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The Fortunes of Indigo Skye

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The Fortunes of Indigo Skye

Eighteen-year-old Indigo Skye is quite happy with her life. Sure, her scattered single-parent mother struggles with money and her little sister, Bex, is almost too involved with the misfortunes of others. And it does bother Indigo that her father is in Maui with a new wife, although her parents' divorce happened long ago. But there's no doubt that the family she lives in is close-knit and loving. And then there's her darling boyfriend, Trevor, who is hunky yet sensitive. Trevor appreciates Indigo, fits in with her family, and has quirky ideas about how to rise above poverty.

Last, but far from least, Indigo's job as a waitress at a diner called Carrera's is her dream job. She gets to feed people, enjoying the adrenaline high of taking multiple orders and delivering them, and loves the close friendships she makes with the diner's regulars.

If anything is bothering Indigo it's that her mother pushes her to think about college when she is content with what she does. What more could she want in a life that's pretty close to perfect?

An intriguing new customer begins coming into Carrera's, pulling up to the curb on his orange Vespa and looking rich in his elegant yet casual clothing. All "Vespa guy" ever orders is coffee. He makes no attempt to chat, inciting the regulars to fantasize about his mysterious life. Is he depressed? Addicted? Hiding out from the law? Although Indigo generally has no problem engaging customers in conversations, for some reason she just can't approach Vespa guy.

Indigo's relationship with this quiet customer changes the day she discovers cigarettes in his pocket. Indigo can't help it. She must speak out against cancer sticks, and she does, much to Vespa guy's shock. He opens up to her, about his unsatisfying life and job (Indigo also finds out he has an actual name: Richard Howards). And then the craziest thing happens. He gives Indigo a token of his appreciation --- a check for two-and-a-half million dollars! Although Indigo believes that the money won't change her, or the people around her, the gift catapults her into an astonishing journey of self-discovery even as she contemplates her benefactor's challenge to use the money to make her life larger and not smaller.

Readers are likely to find themselves in a predicament as they read THE FORTUNES OF INDIGO SKYE. They will simultaneously want to linger over every word and speed read through to find out how Indigo handles her largesse. Each character is a fully-realized person (I swear I've met some of Indigo's customers). Indigo herself is a funny, likable protagonist, and you can't help but care about her as she grows and changes. In addition to a compelling plot and realistic characters, author Deb Caletti sprinkles amazing insights throughout Indigo's story, such as her thoughts on being ready for something and then having to wait:

"Ready is the reluctant guy on the dance floor. You ask him and he says no; you ask again, drag him by his wrists, and when he's finally there, after a few steps, the music fills him and he's cutting loose like there's no tomorrow."

I highly recommend THE FORTUNES OF INDIGO SKYE as a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining yet thought-provoking read.

Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon on April 7, 2009

The Fortunes of Indigo Skye
by Deb Caletti

  • Publication Date: April 7, 2009
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • ISBN-10: 1416910085
  • ISBN-13: 9781416910084