A Solitary Blue (Tillerman Cycle, #3) by Cynthia Voigt

A Solitary Blue (Tillerman Cycle, #3)

Jeff Greene was only seven when Melody, his mother, left him with his reserved, undemonstrative father, the Professor. So when she reenters his life years later with an invitation to spend the summer with her in Charleston, Jeff is captivated by her free spirit and warmth, and he eagerly looks forward to returning for another visit the following year.But Jeff's second summer in Charleston ends with a devastating betrayal, and he returns to his fa...

Details A Solitary Blue (Tillerman Cycle, #3)

TitleA Solitary Blue (Tillerman Cycle, #3)
Release DateJul 1st, 2003
PublisherAladdin Paperbacks
GenreYoung Adult, Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Reviews A Solitary Blue (Tillerman Cycle, #3)

  • Lisa Findley
    This is possibly my favorite book of the Tillerman Cycle. As ever, Cynthia Voigt's story and language are beautifully interdependent. Jeff's growth from terrified little boy to self-assured young man is by no means easy or without twists and turns, and he reaches that point after heartache and several reevalutations of himself and the other people in his life -- so it's like real life, something Voigt writes about with assurance. I also like A So...
  • Beth
    I was too bowled over by Dicey's Song to write much about it. I'm bowled over again, and I didn't think that was possible with a followup novel, so I'm going to try - probably unsuccessfully - to chronicle a little bit of Voigt's skill.I suppose the place to start is the writing. It's spectacular because every single word is deliberate. When Voigt spends three paragraphs describing a room, it's not because she thinks she needs to elaborate on its...
  • Alice
    From my back door I can see a pond. Sometimes a solitary blue heron will visit the pond, a reclusive bird that stalks along the edge of the water. If you approach the heron, it immediately takes flight. I find the bird fascinating. Now I realize that one of the reasons I find blue herons so fascinating is that I read this book 20 years ago.Jeff Green is like the solitary blue heron. He was deserted at age 7 by his immature and manipulative mother...
  • Leslie
    A beautiful and sobering illustration of why isolation is so seductive in times of pain or brokenness; equally compelling in its call for healing through connections with others. This novel was probably the most genuine and nuanced piece of writing I read in my youth, and it taught me as much about character (both having it and lacking it) as any of the classics.
  • Lars Guthrie
    The third in the Tillerman Cycle and the third I've revisited in audio. It looks like there are no more in audio, which is disappointing.It's the first in the Tillerman Cycle to turn its focus away from Dicey Tillerman and her family, and previews the way Voigt will interweave the different stories, for it is here we find the beginnings of a concrete 'Dicey's Song.'That's not the only connection to the first two books, but this one is a far more ...
  • Josiah
    Okay, after reading this book I was forced to come to the wonderful conclusion that Cynthia Voigt could do no wrong and she was, in all likelihood, a perfect author and perfect human. Well, I nearly felt that way after reading through A Solitary Blue! I never thought that any additional book in The Tillerman Cycle could surpass Dicey's Song, and perhaps this one did not surpass it, but it did come shockingly close. In my thinking, this is one of...
  • Chy
    There’s a red “Scholastic” band at the bottom of the cover and a pretty silver coin that says “Newberry Honor Book” above that. You know what that means. Yes. Another young adult book. Kiss my ass; it’s what I wanted to read. The book kicks off with Jeff’s mom, Melody, gone—having left a note to him about the work she has to do to save the world. Oh yes, hippy to the extreme. Then we meet Jeff’s dad and he was cold. I did not li...
  • Jenny Leiva
    I wasn’t sure going in how I would like this book since the story was no longer about the Tillermans, but it was such a strong story and Jeff and his dad were such interesting characters that it didn’t matter. Sometimes during the story I just wanted to shake Jeff (or the Professor or Melody) so they would change how they were acting, but since I couldn’t do that, I had to let them figure things out on their own. I was glad when the Tillerm...
  • Cherie
    I really did like this story. After-the-fact, it turned out to be a re-read for me. This story starts out with a shock and breaks your heart with wave after wave of uNina Gina be happenings, for me at least. I could not believe a mother could do what she does to her son in this story.The young man and his father in this story really wrapped themselves around my heart. It was so sad in the beginning. It took a long time, but the story unfolded so ...
  • Xan West
    This book reaches into my heart and holds. It always has, from the first time I read it, when I was quite young. It is the closest I have ever come to reading a character's POV and voice that matched who I was, and how I thought, and how I felt, as a child and I treasure it for that. I wouldn't call it my *favorite* book--it's too painful a read for that. But it is the book that reflects me the most, on the inside, as I was growing up, essential ...
  • Colin
    This was not a book I read in childhood, but re-reading the first two in this series, which were childhood faves and are still really great, made me want to read this series all the way through. Voigt is really good at writing about children and abandonment, and also about the complexities of family. I felt so sorry for Jeff, the narrator, but then felt really proud of him when he comes into his own by the end of the book. I was totally invested....
  • Elsa K
    Another 4.5 stars. I didn't think I would enjoy this one as much as it focuses on Jeff Greene, a friend of the Tillermans. But I got so sucked into his story I didn't even miss the other characters! Can I just say Jeff's mom gives me the creeps? I enjoyed getting to see the Tillermans more in the end, but thought the story stood alone well without them. These are powerful stories and themes for young adults (and grown-ups too)!
  • Katy Ann
    It is very hard to write a review for this book. It is like writing a review of a point in my life or of a person you have been. This is the first book I read that really mattered. Not an escapist book but a book that reached down and saw me where I was in life and said "you are not alone." I have been Jeff and Dicey and part of me will always be them.
  • Amanda
