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The Blue Girl by Charles De Lint

Title: The Blue Girl
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5 (bad bad fraction.... my math teacher would be displeased)
Summary: (Blurb cause i'm not good at summarizing) Seventeen-year-old Imogene's tough, rebellious nature has caused her more harm than good -- so when her family moves to Newford, she decides to reinvent herself. She won't lose her punk/thrift-shop look, but she'll try to avoid the gangs, work a little harder at school, and maybe even stay out of trouble for a change. Her first friend at Redding High, Maxine, is her exact opposite. Everyone considers Maxine a straight-A loser, but as Imogene soon learns, it's really Maxine's overprotective mother whose rules about clothes and curfews make it impossible for her to speak up for her true self. Oddly, the friendship works. Imogene helps Maxine loosen up and break a few rules, and in turn, Maxine keeps Imogene in line. But trouble shows up anyway. Imogene quickly catches the eye of Redding's A-list bullies, as well as the school's resident teenage ghost. Then she gets on the wrong side of a gang of malicious fairies. When her old imaginary childhood friend Pelly actually manifests, Imogene realises that the 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 she be able to make it?
Reveiw: This is my first Charles De Lint, and my first realy "Urban Fantasy" novel, so I wasn't sure what exactly to expect. I picked up the book at a used book store and put it off for awhile, and threw it in my bag for an all day rehearsal the other morning. Much to my director's frustration, once i opened it, i pretty much couldn't put it down. The story is told through the eyes of three characters, Imogene, our "Blue Girl", Maxine, Imogene's reserved, kind of nerdy best friend, and Adrian, the school ghost. De Lint also bounces back and forth with his tense, starting each chapter with either "then" or "now". That kind of frustred me at first, but I realized about 1/3 of the way in that it keeps the story moving without giving away to much of the plot in the first few chapters. I was very pleased with the development of Imogene and especially Maxine as they learned to accept eachother's differences. The narration was funny in a cynical way, but each character started to sound like one another after awhile, sometimes i forgot who's point of veiw i was reading at the time. I also loved the funny way our heriones delt with the climax.  However, the character of Adrian left much to be desired, he was dull and flat, which could kind of be excused by the fact that he was a ghost, but there was absolutely no change in the character through the whole book and i began to find him quite boring. All in all, i would recomend the book to anybody looking for a quick read, BUUUT, if you get the chills easily (like your's truely) don't read it after dark cause it has some turn the lights on and check under the bed (or in the closet) moments.

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