A Different Blue: A Novel

A Different Blue: A Novel

by Amy Harmon


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A Different Blue: A Novel by Amy Harmon

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633920965
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication date: 06/27/2017
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 417,154
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Amy Harmon is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of ten novels. Her books are now being published in 13 languages around the globe.

She knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story.

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A Different Blue 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 128 reviews.
RomanticReadingEscapes1 More than 1 year ago
"I'm nobody.  Who are you?" I've said it before, but I must say it again.  Amy Harmon's writing is a thing of beauty and brilliance.  I've never seen an author's ability to write in parables, offering an intense and deeply emotional experience to the reader as Amy does with her books.  Amy Harmon forever has a fan in me and I look forward to reading anything she publishes in the future. A Different Blue begins with the complete back story leading to Blue's abandonment at the age of two and how she came to live with Jimmy Echohawk, a talented wood carver who teaches Blue about seeing the negative space as artistry and sculpting something of beauty from a raw piece of wood.  Jimmy was Blue's rock, her pillar of strength.  Blue remained with Jimmy until she was just past ten years old.  The story quickly evolves to show Blue as an older high school student, with a tough and raw personal wearing tight-fitting clothes and too much make-up.  Blue Echohawk has every reason to be angry and could easily be a victim with her lack of knowledge in who she is or where she came from.  Instead, she is a very strong and hardened heroine who works hard at survival.   Blue doesn't have friends, and she doesn't date.  She has sex to fulfill her need to be loved, all the while keeping her emotions under lock and key.  But one person incites a change in Blue, a change in her heart and way of looking at herself.  Her young, British, history teacher....Darcy Wilson (known simply as Wilson).  He forces Blue to write her own history, evaluate what made her the person she is;  he forces her to think and feel.  Although she tries her best to get out of the assignment on a daily basis, Wilson is relentless in continuing his pressure for Blue to write her story, so she began ... "Once upon a time ... there was a little blackbird, pushed from the nest.  Unwanted.  Discarded." Wilson may have begun as Blue's teacher, but he soon became her mentor and her best friend.  He recognized and appreciated Blue's brilliance and talent as a wood carver.  He appreciated Blue, something she had never experienced before.  He taught Blue life through history and how to seize the day, but Blue taught Wilson something, too.  Never jump to conclusions and everyone is somebody, and Blue is somebody special.  He was there for her when no one else was, and she trusted him as her confidant.  His music led her to something she had never done before .... pray to a God whom she wasn't sure existed.  He advised her and took her under his wing.  He helped her when she didn't think she could be helped. Wilson never expected to fall in love with Blue, and he didn't want to accept that he had.  Blue never expected to fall in love with Wilson, and she feared that he would be swallowed into the abyss of her emptiness if he loved her.  A Different Blue is such an intense and emotional romance that speaks of consequences and the effect of actions on others, redemption, and self-discovery.  A Different Blue is about learning to love and be loved through healing and redemption.  It is about finding hope in harsh circumstances and learning to make the sweetest lemonade from the most bitter lemons.  It's about becoming whole. To attempt to tell you the plethora of emotions that I experienced while reading A Different Blue cannot be done.  I can't say that I cried, and I can't say that I was angry enough to throw my Kindle.  I can say there were times when my fear factor was at an all time high, and I was in awe (along with Wilson) at the strength of Blue.  I can also say that I was deeply, deeply moved by the growth on one person while on a journey of self-discovery and learning to feel worthy and valued.  The emotional fierceness of A Different Blue will cut to the core of the reader.  Amy Harmon has written a story with such allure and relevance, and she has once again displayed how to eloquently write a story that will move the reader beyond words.  I truly believe that writing is Amy Harmon's gift from God above, and she has graciously decided to share her gift with us.  I, for one, am quite grateful.  Thank you, Amy Harmon, for teaching me to find the beauty in the negative space and for telling me a story that moves my soul.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do NOT give five star ratings. There are always exceptions and thank goodness this author has given me one. I'm sitting here at 1a.m. and still thinking about this novel. This has beatiful and thoughtful writing, heart wrentching characters and surprisingly enough....... a plot! I won't bore you by sharing all the ways that this book touched me. I will tell you that I bestow the highest compliment I can on any book. I will read this many more times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking for something with a little more depth and this was it! It was beyond wonderful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was gorgeous and heart wrenching. At times it made me breathless and want to cry my bloody eyes out. I'm glad the character was where she should have been all along.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect. This book is just perfect. Every line and word is seemless and beliveable. And it flows so damn well! If you skip over this book, you have no idea what you are missing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I could I would give thus book 10 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story. The author has a rare gift for evoking strong emotion while crafting beautiful images with her words. This is the fourth book I have read by this author. I enjoyed each one but this one is her best!
angie3213 More than 1 year ago
