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3.21 of 5 stars 3.21  ·  rating details  ·  2,401 ratings  ·  331 reviews
'Once there was a widow with three sons, and their names were Black, Brown and Blue. Black was the eldest; moody and aggressive. Brown was the middle child, timid and dull. But Blue was his mother's favourite. And he was a murderer.'

Blueyedboy is the brilliant new novel from Joanne Harris: a dark and intricately plotted tale of a poisonously dysfunctional family, a blind c
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 31st 2010 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 2010)
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It was with great trepidation that I embarked on this literary voyage as I had glanced at a few not so favourable reviews (will I ever learn??). Anyway, better to get this out of the way at the beginning – there is no chocolate, no magic, no wine, no fruit except for some rotten fruit juice. I have no doubt that Joanne Harris is ever so slightly ticked off by folk expecting her to continue writing in the same French pastoral vein but I really admire her for exploring much darker territory in her ...more
This is probably one of the most difficult reviews I have written in a long while, for two reasons: 1) I am a HUGE Joanne Harris fan; I have read nearly all her books and just adore them - except for this one 2) I really had no idea what was going on for most of this book.

How do I even explain? Let’s give it a go: The story is narrated by B.B., a loner who spends most of his time on the internet either writing his own personal diary and telling the story of his life as he sees it and also writin
Joanne Harris began her career with two works of dark fiction that in many ways define her style better than the crowd-pleasing 'Chocolat'. She has always been interested in the masks we hide behind, and in 'blueeyedboy' is able to give full rein to these ideas.

I was unsure what to expect as I started to read as I had glanced at a few not so favourable reviews. Anyway, better to get this out of the way at the beginning - there is no chocolate, no magic, no wine and no fruit (except in a vile “v
I thought I would love this, as I recently read Joanne Harris's 'Gentlemen and Players', which I thought was a superb book, and was told this was in the same vein.

It has considerable similarities, based again on the idea of concealing your identity, and even set in the same town (the fictional school that formed the setting of 'Gentlemen and Players' also features in this novel). I liked the concept - the idea of characters hiding behind online identities, the blurring of the boundaries between
Harris may be better-known for her lighter works of magical realism, but she can write a twisty, dark psychological thriller like almost no one else. Like her earlier Gentlemen and Players , this is a multiple-perspective narrative which toys with the many assumptions readers make about identity, reality and truth in fiction. What seems at first to be a straightforward psychological study of a murderer-- a premise which has proved sufficient to inspire many perfectly good suspense thrillers in ...more
I got impatient to read blueeyedboy. You sort of expect Joanne Harris' work to show up in charity shops in short notice: I've found most of the rest of her work there, in my charity shop binges, after all. But I got tired of waiting, and didn't want to wait until Christmas, so I actually bought it for the Kindle app on my phone. That made it very convenient to read a chapter here and there -- even two chapters while I waited for Delta Maid to get off the stage so Seth Lakeman would come on! -- s ...more
Celia Lynch
I tried several times to get into this book. I never give up on reading a book but I did this time. In fact I brough it with me to France and have left it there. I hope they have better luck than me reading it. An absolute mess it was.
A shame, I had high hopes for it. Even bought it twice. I had lent it to my daughter and then thought I had lost it so I ordered it again. That was how much I wanted to read it. I won't do that again.
This book is without a doubt the best I've read this year so far!
As with Gentlemen and Players, this one showcases Joanne Harris's dark side, with a seriously sinister undertone playing in this book the whole way through!
The narrators are so unreliable, that even they don't really know what the truth is anymore, and as a reader, I was left reeling on more than one occasion, as just as I thought I had figured things out, the rug was pulled out from under my feet, and I was left reeling, then ju
Hmmm, still processing this one. I didn't want to give it three star "I liked it", because actually I found this book a discomforting, unsettling read. I was drawn back to it, compelled to read it despite those feelings. And it feels dreadfully strange to comment on a book made up of web entries by writing a web review - it feels too much as if I am trying to emulate the book.

I feel sure that I will be haunted by this book, that as I put all the different pieces together in my head I will be dr
Muitos de vocês conhecem-na por Chocolate quer em livro, quer em filme. É autora bestseller e este livro recebeu um dos mais aclamados prémios de literatura inglesa. Escreve livros que são êxitos internacionais e tem milhares de cópias vendidas. Para mim, é uma das escritoras importantes da minha estante.
Ler um livro de Joanne Harris é como regressar a um local sobejamente bem conhecido mas que a cada regresso nos dá uma novidade como uma prenda de boas-vindas a casa. Há anos que me apaixonei p
Sharon Bolton
This is a very clever book; arguably the cleverest of all Harris’s books and almost certainly too clever for the likes of me. Because I struggled with it, if I’m honest.

