Title: The Blue-Haired Boy
Author: Courtney C. Stevens
Series: Faking Normal companion novella
Source: Personal Purchase
Description from Goodreads:
Set before the events of Courtney C. Stevens’s debut novel, Faking Normal, this digital short story focuses on Bodee Lennox, otherwise known as the Kool-Aid Kid.
Bodee Lennox has secrets. About where he got the four-inch scar on his leg. About the bruises on his back. About what it’s really like to live in the Lennox household. These are things he doesn’t share with anyone . . . until he meets Gerry, a girl with bright-green hair and a smile the size of Alaska. When Gerry falls out of a bus in Rickman, Tennessee, and lands at Bodee’s feet, she gives Bodee two things he desperately needs: a friend and a chance to leave Rickman behind, even if it’s just for a few hours.
He joins Gerry on her epic bus trip for as far as his money will take him. And by the end of the day, more of Bodee has changed than just the color of his hair.
It’s really hard to say much about The Blue-Haired Boy because it was so short, but I definitely enjoyed it. I knew I had to read it because I just loved Bodee so much in Faking Normal, so I wanted to know more about him. It was definitely interesting to see a little sneak peek into his personality before he became friendly with Alexi. Also, it was kind of amusing to see why/how he became the Kool-Aid Kid.
However, this glimpse into Bodee’s past was a little heartbreaking. It was hard to see him struggling with his home life with no friends. But his short-term friendship with Gerry was great. He definitely needed something to let loose.
While The Blue-Haired Boy takes place before Faking Normal, I would definitely recommend reading it after Faking Normal, especially if you love Bodee and want to see a little more of him.