August 6, 2010

REVIEW! The Blue Girl.

The Blue Girl
Charles de Lint


Seventeen-year-old Imogene’s tough, rebellious nature has caused her more harm than good – so when her family moves to Newford, she decides to reinvent herself. She won’t lose her punk/thrift-shop look, but she’ll try to avoid the gangs, work a little harder at school, and maybe even stay out of trouble for a change.

Her first friend at Redding High, Maxine, is her exact opposite. Everyone considers Maxine a straight-A loser, but as Imogene soon learns, it’s really Maxine’s mother whose rules make it impossible for her to speak up for her true self. Oddly, the friendship works. Imogene helps Maxine loosen up, and in turn, Maxine keeps Imogene in line.

But trouble shows up anyway. Imogene catches the eye of Redding’s bullies, as well as the school’s resident teenage 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 the 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 running with a gang. Even with Maxine and some unexpected allies by her side, will she be able to make it?

My rating: 5 stars.


Insightful. Imaginative. Compelling. I cannot possibly list all of the wonderful words to describe this novel. Charles de Lint has written many other short stories and novels – of which I’ve read several – but I feel that none of them have quite reached the same level of amazing to me. Before The Blue Girl, I strayed from Fantasy; I figured Harry Potter was as far as I was going to get with the genre. Yet, when I read the cover-flap, I couldn’t help but want to know more. The flap reads as a whole lot of weird goings-on, but de Lint pulls every concept together beautifully.

The Blue Girl is told through the voices of Imogene, her friend Maxine, and the school ghost, Adrian, alternatively. De Lint throws you into the story, through the use of “Now” and then gives you the answers to your wonderings through the use of “Then” with all of the character’s chapters. I loved that I never became bored with one character’s point of view; de Lint alternates the voices of the chapters differently – there’s no set pattern as to whether Imogene, Maxine or Adrian appear next.

The writing itself is innovative and descriptive in a way that, I think, works well with the Fantasy components – if you’re the type to normally stray from Fantasy, I feel that de Lint’s novel(s) offer a nice transition into the genre. By the time you’re halfway through, you’ve forgotten you disliked Fantasy.


  1. That's a thought provoking review. I have been flirting with the idea of reading this but somehow haven't really been too enthused. Charles de Lint is a wonderful author. I remember reading one of his books (the title eludes me) where the plot was absent but the writing was so exquisitely beautiful that it didn't bother me one bit. Ah yes, I'm putting you in my bookmarks. (Following doesn't really do anything for me as I use wordpress.) Cheers.

  2. I read this book during my Junior Year of High School! Loved it very much! This is also the first book i read from Charles De Lint! I've been meaning to read his other books! Great Review!!

    Just thought i'd let you know i found your blog through the blog hop! I'm a new follower! :)

    Happy Reading!

    - Mevurah


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