-believe world called Tamarisk and spent the evenings making up stories about it. As Becky grew older, they stopped creating stories, but one night, Becky is transported to Tamarisk and realizes it isn't quite as make-believe as she thought.

This book was very emotional and I very nearly cried as I read it on an airplane (don't worry - I managed to hold back the tears and avoid a very awkward situation!). The story deeply resonated with me, as I'm sure it does with many others. I highly recommend it for daughters, fathers, and anyone with an imagination who has ever imagined another world.
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