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The Blue Mirror (2004)

by Kathe Koja

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unremarkable story of disaffected youth. Luckily, it's short, so it moves quickly. ( )
1 vote GaylDasherSmith | Sep 28, 2009 |
Maggie flees to The Blue Mirror, a café that serves as her sacred space, nightly to escape her drunk, depressed mother. There she nurses a drink and spends most of her time drawing the things and people around her, translating them into her own world, which shares a name with her café hide out.

It's there that she meets Cole, a dreamy stranger who makes something inside her sing. Leader of a small band of street kids he's exciting, dangerous and manipulative. And he swears he loves her.

After the questionable, uncomfortable love story of the Twilight books it's refreshing to have a fictional voyage into twisted love, framed by adult issues that teens are being forced to face more and more, and dreamy, hyper-flowing prose. This is one powerful book, despite it's short length and should be a must read in the modern overload of relationship dramas in young adult fiction. ( )
2 vote Michele_lee | Apr 7, 2009 |
Maggy, sixteen, has one sacred place to escape: The Blue Mirror, a coffeehouse where she can draw and escape from the burden of her alcoholic mother and the burden that loneliness places on her. This is another story about how easy it is to lose yourself in a relationship. Just as it happens in many other books (and in real life), these relationships suck you in by degrees, a little at a time, so that you wake up one day and wonder, "How did I get here?" Although I didn't LOVE this book (the story's good, but it's a style thing with me), I did like how the true nature of the Cole relationship still left a lot of doubt in Maggy's mind - that's realistic. I don't think it's possible to instantly stop loving someone just because they're tragically flawed, so I appreciated that the author didn't write it that way. ( )
  justjess | Mar 20, 2007 |
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The demon lover is an ancient theme with eternal appeal for young women, and Kathe Koja uses it to powerful effect in The Blue Mirror. Layered over the background of a contemporary and gritty street scene is the achingly poignant voice of sixteen-year-old Maggy, a loner and artist in love with a beautiful and mysterious boy named Cole. Maggy's greatest happiness is to sit for hours in the window booth of The Blue Mirror, nursing a cappuccino grande and capturing the life passing by in her sketchbook. At home she is an unwilling caretaker for her drunken mother, and her only comfort is her cat Paz--that is until Cole looks at her with those "incredibly deep and dark" eyes. The sweetness of his words and his vast need draw her in, and soon she spends almost all her days (and nights) wandering the cold streets with him, sleeping in his arms in a frigid open-air gazebo, and ignoring the other two women who trail him (childlike Jouly and angry Marianne). Not until Cole meets Paz (who greets him with terrified screeches and yowls), not until Marianne shows bruises and scrapes (from a "fall"), not until Jouly becomes a staring empty shell, and not until Maggy finally draws a true portrait of Cole, is she able to recognize the howling emptiness behind his pose of love. Koja's The Blue Mirror is an exquisite novel with just the slightest tinge of the supernatural. (Ages 14 and up) --Patty Campbell

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Seventeen-year-old loner Maggy Klass, who frequently seeks refuge from her alcoholic mother's apartment by sitting and drawing in a local cafe, becomes involved in a destructive relationship with a charismatic homeless youth named Cole.

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