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The Blue Girl (Newford #15)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  8,927 Ratings  ·  439 Reviews
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.

Maxine is Imogene's exact opposite. Everyone considers Max
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 6th 2006 by Firebird (first published October 4th 2004)
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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
Oct 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who enjoy dark, urban ya fantasy that doesn't focus on romance
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
Sarah Mac
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
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
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
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found this one on my bookshelf. I know I bought this and read it shortly after it came out, but eleven years later, I couldn’t remember how I felt about it. Reading it now brought back some memories of reading it for the first time; I believe it was one of my first forays into the young adult urban fantasy genre. I believe it is an excellent introductory novel for young adults looking to transition from realistic fiction type novels into fantasy. Imogene is the rebellious character starting ov ...more
Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'm not a big YA fan, even for a Newford book. It wasn't a bad book! And I did enjoy the tiny cameos and mentions of a few of the established Newford folks.
Oct 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
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'
Jan 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
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...
Jane Lee
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was a good book... although there was some... inappropriate parts. So if you're someone who doesn't like a spirit liking a human romantically [spectrophilia], then I advise you to proceed with caution.
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Cynthia Parkhill
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Charles de Lint is one of my favorite authors, for his infusion of magic and fantasy into everyday modern cityscapes. Having recently read and enjoyed The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, it was an unexpected treat to discover an uncorrected bound proof of The Blue Girl in my favorite second-hand bookstore. Complete review at
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I remember reading this book when I was in Jr. High or High School. I don't remember if I loved it or not but it made me want to read it again. While it was a good story filled with ghosts and fairy's and imaginary friends, I still felt as though the story was missing something. It didn't fall flat per se, but there wasn't a lot of meat to it.
Everyone in the story took to believing Imogene's story about the ghost and the fairies. I didn't mind her best friend Maxine believing too, but EVERYONE
D.M. Dutcher
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Michael (Mai)
Jan 08, 2009 rated it liked it
This was a very good story. I thought it was solid and easy to read. So many times I feel like I'm getting watered down versions of stories because characters aren't up front with important information but that just wasn't the case with this one. Yes, Imogene had secrets but she always fessed up to the importnat tidbits when it was necessary.

So, why did I only give it three stars? The truth is I absolutely hated al the characters except Pelly. It was like the author gave them a label, "tough gi
Jackie "the Librarian"
Sep 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
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, espe
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
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
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
Heather Petty
Dec 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ya, owned
This is on my top ten books of all time. I pretty much loved everything about it.

But for writers, it's a master-class on changing POV, present-tense writing, and seamlessly intertwining fantasy elements into the real world. Just brilliantly done.

Highly, HIGHLY recommended.
Miramira Endevall
Jan 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
"The thing to remember when you're writing," he said, "is, it's not whether or not what you put on paper is true. It's whether or not it wakes a truth in your reader. I don't care what literary devices you might use, or belief systems you tap into -- if you can make a story true for a reader, if you can give them a glimpse into another way of seeing the world, or another way that they can cope with their problems, then that story is a success."
-Mr. Riddell
The Blue Girl

Previous to my picking up
Michael Simpson
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Blue Girl
The Blue Girl, Written by Charles de Lint in the year of 2004. The book was published by Penguin Group in New York. Okay, now that I have the uselessness out of the way, let’s get on to the main event… the story!!! I want to find a good way of how to open this up. Well, I guess we can start with the character. Imogene’s’ her name, tough girl status is her game! She starts off as this tough chick that has had it rough alongside her older brother, Jared, and her mother. After the pa
Robbin Dengler
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: charles-de-lint
LOVE!! Charles de Lint's books are really addictive. You NEED to keep reading to see what happens to your most beloved characters. And sometimes the characters experience awesome things, sometimes they journey to dark places. But always worth your times!
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faery-tales
A tale of Newford involving ghosts, Angels and American high school cliques. The Queen Bee and star Quarterback are splendidly awful. Good dynamics between Imogene, Adrian, Maxine and Pelly.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it
De Lint is well worth the read. I'm not as obsessed with him as some are, but his females are rockin' and the stories are engaging.
May 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Charles de Lint is one of my favorite authors although my constantly writing Derek de Lint instead of Charles de Lint might lead you to think otherwise. He has been one of my top authors for a few years already based solely on the awesomeness that is "The Blue Girl."

I want to read everything he's written, no easy task because he's written a lot, but so far have only polished off two books from his oeuvre (this one and "Little (Grrl) Lost"). Both, coincidentally, have been exceptional enough that
Apr 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Ravenous Biblioworm
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 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
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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