Saturday, December 11, 2010

Indigo Blues by Danielle Joseph

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Flux (July 8, 2010)

I never asked to be famous--or infamous. Such is my fate for briefly dating (and dumping) Adam Spade. Yes, the Adam from the indie rock band Blank Stare who wrote "Indigo Blues"--the song that gave the band overnight success, propelled them to New York City, and stole my precious anonymity. Now I'm pawed by fans, stalked by reporters, and pegged as a vicious heartbreaker. And Adam is still calling me. Doesn't he have better things to do?

With a hit single and a promising career, I should be on top of the world. People on the street are beginning to recognize me, which is cool. And scary. The band is counting on me to write another hit, but I can't stop thinking about Indigo. Why won't she answer the phone?

Our review: Indigo Blues was a quick, entertaining read. The story is told from the viewpoints of exes Indigo Jackson and Adam Stone. When Indigo broke up with him, Adam vented by writing a song about her with his band, Blank Slate. When the story opens Indigo has just learned the song, "Indigo Blues", has just made it to the #1 position on the Billboard charts. Now Blank Slate, Adam, and her name are famous. And she wants nothing to do with any of it.

Meanwhile, Adam is in New York, appearing on television shows, hitting the club scene at night and trying to write and record songs during the day. Dating hot models and drinking may be fun, but he still can't forget about Indigo.

Having the story go back and forth in present tense gives us the perspectives of both and shows us how Indigo has to deal with her newfound notoriety as well as her feelings for Adam, and he realizes being in a band and writing successful songs is a lot harder than he thought. Despite the overnight popularity and attention from pretty females, his heart is still with a certain young girl back in Boston. Throughout the book we see how the two date others but their true feelings are trying to fight to the surface. By the time Indigo's younger brother, Eli, has arranged for the broken up couple to reunite on the Sabian Lime show on the E! channel, we know Adam and Indigo will have to face their feelings and each other.

I liked the story's premise but I never really felt a connection to either character. Their voices were unique and kept me reading, yet I was always aware of reading about two people, their feelings, the music business and their handling of denial about splitting up. Indigo Blues was a cute contemporary story about two people joining together, separating and finding each other again. Sometimes the second time around is sweeter.

Favorite excerpt: 
(From page 220, Adam's point-of-view.)

"Indigo walks me to the door. "Thanks again for your help." She leans over me to undo the lock.

I can almost feel her warmth. I dig my hands into my pockets to stop myself from reaching for her. "Don't mention it."

"Things got out of hand."

"Really, it's no big deal. Everyone gets wasted," I say.

"I'm not talking about Cat." She looks down at the floor.

"Oh. Yeah." I need to say more, but it's hard to get the right words out. "I . . . ah . . . acted like an idiot."

"You weren't the only one." 

Rating: +++

Cover comment: The cover really conveys what the book is about with the split picture of Indigo and Adam. The prominence of the colors was cool.

Book source: Traveling ARC tours

1 comment:

  1. I read that book about a month ago and loved it, thanks for the review! I also just finished a book I'd like to recommend called Carnal Weapon by Peter Hoffmann. A historical fiction novel set in the Eisenhower-era, the book introduces espionage and seduction into the world of Wall Street.