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3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,427 Ratings  ·  238 Reviews
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 th ...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 gre ...more
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
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
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
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
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
Donna  Happy Booker
Jan 24, 2011 Donna Happy Booker 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
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 thi ...more
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
May 10, 2014 Caryn rated it really liked it
Found this book very confusing to get into, but quite enjoyable once I sorted out the structure. The plot was interesting and well-written, albeit a bit predictable. It is fiction, written with multiple main characters/narrators, the most important being a 14 year old girl. It has a science-fiction feel to it, or at least a realm of fantasy and imaginative creatures. I was quite moved by the father/daughter relationship and the emotions of parental love expressed, something I feel would probably ...more
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
Jan 19, 2011 Jeni rated it really liked it
I won the book Blue by Lou Aronica on goodreads. Blue is a story about family, relationships, and the bonds formed, tested and renewed between loved ones. It Follows Chris a divorced father and His Daughter Becky, through the ups and downs of their relationship. With the power of imagination, they together create a fictional story about a world of beauty and fantasy; as a means to get them both through hard times, being able to retreat from life's challenges. Becky realizes that the stories have ...more
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 fa ...more
Wendy Hines
Jun 26, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
Chris Astor is a lonely man. He had a beautiful family, a good job and life was good, even as they struggled with his young daughter Becky's leukemia. But the struggle had a cost; his marriage. Now, he see's his daughter, who has been in remission awhile, sparingly. Since she is a young teenager, she really doesn't want to hang out with ole dad.

But Becky feels that her dad has given up on her; the divorce affected her life too. And she thinks she may be getting sick again too. When she was young
Mar 23, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of this book on goodreads.

This book is part reality and part fantasy. We get to meet a family who has struggled through illness and divorce.

The book tells us about Becky’s childhood illness and the fantasyland (Tamarisk) that her and her dad Chris created to help her get through it. Four years later her parents are now divorced and we see Becky struggling with her health again. This is a story about Becky’s reconnection with her father and their reconnection to Tamarisk (which Becky
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
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
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
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 discove ...more
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
Jan 29, 2011 Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen) rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-author
Blue by Lou Aronica is exactly the kind of book I would love to write. It opens your mind to new possibilities, offers hope in times of despair, and will simply leave you breathless and wanting there to be just one more chapter.

And to think I almost turned down the opportunity to review this gem of a book! I didn’t recognize the publisher, the author, or the title of the book and there wasn’t very much about it out there on the internet. Reviews were few, but positive. The skeptic in me figured
Jan 12, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
When I accepted "Blue" for review, I was a little concerned it would be too sad of a story due to one of the main characters being sick. Sad stories really aren't my cup of tea and I rarely make it a point to read them. Aronica didn't dwell on Becky's illness; he used it as a platform for a plot that was more than enthralling.

"Blue" centers around Becky's father, Chris, and his longing to spend time with his daughter. They had been very close until divorce rocked the family dynamic and changed t
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,
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 al ...more
Apr 01, 2011 Auriella rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Auriella by: kindle
Shelves: read-in-2011
I can't really explain what this book has made me feel. It felt more personal to me than anything that I have read in a long time. It almost felt as if this story was written for me. At the end of the story it asks for thoughts to be emailed and for the first time ever I am truly considering writing a response that has nothing more to do with me than perhaps a thank you. I sat and waited for something bad to happen and it did about 69% of the way through. The bad thing, of course I already had p ...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 s ...more
Jul 09, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews-written
Where to begin? I'm not really sure that words are going to be enough to capture how amazing this book actually was. Very, very few pieces move me as much as this book did, and for that to come from a YA book is even more amazing to me.

The story is heartfelt, engaging, and for anyone who has ever had a family member, friend, or even acquaintance with cancer, it gives you an amazing sense of hope and peace that is rare coming from a work of fiction.

Tamarisk is a world created by Becky and her fat
Julie - Book Hooked Blog
When I heard the premise of Blue by Lou Aronica, I was intrigued, particularly because of the focus on a make-believe world. Blue tells the story of a girl and her father who invent an imaginary world called Tamerisk. Years pass and the daughter is a teenager when she and her father discover that Tamerisk is a real place facing a serious threat. Chris and Becky must work with Miea, the queen of Tamerisk to save the nation and face a devastating sickness in their own world.

Ok, so when I was littl
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
Feb 26, 2012 Sheila rated it really liked it
Once I heard about Blue, I knew that I needed to read it. Little did I realize what a well-rounded and emotional journey I would be going on. I thought I would be reading a fantasy novel, but soon found this book was more than that. Blue is a story of love, courage, relationships, faith, imagination and hope.

This novel centers on Becky, and her divorced parents, Chris and Polly. Being divorced myself, I know how hard it is on the children. Becky feels torn between her parents. I could relate t
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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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 t ...more
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