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It’s been a long time since I’ve written a book review. I know…consistency is key, I know…I’m working on it! But I hate rushing book reviews. I tend to let my opinions marinate after I’m done, so I actually develop a genuine view on them.
Now initially I thought, as this is a YA novel, it was going to be way too young for me. The themes can be a bit immature, as these kind of books tend to be aimed at 13 -17 year olds.
But this book was so highly anticipated and I’m really a big baby at heart, so I thought let me give it a go.
And I’m glad I did. It was entertaining, deeply insightful and made me reminisce about young love. So, what was it about?
Without giving too much away, the book was about ‘a young girl called Indigo who lives with her foster mum, Keely. When she meets Bailey at sixth form, serious sparks fly, but Indigo has a secret that could ruin everything. When Bailey becomes the target of a homeless man who knows more about Indigo’s past than is normal, he is forced to make an impossible choice’ .
So, its like a modern-day mystery romance novel for teens. But what made the book really excellent, for me anyway, was learning about the challenges children face being placed in the foster system.
Along with Indigo’s struggle as a young teen, she also struggled with being accepted and loved due to losing her mum at a young age and being taken away from her family. She pushed everyone away because she thought that it was easier and often self-destructed as a coping mechanism.
I won’t pretend to know what it’s like living in a foster home, or coming to terms with a violent abusive past, but Lawrence’s depiction put a lot of it into perspective. She made Indigo relatable in her angst-ty teenager ways and made her interesting through her journey to self-love and acceptance.
Indigo’s love interest and other main character in the book, Bailey, showed us how teen love doesn’t have to be overly lustful and fickle, but genuine, kind and heartfelt. I like how Lawrence made Bailey to be a loveable outcast, unique because of the things he enjoys, again emphasising the major theme in the book about self love.
In all, the book was a tad young for me, I won’t lie, but it was fun all the same. Though this is my first time reading a Patrice Lawrence novel, I can tell she’s a vibrant storyteller. What seemed like a typical YA novel, unfolded to be a great mystery with lots of real life aspects.
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