Review: Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence

Title: Indigo Donut

Author: Patrice Lawrence

Pages: 451 Pages

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

The Blurb

Seventeen-year-old Indigo has had a tough start in life, having grown up in the care system after her dad killed her mum. Bailey, also seventeen, lives with his parents in Hackney and spends all his time playing guitar or tending to his luscious ginger afro.

When Indigo and Bailey meet at sixth form, serious 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 life-affirming story about falling in love and everyone’s need to belong.

The Review

I am often heard saying that YA Fiction is the best fiction being released. That the authors of YA fiction are dealing with topics that are so respectful to their audience and realising and indeed relishing in the fact that a YA audience is mature and can deal with harsher topics. Things have certainly changed since I was a teenager and thank god it is for the better.

Indigo Donut is one such book that deals with difficult topics. It deals with: death, murder, the foster system, divorce, bullying and yet you still come away from the novel feeling positive and that change is just around the corner.

Indigo Donut focuses on the relationship between Indigo and Bailey. Bailey, to some extent is the antithesis of Indigo. He has had a far more “normal” upbringing and has been sheltered from the cruel realities of life. Indigo, on the other hand, has been hardened by life and wears an impermeable shell of armour and seen by others as an attitude problem. It seems strange that they would fall for each other.

Above everything else Indigo Donut is a love story – not just a physical love story but the love story of finding a friend who understands you and in Bailey Indigo finds just that and in doing so allows herself to be vulnerable.

Indigo Donut is a commitment of a book at 451 pages but it is a great story.

Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence is available now.

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