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The Blue Mirror

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  674 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Maggy's life consists of trying to be invisible at school, taking care of her alcoholic mother, and spending all the time she can at the Blue Mirror, a downtown café. She can lose herself there for hours with a cappuccino and her sketchbook, in which she creates a paper world she calls "The Blue Mirror." But everything changes when she meets Cole, a charis ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 2nd 2006 by Speak (first published March 5th 2004)
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Greta is Erikasbuddy
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: If you love words
Recommended to Greta is Erikasbuddy by: Darkfallen
First Review - May 2011

Stay away from the static cling boys that make your heart go pitter patter. When things are too good to be true... they probably are.

This book had me glued until the very end... although I absolutely hated the ALMOST end ... I really did dig the FINAL end ;) and everything in between was amazing.

Its a nice short read that is written in a language of its very own. It was unbelievably true to the heart. You could feel that the author slipped a piece of herself into these pag
May 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-n-reviewed
I don't' really know how to rate this times I wanted to give it 4 stars, at other 2, so in the end lets roll with 2.5? lolz

I bet you can already guess since I can't even decide how to rate this book that my review will be equally all over the place;) So ummmm just hang on tight and we will try to make it through this together.

In my experience there are books you love, books you hate, and books that were just *shrugs*. Well now there is a new kind to add to that list. Books that leave
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: engl420
Maggie, a high school senior, is an artist and a caretaker of her alcoholic mother. Her outlet is sitting a cafe called The Blue Mirror and drawing the people that past the cafe's window. She falls in love with an extremely good looking boy that she sees through the window. The suave boy, Cole, and his two friends, both younger girls, befriend lonely Maggie. It turns out that Cole and his friends are homeless and thieves, but Maggie ignores this because she love
Peony Minassian
Apr 01, 2012 rated it liked it
The Blue Mirror by Kathe Koja is a very confusing yet interesting book. When i saw this book in the library, the front cover seemed mysterious and so did the title which made me want to read it. This book is about a girl named Maggy and the journey she goes through from falling in love with a runaway street boy named Cole, dealing with her alcoholic mother Monica, and the endless hours she spends at the Blue Mirror. My favorite line from this book was "My own personal paper world: it's called "T ...more
Brittany Durrant
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
I thought this book was really confusing because there were some parts where the main character was confused on what her boyfriend and his two friends were up to. For example,her boyfriend and his two friends wore blue lipstick and it was never revealed why they wore it and how it never came off. Toward the ending it got very intense because she found out something bad about her boyfriend. I would recommend this book to high school girls because it has to do with her mysterious boyfriend, her dr ...more
Julie Galloway
Jun 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
This book immediately draws you into the uncompromising world of teens living on the street. Maggie, the main character, is honest and lovable, and Cole is incredibly intriguing. Koja's writing style is unique and poetic, providing the story with lots of unexpected turns. Reading it, it feels as though you are spiralling down into the darkness of Maggie's world, suspended somewhere between fiction and reality. The ending is amazing, as well. I feel in love straight away. ...more
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sometimes when I read books by Kathe Koja, I wonder if they are actual books or just fictional accounts of people that certainly could be real. These people tend to be unable to find happiness, they are restless, their lives do not flow with ease. There is a word, which I cannot remember, that describes the philosophy behind the fact that every day you pass so many people (dozens, hundreds, thousands) sometimes called "extras", in your fabulous lives, and they all have lives of their own in whic ...more
Angel Kruzan
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is about a high school girl named Maggy. She is very artistic. Maggy has a cat named Paz and her mom's name is Monica. Maggy always went down town to something called a Blue Mirror. Maggy barely went to school because of it and the teachers started to wonder what was going on. She went there because it was peaceful and she liked to draw things that she saw. One day she saw this one boy who she thought was kind of cute so she went to go and draw him but he disappeared. The next day she ...more
Madly Jane
I want to preface this comment by saying that each year I try to read a new author, not a debut author, but one that has been around for a long time. This year, it's Kathe Koja. The Blue Mirror is a very small novel, but it packs a big punch, and reminds me of the power of Rachel Ingall's Mrs. Caliban, which is one of my favorite contemporary novels.

Both novels are about self-discovery and loneliness amid a flawed world full of flawed people. It's a mind game, a rush of emotion about attempting
Robert Beveridge
Jan 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Kathe Koja, The Blue Mirror (Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 2004)

It should be obvious by now that any time a new Kathe Koja book comes out, I'll be reviewing it within a few weeks. The Blue Mirror is Koja's eighth novel, and her third for young adults. The YA novels are markedly different from her adult work; they are much shorter and more focused on a sole protagonist than her adult work (and, needless to say, there's less sex). The protagonist here is Maggy, a sixteen-year-old girl with an alcoh
Michele Lee
Maggie flees to The Blue Mirror, a café that serves as her sacred space, nightly to escape her drunk, depressed mother. There she nurses a drink and spends most of her time drawing the things and people around her, translating them into her own world, which shares a name with her café hide out.

It's there that she meets Cole, a dreamy stranger who makes something inside her sing. Leader of a small band of street kids he's exciting, dangerous and manipulative. And he swears he loves her.

After the
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book kind of jarred me out of my safe, naïve world. I am fully aware there are kids living on the street or on the cusp of living on the street but I don't really know what it fully entails. The Blue Mirror is about Maggie, a 16-yr. old, living with her falling down drunk mother, who spends a good portion of her time at a diner (The Blue Mirror) drawing what she sees as she looks out the window. Street kids are part of what she sees. Unfortunately, one of these street kids is a beautifully ...more
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Blue Mirror was a really interesting book. It sort of seemed like realistic fiction, but for the hint of the paranormal. I've seen it's tagged as a vampire book, but I don't really think that's what Cole was. I actually thought it was cool that you didn't exactly understand what he was. He was kinda just a black hole of evil.

