I Suddenly See Where I M Standing, And That S At The Edge Of Change Really, Really Big Change Eighteen Year Old Indigo Skye Feels Like She Has It All A Waitress Job She Loves, An Adorable Refrigerator Delivery Guy Boyfriend, And A Home Life That S Slightly Crazed But Rich In Love Until A Mysterious Man At The Restaurant Leaves Her AMillion Dollar Tip, And Her Life As She Knew It Is Transformed At First Its Amazing A Hot New Car, Enormous Flat Screen TV, And Presents For Everyone She Cares About She Laughs Off The Warnings That Money Changes People, That They Come To Rely On What They Have Instead Of Who They Are Because It Won T Happennot To Her Or Will It What Do You Do When You Can Buy Anything Your Heart Desires But What Your Heart Desires Can T Be Bought This Is The Story Of A Girl Who Gets Rich, Gets Lost, And Ultimately Finds Her Way Back If Not To Where She Started, Then To Where She Can Start Again The Fortunes of Indigo Skye was my first book by Deb Caletti, I really liked the idea of it but in the end it was a bit too predictable for me Usually predictable is fine but for some reason this time it sort of made the story suffer for me, like everything happened so conveniently and easily.Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the book I thought Indigo was a rather likable character, how selfless she was and how carefree She seemed to really love her life and only with the money she is given is she truly tested and ends up discoveringabout herself and what she wants in her life I also really liked the regulars or Irregulars as Indigo calls them that frequent the diner she works at They were a great group of characters I also really liked Indigo s relationship with her father, who left their family and moved to Hawaii, and how after all these years they are finally taking the chance to really get to know one another.One character I didn t really care for was Indigo s boyfriend, Trevor, I didn t really see why Indigo would be attracted to him besides that they had been together for so long they were just comfortable with one another and frankly, Indigo seems rather easy to please He started to get on my nerves after Indigo received the money and he assumed that it was their money, didn t even ask or tiptoe around the subject.In the end, Indigo s journey to finding out who she is with the addition of 2.5 million dollars is an enjoyable one but a bit too predictable. Reviewed by Tasha for TeensReadToo.comIndigo Skye is pretty pleased with her life She has an amazing boyfriend, she loves being a waitress at the homey neighborhood restaurant, Carrera s, and while her family may not be well off, they sure are filled with love While some situations may not be ideal, Indigo knows she will always be supported by those she loves Whether it is her direct family or her family over at Carrera s also known as the Irregulars , she knows she always has someone to turn to All is good until a new man starts coming into Carrera s Indigo finds him very strange because he only orders coffee and just stares out the window One day, Indigo finds a pack of cigarettes in his pocket and tells him off, as she cannot stand a smoker She thinks she s scared him off until she gets a phone call from her boss telling her the mysterious man left her an envelope Indigo is puzzled as to what lays inside, but is sure that it will be disappointing The contents are anything but disappointing actually, they are stupendously unbelievable Enclosed is a check for two and a half million dollars Indigo is thrilled, but doesn t know much about having money She is constantly warned that money changes people, but she doesn t think it could ever happen to her This was a completely brilliant and amazing book I fell in love with it from the very first sentence Not only was the storyline amazing, but all of the characters, not just Indigo, had great personalities Even the characters that you only met once or twice felt so real that I could automatically tell whether I liked them or not Indigo was definitely my favorite character, though She was extremely sarcastic and witty There were many, many times that I found myself laughing out loud at comments that Indigo would make or even her actions What was also so wonderful about the story was its originality It wasn t your generic rags to riches everyone s rich and happy in the end story It was so muchWhile Indigo did receive lots of money, she learnedabout how to deal with it and become a better person I felt that Indigo really underwent a change from the beginning of the book to the end, which was really neat Deb Caletti s writing was fresh and amazing Having never read anything of hers before, but having heard good things, I expected a good read, maybe even a great read Instead I got a stupendous, heartwarming, and hard to forget novel I will definitely be reading manyof her books I would highly recommend this book to everyone, as it truly was unforgettable Also, I definitely think that Sarah Dessen fans will love Indigo s story, as well. SPOILER ALERT I did in fact finish this one, despite the fact I stopped nearly every chapter and thought about chucking it Caletti is in fact a decent writer, so I stuck it out in the hopes that the style would be matched at some point by the plot or the characters The basic plot a teenage waitress gets a tip for two and a half million dollars, and her life changes for the worse until she learns some lessons I told this plot to one of my friends, and he said Oh, so it s like that Nicholas Cage movie I can t verify, I haven t seen that movie, but I remember the previews and yessimilar.But the reasons why I disliked this book, without further ado 1 The plot is completely and in all ways predictable Indigo, the waitress, receives the money and her friends and family start to treat her differently and she begins to get a big head Once her life has spun out of control, so looks around and has the brilliant epiphany that this isn t what she wanted and has to go around apologizing for her behavior 2 Even though it is predictable that she end up back with the love interest, her