Book Review: The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint

What this book is about: 

Imogene moves to a new school, where she immediately befriends Maxine, and then meets the ghost of a boy who died on the school grounds and haunts the school. Imogene then finds herself in the middle of all kinds of fairy weirdness and for the first time in her life REALLY has to struggle to trust others to help her out of a mess that she can’t simply fight her way out of.

What I liked: 

The premise was beautifully interesting. I think I’m growing a bit tired of YA, but this book really drew me in with the characters and the pacing/format of the story. I loved the three separate POV lines and watching them all weave together. The rules of magic were interesting and logical, Imogene and Maxine and Adrien felt believable all the way through the story. Character development felt rich and the ending felt EARNED. I expected something else to happen, but looking back, I see that it would have been a betrayal of character for the ending I expected to happen to actually happen.

What I didn’t like: 

I can’t think of what I didn’t like, to be honest. I powered through the book in just a few hours. It was hard to put down.

Overall thoughts and opinions: 

This was a wonderfully weird story centered around a beautiful friendship and I enjoyed every page of it. Initially, I was skeptical as things opened up at a high school, but I quickly got past any reservations about the story and the author’s ability to tell a good story.

So many unpredictable things happened it and also some VERY predictable things and I enjoyed them all. I think that Pelly is probably my favorite character even as I still struggle to picture him.

I really liked the method of explaining the magic rules and the character growth arcs (even a secondary character had a wonderful growth arc!). I just REALLY enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

I give it five stars.

5 star rating

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