Blue Notebook

Blue Notebook

Book - 2010
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An unforgettable, deeply affecting debut novel, The Blue Notebook tells the story of Batuk, a precocious fifteen-year-old girl from rural India who is sold into sexual slavery by her father. As she navigates the grim realities of Mumbai's Common Street, Batuk manages to put pen to paper, recording her private thoughts and writing fantastic tales that help her transcend her daily existence. Beautifully crafted, surprisingly hopeful, and filled with both tragedy and humor, The Blue Notebook shows how even in the most difficult situations, people use storytelling to make sense of and give meaning to their lives.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2010
ISBN: 9780385528726
Branch Call Number: F LEV
Characteristics: 206 p. , 22 p. ; 21 cm


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Jun 20, 2013

The Blue Notebook is not a gentle or even satisfying read, this book will disgust, horrify and leave you feeling sad and haunted but it is an imporant story and one that many people should read. Child exploitation is a global issue and it takes books like this one to shine a light into the darkness.

Jan 05, 2011

The Blue Notebook is a heartbreakingly honest story. Levine doesn't spare the reader any details through Batuk's journal writings. Though poignant, readers should be aware that her story is at times disturbing and graphic. I would not recommend this novel for younger readers. Beautifully told, Batuk's story represents the multitude of young girls like her across the world. Prepare to be moved and have your heart broken for injustice. Well done, Levine.

Dec 16, 2010

I thought this book felt very honest. Some parts were very disturbing and heart breaking but the strength the writer gives to this unfortunate young girl is absolutely remarkable. It's a quick read and well worth it.

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