Synopses & Reviews
Some guys are bad news
Sixteen-year-old Maggy's life consists of trying to be invisible at school, taking care of her alcoholic mother, and spending all the time she can at the Blue Mirror, a downtown café. She can lose herself there for hours with a cappuccino and her sketchbook, in which she creates a paper world she calls "The Blue Mirror." But everything changes when she meets Cole, a charismatic runaway. Maggy is intrigued by Cole's risky life on the streets and by the girls who follow him, childlike Jouly and strange Marianne. And when Cole says that he loves her, Maggy comes alive. As Maggy becomes more entwined with Cole and she looks at him with all her heart, she sees something far more dangerous than she may be capable of handling.
In poetic and evocative language, Kathe Koja draws us into the haunting, passionate world of The Blue Mirror.
"Psychologically gripping...Koja explores the confusion between infatuation and real love - in all its cruelty and its redemptive powers." -- Starred, Publishers Weekly
"A richly embroidered tale of abuse and control highlighted with shiny threads of magic and redemption." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Long stream-of-consciousness sentences with creative (but recognizable) spelling and clever use of italics will enchant readers, while the atmospheric cover art will draw teens seeking stories about extraordinary experiences." -- Booklist
"Mags is a plucky protagonist, and readers will appreciate the ingenuity she musters to address her problems...gritty urban scenes and rhythmic language...give the book an almost surreal ambience." -- School Library Journal
"Maggy's voice is articulate, controlled, and self-aware...the intensity and breakneck pacing of this latest YA outing from Koja will appeal to the teen up for a literary run on the wild side."
-- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Readers will be enticed by Koja's original voice and fast-paced tale." -- The Horn Book "The writing style is excellent ... inspiring." -- A YALSA Teen Galley Reader
About the Author
is the author of Buddha Boy
. She lives in the Detroit area.