November 3, 2015

Book Review: Paint My Body Red by Heidi R. Kling

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Book Review: Paint My Body Red by Heidi R. KlingPaint My Body Red on November 2, 2015
Pages: 304
Format: ARC

Sometimes you have to lose everything to find where you truly belong.
Eighteen-year-old Paige Mason’s problems aren’t ordinary. Not anymore.
After the cluster of suicides at her Silicon Valley high school, everything changed. All her bright plans of attending a fancy private college, finding a solid group of girlfriends, falling in love...everything faded to ashes.
In order to feel something in the face of numb, dulling pain, she made bad choices. Dangerous choices. And now that she's been shipped back to her sick father’s dilapidated Wyoming ranch, Paige has a choice. Piece together the jagged edges of her past, or give up a potentially incredible future with Jake, the cowboy she can’t stay away from no matter how hard she tries...

I went into Paint My Body Red only knowing that it had something to do with suicide. Other than that, I knew absolutely nothing. I think that may be partly why I ended up loving Paint My Body Red so much; it completely blew me away and touched on subjects that I didn’t even think it would.
The story follows a girl named Paige who lives in California. In her town, teenagers have been mysteriously killing themselves by standing in the way of a train, though nobody knows exactly why. However, it’s strange that so many people are committing suicide at the same time in the same way at the same exact place. For that reason, Paige’s mother sends Paige away to spend time in Wyoming with her sick father. She’s not looking forward to it all–she jut wants to go to Wesleyan and can’t wait for summer to be over. In Wyoming, she finds that her father is way sicker than she thought. She also meets a boy named Jake who has been helping her father a lot.
Paige was a very interesting character. I felt horrible for her as I learned more of her story, which is told throughout the pages. She’s been through a lot and is still very strong considering what she has had to endure. Plus, so many people at her school were committing suicide. It’s rather scary. I’m glad that she met Jake. I loved their relationship; the two of them were great. Jake really helped Paige loosen up a bit which was nice to see. I know that she liked it too.
I love the way that this story was told, and I feel that it’s worth mentioning. Paige loves writing and is actually going to college for creative writing. She keeps a journal in which she’s been trying to tell her story of what she’s been through. The reader actually gets to read about the past through entries titled “then” which are scattered throughout the “now” story. Sometimes I thought that I liked the “then” parts better, though the more I read, the more I knew that I honestly loved the “now” parts as well. That’s why Paint My Body Red is an all-around amazing book that I won’t cease recommending.

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