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Follow the Blue

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by Brigid Lowry
 

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Life isn't neat and tidy. It's like a whole lot of balls of brightly colored wool thrown in a basket, with stray beginnings and endings and possibilities everywhere. Let's follow the blue.

Fifteen-year-old Bec has always been the good girl. Growing up with an eccentric celebrity chef mother and a father who suffers from depression, Bec is used to taking

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Life isn't neat and tidy. It's like a whole lot of balls of brightly colored wool thrown in a basket, with stray beginnings and endings and possibilities everywhere. Let's follow the blue.

Fifteen-year-old Bec has always been the good girl. Growing up with an eccentric celebrity chef mother and a father who suffers from depression, Bec is used to taking care of her two younger siblings and being labeled "the sensible one." But when Bec's parents decide to take a six-week tour of the U.S., she decides that she is sick of being responsible and is ready for some adventures of her own. She meets a new friend named Jaz, dyes her hair, wins money, throws her first party, and then there's the boy thing...
In this intoxicating novel by award-winning author and poet Brigid Lowry, Bec realizes that maybe she isn't so ordinary after all—and that sometimes it doesn't hurt to, as her mother would say, "lighten up and enjoy the ride."

Editorial Reviews

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“Imagine a more functional Georgia Nicholson (of Louise Rennison's Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging) in Perth, Australia, and you'll have the main character in this exhilarating novel.” —Booklist

“[An] inviting Australian novel by the author of Guitar Highway Rose….Readers will find Bec's anecdotes compelling.” —Publishers Weekly

“Funny, fresh characters…A fun read from down under.” —Kirkus

“Lowry is also a poet, and she paints lovely splashes of color that transcend and augment the characters' trials and tribulations….This one is worth ‘bunging' onto the shelves as it's a ‘hell-fun' read.” —School Library Journal

“A lot goes on in this very funny romp, some of it quite profound….[A] delightful trip down under.” —Booklist

Children's Literature
When your mom is a celebrity chef and your father suffers from severe depression, sometimes a teenager has to be the sensible one. When Bec's parents leave for an extended vacation in the United States, Bec begins to blossom in ways she never expected. Winning the lottery and meeting not just one, but two cute guys is only the beginning of her adventures. The woman hired to stay with Bec and her siblings turns out to be a help rather than a hindrance to Bec's new adventures, especially once she is rushed to the hospital, leaving the children to fend for themselves. This charming narrative is peppered with Bec's observations and notes, such as recipes for her party. The plot fortunately never crosses the line into the absurd and outrageous, as so many "parents out of town" stories do, but always remains interesting and realistic. Bec's numerous facets shine through at various times in the book, but all are entertaining and sympathetic to readers. 2001, St. Martin's Griffin, Ages 12 up.
—Amie Rose Rotruck
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-This coming-of-age novel set in Australia is peppered with local slang. Bec, the narrator, has a carefree, dashing style, and sprinklings of familiar family dramas, school-lunch gossips, and inevitable crushes on older boys abound. At 15, she must cope with her father's breakdown and gradual recovery, her parents' extended trip abroad, and the "dull and plodding" housekeeper who is put in charge. Flying by the seat of her apricot chiffon skirt, Bec fields her younger siblings' quirks, deals with peer pressure to experiment with drugs and lose her "vees," and experiences the skateboard recklessness of first love. Essentially a well-balanced, bright, and creative girl, she finds too much happening in her life and has trouble coping. Readers will identify with her caution, whimsy, and outrageousness-a fine adolescent mix of good girl and free spirit. Despite Bec's often feeling like a complete "wally," she is very likable and ingenuous. Lowry is also a poet, and she paints lovely splashes of color that transcend and augment the characters' trials and tribulations. An of-the-moment quality permeates this novel, with frequent mentions of current pop bands and fashion fads. Although it may become quickly dated, this one is worth "bunging" onto the shelves as it's a "hell-fun" read.-Roxanne Myers Spencer, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Struggling under an eccentric mother and a father suffering from a mental breakdown, Bec assumes that her 15th summer will be more of the same. That is until she learns that she and her younger brother and sister will be spending the next five weeks under the care of a sitter, while her parents go on a book tour of the US. Bec decides that instead of moping around the house, she should take her horoscope to heart and look for good luck and "a certain amount of turbulence." Bec is soon shedding her responsible image, dyeing her hair red, hanging out with new friends, and then of course there are the boys. Despite some sections that seemed forced for the sake of the plot, the interactions between Bec and her friends and family ring true. Her brother and sister are funny, fresh characters and the twists that Australian culture and vocabulary supply keep the narrative interesting and lively. A fun read from down under. (Fiction. 12+)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312342975
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/21/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Brigid Lowry is the author of award-winning poetry, short stories, and young adult novels. She is well-known in Australia, where her first novel, Guitar Highway Rose, was a runaway success with young readers and a finalist for or winner of numerous prestigious awards. She spent much of her life in Australia but now lives in New Zealand, where she was born and raised.

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Follow the Blue 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so good! Even though the events weren't the most spectacular (which makes it all the more relative) it was pretty profound, and the character is easy to relate to. I could hardly put it down. It's one of those rare books that actually challenge you to think. The writer's totally gifted, and the fact that it takes place in Australia's rather cool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so freakin cool. I like that i could kinda relate to Bec.She's like a teenager and she deals w/ a lot of the things that us teenagers deal w/ like crazy parents/friendship/rebellion/and of course BOYS.Its funny and a bloody good read.