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When the Stars Go Blue

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  328 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Winner of an International Latino Book Award

A dancer driven to succeed.

A musical prodigy attempting to escape his past.

The summer they share.

And the moment it all goes wrong.

Dance is Soledad Reyes's life. About to graduate from Miami's Biscayne High School for the Performing Arts, she plans on spending her last summer at home teaching in a dance studio, saving money, and e
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Yawn. Sorry, but this book is boring me to death. I am really disappointed. I had pretty high expectations for it – silly me – and those weren’t met at all. I made it until around page 160, skimmed the next 100 pages and then ‘read’ – leaving out a few sentences/ paragraphs every now and then – until the end, simply because I wasn’t willing to give up on it entirely.

The premise sounded so intriguing to me: A modern retelling of Carmen, including a heroine who loves to dance and works hard to mak
Anne Osterlund
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Soledad is a dancer. Dedicated to training her body to obey her every command. And to proving herself. Through hard work, auditions, and an eventual move away from her Cuban grandmother in Miami to the competitive dance world of New York.

Then Jonathan, a music student in the same performance arts school as Soledad, challenges her to audition for the role of Carmen in his dance and drum corps. To travel with them the entire summer. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that he’s clearly interested in more t
May 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
People always asked why I danced. Why I'd devoted so much of my life to something that seemed to offer so little in return. But good as I was with words, in this they kind of deserted me. Every once in a while, I wished I could talk about it. How dancing created this huge, chaotic jumble of emotions and adrenaline rushing through my bloodstream-the freedom and power that came from the ability to command my body so completely." If you have ever felt passionately about something, no doubt, you can ...more
It’s scary. Being in the center of that much love. So scary - and thrilling and...potent. And I know it goes both ways. My hold on him is as strong as his is on me. He’ll never leave.

When the stars go blue is the story of a Latina ballet dancer, Soledad. She was brought up by her Cuban grandmother ever since her mother just abandoned her and disappeared off to somewhere. About to graduate from her High School for the Performing Arts, Soledad has the whole summer planned She knows what she’s
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
read the full review on my blog, holes In My brain

WHEN THE STARS GO BLUE swept me off my feet: it was a beautiful and raw novel with such a strong main character and a well-developed plot. Soledad is a dancer; she’s not a tiny anorexic ballerina, she’s a ball of energy and power, and the author successfully conveyed her character and ambitious personality so that I felt complete in tuned with her. Within the first few chapters I completely fell in love with her strength and realism.

Soledad’s voi
Miss Susan
Apr 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Umm why do I read so much paranormal YA again? Clearly all the best authors are writing contemporaries. I am in love with this book. I meant to just read the first chapter in the book store to see if I liked the writing and I ended up sitting down and reading through the whole thing in a few hours.

This came along at a good time for me. Lately I’ve been really frustrated with the state of YA romance. Why does so much of it suck? There are very few YA relationships that haven’t pinged me as unreal
Tara Chevrestt
Oct 24, 2010 marked it as dnf
Shelves: 2010-release, ya
DNF. I tried. I picked it up over and over again, but I was bored to death. In all fairness, had I paid closer attention to the summary when I pre ordered it rather than drool over the lovely cover and the fact it's a Latina heroine, I would have known it wasn't for me. It's just a love story and then a love triangle. Not action packed enough for me and I wasn't really feeling the romance because it seems to have popped up out of thin air and just suddenly within a day... too unbelievable for me ...more
Maggie Desmond-O'Brien
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can say, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that there has never been a contemporary romance I enjoyed more than When the Stars Go Blue. Coming from someone who reads so little romance to begin with, perhaps that is an uninformed compliment. Maybe it was just that this book was perfect for me. But considering how smart, sassy, and just plain brilliant it was, I'm fairly certain I'm not wrong.

Three things that made this book above and beyond for me? One, the fact that Soledad isn't a tortured eating-d
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, new-adult, 2016
Soledad Reyes dreams of becoming a professional dancer and she has a plan to make it all happen. After graduating from an arts high school, she’s planning on teaching at a dance studio, save some money, and then strike out and start auditioning for dance companies. But along comes Jonathan Crandall who offers her a whole different gig, performing with the Drums & Bugle Crop, who are performing Carmen. Intrigued by the prospect and even more so by Jonathan, Soledad agrees.

But feelings and emotion
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
This one was one of the most bizarre books I've ever read. At some points, I couldn't decide whether I liked it or not.