    this is one of my favorite books of all time! I have read it over and over and never tire of it. I love the way Cynthia Voigt writes and enjoyed all the books in the Tillerman series!
  • Theresa
    This third book in the Tillerman family series kept me riveted! I loved "Dicey's Song" and "Homecoming" and had to read this next one also.Jeff Greene has a dysfunctional family (in the years when the term was not widely used). His mother abandons him when he is only in the second grade, leaving him a note to find (that he can read himself), when he gets home from school. (If that shocks you, just wait... there is more). Jeff is left with a scarr...
  • Kimberly Lavoie
    Solitary Blue is quite possibly one of the saddest stories I have ever read. The writing is solid, and the characters evolve in such a way that the reader practically folds into themselves to keep up. It is really the story of human tenacity and resilience, and the fragility of love.
  • Misti
    I’ve read this book many times, and I still stayed up late to finish it. Really, that’s all I need to say, right?
  • Kathy
    This is a review tainted with my love and hate of this novel. At times I couldn't put it down and others I couldn't put it down quick enough and was reluctant to pick it up again. I really liked all the characters in this book except two, and the storyover all was great. The antagonist, Jeff's mom Melody, was a full-blowen narcissistic and manipulative witch like an evil stepmother of a fairytale. It made the end rather predictable and seemed ove...
  • Pam
    Be warned, this is not a happy book. But it does give you something to think about and appreciate.Jeff's mom left when he was seven. Afraid his dad would leave too if everything wasn't just right, Jeff goes out of his way to make sure the home runs smoothly and his father, the professor, isn't interrupted or inconvenienced. If isn't until he get so sick he almost dies that his father realizes how much he's been holding in and contacts his mother....
  • Alex Larsen
    Jeff was abandoned by his beloved mother when he was only seven years old, and spent his life with his father whom he calls the Professor. The Professor is aloof and for most of his life Jeff is left on his own, until one summer his mother invites him to come stay with her. He falls in love with mother all over again, but when he goes to visit her again the following summer things change. Jeff then has to come to term with his mother's abandonmen...
  • Emily Anderer
    After reading the other laudatory reviews for this book I feel a bit guilty for giving it only 3 stars. However, I just didn't find Melody to be a believable character. In the first half of the book I was very empathetic with Jeff, my heart aching for him, but the second summer in Charleston stretched my credulity too thin. I can't accept that Melody could spend two or three days with him in the entire summer and still conceive of herself as any ...
  • Desaree
    A Solitary Blue was definitely one of my favorite books that i have read this year. It was a simple but outspoken story. I liked how some things in the book i could relate to in real life. I noticed how similar the main character's relationship with his father was like my mom and my grandfather's relationship. There were many of the same characteristics of their relationships witch drew me in even more into the story. My feelings about different ...
  • Falina
    I loved this book - the writing style, the characters, the complexity and depth - everything about it. I didn't recognize the name of the author when I began reading and didn't realize until 2/3 of the way through the book that it intersects with Dicey's Song, which I read years ago and also loved. I prefer standalone books and don't like feeling compelled to read books because they are part of a series, so I'm glad I didn't know about the connec...
  • Laura
    I didn't like this book as much as the other books in the series. I don't know if it was because of the character shift or just because this one was so different. I thought it was interesting to focus on Jeff and his struggles, but there were times in the book that didn't hold my attention very much. I wanted more depth to this book. Maybe I just didn't care for it because the main character wasn't my favorite. I wouldn't recommend.*Taken from my...
  • Emily
    Since Cynthia Voight's books are not in my usual genre, I've been trying to figure out why I like them so much. I figured out that one reason is because her books are so well written that you have to read every word. I was trying to finish this book quickly, because I had a book club on it, but skimming it really didn't work. Everything in there was important to the story and to the development of the characters. I really loved seeing Jeff overco...
  • Jodie
    This is the first book I ever read in a day. I was in the 6th grade. Nineteen years later, this is still one of my favorite books. I have revisited many of the things I loved as a child, only to be disappointed (the MacGyver series, anyone?). Not so with this book or anything by Cynthia Voigt. In A Solitary Blue, your affections towards the characters change over time and end up in a very different place from where they started. A brilliant trick...
  • Anna
    I read this trilogy in 7th or 8th grade. I loved it then but I understand now. Voigt covers some difficult issues--mental illness, divorce, poverty, racial bias, for example--and lets the reader see inside characters as well as Wallace Stegner does--using simpler words. She "gets" people--all different kinds of people. You see the good, the bad, and the changes. Voigt's characters seemed so real to me she had me shifting allegiances throughout th...
  • Wendy
    A lovely and very fast-moving book (especially for such quiet, non-dynamic characters and plot). I was disappointed, at first, when I found out that this wasn't about Dicey, but I think I liked it better than either Homecoming or Dicey's Song. Have you read this, Kathleen? I think you'd be interested in the parts that take place in the south.
  • Sandy
    I usually do not like sad books but it got-- not necessarily happy but satisfying-- by the end. I enjoyed watching him and also his father grow. His father was not a very likable character at the beginning but by the end of the book you can see how much he loves his son and despite his difficulties in communicating it, you can tell he is trying.
  • Jennifer
    How can you put down a book when it starts off with a note written from mom explaining why she has to abandon her 2nd grade son... Eventually the book does join the Tillermans, but it is a haunting truth of what some of our children are dealing with...