Mrs Green has three sons: Black, Brown and Blue. Black is the eldest, brash and aggressive, Brown is the middle child, timid and dull. Blue is his mother’s favourite we are told at the outset, and he is a murderer.

Or is he? Because nothing is quite as it seems in this story.

The unreliable narrator is one of my favourite fictio
Emma Newman
Oh dear. I hate giving one star reviews, but I found this book quite a tortuous read. It was chosen by a member of my book club, so it isn't the kind of book I would choose to read anyway, which is a big part of why I dislike it I am sure.

Don't get me wrong, Ms Harris can write, and write well, the prose is beautiful in places. The problem was on two fronts; one: I didn't care about the characters, to the extent that the twists were just an irritation. Two: the voices didn't vary enough, conside
Joanne Harris, the acclaimed author of Chocolat, departs from sunny characters and a feel-good story in her latest work, blueeyedboy.

‘blueeyedboy’ is the online name of Benjamin Winter, a troubled man who joins a creative writing forum. Group members post chapters of their works-in-progress, comment on those of others, and occasionally get together. Benjamin’s posts are particularly imaginative—and very dark. blueeyedboy’s life is bleak, full of abuse. He’s learned early that lies can save. Ther
Nov 03, 2012 Raquel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like thrillers, people who really like books, people who like surprises
Shelves: on-my-shelf
A história é narrada através de entradas num webjournal publicadas por Blueyedboy e Albertine, que demonstram desde o início ter um passado em comum. Albertine quer esquecê-lo, mas Blueyedboy pretende reavivá-lo.
Nesta espécie de diário cibernético, somos confrontados com factos, ou talvez apenas ficção, que marcaram e mudaram a vida destas duas personagens. No entanto, é difícil distinguir a verdade da liberdade artística.
Blueyedboy, a personagem principal, é um quarentão que vive com a mãe - u
I was initially captured by the blurb of this novel. I've never read anything else by Joanne Harris, and found myself loving the psychological thrill behind the brief description.

Unfortunately, this book and I had a rough go-of-it. I found it was easy enough to put down and not pick up for a day or two. The plotline did not advance quickly, and although I understood it to be more of a character study, I was just not fully invested.

Why the four stars?

Page 297. At least in my copy. I can honestly
Charlotte Phillips
This was ultimately a very confusing book that just seemde to change its mind from page to page. Right at the beginning you think you are sure and positive about the plot, but when you reach about halfway through your suddenly thrown into a new mystery, told your wrong and that actually this is the real plot. So once more you get on with the book, readjust your thoughts and hope that you have got it right this time. But then it once more changes its mind, throws another spanner in the book, and ...more
First my declaimer, I've read most of Joanne Harris' novels and there isn't one I haven't thoroughly enjoyed. Blueeyedboy, is one of her finest works to date.

The theme of the novel is about the fluidity of identity and putting fingers to keyboard right now, its always been one of her signature themes. This novel has a darker tone, it is still a playful novel, but there is a dark side to the psyches that are presented here. As with her previous work language is used in both a skilful and playful
Being always wary of TV book club recommendations and having a wholly irrational and unfair negativity towards female authors, I approached this novel with a certain amount of trepidation. However, within the first few lines, I was proved completely wrong. The story is of a 42 year old man, still living with his mother. Considered a ‘freak’ and a ‘queer’ in reality, B.B immerses himself into the world of online blogging, where he feels welcome - wanted even, and through which he reveals his lif ...more
Jun 18, 2011 LG rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: summer readers
Harris’s Gentlemen and Players was a winner, so I couldn’t wait to start this new book by the same author. However …

Tickled pink as I was by its blurb, I was left in a black mood after I red Blueeyedboy. First, the Clue allusions, which also failed to pass mustard with Biogeek. I take umberage at this conceit because it totally teals the limelight from the story. Second, the purpletrator. Not so much a butcher as a blogger, B.B. is a mama’s boy who whites online fiction about his perfect murders
2,5 estrelas

A capa sempre me atraiu. De um azul lindo como fundo, com as borboletas (adoro borboletas!), a orquídea, a câmara e as fotografias... linda!

E depois a sinopse. Ao lê-la pensei que se trataria de uma história bem romântica, daquelas comoventes. Certo?


