Thursday, April 15, 2010
The Indigo Notebook by Laura Resau
Resau, Laura. The Indigo Notebook, 324 pgs. Delacorte Press (Random House Children's Books), 2009.
Rating : Language and Sexual content : G ; Violence : PG
Zeeta dreams of a normal family with a normal father and mother living in a normal home. This is so different from the life she's known, moving to a different country every year with her mom, who has a different boyfriend practically every month. Since eight, she has started a new notebook every time they've moved, and now she's starting an indigo one. When Layla starts flirting with Jeff Ryan on the plane to Ecuador, Zeeta asks him questions for her notebook, so she can remember him. It's the only way she will remember him, because she knows a relationship with Handsome Magazine Dad won't stick. After almost drowning in the early morning under a mystical Incan waterfall, Layla runs into Jeff again, and decides it's time to try a more responsible type of relationship. Zeeta was warned to be careful what she wishes for, and now she begins to understand why.
I enjoyed this book. I liked getting to know Zeeta and seeing how her relationship with Wendell and her mom changed over the course of their experiences. It's also an interesting glimpse into a life that is a polar opposite to being raised in a suburb in the States.
MS - ESSENTIAL. Reviewed by P.K. Foster, MS teacher-librarian.