A Diffrent Blue is a different kind of teacher/student romance.
In fact, it feels wrong altogether to label it simply as such, because this book is so much more.
Why don’t you focus on where you’re going and less on where you came from?
I liked Blue from the start, and I think her character is done great. When we meet her she’s what we would call a slut, there I said it, and right from the start, Blue is labeled.
She knows it herself and she is fine by it, no not fine exactly, but she’s aware that it’s how people see her and that it’s something she can’t change. It is because she doesn’t know who she is, where she came from or who her real parents are.
And THAT is something what really bothers her, she feels discarded, unwanted, like she doesn’t belong anywhere and she gives the impressions that she doesn’t care about anything.
On top of all that, she’s hiding under this tough girl façade, while underneath she’s this really quiet, contemplating girl. She’s really complex and I couldn’t help but to sympathize with her.
That was until she met Darcy Wilson, her new history teacher.
Right from the start I was worried that their relationship would fall under the usual clichés, but fortunately I was wrong.
Firstly, the age difference, or more precisely the absence of such. Because Blue and Wilson are practically around the same age, the difference being some two, three years. And in the novels of this type, I don’t like it when authors put such small difference in age, because then we really lose the taboo element.
But here, no. Even though Wilson is so young, he felt older than Blue. I felt he was mentally older than her.
Wilson was her pillar, confidant, sometimes her only support and I liked how their relationship progressed so slowly. Naturally in fact, they were there for each other in some of the most important parts of their lives.
And Wilson is British, another thing I thought was going to be so cliché. Bu I liked how the author showed us differences in collocations between American and British English, something that was quite interesting to me as a student of language.
This book is so much more than a teacher/student romance, it is a minor fact in comparison to everything else. It’s a book about finding your true self, accepting, believing, love above all and characters that mature and grow. A story that came full circle, I’d recommend it to everyone who likes reading about real life problems.
Someone told me once that to create true art you must be willing to bleed and let others watch.