Hi everyone! So I am already five books in to my challenge of 25 this year and the fifth book I read was for this month’s book nook. For this month’s prompt, Abbey and Tabitha came up with doing a book swap in order to share our love of books. I rarely swap books with anyone so I was really excited for this prospect and what a better time to share the love of books than the month of valentines day!
I was sent Indigo Donut by the lovely Fleur which I was so excited about when I received it as I had already had my eye on it but probably would have been one of those books that would have been on the bottom of my to read list so this gave me the opportunity to read it!
“A story of longing, belonging and trust. Two very different young people discover who loves them, and who they can love back.
Bailey is 17, mixed race, lives with his mum and dad in Hackney and spends all his time playing guitar or tending to his luscious ginger afro. Indigo is 17 and new to London, having grown up in the care system after being found by her mum’s dead body as a toddler. All Indigo wants is to know who she really is. When Bailey and Indigo meet at sixth form, sparks fly. But when Bailey becomes the target of a homeless man who seems to know more about Indigo than is normal, Bailey is forced to make a choice he should never have to make.
A story about falling in love and everyone’s need to belong.”
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
So I had a bit of a mixed reaction to this book. The story really intrigued me which was what pulled me towards this book initially. It felt quite slow for me in the beginning as it was more of building up the characters and Bailey and Indigo’s relationship. I did quite like the relationship between the two, I just felt that the book took a little while to actually get going. I did feel for Indigo and I did grow to warm to her and I enjoyed seeing her relationship with her foster mum Keely. I also felt that the plot just took a while to get going as you know something is going to blow up but it takes a while to get there.
However, when it finally gets to that point you don’t see the events that transpire coming. The fact you don’t see it coming is what keeps you enthralled and makes you want to keep reading until you get to the end. I probably managed to read the last 100 or so pages in one sitting as a result. Things maybe don’t end the way you expect or hope them to but it still feels good when it gets to the end. Overall, I would say that I enjoyed the book it can just be a bit slow in parts. After reading this book I am tempted to read another book by the same author called Orangeboy. I would definitely recommend this book though.
Q1. Is there a fellow book blogger whose shelves you’d love to raid?
I definitely have to say Sarah from Sarah’s chapter! I actually think she was the first book blogger that I discovered and she was probably my biggest inspiration for becoming more of a book blogger. I have a lot of books on my to read list as a result of her recommendations so I would definitely need to raid her book shelves!
Q2. If you could swap lives with any book character for a day, who would it be?
Ooh this is a tough one! I’m not sure I have an actual answer for this, a lot of books I read have characters who’s lives aren’t necessarily the easiest so I’m not sure I would want to swap lives with any of them! Upon reflection though, I would probably swap with Sophie May from Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher because she lives such an idyllic life in Rosefont Hill working in a little tea shop.
Q3. Do you normally swap books with friends or do you hang on to books you’ve finished reading?
It is quite rare that I swap books but mainly because I don’t have that many friends that as avid a reader as I am. The only time I actually swapped a book was with a friend at we uni and that was only really because we were reading similar books at the time. I will lend books to people, like I’ve lent a few to my boyfriend in the past and I lent one to another of my friends or I sometimes lend my mum books if she wants to read them.
Q4. If you could send a copy of one book that you really love to everybody on the planet, which would it be?
So you’ve been publicly shamed by Jon Ronson! It is so eye opening and I believe everyone, particularly bloggers or journalists, should read it (if you’re interested I actually wrote a review of it which you can check out here).
Q5. Is there a book on your shelf that you love so much, you’d never swap it with anybody?
I don’t think there is to be honest. I maybe wouldn’t lend my Harry Potter books but even then I wouldn’t be too funny about it.
Have you read Indigo Donut? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
Thanks for reading!