The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti will lead readers into an anti-climatic ending that will surely disappoint. The young adult novel is about Indigo Skye, a waitress at a small town cafe, who earns a two-and-a-half million dollar tip from a mysterious new customer. Because her family is very poor, there are many things she chooses to purchase to improve their lives, but she has to make sure the riches don’t own her life.
This plot definitely has the potential to be interesting. However, Indigo only receives the tip when the book is one-third of the way to being finished. There is a lot of development at the beginning, which I wouldn’t mind, but the detailed plot and story build up suspense to an unsatisfactory climax. It also makes for a beginning that will not captivate readers, and some might choose to put it down early. Some of the themes and ideas brought up in this story are pretty stereotypical as far as “rich people” go, and I don’t like the generalizations the main character suggests. Indigo’s point of views on money and being rich are somewhat aggravating. I think that the book is very unbalanced because there are only examples of the very rich and the very poor. It gives the wrong impression that there is no middle class or balance as far as money goes, and that’s just not true.
Though this plot is interesting, it lacks originality. Sometimes a book can make up for a plot that has been done before by contributing unique characters and different situations. The Fortunes of Indigo Skye does not do that, and it adds to the boredom. The entire book, development, characters, and all, led up to a completely predictable resolution, and it was very unremarkable.
The characters in this novel are quite annoying. They aren’t so bad in the exposition of this novel, because you can tell that the Skyes are a very close family who will have each other’s backs no matter what. I think they were fantastic, good-hearted people until Indigo received the money. For instance, her boyfriend Trevor and her brother Severin keep taking the money for their own instead of asking Indigo first. Also, Indigo doesn’t seem to want to negotiate with anyone about how to use the money. By the ending, she is a very unpleasant character to read about. It was mostly little things that started to irritate me at the end, but it made all the difference in my opinion of this novel.
The writing of this book is actually pretty well executed. There is a lot of description, and I felt like I could connect with Indigo, even if I didn’t agree with her viewpoints. Caletti has a fantastic way of describing certain feelings that we all have experienced before but have never been able to put into words. For a while as I was reading the book, it seemed like it was leading toward a clear message at the end, but instead of making sense, the theme ended up being confusing and not relatable.
Overall, The Fortunes of Indigo Skye is simply not worth the time it takes to read it. It is boring, flat, and it simply does not have anything that I could take away from it. It is completely and utterly forgettable.Powered by Sidelines