Totally different then what I thought. I figured this story would be your run of the mill love story but nope. It is so much more. Following Blue as she found herself was an emotional and entertaining journey. I LOVED her snarky attitude and her strength. This book is witty and endearing, emotional and informative. I have to mention that I laughed for at least ten minutes straight when Blue asked the choir singer on her first visit to church if she knew any Willy Nelson songs. Classic. I believe Blue to be strong and independent and was still a decent person after having so much negative in her life. I loved reading about her childhood with Jimmy and the talent she picked up from him. Wilson. Oh, Wilson!! Who wouldn't swoon with a simple "hullo" from him. I believe they complimented each other and fact that he was patient with her snarky attitude towards him only made me love him more. He was understanding, supportive, sweet,and patient. And friends first and foremost. Wilson is one of a kind. This is a book a full emotion, good and bad. I enjoyed Blues transformation from lonely, unloved, expendable Blue to a responsible, artistic, smart, and selfless woman. Definitely a book for my faves and one I will read again. The end was happy, the story was deep and had substance, and I felt the emotion through it all. So many things can go wrong in life but it's your choice to handle it accordingly or to submit to the ugly. The choice is there, you know what you should do, in your mind you know what's right, the only thing left is acceptance and action. Blue choose to change and be someone. Someone she would be proud of and for that reason I LOVED this book. It's not your typical love story but it is A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! I would highly recommend it, and would love history teachers to teach the way Wilson taught his class! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be a movie. I loved the main characters, Blue is a strong young woman that is need of finding out who she is. Love this book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful & heartful story
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
A Different Blue is a profound story about a girl who is trying to find out the answer to a fundamental question. Who am I? Blue was abandoned as a child, left with no name, no home, and no family. Blue is lost and some think that she is too lost to be saved. Constantly in trouble, Blue is floating through hardly completing the bare minimum to get by. She is nineteen, a senior in high school, lonely, and very sad. No one takes the time to really get to know Blue, until Darcy Wilson. Mr. Wilson teaches British History at Blue’s school. He see’s someone worth saving in Blue. Amy Harmon has written a beautifully tragic tale about a girl looking for answers. The journey she embarks on is heartbreaking, revealing, and redeeming. Blue is such a complex character that puts on a good show for everyone around her, but that is all it is, a show. Mt. Wilson knows that Blue is more than what her tough exterior shows. The dynamics between Darcy and Blue change frequently throughout the story. Each change is subtle and slowly their relationship becomes something more, something new. Somethings love is a burning inferno, but sometimes love comes softly. A Different Blue is a touching story whose lessons will stay with you long after you are done.
Char_in_Boise More than 1 year ago
A Different Blue – Amy Harmon This moving story of redemption is definitely one of my favorites for the year! Blue is abandoned at a truck stop in Reno when she is only two years old. Raised until she is 10 by the Native American man who found her, Jimmy Echohawk, she is abandoned again when he doesn’t return from a trip to gather wood. This story tells of her struggles and hardships in a world that seems to have cast her off and doomed her to be alone. Wearing a tough exterior, Blue becomes hard to love...but impossible to ignore.  Darcy Wilson, the history teacher at Boulder City High School, takes an interest in Blue and tries to draw her out of her smut to tell her own history as an assignment. Wilson tells the class:   “What if what you believe about yourself or about your life is simply a myth that is holding you back?” Angry at his naivety and life of ease, Blue writes of a blackbird that is cast off from its nest...alone.  So begins the journey of Blue Echohawk...the journey to find her true self.  Amy Harmon is a talented writer with a gift to bring her characters to life. I’ve loved the other 2 books I’ve read by her too, and will read anything she puts out in the future. I love Blue and Wilson. Manny and Tiffa, too. These characters become real within a couple chapters and you will laugh with them, cry with them, long to help and guide them on their journey. I fell in love with them so much that I tried to read slow so that my time with Blue and Wilson wouldn’t end too soon (I failed though). That is the sign of a GREAT book.  The writing style is beautiful and touching; I highlighted many passages to remember, and will definitely read this book a second time when I want to be uplifted. 
nikmt1 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful, touching, and simply wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is unique in its story and the type of characters that it brings to life. Within the framework of native american culture, the story develops around the convoluted lifes of a girl who has lost her identity and self and her literature teacher. It ends up being a sweet love story, but above all a story about redemption and finding self-worth. This is the second book I read from this authir and it will not be the last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful unexpected book. Great summer read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well paced, wonderful story with fantastic character development
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story caught me off guard..I did not think it was going to be this good. Its about self discovery, lost, love, redemption and much more....no steamy hot sex scenes but a friendship that turns into a perfect love story...it has a HEA and an epilogue that the author is willing to share which I thought made the book complete! Looking forward to reading more from this author.
moodylp More than 1 year ago
Great book. Really felt the emotions. That takes a great author to make you FEEL what the characters feel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beginning was a little slow. The plot really was great though. There were some grammar issues, but a better editor will catch those. Looking forward to more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not at all what I thought it would be. I really enjoyed it. Also touched on adoption from several very different standpoints which I found intriguing....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is FABULOUS.  I read it in one sitting,and it is a book that I will read again.  The character development and plot are high quality and keep you reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really good read. Beautiful story with a twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good mostly clean (w/o graphic sexual nature & graphic language) story about a girl name "Blue" who does not know who she is. I thought the beginning (details about different history topics) was a lil much, but I'm glad I stuck w/ it & learned so much!