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Chris Astor is a man in his early forties who is going through the toughest stretch of his life. Becky is Chris's fourteen-year-old daughter, a girl who overcame enormous challenges to become a vibrant, vital young woman - and now faces her greatest obstacle yet. Miea is the young queen of a fantasy land that Becky and Chris created when Becky was little, a fantasy land ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 8th 2011 by The Fiction Studio (first published December 3rd 2010)
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Jessica Billings
May 05, 2011 Jessica Billings rated it it was amazing
I found Blue by looking at the top-selling fantasy ebooks on Amazon. When I started it, I thought it might have been miscategorized. It follows the story of Becky, a 14 year old survivor of childhood leukemia and her father, who struggles to re-bond with his daughter after her mother divorced him. However, it is definitely a fantasy. To help Becky deal with her illness, she and her father created a make-believe world called Tamarisk and spent the evenings making up stories about it. As Becky ...more
Patty
Mar 11, 2011 Patty rated it really liked it
My thoughts…




I just finished reading this most beautiful and unusual novel. It sort of reminds me of the movie Avatar. Nothing specifically, just sort of the aura of it. When I was first reading it I thought that it was a father’s story. Then a few chapters later I thought it was a daughter’s story. A few chapters after that it became an amazing fantasy. And then three quarters of the way through I realized it was all of the above. Chris, the father, was mourning the loss of being with his daught
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Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Mar 09, 2011 Shellie (Layers of Thought) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any one who enjoys a good cry
Recommended to Shellie (Layers of Thought) by: the author
Original review posted on Layers of Thought.

A tear inducing novel about family love and the methods we create when coping with a life threatening illness - in ourselves, and in those we love most.

About: Set presently in the US, our key characters are Chris and his 14 year old daughter – Becky. From the very beginning it is clear that Chris adores Becky in a way that is perhaps beyond the norm, even to the point of ignoring his own needs and development. This is in part due to a difficult illness
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Donna
Jan 24, 2011 Donna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I was sent a copy of Blue by Lou Aronica for review.

Blue is a YA fantasy that introduces us to a family that's been broken by a child's serious illness, divorce, and a loss of communication. Becky, daughter of Polly and Chris, battles her way through a horrible illness as a young child. Her father, Chris helps her through this time by helping her to create a fantasy world, Tamarisk, to mentally escape to. The details of this world they build together is amazing and I loved watching Becky discove
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Alexia561
Jan 27, 2011 Alexia561 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, review-copy
At first, this story was a little confusing as it went back and forth between our world and Tamarisk, the fantasy world Becky and Chris created long ago. But once I got the hang of all of the multiple narrators and figured out who was who, the story flowed much smoother. Still not 100% sure who Gage is, but I have a rough idea.

Becky isn't your typical teenager, as she's a survivor of both childhood cancer and her parent's divorce. She has a best friend, Lonnie, who isn't the typical sidekick and
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Sue
Dec 15, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-fantasy
Before I read Blue, I read the prequil, Until Again. While it's not necessary to read Until Again, it gives some good background for the events up to the time the main story, Blue, begins. Until Again is very short, a quick read.

These are my thoughts about the story, taking both books into account (duplicated in my notes for Until Again):

I don't know Lou Aronica, and I haven't read his bio, so I don't know anything about him. That said, this man writes as though he has faced the unthinkable - t
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Monica Brinkman
Feb 12, 2011 Monica Brinkman rated it it was amazing
At first glance, BLUE seems to be a typical story of one families dealing with the aftermath involving an illness of their only child, a fourteen year old daughter named Becky. The writing was impressive, the characters true to life, but yet another story about a failed marriage and the daughter whom was the sole link between the divorced couple.

Have to admit I was entirely incorrect in my assumptions.

Mr. Aronica's ability to combine reality with magical realism, while holding the readers inte
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Tish
Feb 11, 2012 Tish rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Tish by: Nook daily deal
I couldn't finish this book. There is too much and nothing going on if that makes sense. This is a book about people's lives. Their thoughts and feelings, their arguments, what they're eating, sitting in meetings at work. Mundane, everyday things, that no one really cares about. All in all, it's boring. Once they got to pages and pages of making pot pie, I couldn't take it anymore. The premise is good. A girl and her father create a magical world in stories and eventually the girl travels to ...more
Marnie
Dec 27, 2013 Marnie rated it it was ok
Shelves: drama
A mixture of the real world and fantasy. A story about a girl who is dying, truly believes the stories her father told her when she was little and had cancer grows to believe it is real. This is how when she became sick again, made dying an easier transition not just for her, but for her family too. It was an ok book
Lauren Mugar
Loved it and I want more

This book was great. There were times when I felt slightly annoyed with the writing style (like going through cooking a whole chicken pot pie when it didn't add anything to the story), but nothing so bad that it deterred me from reading. I often didn't want to put the book down. I love that it wasn't predictable but it wasn't unrealistic either.
Melissa (TheBibliophilicCat)
Jun 28, 2012 Melissa (TheBibliophilicCat) rated it really liked it
I almost gave this one 5 stars, so maybe it is really 4.5 stars.

