The Blue Notebook

  • by James Levine
  • Narrated by Meera Simhan
  • 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A haunting yet astonishingly hopeful story of a young Indian prostitute who uses writing and imagination to transcend her reality.An unforgettable, deeply affecting tribute to the powers of imagination and the resilience of childhood, The Blue Notebook tells the story of Batuk, a precocious 15-year-old girl from rural India who was sold into sexual slavery by her father when she was nine. As she navigates the grim realities of the Common Street - a street of prostitution in Mumbai where children are kept in cages as they wait for customers to pay for sex - Batuk manages to put pen to paper, recording her private thoughts and stories in a diary.The novel is powerfully told in Batuk's voice, through the words she writes in her journal, where she finds hope and beauty in the bleakest circumstances.Beautifully crafted and deeply human, The Blue Notebook explores how people, in the most difficult of situations, can use storytelling to make sense of and give meaning to their lives. All of the U.S. proceeds from this novel will be donated to the International and National Centers for Missing and Exploited Children (


What the Critics Say

"The Blue Notebook is a deeply moving story and a searing reminder of the resilience of the human spirit. It is a tribute to how writing can give meaning and help one transcend even the most harrowing circumstances. The voice of Batuk, the unforgettable child prostitute heroine, will stay with the reader a long, long time." (Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Thank you for opening my eyes...

I just finished this and then sobbed for an hour. Thank you for reminding me that not every child grows up in a nurturing enviroment. I am empowered to do something for others, thank you.
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- Joan

truth is so painful.......

Like they is not safe in this world to be a young girl. This story of a young Indian girl sold into prostitution is repeated several times daily in every country. This is raw painful truth. Difficult to listen to at times, yet the story is told so incredibly well, as a matter of fact. Highly recommended.
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- Patricia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-07-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio