Title: A Different Blue
Author: Amy Harmon
Daniela’s rating: 2.5 stars
**ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Well, I am part of a minority here. I’ve seen a lot (and I mean A LOT) of 5 star reviews on GR and that’s awesome. I just wasn’t all that into the story or the characters.
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.
I’ll admit, it took me a while to finally give into it. I’ve had it on my iPad for a couple of weeks now, but I just couldn’t bring myself to read it. It was after finding myself not wanting to read anything from the fantasy genre that I decided to give it a try. It started off pretty good, it was interesting enough to keep me reading, we had a broken girl, who’s never truly known who she was, where she belong. After finding herself alone for the second time in her life, she’s managed to create this big facade of an uninterested and bitchy girl. She’s had to build up this wall so she wouldn’t be hurt ever again. Then we have the gorgeous British history teacher. He’s new in school and his methods are completely different to what everyone’s accustomed to. He’s charming and sweet and caring. Also, he’s 22 or so.
Ok so, like I said, everything started off pretty good. The story itself was entertaining enough, but nothing remarkable about it. At the beginning of it, the story started having a lot trips to the past and I felt like sometimes it got a bit confusing and I started to get a bit distracted. The writing wasn’t all that clear and sometimes it dragged a lot in details that weren’t or didn’t feel all that relevant. Also, I felt like there were a lot of things that were there just to fill some kind of hole and wasn’t even necessary.
Like, for example:
What was that about?! I don’t think the topic around this character was treated the way it deserves to. I don’t want to get into details, but it felt like it was lacking depth and was just an “easy” way to get a character out of the story.
I can’t imagine a 22 year old teacher, even less one that has lived and experienced so much in such a short life. Yes, he’s charming and sounds gorgeous, but he’s also annoying and infuriating at times. I liked him, but then he did stupid things that made him look like a prick.
She complained too much and sometimes it felt like the things she was complaining about were too shallow, considering she had been though a lot when she was a kid, and then when she did talk about everything that happened to her… I couldn’t relate to it or feel something about it.
I’m not that much of a fan of slow built stories, unless there are a lot of things that hint to something huge or amazing. I don’t think this was the case. The romance itself, even though this book is not entirely about the romance, was super-deathly-slow and when it finally happened, it was weird and rushed and so not my thing. Then, the main plot of the story felt like it was lacking something. I can’t tell you what, because I’m not sure, but it felt kind of incomplete. Towards the end, I kept rolling my eyes because everything got so predictable and unbelievable it was pretty hard for me to relate to the girl or find the whole thing real.
I guess, this wasn’t what I was expecting.