If you’re missing the hot sun of summer, a cool dip in the pool, or even a good beach read, consider picking up Valerie O. Patterson’s “The Other Side of Blue.” Set on the island of Curacao, Cyan has many unanswered questions about her father’s mysterious death, her mother’s cold demeanor, and the new guest who has come to stay.
While Curacao may be considered paradise because the water is so blue and so calm, Cyan now knows better. She knows that the blue depths are deceptive, as they were when her dad drowned last summer in an unresolved accident. She knows if she takes her mother’s favorite shade of blue paint, that it will send the message that she has been in her studio, the one place her mother allows no one to visit her. She knows that Kammi acts as if she is auditioning for queen and she has to give up her bedroom (the bigger of the two, mind you) to her. Annoying.
But Cyan has bigger things to worry about. Mayur, for example and what he knows about her dad’s accident. Does he even know anything or is he showing off? Cyan has to work hard this summer to protect her collection of beach glass, as well as what was once her summer paradise.
You may recall the name Valerie O. Patterson from “Operation Oleander,” and she’s back with a different twist on how one teen deals with her family dilemma, especially when the main character doesn’t really have anyone to talk to about it.
“The Other Side of Blue” is a vacation to the island of Curacao without ever leaving your hometown. While Cyan figures out her life, you can bask in the warm sun, enjoy the local food, and learn about island living.