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Indigo by Gina Linko
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A teenage girl battles an alarming secret: she believes she accidentally killed her younger sister via a strange electrical energy transferred through touch. Now Corrine is afraid to touch anyone, and when her family moves to New Orleans she plans to hide away from nearly everyone. But soon things begin to happen in this mystical city, including a connection to a boy who may not be a stranger, and who opens Corrine’s mind and her heart to the possibility that she may be more of a healer than a killer.

This book has enough romance, mystery, and intrigue to engage teen readers as an independent read. It would also work well for teaching theme, as there are several to explore in this book.

This book has a really fascinating premise. The writing is engaging and the plot seems quite plausible despite the fantasy genre. The characters are well-developed and interesting. The reader truly sympathizes with the main character, and the romance is both sweet and mildly titillating (sex is implied, but nothing descriptive).

There are often two general approaches in YA literature: either the book is written fairly simply and sticks to a simple theme, which can appeal to reluctant readers or younger readers. Or, the book is more complex and doesn’t talk down to readers. I tend to prefer the latter but recognize the need for the first type. The problem with this book is that it starts out simply, tending to over-explain the characters’ motivations. However, the end of the book gets more complex, and tries to do too much. I would like to have seen the author stick to one theme, rather than trying to wrap up with multiple concepts. Also, the ending focuses on the main character’s emotional epiphany but doesn’t answer some of the more interesting practical and philosophical questions that arise from the story; for example, if you could heal people’s ills, how would you decide who to help? How would you handle all the people asking for help if you can’t help them all?

Overall, a good read. I was slightly disappointed since I think with more editing it could have been a really excellent book!

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Reading Progress

September 13, 2014 – Started Reading
September 13, 2014 – Shelved
September 21, 2014 – Shelved as: ya
September 21, 2014 – Finished Reading

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