>The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti

>We’ve all heard too many times that money can’t buy you everything. Indigo Skye, and eighteen-year-old high school senior and waitress, receives a $2,500,000 tip from a wealthy but very unhappy computer mogul. If the story played out predictably, Indigo would try to buy happiness for her less-than-fortunate family. She does try, and she does learn this lesson, but she learns way more than that.

Deb Caletti is an author I’ve ignored, or more accurately avoided, because I perceived her books to be snotty, rich girl material. I’ve learned my lesson not to judge a book by it’s cover. In fact, I don’t think we should judge any books by their covers, literally. What’s up with the unimaginative art and pictures on book covers? That’s another subject for another time.

Indigo is a very thoughtful, insightful, and unique character who always lets you know where she stands. Most books that focus primarily on the protagonist’s thoughts tend to drag on forever. This one doesn’t because Indigo and her family are just enough left-of-center to keep you wondering. And Caletti’s marvelously-constructed secondary characters, of which there are many, command your attention.

If I tell you any more, I’ll spoil the book. You know Indigo receives a big tip; you know she tries to buy happiness; and you know she doesn’t find it. But what you don’t know is what she does find, which is compelling in itself.

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