Rating: 3/5 stars.
While The Indigo Notebook contained interesting cultural points, it also possessed plenty of underdeveloped plot structures.
The 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 novel.
One 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 more satisfying if some of these loose ends were tied up or at expanded upon in this first installment.
Overall, 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 States.