The Blue Notebook

The Blue Notebook

A Novel

Book - 2009
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A haunting yet astonishingly hopeful story of a young Indian prostitute who uses writing and imagination to transcend her reality. An unforgettable, deeply affecting tribute to the powers of imagination and the resilience of childhood,The Blue Notebooktells the story of Batuk, a precocious 15-year-old girl from rural India who was sold into sexual slavery by her father when she was nine. As she navigates the grim realities of the Common Street--a street of prostitution in Mumbai where children are kept in cages as they wait for customers to pay for sex--Batuk manages to put pen to paper, recording her private thoughts and stories in a diary. The novel is powerfully told in Batuk's voice, through the words she writes in her journal, where she finds hope and beauty in the bleakest circumstances. Beautifully crafted and deeply human,The Blue Notebookexplores how people, in the most difficult of situations, can use storytelling to make sense of and give meaning to their lives. All of the U.S. proceeds from this novel will be donated to the International and National Centers for Missing and Exploited Children ( ).
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, c2009.
ISBN: 9780385528719
Characteristics: 206 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jun 20, 2013

The Blue Notebook is not a gentle or even satisfying read, this book will disgust, horrify and leave you feeling sad and haunted but it is an imporant story and one that many people should read. Child exploitation is a global issue and it takes books like this one to shine a light into the darkness.

Jan 05, 2011

The Blue Notebook is a heartbreakingly honest story. Levine doesn't spare the reader any details through Batuk's journal writings. Though poignant, readers should be aware that her story is at times disturbing and graphic. I would not recommend this novel for younger readers. Beautifully told, Batuk's story represents the multitude of young girls like her across the world. Prepare to be moved and have your heart broken for injustice. Well done, Levine.

Dec 16, 2010

I thought this book felt very honest. Some parts were very disturbing and heart breaking but the strength the writer gives to this unfortunate young girl is absolutely remarkable. It's a quick read and well worth it.

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