Blueberry Truth

Blueberry Truth

by Ute Carbone

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Beanie MacKenzie and her husband Mac have led perfect lives, with perfect families and perfect jobs they both love, he a leading cardiologist, she a teacher at a school for troubled children. Now they have the perfect home, a big house on a quiet Albany street, just perfect for raising a big family. Only the babies they've been trying so hard to conceive just won't come.

Stressed in her marriage and fearing she may never bear children, Beanie throws herself into her work, surrounded by society's throwaways. Enter Beanie's new student, seven-year-old Blueberry Truth Crowley, a fiercely independent child whose life had been anything but perfect. Abused, neglected, and mistrustful of everyone around her, Truth throws a monkey wrench into the perfect order of Beanie's classroom--and into her very life--challenging Beanie's notions of motherhood, commitment, and family. But their unlikely bond may be just the thing to teach them both about love.

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BN ID: 2940156682027
Publisher: Etopia Press
Publication date: 11/12/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 369 KB

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Blueberry Truth 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Laura-McQuillen More than 1 year ago
This inspirational little gem is written in the tradition of great stories like My Posse Don't Do Homework (the book that inspired the movie Dangerous Minds) and The Freedom Writers Diary, without the same level of violence. This book left me feeling inspired to go out into the world and do something good....something that matters or that makes a difference. It is one of those feel-good stories that will leave you feeling good for a while after reading it. The characters are so real, they will seem like people you know - or could know. I love that Beanie and her husband, Mac, have been together since they were kids and know each other so well. The interactions between them are very realistic, whether it's them playing around, having a serious discussion or having an argument. The family dynamic was portrayed very well too. I loved Beanie's sisters and her parents and you could tell that they were a very close family. Unfortunately, it seems that like most real families, some of them had a hard time understanding that sometimes you just don't want to share everything with your family. At least not immediately. Beanie is special needs teacher and when she gets a new student, named Blueberry Truth, she sees something special in her. Beanie understands her in a way that nobody else seems to and, ultimately, they recognize something in each other that the other needs. As Beanie struggles with having trouble conceiving, Blueberry struggles with being abandoned by her mother and placed into a less than ideal situation. Mac has a hard time understanding Beanie's need to help this mouthy, troublesome little girl and puts up roadblocks. This is a very well written story about overcoming adversity, learning to find the good in the bad and seeing past the surface of a person to their heart. What they show you isn't always what is underneath. And regardless of a person's background or socio-economic status, you can always find common ground. That is a good lesson for everyone to learn, no matter what the age. "Truth" is a good name for Blueberry, because what it all comes down to is the truth of a person, not the package. I highly recommend this book to anyone. This would also be a fantastic book for teenagers old enough to understand the topics addressed in this book and to open up discussions at home. An excellent first read for me from this author and I will definitely be checking out more from her in the future.
suziereaderCA More than 1 year ago
Reminded me of Marian Keyes! Beanie and her husband have perfect lives--he's a cardiologist and she's a special ed teacher. Ironically she can't conceive, and that sad fact is driving them slowly apart. The central question is whether a damaged little girl, whose favorite word seems to be the f-bomb, can repair their lives. The chick-lit, breezy style masking the deeper conflicts reminded me of Marian Keyes' books. Well done!
Katherine_Owen More than 1 year ago
"Blueberry Truth" by Ute Carbone is one of those novels that may well stay with readers for a long time. Carbone's ability to create believable characters that readers will care about and practically fall in love is first rate. From the first page, readers are drawn into Verbena "Beanie" Mackenzie's whirlwind perfect life: Beanie is the do-good teacher working with special needs kids at St. Luke's and her husband Mac is the gifted pediatric cardiologist. Where, at first, it would seem to be cliché to have Beanie married to her childhood sweetheart; Carbone deftly defines the complexities of their relationship and allows for the hidden flaws in both of them. All Beanie and Mac seem to want is a baby, something that hasn't worked out for them. This, alone, seems to be driving them further apart. Then, along comes Blueberry Truth whose proficiency with the F-word is more developed than the adults who surround her. At seven, Blueberry Truth appears to be already broken, having suffered at the hands of her abusive uncle and apparently abandoned by her drug-addicted mother. All Blue wants is to find her mother, which is at odds with Beanie and Mac's implicit attempts to rescue the girl each in their own way. It isn't just Blueberry Truth who must find her way, but Beanie and Mac as well. I love Carbon's refined writing style; her subtlety shows readers how all these characters grow and change throughout the story. "Blueberry Truth" is an excellent read by a very promising author.
Cat_Cavendish More than 1 year ago
What a lovely book. Blueberry Truth is a wayward girl from a broken and horrifying background. She has learned from being an infant that the best defence is attack. Then she meets Beanie - a woman who is going through her own crisis. The two of them need each other, even though they may not realise it. I loved the pace, warmth and development of this story. It grabbed me and then refused to let go. Even if you don't normally read this genre (as I rarely do), I heartily recommend it to you.