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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 opp ...more
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Published April 6th 2006 by Firebird (first published October 4th 2004)
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This review was originally posted in 2008 after I had read the book for the first time:

"The Blue Girl" by Charles de Lint has been one of the most satisfying snatches from the fantasy shelves for me last year.

Is has it all:

1. 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, sm
Arielle Walker
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 a
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 - a 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 com ...more
I've read much ooh'ing & aah'ing about DeLint's books, so I was eager to give this a try. But despite an intriguing premise, I wasn't impressed. Perhaps this doesn't represent DeLint's best work; perhaps it was a style that didn't suit me; perhaps I've missed something important by not starting with book 1 of his sprawling Newford cycle. Or perhaps it's a combination of all three.

For a story that has lots of 'stuff' happening, there's very little going on. To quote MST3K, things are doing th
I love a book that takes an familiar trope and turns it on its ear. Forget what you know 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, oppressive parents, parents who don't care enough, image and one'
Classic de Lint...well-developed characters from many walks of life with a touch of enchantment. Never "dumbed down" for the YA audience that this is actually shelved under. The story takes place in Newford, but the city's presence is only peripheral and hardly mentioned. Deals with a lot of the godawful parts of high school as well as why it may not be such a good idea to draw the attention of the fairies that inhabit it...
Jackie "the Librarian"
Charles de Lint takes on the similar territory as Nina Kiriki Hoffmann's Spirits That Walk in Shadow , but not quite as engagingly.
Imogene is the new girl at school, trying to make the best of a fresh start. No more hanging out with the bad crowd, no sirree. But she puts herself in danger by revealing that she can see the school ghost, and that gets other spirits in an uproar. Danger, danger, weird dreams and soul-eaters ahead.
I liked Imogene's punky sensibility, she reminded me of Buffy, espec
When people ask me what my favourite book is my default answer is The Blue 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 a ...more
Vania Santos
When Imogene Yeck moves to Newford, she makes an effort to overcome her past transgressions and reinvent herself. She transforms from the rebellious trouble-child to the satisfactory student with the assistance of her newfound friend, Maxine. However, the two of them become subject to accounts of bullying and torment by the Redding High popular kids. One day, Imogene encounters a ghost with the name of Adrian Dumbrell; now deceased, Adrian spends his time haunting the Redding High halls with his ...more
Imogene hopes to start over in a new town and a new school. In her old school, she ran with the tough crowd, but this time around she wants to reinvent herself. She befriends Maxine, a lonely straight-A student with a mother who defines "control freak." Maxine helps Imogene handle being a normal student, and Imogene helps Maxine to discover who she really is underneath her mother's rules. Things take a turn for the weird when the school's resident ghost falls in love with Imogene, and the faerie ...more
There are several books I'd like to see made into a movie. Here's the case for this one:

People I know who like this book tend to love it. Folks who have a quarrel kinda feel the characters don't work for them. But, we're not speaking of Dostoyevsky here...

deLint does what he does, and most of it I find is better than fair. Some conclusions get drawn, but they grow organically from the story and aren't truly heavy-handed. There is some sweetness to the characters, and some mild surprises along th
Tanaya M.
I read The Blue Girl several years ago and it has been one of those books that has really stuck with me. The concepts in the book and the mix of fantasy in a realistic setting was believable and not too over done. In many books that mix fantasy and magic, it's hard to believe that people don't know what's going on, but in The Blue Girl, it is perfectly reasonable as the fantastical elements are very subtle and occur in absolute secrecy.

Imogen suffers a little bit from "special snowflake syndrom
I declared my love for this book on page 9.

I love so much about it--the way the magic folks are bad and good (just like us), the way the magic seeps in, the way romance takes a backseat to friendship and adventure, the way the mom is beautifully understanding, the way the heroine is fierce and independent, the way there are these hints to all of the other Newford books and yet this stands alone just fine.

Sometimes Imogene's voice and the dialogue felt a wee bit stiff and unrealistic. But, I'm n
Зохиолын гол дүр болох Эмүжин (Imogene pronounced /ˈɪmədʒiːn/, cool huh?) надад маш их таалагдсан. Бусад YA зохиолуудад гардаг "tough байх гэж хичээдэг" охидоос шал өөр. Байгаагаараа л tough and funny. Сонирхолтой urban fantasy байлаа. Ямар ч байсан тийм trashy бол биш гэдгийг би баттай хэлэх байна ... нтр
Miramira Endevall
Feb 02, 2010 Miramira Endevall rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: JFi, Valerie
Recommended to Miramira by: Morgan
This was not the hard slog that de Lint's other novels have been. Possibly because I actually *liked* the primary narrator, which is unusual for me when reading de Lint. I do wish that the relationship between Imogene and Pelly had been further developed, but overall I *really* liked this book.
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.
Jeanni Floyd
I read this book in seventh or eighth grade and it was one of the books that shaped me. The characters were well-rounded and the plotline was complex. Charles de Lint created a world with subtle magic, a world just like ours except for the existence of the fair folk. Even secondary characters were richly created! Some sites call it a series book, but I never read anything else in the series, so it clearly isn't necessary to have read any of the others. Imogene was entirely relatable for those of ...more
I will confess: this book caught my eye because of the cover! It did sounds like a cool read as well, so I decided to give it a try.

