Three years ago, Bluebell's twin sister, Iris, died. Her older sister Flora and her younger siblings, Twig and Jasmine, seem to be moving forward, but Blue doesn't talk very much. She aches with missing her sister. An aspiring filmmaker, she often films family interactions, watching and listening and understanding how people work. With her father out of town and her mother busy at work, her family hires an au pair to look after the kids. And when Joss moves in next door, his presence also shakes up the order of their family. The question is, how can Blue become herself without Iris?
This is the first in the Bluebell Gadsby series. The next books are: Flora in Love, All About Pumpkin, and Time for Jas.
What a gorgeous, painful, funny, memorable book. There are so many real sentences in this book about things you know but have not heard anyone say before. This is certainly more of a character study than a fast-action caper, particularly since the story is told through Blue's journal entries and film scenes, which perfectly illustrate her perspective about what she's observing.
"But in the end we didn't need to hit the burglar, because when we got to the kitchen he turned out to be Zoran, and even though we didn't know yet that it was him, he was wearing a flowery apron and sandals and a little goatee that made him look like Mr. Tumnus in Narnia, who everybody knows was on the right side in the end, even if he did have his moments." p. 5
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