Realism of the plot is fascinating also While There Are No Major Explosions Or there are no major explosions or events the slow buildup of the plot the intentions of those involved and the repercussions of events are simultaneously fascinating and soothingThe ending when it comes is very satisfying so you close the book with a feeling of pleasure at a book beautifully written and well read I found this one on my bookshelf I now I bought this book beautifully written and well read I found this one on my bookshelf I now I bought this read it shortly after it came out but eleven years later I couldn t remember how I felt about it Reading it now brought back some memories of reading it For The First Time I Believe It Was One Of the first time I believe it was one of first forays into the young adult urban fantasy genre I believe it is an excellent introductory novel for young adults looking to transition from realistic fiction type novels into fantasy Imogene is the rebellious character starting over in a new town trying to reinvent herself Maxine i This review was originally posted in 2008 after I had read the book for the first timeThe Blue Girl by Charles de Lint has been one of the most satisfying snatches from the fantasy shelves for me last yearIs has it all1 A very warm hearted and detailed description of a forming unlikely friendship between tough punk girl Imogene who had a criminal gang member record in her hometown and a childhood spent mainly on her own because of her drug consuming carefree hippy parents and anxious smart and conservative outsider Maxine who has difficulties coming out of her shell because of her ever present controlling mother2 Dark mysterious fantasy tightly interwoven with reality Imogene s imaginary childhood friend Pelly something in the middle between hedgehog and boy with bunny ears and a monkey s tail turns up in flesh after a long absence and warns her Somehow Imogene has angered the malicious band of faeries living on the school grounds and therefore her life is suddenly on stake In her efforts to get light into the matter she meets the ghost of a former high school student whose death was caused by faeries as well Imogene finds out that faeries are by far not the most dangerous creatures in town Bonded with Pelly and Maxine the long time loner learns a lot about trust and friendship and wins in the end3 Last but not least there are some interesting sub plots like Imogene s dealings with the school s bullies her relationship with her brother and the slowly growing romance with a music shop guy whose granny comes from Ireland and believes in faeries as wellI will definitly read books by this author and recommend for anyone who likes finely tuned characters and dark fantasy to have a try as well. E impossible is all too real And it's dangerous If she wants to survive high school not to mention stay alive she has to fall back on the skills she picked up in her hometown running with a gang Even with Maxine and some unexpected allies by her side will her new friend be able to make
Charles de Lint Ò 0 downloadE parents parents who don t care enough image and one s real self all come into play Not to mention soul sucking shadow creatures fairies ghosts angels and an imaginary friend named Pelly who is half boy half hedgehog half rabbitGreat book probably for slightly older YA audience 14 for good measure I m not a big YA fan even for a Newford book It wasn t a bad book And I did enjoy the tiny cameos and mentions of a few of the established Newford folks From the very first pages I felt this is familiar territory I m a big fan of the highschool comedies of the 1980 s and The Blue Girl starts with a couple of outsiders making common front against Loneliness And Bullying Imogen Is The New Kid In School and Bullying Imogen Is The New Kid In Imogen is the new id in wild one with hippie parents and a troubled history and Maxine is the studious timid high achiever with old fashioned clothes picked by her mother Each has something to learn from the other If you re wondering where the book title is coming from be patient it will be made hilariously clear in the second This is a re re read for me One of the authors magical tales of a reality that is not iuitei the same reality as the rest of us live inImogene s mother has just moved them to Newford where she has a
New School To Contendschool to contend never an easy thing at 17 But Imogene has had a very different sort of 17 years growing up in a hippy commune running with a tough gang at her last school This time she just wants to blend in as much as her individual feisty nature allows make a friend or two perhaps get on with lifeIt does not seem she will be allowed to she makes friends with Maxine an intelligent funny girl who is nevertheless the school s outcast making her an instant butt of the school bullies she can see the school ghost who is fascinated by her and next she starts dreaming about her own forgotten imaginary friend in company of fairies These are not fairies in oink dresses with fairy dust on their wings these are the fairies that got referred to as the good folk because everyone was terrified of getting on their bad sideWhile this is a YA in that the characters are teenagers at school as usual De Lint s writing makes it totally accessible to all ages The beautiful writing of both the characters and locations in the story make for a very visual reading experience Imogene is a complex character her honesty and straightforwardness make her very likable and in that way she surely does come across as youthful we are seeing her before life roughens the sharp edges and dilutes the directness The complexity is refreshing many books aimed at adults do a lesser job of building complexity in a character The magical. Le for a change But trouble shows up anyway Imogene uickly catches the eye of Redding's bullies as well as the school's resident teen ghost Then she gets on the wrong side of a gang of malicious fairies When her imaginary childhood friend Pelly actually manifests Imogene realizes that th. When people ask me what my favourite Book Is My Default Answer Is The is my default answer is The Girl One of my first experiences with urban fantasy I found The Blue Girl to be the perfect combination of weird and wonderful I m sure that in the coming years I will re read this book to see if it holds up to my previous experience and when that happens I ll be sure to give it a proper review In the meantime I highly recommend you check out Charles de Lint His Newford series is really interesting and worth it for anyone who loves world building and companion series If you re new to de Lint s books and are looking for something with substance I urge you not to read this one Try the other Newford books first or Someplace to be Flying One of my favorite books I read in middle school I remember being legitimately creeped out by her imaginary friend Pelly This is one I d like to revisit to see how it aged I read and adored this book years and years ago and just now realised it s by Charles de Lint set in the very same world I fell in love with a few weeks ago thanks to his beautiful Dreams Underfoot The adoration hasn t faded with time or with re reading as so often happens with childhood favourites and this book is making it s way to my all time favourites list Now here comes the love letter my apologies I can t help but wax a little lyrical with books like this The characters are wonderful and likeable transcending clich Yes there s the Geek the Outcasts the Mean Girl the Meathead boy the Difficult Mum but it feels always as though the author is poking fun at the stereotypes Imogene actually talks to her mother shock horror who seems supportive if a little flaky view spoilerThe Difficult Mum Maxine s actually turns out to be better than first thought and is actually a fully formed character we get glimpses of the issues that make her so strict in the first place The Geek isn t all that likeable without meaning to sound too harsh we ind of see why he in particular was so picked on Doesn t make it right at all just a little understandable The Mean girl has depth but doesn t suddenley change and become nice again it Just Becomes Clearer As To becomes clearer as to she is so awful And etc etc etc hide spoiler I love a book that takes an familiar trope and turns it on its ear Forget what you now from other books about fairies Charles de Lint s fairies aren t particularly beautiful but they are a little bit wicked I loved the way he mixed elements from fantasy science fiction even horror to create his world The characters are realistic and believable and the issues they deal with are real as much as they are fantastic Bullying oppressiv. Seventeen year old Imogene's tough rebellious nature has caused her harm than good so when her family moves to Newford she decides to reinvent herself She won't lose her punkthrift shop look but she'll try to avoid the gangs work a little harder at school and maybe even stay out of troub.