Book Review: Indigo Donut (Patrice Lawrence)
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Release Date: July 13th 2017
Summary (from Goodreads):
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.
I really enjoyed Patrice Lawrence’s Orangeboy earlier this year and was excited to see what she had in store for us next. Indigo Donut did not disappoint.
Indigo has a tragic past that she’s unable to hide from: Bailey has a perfect looking middle-class life but there are secrets hiding beneath the surface. Although there’s attraction between the two, their differences make it hard for them to come together: Indigo can’t relate to Bailey’s happy family, and he can’t help trying to fix her broken one, with the help of a mysterious stranger who won’t leave him alone.
Indigo’s past was truly tragic and I felt so bad for her. After the violent actions of her dad, she’s convinced herself she’s inherited something evil from him that makes her a danger to those around her. Even in a stable foster placement with a loving foster parent and brother, she finds herself pushing them away and isolating herself.
Bailey has a much more stable home life, with his parents still together, although there are clearly problems there. I thought he was a really sweet character, and even though I knew it was wrong, I understood why he started meddling with Indigo’s family. It was well intentioned, even if it was misguided.
There’s a really great resolution to this story and I was so pleased to see something work out for Indigo, after everything she’s been through. Her and Bailey’s developing relationship was great: it wasn’t too love-at-first-sight, there was friendship and care in there and it felt refreshing to read.
This is an intriguing YA mystery with a sweet, tender relationship and wonderful messages on family and identity.