Lts looking to transition from realistic fiction type novels into fantasy Imogene is the rebellious character starting over in a new town trying to reinvent herself Maxine is the straight laced A student looking to break away from her mother "S Mold Between The Two Of Them " mold Between the two of them develop a friendship that works much to the surprise of everyone including themselves However when supernatural events start occurring Imogene and Maxine have to figure what they truly believe in and confront the things that lurk in the dark This story and its characters end up developing a lot than I originally remember which was very enjoyable for me as a reader Imogene is not only rebellious she is reasonable and thinks before she does anything hot headed She allows Maxine to flourish as a character and Imogene is somewhat of an enigma to the reader which keeps everything interesting for the reader The character of Adrian was interesting but I would have liked to see him as a little bit active He felt mostly passive as if he was being acted upon rather than an actor himself De Lint uses traditional faerie descriptions and traditions I especially like how he embodies darkness as a symbolcharacterforce in the novel and how the characters develop their own methods of fighting back What frustrated me now and probably in the past as well is how the book umps characters point of views and past versus present occurrences There were times I would start reading a new section and not realize who was talking and where the story has picked up the author does refer to these changes but I felt that the separations were not clear enough for me to easily follow That being said this was a very enjoyable read and a great book for anyone with any interest in urban fantasy andor young adult novels From the very first pages I felt this is familiar territory I m a big fan of the highschool comedies of "The 1980 S And The Blue Girl "1980 s and The Blue Girl with a couple of outsiders making common front against loneliness and bullying Imogen is the new kid in school a wild one with hippie parents and a troubled history and Maxine is the studious timid high achiever with old fashioned clothes picked by her mother Each has something to learn from the other If you re wondering where the book title is coming from be patient it will be made hilariously clear in the second halfThe first person narrative made me uickly involved in the fate of the protagonists The supernatural pa I read and adored this book years and years ago and ust now realised it s by Charles de Lint set in the very same world I fell in love with a few weeks ago thanks to his beautiful Dreams Underfoot The adoration hasn t faded with time or with re reading as so often happens with faded with time or with re reading as so often happens with favourites and this book is making it s way to my all time favourites list Now here comes the love letter my apologies I can t help but wax a little lyrical with books like this The characters ar. E impossible is all too real And it's dangerous If she wants to survive high school not to mention stay alive she has to fall back on the skills she picked up in her hometown running with a gang Even with Maxine and some unexpected allies by her side will her new friend be able to make
download » eBook or Kindle ePUB ¼ Charles de LintWhen people ask me what my favourite book is my "default answer is The Blue Girl One of my first experiences with urban fantasy I found The Blue Girl to "answer is The Blue Girl One of my first experiences with urban fantasy I found The Blue Girl to the perfect combination of weird and wonderful I m sure that in the coming years I will re read this book to see if it holds up to my previous experience and when that happens I ll be sure to give it a proper review In the meantime I highly recommend you check out Charles de Lint His Newford series is really interesting and worth it for anyone who loves world building and companion series This is a re re read for me One of the authors magical tales of a reality that is not iuitei the same reality as the rest of us live inImogene s mother has ust moved them to Newford where she has a new school to contend with never an easy thing at 17 But Imogene has had a very different sort of 17 years growing up in a hippy commune running with a tough gang at her last school This time she ust wants to blend in as much as her individual feisty nature allows make a friend or two perhaps get on with lifeIt does not seem she will be allowed to she makes friends with Maxine an intelligent funny girl who is nevertheless the school s outcast making her an instant butt of the school bullies she can see the school ghost who is fascinated by her and next she starts dreaming about her own forgotten imaginary friend in company of fairies These are not fairies in oink dresses with fairy dust on their wings these are the fairies that got
referred to as the good folk because everyone was terrified of getting onto as the good folk because everyone was terrified of getting on bad sideWhile this is a YA in that the characters are teenagers at school as usual De Lint s writing makes it totally accessible to all ages The beautiful writing of both the characters and locations in the story make for a very visual reading experience Imogene is a complex character her honesty and straightforwardness make her very likable and in that way she surely does come across as youthful we are seeing her before life roughens the sharp edges and dilutes the directness The complexity is refreshing many books aimed at adults do a lesser ob of building complexity in a character The magical realism of the plot is fascinating also while there are no major explosions or melodramatic events the slow buildup of the plot the intentions of those involved and the repercussions of events are simultaneously fascinating and soothingThe ending when it comes is very satisfying so you close the book with a feeling of pleasure at a book beautifully written and well read I m not a big YA fan even for a Newford book It wasn t a bad book And I did enjoy the tiny cameos and mentions of a few of the established Newford folks One of my favorite books I read in middle school I remember being legitimately creeped out by her imaginary friend Pelly This is one I d like to revisit to see how it aged This review was originally posted in 2008 after I had read Seventeen year old Imogene's tough rebellious nature has caused her harm than good so when her family moves to Newford she decides to reinvent herself She won't lose her punkthrift shop look but she'll try to avoid the gangs work a little harder at school and maybe even stay out of troub. .
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Most Satisfying Snatches From Thesatisfying snatches from the shelves for me last yearIs has it all1 A very warm hearted and detailed description of a forming unlikely friendship between tough punk girl Imogene who had a criminal gang member record in her hometown and a childhood spent mainly on her own because of her drug consuming carefree hippy parents and anxious smart and conservative outsider Maxine who has difficulties coming out of her shell because of her ever present controlling mother2 Dark mysterious fantasy tightly interwoven with reality Imogene s imaginary childhood friend Pelly something in the middle between hedgehog "And Boy With Bunny Ears "boy with bunny ears a monkey s tail turns up in flesh after a long absence and warns her Somehow Imogene has angered the malicious band of faeries living on the school grounds and therefore her life is suddenly on stake In her efforts
get light the matter she meets the ghost of a former high school student whose death was caused by faeries as well Imogene finds out that faeries are by far not the most dangerous creatures in town Bonded with Pelly and Maxine the long time loner learns a lot about trust and friendship and wins in the end3 Last but not least there are some interesting sub plots like Imogene s dealings with the school s bullies her relationship with her brother and the slowly growing romance with a music shop guy whose granny comes from Ireland and believes in faeries as wellI will definitly read books by this author and recommend for anyone who likes finely tuned characters and dark fantasy to have a try as well I love a book that takes an familiar trope and turns it on its ear Forget what you know from other books about fairies Charles de Lint s fairies aren t particularly beautiful but they are a little bit wicked I loved the way he mixed elements from fantasy science fiction even horror to create his world The characters are realistic and believable and the issues they deal with are real as much as they are fantastic Bullying oppressive parents parents who don t care enough image and one s real self all come into play Not to mention soul sucking shadow creatures fairies ghosts angels and an imaginary friend named Pelly who is half boy half hedgehog half rabbitGreat book probably for slightly older YA audience 14 for good measure If you re new to de Lint s books and are looking for something with substance I urge you not to read this one Try the other Newford books first or Someplace to be Flying I found this one on my bookshelf I know I bought this and read it shortly after it came out but eleven years later I couldn t remember how I felt about it Reading it now brought back some memories of reading it for the first time I believe it was one of my first forays into the young adult urban fantasy genre I believe it is an excellent introductory novel for young adu. Le for a change But trouble shows up anyway Imogene uickly catches the eye of Redding's bullies as well as the school's resident teen ghost Then she gets on the wrong side of a gang of malicious fairies When her imaginary childhood friend Pelly actually manifests Imogene realizes that th.to get light