Eighteen-year-old Indigo Skye feels like she has it all - a waitress job she loves, an adorable refrigerator-delivery-guy boyfriend, and a home life that's slightly crazed but rich in love. Until a mysterious man at the restaurant leaves her a 2.5 million-dollar tip, and her life as she knew it is transformed.
At first its amazing: a hot new car, enormous flat-screen TV, and presents for everyone she cares about. She laughs off the warnings that money changes people, that they come to rely on what they have instead of who they are. Because it won't happen...not to her. Or will it? What do you do when you can buy anything your heart desires -- but what your heart desires can't be bought?
This is the story of a girl who gets rich, gets lost, and ultimately finds her way back - if not to where she started, then to where she can start again.
Character Development: 9/10
Overall Enjoyment: 7/10
Total Score: 51/70
Age Appropriate? PG-13
Cussing: Yes, a huge amount of casual cussing, especially of the F-word.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Lots of discussion of smoking, teen drug use and drinking, and one underage drinking scene, mentions adult drunkenness.
Sexual Content: Mild.
Disturbing Images/Violence: None.
This was a touching, easily read book with a universal message and an upbeat rhythm. Indigo's life was both believable and interesting, and I had no problem being consumed by her world, despite its flaws. While I was not as utterly captivated by this adventure as I was with The Nature of Jade, another book by Deb Caletti, it was doubtlessly a worthwhile read.
Indigo was a character whom I liked but did not like. I think she is much like most teenagers. Her decisions were pretty naive, her voice was occasionally annoying, and her thought-process was unclear. But overall, she was made for a lovable protagonist whose development throughout the novel was steady and realistic.
The strong point of The Fortunes of Indigo Skye was definitely the theme of the power money has to corrupt. It was delicate but not at all hidden, almost blatantly stated for the reader at several points. It's something you cannot miss. But at the same time, I thought that it was flawlessly executed. It lacked the cheese of some other similar stories, and the emotional aspect of receiving $2.5 million at random--confusion, honor, fear, surprise, rebirth--was deeply thought-out and carefully crafted. It was not at all cliche. All in all, a charming read.