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Kalifornia Blu Paperback – May 23, 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
There are some sophisticated situations, but nothing I find objectionable for my 14-year-old. I think she'll really enjoy it.
Cleverly written in a first person voice similar to that of Holden Caulfield but Kal has her individual voice and often tries to censor herself if she wants to say things too sweet or too cynical. ('Boyfriend' Dakota, 'doesn't expect me to love him or crap like that.") An insecure teen behind a strong façade. And it is not so fussy a voice that the prose becomes encumbered.
The specifics really put the reader on the scene--the boardwalk of Venice, Caifornial is espec a good starter in the novel. Clearly sets the scene for this unusual skateboarder daughter of a rock star. Later terrific specifics set scene of dad's apartment, things that make her believe she's getting to know dad for the first time.
Cute beginnings with young lawyer/future love interest, Penn. 'I told you to lose the medal.' 'I took out my nipple rings.' Daring for YA readers but not censor-able by parents.
Nice running device throughout of not-looking-back, from first chase and arrest (get caught looking back) until the final paragraph of being okay to look back, seeing twinkle of affection in dad's eye.
For those readers who like chase scenes, the chase from the porn set, the skitching (holding onto a fast-moving car while on a skateboard) behind an SUV with dad following in limo, and a few others are dazzling.
Sex scenes are few (they have to be included in a modern depiction of teens) but the 'messing around' with boyfriend Dakota was handled sensitively.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Couldn't put the book down! I totally loved the main character and the story! Great read.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was amazing kept my attention and had me want to the. The pages it is a book full of freedom. And choices how a teenager can change and there is hope always for change. Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by Heather Lubinski
Loved Kal and her story! The characters, the relationships, and the settings in this book all came alive for me and seemed so real. Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by Linda Acorn Budzinski
Pretty good story. I felt the book was a bit short, I enjoyed the characters and would have liked further depth and development. But I thought the story ended nicely.Published on October 15, 2013 by Amazon Customer
When I picked up this book for the first time, I immediately knew that it was going to be an amazing novel. Read morePublished on October 11, 2013 by Jsalz
I loved reading Kalifornia Blu. It was a realistic story of an independent teenagers life in LA/Venice. Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by Leslie Nuesca
Kalifornia Blue is so close to the truth I have a hard time reviewing! so many kids I knew growing up in LA were so very similar to this story that I want to knit pick at the... Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by mrsdrdahl
I purchased this for my nephew but ended up reading it myself. The author captures the moments between being a teenager and a young woman and the opportunities and dangers. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Lynda Keeler
I really enjoyed this book! It's full of great details about skateboarding culture in Venice California - the slang, clothing, brands, etc - coming from someone who really knows... Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Katharine Gates