This novel was absolutely beautiful to me. It dealt with so many real world issues that people struggle with from day to day, while injecting in an entire fantasy plot. Some of the issues Lou Aronica delves into are divorce and its effects on everyone involved, father daughter relationships, terminal illness, grief, dating after divorce, adolescent friendships and so much more. This novel tells the story of Chris and his daughter Be
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Camilla Belmiro
Dec 03, 2016 Camilla Belmiro rated it it was ok
Até um pouco depois da metade achei entediante. A história é bem diferente e interessante, mas não acho que a forma como foi narrada foi cativante o suficiente. Me obriguei a ler até o fim, pois queria saber como terminaria, mas quase abandonei o livro.
Ashley
Oct 08, 2011 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, review-copy, blog
Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.

Blue by Lou Aronica is a book that is impossibly hard to categorize. It is, at once, an adult story of life, love and divorce, a young adult story of learning to life with what life has handed you, a high fantasy story with rich and beautiful world building and a tragedy about learning what it means to heal.

Blue is told through three main view points. Chris is a man in his early 40s, divorced and the father of 14 year old Beck
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L.E.Olteano
Originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Feb 9 2012:

Ok, so I’ll just come right out and say it: I got teary-eyed a few times reading this novel, I couldn’t help it. Aside the obvious reasons regarding the story, it had to do with the fact I read in sessions and not all of it in one go, and the emotional grip of the story returned each time I got back into it – a really good sign.

One of the things I felt very touched by is the fact this novel revolves around the father-daughter relationshi
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Jael
Feb 02, 2011 Jael rated it liked it
Sci-fi/fantasy novels aren't usually my cup of tea. I used to think the plot would get bogged down with mythology and a whole bunch of things I don't understand. I'm glad to be wrong after reading Blue by Lou Aronica, a fantasy YA novel. If not for the e-mail pitch, it probably wasn't something I would have picked up on my own. The book is a heartwarming, emotional roller coaster.

Fourteen-year-old Becky shuffles back and forth between her divorced parents, Chris and Polly. Becky has strong emoti
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Vera Neves (Sinfonia dos Livros)
Eu bem queria escrever a minha opinião mais tarde, mas este livro marcou-me de tal forma, que não consegui refrear a minha vontade.

Eu li este livro porque arranjei o Ebook por acaso. É um livro que ainda não tem publicação em Portugal, o que é uma pena. Espero, sinceramente, que alguma editora em Portugal esteja a pensar nisso, porque de facto é um livro imperdível.

Chris Astor é um homem solitário que desde que se separou da mulher, Polly, não conseguiu encontrar a sua cara-metade. Geralmente va
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Rachel
Mar 04, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Getting into this book was a tad slow since there was alot of back story to get through before I felt like I understood what was occurring in the present time of the book. Once I got through that, there were a few things that I could easily predict about the plot. First, the plot would very much favor the father over the mother in regards to the relationship shared with the main character, fourteen-year-old Becky. Second, it is inevitable that Becky's leukemia is going to relapse. Third, this ...more
Chrystal
Feb 18, 2011 Chrystal rated it really liked it
The first bit of the novel was a little slow going, but after about a quarter of the way through things pick up so quickly and are so magical that you won't be able to put this book down. The part that makes this novel so magical are the trips that Becky and Chris take to Tamarisk - where anything you could possibly imagine could be there - surroundings that are bright and colourful, musically appealing, texturally pleasing, intriguing to touch or intoxicating to smell.

The fact that we get to se
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Donna
Jul 25, 2011 Donna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I was sent a copy of Blue by Lou Aronica for review.Blue is a YA fantasy that introduces us to a family that's been broken by a child's serious illness, divorce, and a loss of communication. Becky, daughter of Polly and Chris, battles her way through a horrible illness as a young child. Her father, Chris helps her through this time by helping her to create a fantasy world, Tamarisk, to mentally escape to. The details of this world they build together is amazing and I loved watching Becky ...more
Nikki McCarver
Mar 15, 2012 Nikki McCarver rated it really liked it
Chris is an amazing dad in the story. It begins with him trying to put back together his life and relationship with his daughter after the divorce. His ex-wife, Polly, had come to terms that their lack of a relationship needed to end, child or no child. No one explained to Becky why the divorce happened, just that her dad had to move out of the house. It was a really sad introduction to a typical people dealing with the ravaging that divorce causes. Polly had remarried and moved on while Chris ...more
Musicom
Sep 29, 2016 Musicom rated it really liked it
good, interesting twist on heaven
Andréia
Oct 20, 2013 Andréia rated it liked it
Review in portuguese by blog MON PETIT POISON

Sabe aquele livro que tinha tudo para dar certo, uma história linda, uma escrita interessante, um tema tocando e quando você termina fica querendo entender porque que as coisas não funcionaram já que parecia que tinha todos os itens de sucesso?

