Book Review: Indigo Blues by Danielle Joseph

02 June 2011
Title: Indigo Blues
Author: Danielle Joseph
Publisher: Flux
Date: July 1, 2010
Pages: 240
ISBN:  9780738720593
Source: won from I Am a Reader Not a Writer
Purchase: Indigo Blues

Indigo Blues
Summary from Goodreads:

I never asked to be famous—or infamous. Such is my fate for briefly dating (and dumping) Adam Spade. Yes, the Adam from the indie rock band Blank Stare who wrote "Indigo Blues"—the song that gave the band overnight success, propelled them to New York City, and stole my precious anonymity. Now I'm pawed by fans, stalked by reporters, and pegged as a vicious heartbreaker. And Adam is still calling me. Doesn't he have better things to do?
With a hit single and a promising career, I should be on top of the world. People on the street are beginning to recognize me, which is cool. And scary. The band is counting on me to write another hit, but I can't stop thinking about Indigo. Why won't she answer the phone?

My Thoughts: 

Indigo Blues starts off with the lyrics to the song that this book is centered around.  Then it jumps right into Indigo's point of view, and alternates her view with Adam's. I loved that there weren't a set amount of chapters and that we did get both points of view without it all being jumbled up in one chapter.
Adam is the writer of the new hit song Indigo Blues, which he wrote after what he perceived as a bad break up between him and Indigo. Although in Indigo's mind they weren't together that long, nor was the break up really that horrible. We get to see the effect the song has on both Adam and Indigo.
For Adam the song is really a jumping off point for the band he is in; Blank Stare. And from the popularity of the song, he and his band mates really must keep up a decent image and come up with their next hit. Adam then meets Hannah; whom I instantly disliked, one night at a place called Hatchback. Hannah disappears for a few "chapters" but then makes a reappearance again in Adam's chapters. To me Hannah is a star chaser, and is really only with Adam for his up and coming star status. Though in the long run she does seem to help him with getting over Indigo.
Indigo is really your typical teenager, she works at a local candy shop, Rock Candy. She goes to school where she is crushing on a guy named Tripp. The song that has skyrocketed Adam and the band to the top of the Billboard charts is slowly ruining Indigo's life as she sees it.
She is now hounded by the media and half of her small town. The way she sees it, Adam really had no right to blast her name the way he did; although she really can't see that by writing the song Adam was expressing his feelings for her and how heartbroken he was over their breakup. All she knows is that she wasn't in love with him and never really gave off that she was, so she doesn't see how he can claim that she broke his heart.

We go through most of the book without too much communication between Adam and Indigo, just a few phone calls and a text here and there. But even without direct communication between the two, we can see how each is dealing with the aftermath of the song.
When Eli, Indigo's brother, sets up an interview for both Indigo and Adam on a NY based talk show; both reluctantly agree to go on. When Indigo and her best friend Cat show up at a SoHo party and Cat gets wasted, Indigo gets bombarded by fans of Indigo Blues. Adam and Hannah happen to arrive at the same party and instantly Indigo is hoping that Adam will help her with Cat. After Adam proves that he isn't really holding a grudge, and helps her get Cat home safe and sound; they have a small heart to heart.
I wasn't happy with the way the book ended, and would have loved to seen more of a reconciliation between Indigo and Adam, but the book did end on a good note for all involved.

This being the first book I have read by Danielle Joseph, I was pleasantly surprised and will be getting her other books. I loved the way she wrote and I really felt like I was walking around with the characters in the book.

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