Review: A Different Blue by Amy Harmon


Synopsis from Good Reads:

The Spencer Hill Press release will have bonus content never before available.

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.

I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

This version of A Different Blue with bonus material will be available May 30, 2017.

This book started out a little rough for me. I found Blue incredibly unlikable and mostly unrelatable. I was super bored with the history lessons and legends. And, most of all, I was uncomfortable with Blue’s growing relationship with her teacher. There were no big lines crossed or anything, but their friendship was still inappropriate for being teacher/student. Even though Wilson is only 22 (only a couple years older than Blue), he just seemed so much older and more mature. Thankfully, the book did become a lot better for me as it went on.

Once Blue graduated, I was much more able to get on board the Wilson-Blue ship. I started to really enjoy their friendship and slow burn romance. Wilson was so smart and sweet and protective. I loved him. He did seem just so much older than his age, though. I also really liked his sister, Tiffa, and her friendship with Blue.

I did really like the overall message of redemption and Blue’s journey. She became so much more likable as the book went on, even though there were still several moments where she frustrated me. I liked how she came to respect herself a little bit more and made conscious decisions to help her become a better person.

Overall, I liked A Different Blue, but I didn’t love it. While the overall message and the relationship between Wilson and Blue were good, it started out really rough for me. It also employed a couple of my least favorite romance tropes (teacher/student relationship and another one that I’m not going to share because it’s too spoilery). I was actually not a big fan of the bonus material – an epilogue featuring Blue and Wilson’s physical relationship and a chapter from Wilson’s POV from the first day of school. I liked getting Wilson’s POV, but hearing his initial reaction to Blue falls under the uncomfortable, inappropriate teacher/student thing. However, I am a fan of Harmon and her writing and am definitely planning on reading more from her.

Overall Rating (out of 5): 3.5 Stars

10 thoughts on “Review: A Different Blue by Amy Harmon

  1. I felt the same way about the student-relationship. I was so happy the story morphed before it became completely inappropriate. But knowing Amy Harmon’s writing now, I would never expect her to go “there”. Great review!!!

  2. Awesome review. I completely agree with everything you said. I struggled in the beginning of this one, too, for all the same reasons. I even started reading it multiple times and put it down to read something else. But it did get better, and I loved it by the end. Her writing is definitely what keeps me picking up her books!

    • Thanks! It does feel like it’s been awhile since I read a book that I really loved. Even the last couple of my 4 star reviews that I enjoyed weren’t ones that I would say I loved. I need to start making some better choices!

  3. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who doesn’t enjoy the whole “student-teacher relationship” thing that so many books touch on. For whatever reason, it just weirds me out (maybe it’s because I have kids of my own? No clue). I was really temped to request this one on NetGalley but completely forgot all about it until reading your review now. Sorry to hear that it wasn’t what you were hoping for!

    • You are definitely not alone on not enjoying the student-teacher thing. It’s always uncomfortable to read for me, too. There’s probably still time to request this on NetGalley is you want to. It wasn’t a bad book, at all, but after the near perfection of Making Faces, I’m afraid nothing else of hers is ever going to live up to my expectations.

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