Blueeyedboy is about a highly dysfunctional family described through the webjournal of BB. He is not a reliable narrator, and he plays about, first pretending to be one brother, and then falling back into his own skin. I found I really liked the short posts, and curious about the deleted Jenny Tricks posts, I flipped through to see if any weren’t deleted – don’t do this! If you do, you’ll end up wishing you didn’t, just like me.
It did take me a long time to get into the novel. It’s a fairly long book, and I kept picking it up, not getting sucked in, and putting it down for days on end. I’ll read a book in a few days (at the expense of everything else) if it drags me in. I think I was reading Blueeyedboy for over a month. I was also annoyed by the fact that Albertine (another character whose journal entries are in the novel) had a voice far too similar to BB, even down to the fascination with colour.
The ending seemed right, really driving home just how destructive the family unit was (don’t want to give too much away). I haven’t read any other books by Joanne Harris, and even though I wasn’t sure about Blueeyedboy, I would certainly give this a go. In fact my mother’s now read another of Ms Harris’s novels (Runemarks, I think), she’s not sure about this one either and will shortly be passing it on to me for my opinion.