Shades of Blue by Joyce Scarbrough is a book about a girl named JoJo and a boy named Sam who have been best friends ever since Sam moved in next door as a little kid. As Sam’s personality changes the summer going into freshman year of high school in a way that JoJo doesn’t seem to like, she gets jealous and upset by his actions. Everything changes one day when JoJo sees bruises on Sam’s back. After talking to him for a long time, she realizes that Sam’s step-father, Russ, is physicaly abusing him. She isn’t allowed to say anything because Sam is afraid he will be put into foster care. When Sam’s mom realizes Sam and his step sister are being abused, she steps in to help. Sam’s step-dad doesn’t like this, and that’s when things take a deadly turn. What will happen to Sam and JoJo? What is Russ going to do to them?
This book was very well written and interesting. There are surprising twists and turns throughout the story that keep you eager to keep flipping the pages. It also covers a range of emotions that are wrapped in suspense. The characters are developed very well in this story. As you get deeper and deeper into the novel, you feel a strong connection with all of them. I give this book 5 stars because there is nothing I would change. Everything about it was utterly amazing. I definitely recommend this great read.