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An exciting new series from the acclaimed author of Red GlassZeeta's life with her free spirited mother Layla is anything but normal Every year Layla picks another country she wants to live in This summer they’re in Ecuador and Zeeta is determined to convince her mother to settle down Zeeta makes friends with vendors at the town market and begs them to think of upstanding “normal” men to set up with Layla There Zeeta meets Wendell She learns that he was born nearby but adopted by an American family His one wish is to find his birth parents and Zeeta agrees to help him But when Wendell’s biological father turns out to be involved in something very dangerous Zeeta wonders whether she’ll ever get the chance to tell her mom how she really feels—or to enjoy her deepening feelings for WendellPraise for Red Glass“A captivating read” —School Library Journal StarredBook Details Format Hardcover Publication Date 10132009 Pages Reading Level Age 10 and Up


10 thoughts on “The Indigo Notebook

  1. says:

    The reason why I picked up this book was because I absolutely fell in love with Resau's writing in Red Glass Her writing is still impecable here but a little different like it should be Zeeta the seeker and Wendell the wanderer collide paths when they both meet in the colorful country of Ecuador For Zeeta it's just another move but she has this restless unease of not being normal and the feeling of not belonging to one place Wendell on the other hand does have a home but is looking for a missing piece of himself and hoping he'll find that by meeting his birth parents The two will join forces to find Wendell's parents and along the way maybe Zeeta's mom Layla will finally become the responsible adult that Zeeta wants her to be The question is do they really want those things? or will they find something different all together?One of the author's strengths is letting the reader really feel immeresed into the cultures they are being introduced to I can smell the food and even the air I can hear the chatter and banter between the locals This is no easy task and the author makes it look so easy I enjoy reading books set outside of the United States to get a glimpse how other people live and this book will definitely do that for you Zeeta is observant but sometimes she annoyed me I can't quite pinpoint it It must had to do with the comment that she spoke seven languages which is all fine and dandy but not realistic She moves to a new country every year so could she really keep up with learning and retaining all those languages? I don't think so but that is a minor irk really Wendell what a horrid name poor guy was great and has a good perspective on things I am all for seeing the world and getting new insights on things but I was a little disappointed that the US was made out to look like a society that sucks the good out of people Yes we are far from perfect but I'd liked to think there is some pretty awesome stuff about us I was pleasantly surprised to see how climatic the final scene turned out to be because I truly did not expect the book to deliver anything suspenseful Though I sounded a bit negative up there I do recommend the book because it sends the message that everyone's life carries imporatance no matter how it is lived


  2. says:

    While The Indigo Notebook contained interesting cultural points it also possessed plenty of underdeveloped plot structuresThe best aspect of this book was its foray into the lives of foreign denizens the main character Zeeta has visited an abundance of countries while traveling with her mother She can speak seven different languages not all fluently but enough to survive as a passing tourist Through her perspective the reader can garner gratuitous cultural knowledge of the Ecuadorean Andes a place surely unknown to many young adults There is even a helpful glossary and pronunciation guide at the back of the book which I frequented throughout the novelOne problem I had with this book was its lack of direction I did not feel guided by the storyline rather I felt as if I was forced to trudge through the terrain of an uncharted land There was too many things that happened but were not properly explained A few include Wendell's power the emotional engendering of Zeeta's mom and Zeeta's relationship with Jeff I am aware that there is a sequel published but it would have been satisfying if some of these loose ends were tied up or at expanded upon in this first installmentOverall a decent read A definite getaway from the paranormal and dystopia novels that have been inundating the young adult shelves Recommended for those who want a light hearted book that takes place in a Spanish speaking country or a setting different from the United StatesWant to read of my reviews? Follow me here


  3. says:

    What a sweet book It's a quick read but it's laced with the same feeling of wanderlust that made me love The Bean Trees There definitely are kids out there who are raised on the road like this kids who feel like they are responsible than their parents Although I've met people who could have been Zeeta I've never encountered a book written from this perspective let alone one written for young adults I get excited when books I read give voice to an overlooked population no matter how small especially when those books are aimed at teenagersThe characters are great Zeeta Zis a free spirited fifteen year old who has grown up running around the markets in countries all over the world Layla Zeeta's Rumi quoting midnight dancing essential oil wearing mother has always had visions of traveling the globe with her daughter and that's exactly what they do Layla picks a country teaches English there for about a year then gets restless So they pick up their lives and move on Although there are a lot of things Zeeta likes about her mother she wishes that Layla would give thought to the future and allow her to live a normal boring lifeThis year Layla and Zeeta have moved from Thailand to Ecuador Zeeta adjusts to her environment through writing She has filled many notebooks over the course of her travels and they are all color coordinated she sticks with one color notebook for each country She's been through most of the colors of the rainbow already so her year in Ecuador is the year of the indigo notebookSoon after arriving in Otavalo a market town a couple hours drive from Quito Zeeta meets Wendell Wendell is a Quichua boy who was adopted and raised in the US but has returned to Ecuador to search for his birth parents Zeeta agrees to translate for him and soon gets sucked into his quest While a great adventure and also a bit of a romance is developing for Wendell and Zeeta Layla is beginning to settle down with a clean cut American He's the normal magazine dad that Z has always dreamed of and now she and Layla have to figure out how he will fit into their livesThis book held especially strong appeal for me because I just returned from Ecuador a couple of months ago but I would have related to it anyway I think if Twilight had come out when I was in high school I would deliberately avoided it I avoided all of those books that most girls read The Indigo Notebook though is exactly the type of book I would have wanted to read There's a little bit of suspense and a little bit of romance but it's all woven into the adventure of living in another country It's balanced and a very pleasant read


