Shades of Blue
Shades of Blue
Shades of Blue
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JoJo and Sam have been best friends since he moved in next door when they were five years old. JoJo has always liked the ways Sam is different from other boys, but now that they’re both 14, he’s changing in ways she’s not so sure she likes. Just when she thinks she’s getting used to his new muscles and the way other girls are looking at him, she sees the bruises on his back and knows his step-father is beating him. JoJo tries to get Sam to leave, but he says he can’t desert his mom and step-sister. He makes JoJo promise not to tell anyone or he’ll be sent away to live with his grandmother in Tennessee. When Sam’s mom witnesses the abuse for herself, she finally stops drinking and stands up for all of them, but that’s when Sam’s step-father turns deadly.

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  • Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Romance

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Sam and JoJo have been best friends since Sam moved into the house next door with his mother. They've always protective of one another no matter what, so what is JoJo supposed to do when she finds out that Russ, Sam's step-father has been abusing him? After Sam's mother overdoses and falls into a coma, JoJo receives a letter stating that Russ is out to get her. JoJo, Sam, and his step-sister, Britney, run away to Russ' cabin on the lake to uncover some evidence to get him behind bars for good.

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Shades of Blue is a story about two teenage neighbors that grew up as best friends. Sam and Jojo live two completely different lives and have two completely different personalities. Jojo has a happy, understanding, and supportive family. Jojo’s family does everything together and they do not keep secrets from each other. On the other hand, Sam has a very broken family. Sam never knew his dad, and he has only known his mom to be a drunk along with his stepfather. Sam’s family has many secrets and his stepfather is a very abusive drunk.

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