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Tripping Back Blue (Fiction - Young Adult) Hardcover – April 1, 2016
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Gr 10 Up—Finn is a drug dealer who is trying to earn enough money to get his sister out of their dead-end town, Dammerstown, and on to an Ivy League life at Harvard. He's using himself, and his only solace is a kind of meditative bird-watching, but it's not enough for a full escape. When Finn discovers a new drug, indigo, that can take him vividly back to happier times, his life starts to spiral out of control. This is a gritty novel, full of swearing, references to sex, and, of course, lots of drug abuse, best for mature high school students. Fans of A.S. King's Everybody Sees the Ants (Little, Brown, 2011) will enjoy the realistic descriptions and true-to-life dialogue. It has a touch of magic, reminiscent of Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Little, Brown, 2011), but is not as fantastical as Taylor's work. Chapters leave cliff-hanger endings for a faster pace that entertains readers. VERDICT Recommended for high school and public library collections.—Shalini Miskelly, St. Benedict Catholic School, Seattle, WA
"This unusual and distinctive tale of family violence, addiction, and hope is fascinating . . . [with] an authentically complex and likable narrator. An emotional and original debut novel that will hook older teen readers and young adults." --Kirkus Reviews
"There's nothing pretty about drug addiction, but a new drug called indigo, named for the powder's lovely hue, would suggest otherwise. . . . Storti's debut . . . is a coming-of-age story wrapped in a cautionary tale . . . yet [Finn's] desire to rise above his circumstances makes for an undeniably entertaining story with a hopeful conclusion." --Publishers Weekly
"This is a gritty novel . . . [with] a touch of magic. . . . Chapters leave cliff-hanger endings for a faster pace that entertains readers. . . . Recommended for high school and public library collections." --School Library Journal
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First of all, I hope this book is not in its final stages of editing, because there are quite a few mistakes. Style wise, the book is all told from the point of view of a 17 year old dealer and addict.
I've read a few YA books about drug abuse, and this does give a somewhat different perspective. I enjoyed it more than I expected at the beginning, but it still made me feel like I was watching the TV show Weeds... the storyteller keeps encountering situations with two paths and he always seems to choose wrong.
Finn seems to be the only character that is fully developed, and I suppose realistically, he is VERY resistant to evolving. Most of the other characters seem to be vague, forgetful, and their stories are never quite complete. Maybe it's just my personal preference, but I like it when a book actually seems complete. I felt like the ending was semi abrupt and so many story lines are left unfinished which is disappointing.
Not a complete disappointment though! I did like the book and the story, and I think with a little editing and some critics insight the author will do alright in the future.
Finn has found a new magic drug that he feels he can make a fortune on. Finn, a drug dealer feels this new drug will be a hot item which will earn him more money. Finding this drug is complicated and it brings about bigger stakes than what Finn has been dealing with previously. The novel becomes intense as I was worried about the outcome of the parties involved. Finn had developed a relationship with an older woman who had this new drug and I loved this relationship. He finally had found someone who he could talk to and be himself. He was a different person when he was with her. She accepted him for who he was and they both found something within each other. Finn is spiraling out of control and he doesn’t see what drugs are doing to his own life, for he only wants to make money for his sister’s future. As the story unfolds, it is frightful to see Finn sink deeper and deeper into his own world, his disregard for his own life and his inadequate choices make me want to scream. He is moving forward, not thinking about circumstances or choices, he is just looking for the next high or the dollar. He is focused and blind, a boy driven yet driving himself over the edge. Finn’s world creates an intense vibe, a powerful adrenaline as he moves throughout the novel staying elated on life and trying to stay on top of this latest drug. He is constantly on the move, constantly being present and his constant state of high produces an air of urgency, an urgency that I felt as I flipped through the pages. Life was good for Finn: he was making money, he had a new friend and he was higher than he had ever been. His sister tried to bring Finn back to Earth but Finn had his sights on her education. When things started to spin out of control, there was no way Finn was letting go of his goal.
I enjoyed reading this novel; I felt the intensity of what was occurring throughout the novel. I felt the power of the drugs as they filtered throughout the novel and the power they possessed. I thought it was a great story; I was captivated by the energy the novel produced and I needed to know what would happened to the characters and their lives. The story of the new drug and its origin was creepy and weird but it worked great with this storyline.