  4. says:

    It's been than a week since I've read this book but I do remember that I thought the writing was great It flowed beautifully and seemed effortlessly Resau can definitely write no doubt about itThe plot is Zeeta helping an American boy Wendell find his birth parents in Ecuador The other subplot is Zeeta's mother turning herself normal instead of being free spirited and irresponsible as she has always been Really I loved the story and Zeeta is very observant Wendell is nice though I don’t really like the name and Zeeta handles their relationship responsibly One thing that bothered me was one of the underlying messages For some reason people who don't do a lot of traveling to exotic places and try to learn the natives' spiritual ways are cows While Layla Zeeta's mother Zeeta and Wendell who are people who do do this are birds I understood it to an extent but it seemed so absolute Like either you are a bird or a cow based on these qualifications and really who wants to be considered a cow? In the book they are deemed boring and uninteresting But I'm rambling I’ll stop This is not the whole book and I enjoyed reading it anyways so if you aren’t bothered by this as I was than most definitely read it I hope to read of Resau's books but I don't understand why there is going to be a sequel to The Indigo Notebook There is enough finality in this one


  5. says:

    Laura Resau writes so elegantly that I would probably enjoy reading her grocery lists Creamy butter that melts softly under the sultry Arizona sun In this book we have the main character Zeeta who has just moved to yet another country with her flakey irresponsible promiscuous mom Zeeta meets and gets involved with Wendell who is in Ecuador searching for his birth parents The adoption angle of the story had me choked up during one part It's very sweet and probably influenced by the fact that Laura has adopted herself Meaning she's adopted a baby not adopted herself And I loved the happy endingZeeta and Wendell are definitely unique likable and memorable characters My only complaint about the book was that in places it was so anti American culture I can't tell you the last time I watched TV but I don't think it sucks the souls out of people well at least not Frasier reruns and I've never golfed but I don't think golf courses slash into the veins of mother earth Not all American teenagers pay ninety dollars for their shorts In fact my teens have never paid a third of that amount I think you can still live a full Carpe Diem sort of life without traipsing around the world and having a new surfer clown boyfriend every monthReaders who like lyrical books will enjoy this one


  6. says:

    Having read the author's recent book The Queen of Water I wanted to read her earlier work of fiction set in Ecuador Well The Queen of Water is ostensibly fiction but is based on real events In The Indigo Notebook the author introduces us to a very interesting and likeable motherdaughter duo fifteen year old Zeeta and her free spirited mother Layla Zeeta is the product of a one night stand on a beach and so doesn't know who her father might be Layla has moved every year of Zeeta's life teaching English in a wide assortment of usually developing countries Zeeta longs for a normal dad and some stability The book could be a play on the saying be careful what you wish for you just might get it Zeeta is a resilient survivor learning new languages and making new friends with each move In Ecuador she meets a teen age boy Wendell who also wishes to know his real father having been adopted from the country as a baby The two join forces Zeeta as his translator and Wendell with his gift for premonition Along the way the reader is treated to a fascinating look at Ecuadoran native culture of the indigenous Andean peoples I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Otavalo courtesy of Ms Resau


  7. says:

    In the country of ecadour two people find each other Zeeta has wandered the world with her mother while Wendell has always been sheltered at home Zeeta longs for what she believes normal is and Wendell has always longed to find his birth parentsRemember the saying be careful what you wish forrings very true here for both of them As Zeeta's mother tries to conform to a typical household that Zeeta believes is rightshe sees her mother turn into a person she no longer knows Wendell has the typical daydreams about his birth parents he may be dissappointed in the truthResau uses her writing to bring the lush countryside to life and you can tell she researched Ecadour and its culture


  8. says:

    If you had one wish what would it be? Zeeta asksZeeta wishes for a normal family Gaby wishes for happiness Wendell wishes to find his birth family And so begins a story woven in Ecuador with threads of Remi Spanish love and longingThe way I see it people think they know what they want and it turns out they don't have a clue responds GabyResau shows us this truth through a beautifully written story of searching for wishes and what we think we want And it turns out Gaby is right We don't have a clue


