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The Fortunes of Indigo Skye (2008)

af Deb Caletti

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Eighteen-year-old Indigo is looking forward to becoming a full-time waitress after high school graduation, but her life is turned upside down by a large check given to her by a customer who appreciates that she cares enough to scold him about smoking.
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"This is not just a simple story of Money can't buy happiness. Or maybe that's just what it is. And if it is, why shouldn't it be? Because if it is something we are already supposed to know, then why don't we know it? Why do we chase and scrabble and fight for things to flaunt, why? Why do we reach for power over other people, and through the thin superiority of our possessions, believe we have it? Why do we let money make people bigger, and allow those without it to be made smaller? How did we lose the truth in the frantic, tribal drumbeat of more, more, more?" ( )
  PamZaragoza | Jun 27, 2014 |
I wasn't sure I'd like this book at all (girl gets rich via nice dude and lets it partly ruin her life seems pretty lame), but in the end I totally loved it. Caletti created a girl in Indigo we can all relate to. She's happy with her life, even content, and there are things she wants, but she doesn't want for anything, not really. But then she falls into a bunch of money and everything changes -- and while the idea is slightly cliche, Caletti made Indigo a totally sympathetic character throughout the whole book. I also liked this book because of the eventual (and wonderful) relationship between Indigo and her father. ( )
  callmecayce | Feb 16, 2012 |
When you eat at a restaurant, you usually tip the waiter or waitress, right?
And I’m guessing the tip is usually not more than 10 or 15 dollars. Well, can you
imagine leaving a tip of two and a half million dollars? Furthermore, can you
imagine being the recipient of such a huge amount of money? In the
wonderfully creative book The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti, the
narrator Indigo Skye, who works as a waitress, is just that—the new owner of
two and a half million dollars she received as a tip!
The plot of this story is not one you commonly find in similar young-adult
fiction books. I think this novelty makes the book more enjoyable and leaves a
greater lasting effect on the reader. The narration is also extremely thoughtful
and insightful; Indigo shares some very deep thoughts with the reader, as well as
detailed descriptions of the setting and other characters’ actions. Every
significant character in this book is someone the reader gets to know as if they
are close friends; their true personalities shine through clearly in their words and
actions.
There are very few negative aspects to this book, but the main one
is very frequent swearing. This brings down the mood of the story to an angrier,
less-pleasant one. And because of this, I would recommend this book to girls
who are at least 13 or 14. I do feel it is for teenage girls because the narrator is
also a teenage girl, which makes the book relatable.
This novel tells the story of Indigo Skye, an 18-year-old high-school senior
who lives and waitresses in a suburb just outside of Seattle, Washington. She
lives a pretty average life alongside her twin brother Severin, little sister Bex,
single mom, and boyfriend Trevor as well as her friends from the restaurant she
works at. Her days are standard and routine, until one day, a strange customer
who drives an orange Vespa scooter comes in and orders just coffee. He is
quiet and mysterious and intriguing to Indigo and the regular restaurant diners.
Then one day, this baffling character turns Indigo’s world upside down. He
leaves her an envelope with a check for two and half million dollars, made out to
her name! So what does a girl who’s used to a simplistic, just-the-necessities life
do with two and half million bucks? Indigo has no idea. And as she struggles to
decide how to use the money, she learns the value of those things in life you
can’t buy with money, and how easy it is to lose yourself when you get caught up
in your material possessions.
With powerful lessons, insightful narration, and amazing characterization, Deb Caletti will have you
adding The Fortunes of Indigo Skye to your list of literary fortunes. ( )
  ahsreads | Feb 11, 2011 |
Indigo was a fun character. She was sensible and quirky and I didn’t have trouble buying her as a teen at her place in life. She has an ‘old soul’ but at the same time experiences the angst you would expect from this type of book. I did find that this books was slow getting started, and didn’t feel like anything really happened until about halfway into the book. The other thing I thought, is when the inevitable about turn came, it was contrived, rushed and unbelievable. But it did show a certain realism with the all or nothing mentality of that age. I was really amused by Jack, the dog “mascot” at the diner. He kept popping up in a way that I (a huge dog lover) could really appreciate. There was a good wrap up at he end, but it had a feel to it like it was trying to hit me with a moral, which I hated. All in all, I’m glad I read it, but equally glad I got it from the library. If another book by this author crossed my path, I would certainly read it, but don’t see myself searching any out. =D ( )
  krissa | May 7, 2010 |
This is my first Deb Caletti, and it makes me wonder why on earth I waited so long to pick up one of her books. It was a really enjoyable book, and I can tell that Caletti is a very talented writer. That being said, it fell a little flat for me.

Let's start with Indigo, the main character. She's supposed to be eighteen. The book starts at the end of her senior year. I really didn't see her as eighteen. At times she was older, at times she was younger. She could be extremely observant, cynical, and wiser than her years at times, especially in the beginning, but she could be whiny, dense, and unable to see her own life at others, towards the end. I definitely liked her better in the beginning, when she was just a normal girl with a normal waitress job and a normal boyfriend. That was interesting to me, her life and the people in it.

Then, near the halfway point, she suddenly gets 2.5 million dollars. Which WHOA is a lot of money. I mean, what do you DO with all of that money? Well, the rest of the book is about that: what Indigo does with the money and how she handles it. Except that felt false to me. I had a hard time believing that as soon as Indigo got money she turned into this whiny ten year old. That she would blow it on things like a singing soap dispenser. I don't know, maybe it's because that's definitely not how I would handle it, so I had a hard time believing that anyone would act like that.

The first half of the book I really enjoyed, the second half, not so much. Overall Indigo was a good main character, but at times I just wanted to smack her over the head. It wasn't a bad book by any means, just not as good as it could have been. ( )
  book_worm127 | Mar 16, 2010 |
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