When the Stars Go Blue by Carridad Ferrer is a fascinating tale of talent, determination and love. When determination is at a breaking point, between physical challenges, will power and emotions drama will be sure to unfold, and this is exactly what happens in this remarkable young adult novel.
Soledad, a talented and strong-willed Miami teenager with a Cuban heritage, is about to graduate from a competitive high school for performing arts. She has a promising professional dance career in front of her, and while she is deciding on what to do after graduation, a male classmate makes her an offer she cannot resist.
Caridad Ferrer gives an honest and intense portrayal of the often mind-altering experience of first love, and she shows us how the first love can make the most determined and dedicated young woman question herself. In When the Stars Go Blue Ferrer invites us into the passionate world of professional dancing, a world where even the strongest dedication of talented dancers cannot always conquer the physical demands of the profession.
This is a riveting young adult novel that puts a new twist on the classical story of Carmen. It will keep you reading until the end, as it is full of suspense and unexpected surprises. The Spanish dialogue scattered throughout the novel gives it a very authentic feel of the multicultural life in South Florida, and it also gives us a peek into Soledad’s connection to the Cuban community.
Story Time Star Rating: 5 out of 5 Story Time Stars * * * **
Author: Caridad Ferrer
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin; Original edition (November 23, 2010)
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of When the Stars Go Blue by Carridad Ferrer for the purpose of writing a book review. Versions of this children’s book review may have been posted on other websites or in printed publications.