Publication date: October 26th 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
When Blue Mancini’s mother picked her name, it ended up being a self-fulfilling prophecy.
A year ago, Blue’s brother, Jack, was involved in a car accident that killed the father of her classmate, Maya Rodriguez. Luckily for Jack, he got out of a manslaughter charge and into a plea bargain thanks to the top-notch lawyer hired by Blue’s wealthy parents.
The fallout is now affecting Blue as Maya returns to school determined to carve out a pound of flesh from the only member of the Mancini family she can reach. On top of that, Blue has a demanding mother, a father who’s never around, a drama-addicted best friend, and a secretive new guy who’s determined to make Blue his own personal cheer-up project. It’s a perfect storm of misery.
When Maya’s social media taunts and in-person digs finally push Blue to retaliate, they find themselves in afterschool detention and forced into a project meant to foster cooperation and civility. As the layers of their tangled drama unravel, Blue learns more about Maya’s life—and her own sense of privilege—when secrets are revealed that cast a new perspective on everything in Blue’s world.
L.E. DeLano comes equipped with a “useless” Theatre degree that has opened doors for her in numerous ways. Though mostly raised in New Mexico, she now lives in Pennsylvania with two adventurous kids and two ridiculous cats. When she’s not writing (which is almost never), she’s binge-watching Netflix and planning road trips.
Her debut novel, TRAVELER was selected as a Keystone To Reading Secondary Book Award finalist for school year 2018-19 by the Keystone State Reading Association (KSRA) and also voted one of The 20 Most Beautiful Books in the World for 2017 by MTV UK.
Before getting into my review I quickly want to thank Xpresso Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of the blog tour and for graciously providing a eGalley of the book so that I could read it for my tour stop today.
When I picked up Blue to read I knew that this would not be a fast read and that it would be emotional. So I was prepared with kleenex on hand.
The main character is Blue and what she is going through after her brother Jack, was involved in a car accident that killed a classmates (Maya) father. We also see the kind of life Blue is living. She has a very demanding mother and a father who is never around. You can’t help but feel for Blue. As a mother it broke my heart to read it.
When Maya returns to school she is determined to make Blue’s live a living hell. I get where Maya is coming from but its not really Blue’s fault. Maya does everything in her power to make Blue’s life miserable and Blue is feed up and decides she needs to fight back. Both girls are given detention and a project that forces the girls to work together.
As they are working on this project Blue realizes that there is more to Maya then she lets on. She also realizes that there is more to herself and how much privilege she has. Will the girls be able to understand each other better? Will the secrets be too much for Blue to handle?
I really did enjoy reading this and looking forward to reading more of L.E. DeLano’s books in the future.
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