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Caridad Ferrer’s When the Stars Go Blue caught my attention with its gorgeous cover and intriguing description. Despite only knowing that Carmen is an opera and one of the songs is “La Habanera”, I was really interested in seeing what the story had to offer. I was especially excited to see how the love triangle would turn out because, as we all know, I’m a nerd like that. What I found, however, was a story that was more than just about a dancer falling for two boys.
Ms. Ferrer’s writing is simply beautiful and quite hilarious. Soledad’s voice comes through clearly and Ms. Ferrer has captured a teen voice believably. Soledad’s thoughts are hilarious and I really liked how she dealt with her conflicting feelings over Jonathon and Taz. Also, although she is a little heavier than the other dancers, I liked that she didn’t strive to become a twig.
Jonathon and Soledad’s relationship happens quickly, but I didn’t mind. They’re relationship plays an important role in the story, so I’m afraid I can’t say anything more. But I will say that Taz proves to be a worthy competitor for Soledad’s attention. 😀
I also really enjoyed Soledad’s relationship with her grandmother. It’s sweet, realistic, and kind of fun since her grandmother loves using tarot cards. Her grandmother’s boyfriend is also a nice character and I’m glad he didn’t turn out to be a creeper.
Overall, I simply loved When the Stars Go Blue. It’s beautifully written and has a depth to it that adds to the beauty. I need to brush up on my Carmen knowledge to see how the story’s events correlate to the opera, but if you’re like me, you’ll understand the story just fine without knowledge of the opera. This is a great contemporary read that will captivate you within the first few chapters.