This one is an urban fantasy, set in the town of Newford. Mr. de Lint said he created Newford so there wouldn't be inaccuracies that you might find if his books were set in an actual town. However, you may find bits and pieces of towns you recognize.
THE BLUE GIRL is written in first person and switches between Imogene, Maxine, and Adrian's POVs. Imogene is the main character. Maxine is her new best friend. And Adrian is the resident ghost. I really enjoyed reading from all three perspectives. It's interesting seeing who they are and how the others perceive them.
I love the way Charles de Lint describes the way the fairies look. They certainly aren't how most perceive them. So many fairies in art are perfect little women with wings. He draws scary fairies... the descriptions sound like something Brian Froud would draw. Pelly, Imogene's imaginary friend is describes as looking kinda like a hedgehog and monkey with some human-ish features.
This book comes highlt recommended by me for everyone... especially if you like urban fantasty and/or fairies.
Seventeen-year-old Imogene's rebellious nature has caused her more harm than good - so when her family moves to Newford, she decides to reinvent herself. She won't lose her punk/thrift-shop look, but she'll try to avoid gangs, work a little harder at school, and maybe even stay out of trouble for a change. But trouble shows up anyway. Imogene quickly catches the eye of Redding High's bullies, as well as the school's resident teenage ghost. Then she gets on the wrong side of a gang of malicious fairies. When her old imaginary childhood friend, Pelly, actually manifests, Imogene realizes that the impossible is all too real. And it's dangerous. If she wants to survive high school - not to mention stay alive - she has to fall back on the skills she picked up in her hometown, running with a gang. Even with her new friend Maxine and some unexpected allies on her side, will she be able to make it?
And for those of you interested in seeing the entire cover, without the writing...