  9. says:

    I listened to the audio recording of The Indigo Notebook and I’m not quite sure how to review it My general impression is that I enjoyed it but as I sat down to review I realized I was calling out mostly things that troubled me I tried again and again but this is what I keep coming back to I’ll leave it to you to draw your own conclusionsI’ve always loved travel books and The Indigo Notebook has that exotic location charm in spades The setting of small Andean town Otovalo is described in lovely detail I particularly enjoyed hearing about all the native dishes that Zeeta and her mother Layla try To call them adventurous eaters would be an understatement For that reason I’m glad listened to the audio version since I have a tendency to skim excessive description In this book you won’t want to miss those lush setting detailsMain character Zeeta is the first troubling element She is not a fan of her mother’s world traveling lifestyle and longs for a “normal” life in the American suburbs Rather typically she doesn’t appreciate what she’s got ‘til it’s almost gone and then she’s unhappy when Layla begins to curb her free spirited ways though that’s what Zeeta’s been begging her to do I find this to be completely plausible for a self absorbed teen but it occasionally made her a grating narrator Further Zeeta sometimes seems to know her dream is a little too rose colored and many characters repeatedly convey the message that “what we think we really want may be the very last thing we need” This theme is so strong and so prevalent that the reader feels a little pounded by it All of that makes me wonder why Zeeta – an otherwise perceptive character – doesn’t pick up on it soonerWhen we meet Zeeta she is on a quest to help Wendell an indigenous boy adopted by American parents and raised in in the US find his birth parents Their slow developing friendship and romance were enjoyable though I was incredulous about the ease with which they stumbles upon clues to his parentage and come to just the right place so quickly in their search I suppose it would be unsatisfying to read about weeks of fruitless searching through boring archives and Wendell does have some mystical psychic powers So I’m sort of willing to just chalk that up to a combination of magical realism and plot necessity and move onOne thing I can’t get past is the portrayal of the local population I worry it was stereotypical In the Otovalo of the The Indigo Notebook most of the natives Zeeta meets are impoverished but satisfied with their lives and wise as to the ways of the heart and the soul I’ve never been to Ecuador and I cannot speak with any authority about the indigenous population there but it felt like a stereotype of the wise Native I understand Resau has spent time in this region has close relationships there and donates some of her royalties to non profits working with indigenous peoples I do not mean to cast any aspersions in making this comment but I can’t help but say that the portrayal of natives in this novel made me uncomfortableFinally actors can make or break an audio version of a novel and I’ve experienced both As with the story itself my review of The Indigo Notebook’s narrator Justine Eyre is mixed Eyre sounds too old for Zeeta and her reading is quite precise – almost affected She has no accent and many accents at once At first this troubled me but ultimately I decided that is the perfect voice for Zeeta who is from no where and everywhere all at once and who is mature beyond her years from handling the practical aspects of her mother’s wandering life I also really enjoyed the voice Eyre used for hippie dippie Layla But while she got that one spot on Eyre missed the mark with Wendell He ended up sounding like a dumb surfer dude than a sensitive thoughtful artsy troubled young manAll of this sounds like I didn’t enjoy this book but I did find The Indigo Notebook entertaining I am planning on reading or listening to the sequels I can’t quite put my finger on why I liked it or what I enjoyed as easily as I can on the elements that troubled me Maybe that’s reason enough to recommend it Read it for yourself to see whether you’re caught up by Zeeta’s travels despite the flaws


  10. says:

    THE SUNDAY FAMILY READ I came across this author on someone's blog and must apologize to said blogger for not remembering who you are But thanks so much because The Indigo Notebook turned out to be a unique and wonderful YA readThe story opens as 15 year old Zeeta is flying from Laos to Ecuador with her flighty blissed out aging hippie mom Layla the mom likes to move to a different country every year making her living as an ESL teacher and hooking up with equally dreamy and usually feckless boyfriendsZeeta is left to be the practical one and longs for a suburban life in Maryland and a Handsome Magazine Dad Luckily her lifestyle has bestowed the gifts of making friends easily and learning languages quicklyOnce they are settled Zeeta meets Wendall an adopted teen from Colorado who has come to spend the summer in Ecuador and search for his birth parents They fall in love and help each other through their troubles Actually Zeeta does most of the helping She is just that typeThis is not a Traveling Pants romance nor is it Eleanor Park dysfunctional parents angst Yes there is the exotic location but with realistic local characters traditions foods and hardships Also Zeeta rebels against her mom but then worries when Layla starts dating a Handsome Magazine Dad and loses all her wacky New Age sparkleFor me it was just about a perfect YA novel The plot kept twisting in many unexpected ways and the happy ending gives almost everyone what they want There are two sequels The Ruby Notebook and The Jade Notebook I will be reading them