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Indigo Blues

3.04  ·  Rating details ·  329 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews

I never asked to be famous--or infamous. Such is my fate for briefly dating (and dumping) Adam Spade. Yes, the Adam from the indie rock band Blank Stare who wrote "Indigo Blues"--the song that gave the band overnight success, propelled them to New York City, and stole my precious anonymity. Now I'm pawed by fans, stalked by reporters, and pegged as a vicious heartbr
Paperback, 231 pages
Published July 8th 2010 by Flux (first published July 1st 2010)
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Jul 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I walked away from this book with mixed feelings. The only way I can think of to try and explain why this is, is for me to break down my review into what I really liked about the novel and what left me wanting. For starters the whole idea behind this book is just great. Two teens date for a little while and then they go their separate ways, one more willingly than the other, which is usually the case in all breakups isn't it? Some time passes and the boy (Adam) and his band get their big break a ...more
Aug 01, 2010 rated it liked it
I have very mixed feelings on this book. On one hand, it was okay. On the other, it just... wasn't. I read Danielle Joseph's debut, Shrinking Violet, and I absolutely loved it. I had very high expectations on this book, and they just weren't met.

First of all, it was a lot like Audrey, Wait! I know that this probably is just coincidence, but it tainted the book for me. While reading, I was like, Audrey, Wait!, Audrey, Wait! There were so many things that were similar between the two.

However, Robi
A mix of laid back and charged, Indigo Blues is a great story about not only broken hearts but how quickly one thing can get out of control. With split perspectives, the reader gets a strong, sympathetic connection with both Adam and Indigo, creating a great bond and little bias throughout. The music angle adds a certain spark, creating a unique situation and a great pitch for the broken heart aspect.

Indigo is an appreciable character, frustrated at the situation she suddenly finds herself in wh
Jolene Perry
Jan 01, 2012 added it
Shelves: own
I LOVED the premise of this, but had a few issues.

(BTW - I just wasn't sure what to rate it. This is DEF not a zero star book :)

I felt like I never really discovered the past of Adam and Indigo - I would have liked to see that revealed. It was only hinted at, and the details were sparse. Even a tiny bit more would have been nice.

It is WAY too convenient to have not just one, but TWO teens who don't obsessively check and listen to messages. There were several times when one or the other or both o
Dec 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I completly enjoyed this book. The idea is great, two teens broken up, one who wanted more from the relationship than the other. Fame good for one but not the other. I liked reading how their lives went on but with some changes. The attention they got was different for both. I like how Indigo said Adam was clingy then he ended up with a clingy plastic barbie and figured with him being with the barbie he would see how he was clingy with Indigo. I hoped he would grow from it. They both grew from t ...more
Dec 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Hated this book, as nothing happens. Don't learn or care anything about the main characters.

The entire book takes place after the main characters break up and ends when they forgive each other ( but don't get back together). Both characters try dating someone else, and we don't know anything about them or their previous I couldn't care less what happens to them.
Gwyn Ryan
Aug 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, humour
Indigo Jackson *was* just a normal highschooler until her ex-boyfriend Adam Spade wrote a hit song about how she broke his heart. Now the whole nation has the Indigo Blues and Indigo has way more attention than she ever wanted. Plus, Adam won't stop *calling*!
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Erica Cameron
Sep 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: youngadult, lit-fic
“When I found out that ‘Indigo Blues’ hit number one on the Billboard charts this morning, I ran to the bathroom and threw up. Then the toilet lid smacked down on my nose. Now, at the insistence of my mom, I’m zoning with an ice pack on my face.”

Think about the worst rumor anyone has ever spread about you and then imagine that someone turned that rumor into a song and it became a hit single overnight. This is the stuff nightmares are made of. This is Indigo’s life.

Told from alternating points of
Princess Bookie
May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2010
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My Thoughts: Have you read Shrinking Violet by Joseph? I really loved that book. This one, not quite as much even though I did enjoy it. It just didn't have the spunk that Shrinking Violet had.