Now you might notice this book is part of a series. But I can tell you it can easily be read as a stand alone. I haven't read any other book in this series, and didn't feel like missing out. From what I understand these books are mostly linked because they're all set in the same fictional town. Some of them are more closely linked, but this one stands pretty much on
Tresa da BookNerdette
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This is the second book I have read by Charles de Lint, and I am finding that I really like his writing style.

This story (as well as Little (Grrl) Lost) is written about two girls--one who is practically perfect in every way, and another who pushes the envelope. The Blue Girl is primarily about the latter type, a newcomer to a school who doesn't care what people think and wants only ONE friend. Imogene, who is the heroine, likes to change her looks a lot (to put it mildly) and has an old histor
A friend of mine had recommended this author, so I picked up this book on a whim to round out free shipping on an Amazon order. Mostly, I think I liked the title (says the girl who currently has dark-blue hair) and the cover; I didn't know anything about the characters and I definitely didn't realize it was part of a rather sprawling series. Fortunately, while you get the sense that some of the minor characters have a lot of history behind them, this appears to be mostly a standalone novel.

I wa
D.M. Dutcher
Not as good as I hoped.

Imogene moves to the fairy haunted town of Newford. She befriends the quiet, bullied Maxine and soon sees the ghost Adrian stalking her. Adrian hangs out with some fairies, who as a lark try and get Imogene to notice them. But they have darker motives as well, and soon some of the less friendly denizens of fairyland take notice of Imogene too.

A lot of things about the book I didn't like. The first problem is that Imogene is far too competent for a teenage girl. She never
One positive thing I can say about this book is that it genuinely evoked a gamut of human emotions within me- happiness, fear, anger, disillusionment, and so on. There were many times during this book where I didn't know whether I should laugh or cry. The responses that it evoked in me were just that complex. Probably no for the reasons that Charles de Lint intended though.

My journey with this book began approximately 3 years ago, after I had finished reading my first Holly Black novel. I though
Beth Cato
When Imogene starts high school in Newford, she's not surprised when her punk looks attract bullies right away. However, she's determined to stay out of the sort of trouble she fell into deep at her last school. She soon makes friends with Maxine, a straight-laced girl who attracts her share of bullying, too. With this being Newford, though, there's something more going on. Imogene also attracts the admiration of the geeky school ghost--and because of him, the resident fairies also take an inter ...more
Ravenous Biblioworm
I heard of Mr. de Lint when I stumbled across him at Amazon for his Painted Boy book (which I just recently ordered). I checked out this book from the library while my book I order is being sent to test de Lint out. I think I made a good choice in a purchase (that review will come later). There are many plus for The Blue Girl. The main protaganist, Imogen, whom the title is names after, isn’t your typical, average, ordinary girl. She was a gang member. She lived like one. Fought like one. I thin ...more
This book was really good. So good in fact I read it in about two days time. The author, Charles de Lint, is an author who I have never read before, but I definitely will read more after this book! The main character, Imogene, struggles to understand the crazy, complex fairy world she is being thrust into when she meets a new ghost friend in her new town. Adrian, the previously mentioned ghost friend, is an interesting character because he has a killer (no pun intended) crush on Imogene, but kno ...more
first of all I picked this book cos it was a hard cover in a perfect condition in the used-books market ,a good bargain I thought esp. its a fiction winner and had the word ghost in the review -can i ask for more- and MAN was I lucky or wt ,glad i picked it up, Charles de Lint is a name i SADLY never encountered before reading the Blue Girl ,but sure will dig out the rest of his novels,

liked his style and his imagination and mostly the way he refereed to other fiction books and movies
through ou
Natalie Chambers
“Blue Girl” is a book of surprising twists and great subplots! The novel follows the story of Imogene Yeck who is gang member who sees a chance of a new life when her parents are moving to a new town, Imogene in tow. She finds her new life well keeping quiet and to herself but things take a twist when her old imaginary friend, Pelly shows up (who is an odd creature of his own) and warns her. Soon Imogene finds herself wrapped up in a world of craziness of ghosts, fairies, and shadow creatures wh ...more
It was a very strange book. Almost like a fairy tell where there where ghosts, Ogors, Shadows, Pixies, and angels.Imogene moved into this new neighborhood where everyone sort of blended in with each other and had assimilated to being "normal" and to them she wasn't normal because she was very different from the others. She had come from a commune where everybody sort of stood out in they're own way she was into very punk, hard core rock music, and had about five piercings,was completely covered ...more
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 who ...more
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Charles de Lint is a Canadian writer of Dutch origins. He emigrated to Canada with his parents when he was four months old. He is married and lives in Ottawa.
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Newford (1 - 10 of 26 books)
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