This is the first novel I've read from author Kathy Koje and I as very impressed with her writing. She has a very lyrical, poetic was of saying things and I though the
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
I thought the story was pretty interesting and successfully rendered. I did want to learn more about Cole's nature, but the author revealed just enough for a satisfying story while still maintaining the reader's curiosity. While I liked Maggy's voice, to me the writing style was extremely annoying. It didn't make sense half the time. I understood what the author was trying to do, but some passages were practically incoherent with too many commas and quotes in all the wrong places. ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Maggie, a high school sketch artist who lives with her alcoholic mother. Maggie likes to go out at night to a coffee shop called The Blue Mirror and sketch the street scenes she views from the window while she sips her grande cappucino. One night, she see a beautiful raven-haired street boy and his two female friends who all wear dark blue lipstick. They all stick in her mind, but especially the boy. They eventually meet in The Blue Mirror coffee shop and Maggie finds hersel ...more
Elizabeth McDermott
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Blue Mirror was a book that really caught my eye with the short description on the back of the book. It told what I thought were going to be minor details in the book. As I continued to read, I felt as if I was constantly trying to get to the climax. There were a few events that happened that could be considered unexpected but nothing out of the ordinary from this storyline of a book. The overall story was good but I feel like I read it all when I read the back of it. There was not much to i ...more
Alya Carrillo
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I will be completely honest I do not remember much about this book but I can say it played with my heart. At least from what I remember, there is a feel of being let down when I see the cover, and along with that is broken hearted. I will surely reread sometime soon so I can be wrapped in Koja's grasp and relive the book. ...more
Lupe Hernandez
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Personal Response

This book is not close to what I have been reading before, so I thought it was pretty interesting. I enjoyed this book because of what it was about. It was about this girl that had some problems in her life with her mom being an alcoholic and her having to take care of her mom all the time. Personally, I rate this 4 out of 5 stars because it is a very interesting and deep book.

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Faith Bradshaw
This was very different than anything I have read before. I loved the mystery element although I wanted to scream at the main character multiple times to get her life together. The artistic and psychological elements mixed perfectly and overall I enjoyed this creepy short story, although I still have some questions.
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it
This is the more relatable adolescence love story from koja.
A young girl living inside her head, parental neglect, falling in love with the first thing that spark her interest, ignoring all the red flags. yup, smells like teen spirit. Quite believable character.
Jun 11, 2020 added it
Shelves: wonder-covers, own
3.5 stars.
Dani Rupp
Jun 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was a little hard to follow but I think it was incredibly thought provoking.
Joanna Dean
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been a big fan of Kathe Koja for many years. My only comment on this book, is I don't understand why Maggy didn't run screaming in any direction way earlier. Still loved it. ...more
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Nostalgia from reading this back in highschool.
Britt Barnes
Jan 31, 2021 rated it liked it
This book is like pure poetry. It is so good, I may read it again! Maggy and Cole are dangerously smooth.
Sophia Topete
“My own personal paper world, it’s called the Blue Mirror.” Teenage Maggie is used to living on the rough side, with only her alcoholic mother she must fend for herself. The Blue Mirror is not only her typical hangout spot, but The Blue Mirror is also what she refers to her sketchbook as. She has her usual booth right next to the big window where she sits for hours and just draws everything that she sees. Her life is very chaotic, but when Cole walks into her life, everything seems to turn aroun ...more
Jun 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-read
I marked this book TBR on goodreads,but don't know why. I wish we had a book to do this so I would know why I thought I wanted to read a book. Based on that I thought this would be an abusive teenage relationship that I could recommend to teens. It is a wierd telling of abuse that was only alluded to and the reader was really told what/how it happened. Cole is a street guy who takes advantages of the girl runaways running the street. Mags has a home but hangs in the coffee shop to avoid her addi ...more
Miss December
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been waiting for a book that trumps anything on Netflix and makes me want to read nonstop. This is that book. Kathe Koja strikes again- she's one of the best authors I've ever read and "The Blue Mirror" does not disappoint. I will be reading this again, that's for sure. Her lines are the most beautiful, poetic pieces you can string together in fiction. I was damn impressed. This one was a great read about confusing love and infatuation. And at only 119 pages, it's a quick, powerful punch wi ...more
Joey Farmer
Apr 30, 2010 rated it liked it
This was a good book if your in to this kind of stuff unlike me so i did not like it to much, It is about this sixteen year old girl named Maggy who has a very bad alcohalic mother Maggy finds peace at this cafe called the blue mirror there she keeps a journal with drawing and writeings that make of her own little world called the blue mirror witch yeah is named after the cafe maggy also gets involved with this boy named Cole who is not to good of a guy to be around. Over all this was an ok book ...more
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have read this book twice. once in my freshman year and once in my sophomore year. Now that I'm a junior, i am reading it once again. I still hold this book dear to my heart with the beautiful descriptions of Maggy's paper world and the real world. I love how the air around the book makes me feel. I don't get saddened at the dead, damp life she's going through. I have always embraced the difference in this book and it's strangely beautiful. It is one of the rare books I read over and over agai ...more
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Kathe Koja is a writer, director and independent producer. Her work combines and plays with genres, from YA to contemporary to historical to horror. Her novels - including THE CIPHER, BUDDHA BOY, TALK, and the UNDER THE POPPY trilogy–have won awards, been multiply translated, and optioned for film and performance. She creates immersive fiction with a rotating ensemble of video artists, dancers, mu ...more

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