Paint Your Hair Blue

Sue Matthews, with her sister, Andrea Cohane 1300227751995



Sue Matthews, with her sister, Andrea Cohane

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Taylor Matthews is the main character. If you’ve ever loved someone with all your strength, mind, heart, and soul, Paint Your Hair Blue: A Celebration of Life with Hope for Tomorrow in the Face of Pediatric Cancer, will appeal to you. Your heart will break and soar, sometimes simultaneously, as you learn about Taylor’s fierce courage and unremitting resolve to not permit cancer to scar her spirit along with her body. As much as any drug or medical protocol, readers quickly realize that Taylor’s best medicine, and the one that worked better than any other, was the lavish and unconditional love of her father, mother, and sisters. You will come away from the book with a vivid understanding of how truly short and precious life is and a greater willingness to add more color as we go along.


Comedy, Family, Drama, Memoir, Epic

Short Summary

Taylor Matthews was diagnosed with cancer at 11 years old. From day one, Taylor would not allow cancer to stop her from living a full and fun life. Her smile and laugh were infectious. She was a force of nature, a kid with cancer, never a “cancer kid.” She simply refused to let it define her.

Taylor loses her battle with cancer but her legacy of helping others lives on through her foundation which funds pediatric cancer research. The lessons she taught all of us will remain with us forever. We will forever be a family of five with my husband and other 2 daughters.


New York, Houston, Germay

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Taylor Matthews

Age: 16

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Aspiring, Leader, Perseverance, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Funny, Adventurous, Aggressive, Beautiful, Crazy, Confident, Empathetic, Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: Sue & Bob Matthews; Andrea Cohane; friends; medical professionals

Age: 43

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Leader, Outspoken, Skillful, Adventurous, Aggressive, Complex, Confident, Desperate, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: Bob Matthews

Age: 44

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous, Confident, Decisive, Engaging, Leader, Outspoken, Selfless, Complex, Educated, Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: Andrea Cohane

Age: 33

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Skillful, Complex, Confident, Engaging, Faithful, Funny

Development Pitch

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available



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Supplemental Materials




Taylor is a vibrant 11 year old girl whose world drastically changes when she is diagnosed with cancer. Her mother describes how her courageous daughter continues to live through hospital visits, chemotherapy and teenage adventures until her last breath.

Overall Rating


Point of View


Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: EXCELLENT

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

The book profile accurately reflects the book.

Draw of Story

Knowing that Taylor doesn't survive drew me into the story. There is no a happily ever after, but a real look into humanity, struggles and the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Possible Drawbacks

The story is very heavy because you are told Taylor doesn't make it. It's hard to see such a young life fight for so long to lose her battle in the end.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that a young girl fought cancer and lost, but lived so much in her 16 years and was loved by many. There are many recent films about young people with terminal illnesses. They can be dark and heavy but also full of hope and beautiful moments. This follows the same path.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a large fanbase because movies like it have done very well and are critically acclaimed. This story is from Taylor's mothers' perspective but if there were more focus on Taylor's perspective and the journey through her eyes, it could reach the same young adult audience.

Awards Potential

This could have awards potential. It is definitely a drama with ample opportunities for dramatic acting. With the right cast and perspective, it could have great dramatic impact.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

There isn't anything original about this story. It is very similar to other stories about teenagers with cancer and it is a true story, leaving little room to dramatize to make it more unique.

Lead Characters

The lead character is Taylor's mother who is very strong and determined to do her best by her daughter and family. She fought for Taylor and questioned the decisions the doctors where making fr her. She was fierce and scared and vulnerable. She was a very real woman facing the biggest challenge of her life. She was flawed but resilient.

Uniqueness of Story

This is not a rare gem as it stands, but it is a beautiful story.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, Film - Studio, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series

Analyst Recommendation



This is a beautiful story but it has been done many times. It is not, at the moment, unique enough to be a recommend.