The writing was beautiful. It flowed so remarkably, with perfect details and word choices. I enjoyed every part of it, especially when Ferrer described Soledad's dancing.

However, the protagonist was an obvious Mary Sue. She's an exquisite dancer just at the age of eighteen. She's beautiful, tall, lean, and graceful. Everyone seems to love her. But there wasn't anything awesome
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
this was a very great read, i loved the cover and picked it up. I didn't see the ending coming, it was intense and gives you a glimpse of the life of teenage performers and the pressure they receive from their families. Soledad and Johnathan's relationship captures your attention from the start, and you become so aware of their feelings that you start to notice the change with in each other. Like I said you will never, never see this ending coming. I read this book in one sitting, it was a page ...more
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, 2011
Kelly told me the ending on this dragged and she was right. . .it took a long long time to wrap up. In some ways I liked this book - I thought that Soledad was likable and I desperately wanted things to go right for her. I thought the whole corps thing was fun. But I thought Jonathan kind of changed at the drop of a hat and that annoyed me.

I expected it to be nothing but romance, but it really had a lot of other things going on, which I appreciated, although sometimes there were just too many "
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't have words to describe how much I loved this book ❤❤ ...more
Oct 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, blog
Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.

When the Stars Go Blue by Caridad Ferrer is all the cover suggests it to be- stunningly beautiful.

It is the story of Soledad, and passionate and gifted dancer, hurt by her past but full of life and love, and ready to give. It is the story of Jonathan, an intense and brilliant musician, damaged by his past and present and scared of the love he's giving. It is the story of Carmen, a sultry gypsy who jilts her jealous lover for an
Sep 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
When the Stars Go Blue by Caridad Ferrer is a story that made a very strong impression on me. I've been lucky, this is the second book in a row I've read with a strong and resilient female protagonist.

Synopsis: Dance is Soledad Reyes’s life. About to graduate from Miami’s Biscayne High School for the Performing Arts, she plans on spending her last summer at home teaching in a dance studio, saving money, and eventually auditioning for dance companies. That is, until fate intervenes in the form of
Esmeralda R.
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed When the Stars Go Blue because it was all so easy to understand, and it also used great descriptions of what Soledad (the main character) felt as she had people near her. For example like the way she would say she can feel the persons body heat always made me sense the feeling too. This book was full of relatable things like: breakups, family separation, and falling in love. It gave me an overall influence that sometimes we get what we give. This book was worth reading.
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I hadn't heard much about this book, but for some reason, I knew it was going to be good. The beautiful cover - a model who fits to the description of the main character! symbols that actually have something to do with the story! - had When the Stars Go Blue screaming 'read me!' And I am so glad I did.

Soledad is what makes this whole thing work. I just love, love, love Soledad. She's not at all the cliched image you have in mind when you think ballerina - she's spunky and has some serious attitu
Jan 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
I don’t know why I continually go into non-paranormal YA books with such low expectations, but I sure need to stop because I keep getting blown away. The synopsis is rather vague so I didn’t really know what to expect, but I am very glad I read this.
There are so many odd coincidences in this book that relate to my life. The MC is Cuban. My Spanish teacher is Cuban. Soledad and her grandma speak Spanish on and off. I understood all of it! (most of the time…) They made references to Princess Brid
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, retellings, romance
Soledad, incredibly talented dancer and recent high school graduate, knows exactly what she wants for her future. The summer after graduation, she plans on teaching at a ballet studio and, come January, will move to NYC to make her dream of dancing professionally a reality. But then an incredible opportunity presents itself: to play Carmen, the passionate gypsy of opera fame, in a drum and bugle corps for the entire summer on a tour of the country. Plus, she'll be spending time with the intoxica ...more
Feb 02, 2011 rated it liked it
While I was in the middle of reading this, I absolutely couldn't put it down. I was thrilled that Soledad and Jonathan's relationship started pretty much right away...since I hadn't read the back to realize this was the beginning of the dreaded love triangle. But it started off passionate and sexy and I was in love.

And all through Soledad's passionate affair with Jonathan and the new world of drum and bugle corp performance, I was right there with her, soaring with her highs and absolutely crush
Jun 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Soledad's life is dance. There is nothing she doesn't love about it and nothing she wouldn't do for it. That is until she meets Jonathan. He starts off as just another classmate and he tells her about his bugle and drum corps group that is preforming all summer a program called Carmen Revealed. He asks Soledad to be her Carmen, not only does she have the body, she has the fierceness in her dance that would make her an unstoppable force on their team. Soledad isn't sure if this is what she wants ...more
WHEN THE STARS GO BLUE is nothing if not passionate and intense rolled into one. I was eagerly awaiting diving into Ferrer’s 2010 release after hearing quite the buzz about it, and was equally thrilled to find it at the library.

