Fingerprints of You
This is one of my favorite covers of the year, especially since it is totally relevant to the story. And it’s so colorful…I could stare at it for hours.
Luckily, I managed to stop staring long enough to read the book. In a nutshell, this is what it’s about:
Lemon (yes, that’s her real name…it just happened to be her mom’s favorite paint color the month she was born) gets knocked up by the local tattoo artist her mom had the hots for. So her mom packs ‘em up and moves them to another town. There, Lemon finds Emmy, her BFF, and for their Christmas vacation, they decide to take off on an epic road trip (via Greyhound) to San Francisco. Emmy wants to get out of Dodge and take her mind off of her dad’s deployment to Afghanistan. Lemon wants to find her own father, hoping that in doing so she can figure out her mom and dad and better prepare herself for the birth of her own baby.
Lemon and Emmy are quite the pair. The are a mish-mash of brains, hormones, insightfulness, poor decisions (strip poker with your mom’s boyfriend, Lemon? Really?), devotion, and emotion.
And the adults in the book aren’t much better. They’re also smart (for the most part…not sure the tattoo artist was the brightest of bulbs), but also fucked up. Issues, people. Everyone in this book has Serious Issues.
But. They work through them. Mostly. My only complaint is that Lemon and Emmy are a bit too wise at times. But then they go and do something totally stupid so it kind of all balances out.
It’s Natalie‘s fault that I read this, because her review made it sound too good to pass up (and it is too good…so don’t pass it up). The IT-along gang seems to be a bad influence this month, as I also read Amglish, thanks to the Princess, and have Psycho USA waiting on my nook app because of Michelle.
Oh, and I almost forgot. A bookish quote!
“For me reading was the one thing I could never imagine letting go of, the hours of exploring other people’s lives through the rhythms and tempos of well-written stories.” (p. 208)