Percebi o meu erro logo na primeira página, na qual está escrito:
"Era uma vez uma viúva que tinha três filhos que se chamavam Preto, Castanho e Azul. Preto era o mais velho, mal-humorado e agressivo. Castanho era o do mei
Very clever and well written but I simply did not enjoy this one.

I have been reading and generally enjoying, sometimes loving the writing of Joanne Harris for a long time. This time with blue eyed boy after reading all 527 pages I am left wondering why I bothered. It was not the writing as that was up to her normal high standards. No this time I just could not get my head around this somewhat strange story. The fascinating aspect of the story and possibly the reason I kept reading was that Syna
Samantha Geyser
i started this book and was in two minds whether i should put it down or not. Every time i thought i would stop reading it something grabbed my attention and i wanted to find out what happens....i have persevered and have had many mixed feelings about it. Now that i only have about 10 pages to go i must say that if i read it a second time i think i would enjoy it a lot better as it is rather twisted and is ever changing..... very well written in the way the story changes all the time......worth ...more

This novel uses the format of blog entries on a site that resembles livejournal (though called webjournal in the novel). It explores the fluid nature of identity on the web and the nature of fiction, fantasy, truth and lies.

Harris takes the idea of the unreliable narrator into a new dimension and as such it is a novel that requires concentration to cope with the various twists, turns and sleights of hand in the narrative as the reader peeks over the shoulder of blueeyedboy to read his public an
Mar 22, 2015 Edgars rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Edgars by: Alīna Rence
No Alīnas biju nopratis, ka šī grāmata nebūs necik interesanta, bet nu izlasīt vajadzēja. Sāku lasīt - sākums visai interesants, arī tālāk tāpat. Tad nu faktiski lielāko daļu grāmatas gaidīju, kad tad beidzot sāksies tā neinteresantā daļa.. :) Tā arī nesākās.. Visu laiku bija tāda sajūta, ka gribas uzzināt, kas notiks tālāk, tika uzturēta spriedze, varam tā teikt. Un noslēgumā - līdz galam nepateiktas, bet daļēji nojaušamas beigas. Man ļoti patika.
In cyberspace we follow Blueeyedboy on his badguysrock. Through his stories we learn more about him and his past. And we learn about the wonders of synesthesia: The smell and colour of sound, the empathic feeling of others' feelings. And even though it sometimes seems easier to create your own truth, reality will catch up with you in the end...
Though in general I found this book very promising, to me it had a few plot-twists too many, rendering the result contrived and at times a bit distant. S
Lolly LKH
The ending of this novel left me mad, which usually means it was a good book. A twisted, tangled web of characters you long to murder yourself this book makes it hard to decide whose side you are really on. Everyone is a mass of deception and lies.
Other's have summarized this novel, so I prefer instead to say I loved it for it's darkness. It was disturbing and raw. Highly recommended.
I thought it was well-written but didn't particularly enjoy it as I found it hard to follow - wasn't sure what was real and what was fiction, which I'm sure was the intention, but I wasn't interested enough in the characters to put time and effort into working it out. It was the first of Joanne Harris' books I've read and would look for more on the strength of the writing.
Lynn Matheson
I loved this book. It is a dark, psychological thriller. We see inside the mind of Blue Eyed Boy, the online name of Ben, who still lives with his mother in middle age. Through a series of web journals we come to realise how he has turned out like this as he describes his childhood and dysfunctional relationship with his mother. The journal entries become increasingly disturbing as we learn what Ben is doing with his time and we begin to suspect he is an unreliable narrator. The plot twists unex ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It did take quite a lot of concentration at times, & I was briefly confused on a couple of occasions, but overall, it was very well written. I've read a lot of Joanne Harris books, & this reminded me a little of Gentlemen & Players, which I'd recommend to anyone who enjoyed the mystery in this story.
I think I did actually enjoy this book. I do like Joanne Harris, I think her prose is vivid and beautiful, but unfortunately this book only gets 3 stars because it was too convoluted.

The plot was difficult to decipher, in fact it seemed quite rambling and pointless throughout but particularly towards the end, however if you enjoy books about dysfunctional families then this family is probably the most dysfunctional you can get! The mother character is especially loathsome.

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Joanne Harris is an Anglo-French author, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy. She has also written a DR WHO novella for the BBC, has scripted guest episodes for the game ZOMBIES, RUN!, and is currently engaged in a number of musical theatre pr ...more
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