‘A Menina’ poderia ser um livro letal, mas acabou nem sendo porque o time da história está errado e com isso nada parecia casar com o que deveria. O assunto que o autor toca é muito legal, mas ele acontece tarde
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Tara Lee
Feb 17, 2012 Tara Lee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Becky was diagnosed with cancer when she was little. The way her parents dealt with the diagnosis and subsequent treatment eventually drove a wedge in between them and resulted in the inevitable break in their marriage. Chris sat with Becky every night weaving tales of fantasy and wonder about a place called Tamarisk. Polly, Becky's mother, was desperate to find treatments and alternate treatments and experimental drugs that might sure her.

Unfortunately, the divorce also succeeded in driving a
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Jessica
May 06, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
It takes a lot of skill to cover a heavy topic like leukemia without making a story that is completely depressing, but Lou Aronica has done just that with his latest novel, Blue.

The story follows Becky, a fourteen-year old who has fought cancer and won only to be left with the break up of her parents’ marriage and the fragile shell of a relationship she has with her father, Chris. Chris’ divorce and limited time with Becky have taken an immense toll on his sanity, leaving him depressed, bitter,
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Jennifer
Jun 21, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok
This was an interesting yet tough story for me to read in some respects. On the one hand you have this lovely young girl Becky with an incredible story of survival, who discovers the fantasy world she created with her Dad to escape difficult times actually exists. On the other hand, Becky is caught in the middle of her parents divorce, and I must admit, I wasn't crazy about either mom or dad. Becky's mom Polly is just ridiculous, and her father Chris is not a very strong person. That is about ...more
Melissa
Jan 03, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
Years ago when Becky was undergoing cancer treatments, Chris created an imaginary world called Tamarisk with his daughter to help take her mind off the illness and side effects of the medication. After his divorce four years ago, his relationship with Becky has become strained and remote. Tamarisk is merely a fond memory to Chris, until a bridge between worlds shows him and Becky that Tamarisk is really something much more. It is real, and the young Queen Miea needs their help once more.


This n
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K Fray
Feb 13, 2013 K Fray rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
My father was first introduced to Aronica’s work through a Free Book Friday for the Nook, and as soon as he’d finished reading Blue, he urged me to do the same. I was a little more hesitant, my shelves already filled with books I hadn’t read yet and no time to pick up another one. But finally, as I started into book reviews and being serious about this side of my life, I finally took my father’s advice and had him LendMe the two books from his Nook.

I can’t say as I’ve ever been more pleased abou
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Jessica
Feb 27, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Going into Blue I honestly really wasn't sure what I should expect. I knew that the main character's daughter was ill, and I was hoping that this wasn't just a sad book. I've never minded a bit of a tearjerker, but books like that are always a tough read. Happily, I was genuinely surprised at the way that Blue is actually written. Lou Aronica doesn't really dwell on the fact that Becky is sick, but instead uses it as a jumping off point for the rest of this beautifully written story. I read this ...more
Grace
Jan 07, 2012 Grace rated it it was ok
Description: Becky is 14 and splits her time between her squabbling divorced parents. Chris, her dad, regrets that they have grown apart, but isn’t quite sure how to heal the widening gap between them. He recalls how years ago, when Becky was undergoing treatment for childhood leukemia, the two of them would make up stories every night about a fantasy world called Tamarisk. One night, Becky actually travels to Tamarisk and meets Meia, the young queen. Tamarisk is facing an environmental ...more
Dawn Tevy
Feb 10, 2011 Dawn Tevy rated it it was amazing
I really had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book. I knew Lou had been the senior vice president and lead editor at two of the top publishing companies in this country for many years. I knew he had worked with some of the best fantasy authors in the industry and had even discovered the greatest fantasy/Sci-fi icon of our time. Perhaps you've heard of it, a little series called 'Star Wars' by, George Lucas.

When it came to writing Lou had only written non-fiction, so 'blue' was his fi
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I have been associated with the book publishing world since August 1979, when I started as an assistant in the Managing Editor’s Department at Bantam Books. Prior to founding The Fiction Studio, I served as Deputy Publisher of Bantam and Publisher of Berkley Books and Avon Books. During this time, I launched the premier science fiction and mystery imprints in the business, and also presided over ...more
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