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Literature for Lockdown #1: Indigo Donut

Written by Arts, Book Reviews

Self-isolation and social distancing have been causing some interesting trends at the moment. One of the best ways to pass the time is to pick up that book you claim you haven’t had time for. After having read Patrice Lawrence’s 2017 young adult novel Indigo Donut for my course, this is a must-read for all ages.

Indigo Donut follows teenagers Indigo, a rebellious girl in foster care who is haunted by her past, and Bailey, Indigo’s classmate who is defined by his ginger afro and love of music. Bailey harbours a not-so-secret crush on Indigo since she moved to their school, aided by his loud-mouth best friend Austin. When Bailey finally plucks up the courage to ask out, and talk to, Indigo, he doesn’t anticipate what’s in store when he gets drawn into her dysfunctional life.

Lawrence’s casual tone and gripping storyline made it a real page-turner, and the subject matter at hand was thought-provoking to say the least

As a lover of young adult fiction, this book was the perfect read for being stuck indoors. Lawrence’s casual tone and gripping storyline made it a real page-turner, and the subject matter at hand was thought-provoking to say the least. Because Indigo has moved through foster care, she doesn’t feel like she belongs anywhere or has any real family, until she connects with Bailey of course. Bailey teaches Indigo that, just because she is not in contact with her biological family, doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a home or someone to turn to. They both help each other with their search for identity.

Unlike a lot of characters in young adult romances, Lawrence sets Bailey and Indigo apart by depicting realistic teenagers and their blossoming relationship

Set in London, Lawrence accurately depicts the social diversity of the city, with Bailey coming from a mixed-race middle-class household in north London in contrast to Indigo, who has grown up in the care system. Unlike a lot of characters in young adult romances, Lawrence sets Bailey and Indigo apart by depicting realistic teenagers and their blossoming relationship. They have flaws, and this makes them all the more human as they begin to connect on a deeper level.

There are so many great books to be read, especially during this uncertain time, but if there’s one that I recommend everyone should read, it’s Indigo Donut. If you want a book that celebrates diversity, gives an accurate portrayal of teenagers and has a touching romance and an air of mystery, then Indigo Donut is the one for you.

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Last modified: 29th March 2020

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