We are introduced to Indigo who is a teenager and also has a hot guy in love with her. Adam Spade, aka the guy everyone wants because he's in a band. Adam and Indigo dated for a while, things didn't work out, and so Adam wrote a song about her. Sound familiar? If you enjoyed Au
Jannat Bhat
Oct 17, 2012 rated it liked it

Told from alternating points of view, Indigo Blues shows what happens to both the songwriter and the muse after a breakup inspires a hit single. Adam Spade’s band Blank Stare is the newest craze and all Adam can think about is Indigo. She won’t return his calls or texts, but she never leaves his thoughts. For Indigo, this seems like the peak in her sudden rise to fame and even though Adam has ruined her life he still won’t stop calling her.The story centers around Indigo and Adam’s relationship
Jul 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Indigo Blues was such a quick read for me! Granted, it's not really a big book, but I read half of it on one day, and the other half on the next. It's a really easy read with characters who are likable. Even the mean girl really isn't that bad, y'know? Both Adam and Indigo are very relatable. Their "relationship" meant more to Adam than it did to Indigo, and when they broke up, his feelings prompted him to write a less than flattering song about Indigo. She could deal with that, but the song jus ...more
Kerry Cerra
Aug 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Watch out readers, Danielle Joseph has done it again. Indigo Blues is hot off the presses and a totally cool read. Have you ever listened to a song on the radio and wondered if it was written about a real person? Have you ever wished you were that person? (well, if it was about a rocker being totally in love with you) I'll fess up and say I have…for sure. But, Indigo Jackson—the girl MC in the book—soooo does not want the attention that suddenly swarms her small town life when her ex-beau Adam—t ...more
Rebecca Barquero
So, this isn't a romance story, it isn't a frIendship story, it isn't a story about standing up for yourself. I'm just wondering: what the heck IS this story about???? After thinking it for a while, I got to the conclusion that it is a story about both sides of a break up, and all the misunderstandings in-between. Real relationships don't always work, sometimes there's one person who wants to be in the relationship and other that doesn't.
That's the good side of the story. The bad side: both Adam
Faith Dominguez
Dec 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
Well I just got done reading Indigo blues an it's nothing that I though it was going to be :-( it was very different book that I have ever read I mean this book was about a guy liking a girl that broke his heart an the girl who is just trying to live her life but. Then the guy wrote Indigo Blues an in away I felt this the book was rushed an ended to soon. In a way the writer really didn't let us know what happen to Adam and Indigo in the beginning an the end is also left us wondering what happen ...more
Mar 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 100-books-in-2010
This really was a 2.5 stars for me. It was cute, fluffy, incredibly predictable, and a little cheesy. A few years ago a band called Plain White T's shot to the top of the charts with a song called, "Hey there Delilah". The song's subject was hounded and articles written about her. Translate that into a novel and that is Indigo Blues. Indigo is a high school senior who briefly dated Adam, a member of a new band, Blank Stare. Dealing with his heartache after Indigo broke up with him, he writes a s ...more
Oct 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Okay I won this book in the Good Reads contest. I'm getting that out of the way right now. My winning a book does not effect my review of said book.

This book is a okay read. I read Danielle Joseph's Shrinking Violet book and expected a lot more from Indigo Blues. I too was reminded of Audrey Wait through most of the book. Indigo's character was just okay to me. My main problem with the character was the whining. At certain points it got to be too much.

I liked Adam's character better then I did I
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
I don't know what star rating to give this book because it was just not for me but giving it 1 star seems too harsh, this is someone's hard work y'all!

I felt the characters lacked depth and they didn't ring true for me. It seemed like I was supposed to feel for Adam, but I just thought he was creepy. Having said that I do think that it would appeal to someone looking for a light beach read. I zipped through it but I never felt any connection with Adam or Indigo. I have heard that Audrey Wait is
I really didn't care for this book too much. It was kind of slow and I kept waiting for Indigo and Adam to see each other again, and when it finally happened, it was quick and then the book ended. I was really disappointed with the ending. I thought it was sort of cheesy and I was left wanting more. I guess what I really wanted was for Indigo and Adam to get back together. Despite all the complaining Indigo did about Adam, I got the feeling sometimes that she still liked him. Like when he didn't ...more
Jul 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
It was alright I wasn't a huge fan of either Adam or Indigo. Like everyone has been saying the plot is similar to Audrey, Wait! But I liked Audrey, Wait! so much more. I really did not connect with any of the characters and the way they acted really annoyed me. Both Adam and Indigo were winy and just in general not real likeable. It felt very juvenile the way that they dealt with their problems with each other (or didn't). Both of their personalities and activities just turned me off and made me ...more
Dec 18, 2011 rated it liked it
I really liked this one, very very much (but I hate the cover) I had a very hard time to stop reading this book at nights. I liked the idea this book was based on. Two teen breaks up. One is heart broken and the other is...not. He writes a song about his feelings...and she doesnt like it very much, to say the least.

