Published 8 September 2015 by St Martin’s Press
From the New York Times bestseller Ashley Antoinette, author of the Prada Plan series comes a boldly fierce and strikingly dramatic novel, Luxe.
Bleu Montclair knew as a young girl that she would one day escape the hard, unrelenting streets of Flint, Michigan, and when her desperate prayers are answered in the form of a scholarship to UCLA, Bleu knows she’s struck gold. But soon after arriving, all her beautiful, bright dreams begin to fall apart. Endless temptations abound in the form of cars, clothes, booze, drugs, and Bleu cannot keep up. When her roommate gives her the opportunity to make a lot of money fast, Bleu goes all in-and heads straight down a path of violence and addiction that only her newest protector, Iman, can save her from.
This is a pretty dark tale, an anti-American dream. It should really come with a warning. Little hope is here.
Bleu is an American girl, growing up in poverty in Michigan. She has drug addicts for parents. Life is raw, with this kind of unstable background. She is not living the American dream. Education is a means for Bleu to escape, to get away and make a life for herself. She is bright and wins a partial scholarship to university. However Bleu’s immaturity and lack of support mean she is vulnerable. She makes wrong choices and her life spirals out of control.
This is not the story to read, if you want something light or remotely optimistic. A drug addict’s daughter falls into the addiction cycle. It is sad and painful. Not even being intelligent can save her. She takes risks for easy money and is tempted by the excesses of California. I was disappointed in Bleu. I wanted her to be more emotionally resilient and to desire knowledge. I wanted her to be more a fighter. Bleu was too much a victim of her background. There seemed to be little in the way of support.
This is part one of the story. I hope we see some growth in Bleu’s character. I want to see Bleu fighting against her addiction harder and getting her life back. I’m not convinced any of the men in her life are worth bothering with. I would like a little speck of positivity. This is one of the darkest books I have read in a long time.
A strong dark morality tale, on the dangers of drugs and addiction. I fear this will be too dark for many tastes.
My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for my review copy!