Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fingerprints of You

Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 272
Keywords: pregnancy, road trip, self discovery
Format Read: Hardcover from publisher in exchange for honest review (thank you!)

Summary: Lemon grew up with Stella, a single mom who wasn't exactly maternal. Stella always had a drink in her hand and a new boyfriend every few months, and when things got out of hand, she would whisk Lemon off to a new town for a fresh beginning. Now, just as they are moving yet again, Lemon discovers that she is pregnant from a reckless encounter — with a guy Stella had been flirting with. 
On the verge of revisiting her mother's mistakes, Lemon struggles to cope with the idea of herself as a young unmarried mother, as well as the fact that she's never met her own father. Determined to have at least one big adventure before she has the baby, Lemon sets off on a cross-country road trip, intending not only to meet her father, but to figure out who she wants to be.

I've had this just sitting on my shelf for about a year, and I picked it up on a whim because of another blogger's choice to put it in their top ten books they read this year. I must say, it's not what I normally would have picked up, but it was a phenomenal book.

Lemon (fantastic name) was such an interesting character. She began by telling the reader when she lost her virginity, and that she wanted to pursue this guy at the tattoo parlor just because her mom had been flirting with him and she wanted to see if she could be with him. It was a great start to who she was. She grew up so much over the course of the novel, and I found myself surprised that I genuinely cared about her.

Emmy was her best friend, and she was equally wonderful — the popular girl in school who got bored with her normal lifestyle and befriended Lemon on a whim. The two took a road trip to California during their winter break to get out and be on their own, meeting a variety of people on the way and learning about why they were truly going.

Madonia's writing style was refreshing — we were inside Lemon's head as she narrated her story, and it was every bit believable as being inside a young pregnant teen's head. I loved the way she viewed others and the way she experienced the world. The book was just so impressively written, and I flew through it much faster than I thought I would. Highly recommended for its level of quality writing and unique story line and characters.

Read When: You need a teen on a journey of self-discovery with a different family lifestyle and some cool friends.

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