boyfriend Trevor, I really wished it hadn t happened As soon as Trevor finds out that she has this money he starts making lists of things to buy for himself She is upset, rightly so, but ends up continually placating him after she argues with him about what amounts to him using his girlfriend to get what he wants By the end of the book she s had to orchestrate a huge apology in order to get him back, he s decided to go to college for business andshe s decided to fund it Really What is this teaching young girls Not only is it ok for a guy to use you, but you should bend over backwards to keep this guy because you ve been together so long that it s comfortable expected and you ll never feel right without him This guy had his entire car re done with the thought that she would pay for it without telling her beforehand, and later in the book she left him a message saying Please hate me, but don t ignore me I was livid.3 Indigo handles having the money, i.e., keeps a level head, until her boyfriend takes her on a shopping spree to the mall The mall is the big bad catalyst for her downfall, which follows thereafter so swiftly it actually makes very little sense 4 Indigo s morals read like an after school special Let me preface this with saying I was not a smoker, stoner, drinker, etc in high school either, so I actually agree with these statements However, in this character it is hard to swallow It is even thrown in that people who don t wear seatbelts are morons True, but again I felt trapped in an after school special, and it is not really necessary to the plot Indigo has such an issue with smoking that she goes ballistic on anyone she sees with a pack of cigarettes Which brings me to number five5 The only reason the rich man left her a two and half million dollar tip is because she waited on him, reamed him out for having a pack of cigarettes, and it changed his life I felt so let down For the rich character, Indigo was the first person to tell him no because she cared about him instead of saying yes to him because he was rich Hmmmand for this he drops millions of dollars and moves to Hawaii I could see leaving fifty or even a hundred because you respect the person, but in today s society, how many smokers haven t heard the phrase those things will kill you from multiple people I m sure if this had truly happened the man would have not left her a tip at all for presuming to yell at him for what is really his own business.6 The rich guy and one of his friends are the only good rich people in the book Otherwise, all the rich are shallow, manipulative, greedy bastards who only care about themselves Even the friend Indigo has at the beginning of the book who is somewhat well off turns out to be just in it in life for what she can get I felt this was generalization at its worst, and believe me, I m anything but rich myself Some of rich people s actions don t even make logical sense Indigo s twin brother takes a rich girl to prom and then is later invited to a party at her house where he is expected not to be a guest, but rather a waiter What If this girl were really that shallow, she wouldn t have deigned to be seen with him at prom, even as a charity case as we re supposed to believe The rich are just demonized in this book Obviously, many rich people can get big heads and fall into the trap of always wantingBut aside from not every rich person falling into that category, there are plenty of poor or middle class people who also always wantPerhaps this is why Caletti threw in the madness of Trevor wanting to spend Indigo s money, but in the end what comes across is that the rich are innately horrible people, end of story.7 Going along with sixmoney steals everyone s soul Caletti took the root of all evil idea and ran with it Aside from the boyfriend, Indigo s little sister ends up abandoning her philanthropic ideals to watch the massive tv that is bought, as told above her brother abandons his self respect for a rich girl he was a waiter at one of her functions prior to the prom , and her best friend is only revealed to be less than a good friend once she is in Malibu at her father s, surrounded by opulence The friend character says she feelslike herself in that setting, and lo and beholdshe s no good there 8 The only people immune to the evil pull of money or jealousy over her having it are Indigo s parents So I guess add to the after school special feel the idea that your parents know what s best Even if, as in this case, one of your parents left your family and started living with a 28 year old in Hawaii But that s ok, because he is deep and philosophical and gives you books by Ralph Waldo Emerson and tells you to not lose yourself So that is why I gave this two stars, despite Caletti being able to write in a style that is actually pretty terrific. What gives, Caletti I found your previous books so charming, so lovely Here is a quote a few pages in that shook me to my very core He kisses me and our tongues loll around together, like seals playing in water. Uhhh I never want to kiss anyone ever again.You know, I really hate books about working class folks written by middle upper class folks who don t seem to grasp what that actually means They don t automatically call their mothers Ma and spend mealtimes talking about what they d buy if only they were rich Relationships aren t necessarily dominated by money power class I mean, they might be But they aren t ALWAYS Also the copyright on my book is 2008, so why are cell phones such an indicator of money uppitiness Why is everyone in Malibu an effing jackass I also hate books where the author clearly keeps looking for excuses to drop in clever little quips like she s working out a comedy routine Trust me, if they fit, I won t notice Writers probably do it all the time and I have noooo idea Here it is bizarrely transparent though This dovetails with another complaint, which is that I truly never understood who Indigo was Nothing and simultaneously EVERYTHING that she did surprised me, because who the hell was she anyway Also I hate the ending so, so, so much, and think it s a terrible lesson.