Indigo Blues

Danielle Joseph, Flux, $9.95 trade paper (240p) ISBN 978-0-7387-2059-3
When Indigo broke up with Adam, the Blank Stare guitarist wrote a breakup song about her—which goes on to hit number one on the charts. Now, Indigo is unhappy that she has become an infamous heartbreaker in her small town, and Adam still isn't over her. Readers will likely be drawn into the scintillating premise and will get a real sense of Adam and Indigo from their alternating narration (instead of reveling in his stardom, Adam feels "desperate" to write a new hit, and Indigo is tough enough to pour a frappuccino on the head of a girl who teases her). Even so, this book is a bit like a pop song. The drama is fun, but lacks substance, despite allusions to Adam's troubled interior life—his mother died tragically, and he hints she was having an affair at the time. While the hubbub about one song feels over the top, hot clubs, romantic miscommunications, and Adam's headrush to fame should keep readers tuned in. Ages 14–up. (July)
Reviewed on: 11/08/2010
Release date: 07/01/2010
Genre: Children's
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