I liked the writing and the dialouge. It was quick and fun and i didnt wanna stop reading. I read the whole book in two nights! Maybe if this had a different ending Id given it more t
Jan 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Mini Review

Hm... Indigo Blues was an interesting novel with a unique premise. But the problem with this novel were characters. I saw no real emotion in them until the very end of the novel when Indigo and Adam have a "confrontation". The plot line of this novel was nonexistent, it was just how Indigo dealt with the song, as Adam tried to forget Indigo and made out and partied. Theoretically, that can be considered a plot line, but I do not. Nothing fascinating happened. It was an uninteresting n
Apr 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: young high school-
A few sentences into the story- I thought, 'wait a minute- is this Audrey Wait?' - I kept with it for a couple of chapters and thought, yes and a bit more.
I liked these characters- they are nice kids- the tale is told in alternating first person chapters- Indigo, who has fame dumped on her being the subject of the surprise hit that Adam wrote in the angst of their breakup. Oh, and dumping a big dose of fame and expectations on Adam as well. We come along with Adam and Indigo as they come to gri
Catalina Sennett
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
I felt like the story didn't really have that much to it. It is about a girl who broke up with her boyfriend, and he turned around and made a chart topping song about her. Now she is getting attention from the media and the guy keeps calling her. That is pretty much the story. The only thing keeping me from rating it one star is the little brother, Eli. I have a younger brother who acts just like him.
Amy Grieve
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had to enjoy this book for many reasons. One mainly being that I didn't actively dislike the main characters at any point. Adam may have been a bit obsessive at times, but a least he cared and Indigo just wants to be left alone by everyone who wants a piece of her.

I really enjoy Danielle Joseph's writing. This is the second book that I have read by her and she can just create such awesome plots and characters. I would suggest that you try this book.
Tanima Bag
Haven't read it yet but the blurb looks a lot like Robin Benway's "Audrey, wait!". It was published in 2008 while this came out in 2010,so pretty much can guess what happened. Plagiarising another book will only make the writer look pathetic. I like Audrey wait a heck of a lot so finding about this book kinda disturbs me. Anyone reading this review should check out Audrey wait. It has much better ratings than this one too. Anyways, hope the review helps. Thanks!
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
See this would have gotten three stars if not for the ending. The whole story was kind of mediocre, but the ending seemed like the book just got ripped off at the second to last chapter.

Edit: I'm also kind of mad because from the cover I totally thought that a girl would be cross dressing as a boy (and possibly as a knight? like time travel), even though it didn't seem to fit the description. But for reals, the guy and girl look the same.
Tracey (Life and Literature)
I hate to say it, but I just didn't like the character Indigo!! She was just too stand offish to me! She came across as being harsh where as Adam's character felt softer I think. I'm not even sure if they're the right words to use, but I felt a connection to Adam and none to Indigo.
I've heard really good things about the authors other work, so will definitely be reading more of her writing!!
Randi (The Artist Formerly known as Guitar Chick)
While I have not read it yet, this sounds like a different version of Audrey Wait! Another music book with the same story line. Girl dumps boy, boy writes breakup song, breakup song propels boy's band to new heights, girls is pawed over by the press, people accuse girl of being vicioius, and she eventually gets a wild ride of emotions.
Aug 01, 2011 rated it liked it
I liked the characters and the plot. I hated how Danielle Joseph ended the story. I've been waiting to have a copy of this book for a long time and it just disappointed me. While reading the book, I was waiting for something to happen like the climax or something but then I found myself staring at the end of the book. I read this one for about 2 hours.

It was disappointing. Really.
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I'm the author of SHRINKING VIOLET from MTV/Pocket Books and INDIGO BLUES and PURE RED from Flux Books. SHRINKING VIOLET will be debuting as the movie RADIO REBEL on the Disney Channel in early 2012! When I'm not writing, I'm either listening to music, eating chocolate or swimming--sometimes all at once!

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