A gorgeous read.
Blurb from Goodreads: Blue Echohawk doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know her real name or when she was born. Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn’t attend school until she was ten years old. At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on with life, she is just a senior in high school. With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least. Tough, hard and overtly sexy, she is the complete opposite of the young British teacher who decides he is up for the challenge, and takes the troublemaker under his wing.
This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody. It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love. But falling in love can be hard when you don’t know who you are. Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can’t love you back might be impossible.
When I read the blurb for this, I picked it up immediately, but then I wasn’t sold by the first couple of chapters. I pushed on and soon realised what a beautiful, painful, tragic and hopeful story this was.
The writing was excellent, drawing me in to the unusual and turbulent life that was Blue’s. Blue’s character was powerfully evoked. She is a survivor. She doesn’t complain about her past. Her strength and compassion for others is evident, but she doesn’t see it herself. She dresses quite trampy, sleeps around and her self-esteem is pretty low. It shouldn’t be. She’s more intelligent and talented than most people, but her hard upbringing has left its scars.
The descriptions of her wood carvings allowed me to clearly picture every piece of art she worked on. The desert setting became a character in itself, tough, resilient but beautiful – just like Blue. I would have liked to see her relationship with Wilson move along somewhat faster, and at times I wanted to slap Wilson and tell him he was being a prat. Wilson’s sister, Tiffa was another vibrant character. I found myself wanting to hang out with her and Blue.
I couldn’t put this book down and when the pieces of Blue’s puzzle all came together in the end, I teared up. I’ll say it once more: Stunning. *****
Has anyone heard of this? It’s quite a painful read at times, but worth it.