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The Fortunes of Indigo Skye Hardcover – March 25, 2008

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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.

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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
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Product Details

  • 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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As far as Indigo Skye is concerned life is great. She has a family who loves and appreciates her. She has a job at Carrera's, the local diner, that she loves. It's full of good-natured, salt of the earth friends. She has a boyfriend who doesn't mind her wobbly ass, even if sometimes she does. Life is perfect, even though she's near penniless.

Until a new customer, nicknamed "Vespa Guy," enters the diner and Indigo's life. Not only does he enter her life, but ultimately he changes it forever when he leaves a two point five million dollar tip. Vespa Guy doesn't want anything in return. All he wants is a promise. A promise that Indigo will live a bigger and better life.

The money that was supposed to make her and her family's life all the better ends up making her life worse, much worse. People always say money changes everything. But will it change Indigo Skye?

The Fortunes of Indigo Skye, written by author Deb Caletti, is based around a basic question that everyone, at one point or another, has asked them: what would you do if you had a million dollars? Caletti excels at not only answering this question, but also puts perspective on how money can effect, not only ones life, but ones self. The plot is genuinely realistic, thought-provoking, and honest. Like the plot, Caletti's writing is fresh and sharp.

The Fortunes of Indigo Skye is largely character driven. Full of unforgettable characters, each one plays a pivotal role in not only Indigo's life and world, but the overall storyline. Readers will connect instantly with Indigo. Like her name she is an original character with a big personality, and an even bigger heart. Readers will be enchanted and endeared by her personality as well as her faults.

Caletti has managed to write a serious book that is still fun-filled and fancy free.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because of the premise, which I guess would be considered "high concept" -- a young adult is given $2.5 million dollars by a stranger she waited on occasionally in a coffee shop. How does she react? How does this change her life? The premise is much more exciting than the actual story, which contains a lot of improbabilities (starting with the one of a stranger leaving a waiter $2.5 million) and characters who don't ring true. This could have been a very exciting book. It wasn't.
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