Format: Paperback, 454 pages.
Goodreads Summary: Blue Echohawk doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know her real name or when she was born. Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn’t attend school until she was ten years old. At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on with life, she is just a senior in high school. With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least. Tough, hard and overtly sexy, she is the complete opposite of the young British teacher who decides he is up for the challenge, and takes the troublemaker under his wing.
This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody. It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love. But falling in love can be hard when you don’t know who you are. Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can’t love you back might be impossible.
Thoughts: Look! It’s another Amy Harmon book! Can you guess what I thought about this one? I actually read this one before Making Faces, (review here) but for some reason I had to gush about that one before this one. Anyway, I’m telling you that Amy Harmon is some sort of wizard when it comes to writing stories. This book takes the topic of lost identity and makes it 100 times better. Add a student/teacher relationship and *spoilers* to make another gut wrenching, beautiful story.
I’m sure everyone at one point in their life felt as though they had no idea who they were, and that meant they were wandering around in the dark when it came to their future. Believe me, I’ve been there. 19-year-old Blue embodied this perfectly, wearing attitude like a mask to hide her true self, afraid that someone might see right through it. And of course, somebody does.
“There’s no sense in running from the past. We can’t throw it away or pretend it didn’t happen, Miss Echohawk. But maybe we can learn something from it. You have an interesting story, and I’d like you to tell me more…”
The relationship between Blue and Wilson is slow building and I appreciate that because it really allows the reader to focus on the bigger picture. The way that Harmon combines literature, history and the personal story makes this book all that more insightful. I still find myself thinking about this story on bad days. I really don’t wait to give much more away, because there’s so much for the reader to find for themselves. But I’m telling you, just like the last one, it’s completely worth the read. Amy Harmon has literally stolen my heart.