I’m glad I borrowed this book because I definitely won’t be revisiting it any time soon.

It wasn’t bad. I just didn’t like the characters. Soledad was too rocky for me, even for a dancer. Actually, I was anticipating a strong heroine when I started WTSGB and although I fo
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
18 yr old Soledad has just graduated from a performing arts High School in Miami. She studied dance her entire life. Soledad was going to spend the saving up money to move to NYC. Soledad impulsively changes her plans when, Jonathan, another recent graduate offers up a new dance challenge and his heart.

Jonathan is a trumpet player and a member of the Florida Raiders drum and bugle crops. During the summer they compete against other drum crops. This year the all male team will be doing Carmen. Af
Aug 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: blog-tour
What originally grabbed my attention when I first heard of When the Stars Go Blue was the fact that the story takes place in Miami. Being a South Floridian all my life I knew that recognizing all the landmarks mentioned throughout the book would make reading this story even more enjoyable.

Aside from the awesome setting, I loved the world of dance depicted in these pages. Soledad breathes and lives... dance - it is her world... and Ms. Ferrer expertly captures the ups and downs that can be assoc
Reads A-Lot
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review: After reading Adios to my old life, you can bet how much I was looking forward to the next thing from Caridad Ferrer; so you can imagine how I felt when When the stars go blue finally came out.

Soledad is your typical aspirational dancer with an a-typical body--curvaceous and hippy as opposed to flat and stick-like. I've always wanted to know what it was like to lead the dancer's life. Watching movies like Center Stage and Honey helped, but I found them to be a bit too flashy. I liked tha
Livin' la  Vida Latina
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Sandra Lopez, author of "Esperanza" and "Beyond the Gardens
Member of Livin' la vida Latina

Review: After reading Adios to my old life, you can bet how much I was looking forward to the next thing from Caridad Ferrer; so you can imagine how I felt when When the stars go blue finally came out.

Soledad is your typical aspirational dancer with an a-typical body--curvaceous and hippy as opposed to flat and stick-like. I've always wanted to know what it was like to lead the dancer's life
That's all I wish I could say about this book, although there's bunches more to say.
Soledad is a dancer. She loves dancing, breathes dancing, lives for dancing. She pretty much wants to become a famous dancer for her career.
Jonothan, a boy from school, makes her an offer to spend a whole summer performing Carmen with the bugle corps.
Soledad decides to do it because it's a chance she doesn't want to miss out on, but also because the cutie Jonathan will be with her the whole summer now.
Abby Johnson
Jul 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blogged
All Soledad has ever wanted to do was be a dancer and now that she's graduating from a top performing arts school in Miami, she plans to head to New York for auditions... until Jonathan steps into her life and gives her an offer that will change everything. Jonathan is a lead trumpet player in a competitive horn and drum corps and they're performing music from Carmen this summer. They need a talented dancer to play the role of Carmen and he's basically offering the part to Soledad. It's somethin ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
There's a lot that I liked about this book intellectually, but I never really connected with it emotionally. The way everything unfolded largely made it a book that wasn't really for me, but I think it will be a great book for the right reader.

What I Liked:
- Soledad's a Cuban dancer, who doesn't have the typical body but works hard and makes use of her own strengths.
- The drum and bugle corps aspect, because it's something I've literally never encountered in a book before. Also, I would generall
I'm not much for romance-dominated stories, but I'm a sucker for "Carmen" and was really curious how the plot would be adapted for a contemporary teen setting. And I say, good job Ms. Caridad Ferrer! :D I really enjoyed the ride, and was glad to see that Soledad was not a heroine who let herself be completely dominated by her relationship, like some other YA heroines I've come across. She was very invested in her relationship, but still retained a sense of strength, which I really appreciated. S ...more
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Barbara Caridad Ferrer is a first generation, bilingual Cuban-American, whose young adult debut, Adiós to My Old Life won the Romance Writers of America’s 2007 RITA® for Best Contemporary Single Title Romance as well as being named to the 2009 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list, awarded by the ALA. Her second novel, It’s Not About the Accent was released in 2007 with Publisher’s Weekly stati ...more

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