Their plan was to graduate high school as fast as they could and all attend art school in New York. Piper and her two friends were counting on the acceptance letters. But after situations change, Piper ends up in a different life than she had before. Family life begins to get worse as her sister grows in size, her mother and father begin to stress over her future and things between her two besties starts to crumble. Piper’s only escape is art. But will it be enough to get her out of Texas? As two new boys are added to her already chaotic life, she begins to question her plan and starts testing the limits of her life.
"I LOVED this book....The characters are very personable and filled with so many quirks....Cagan incorporates many quotes from actual artists, with the intention of bringing more insight to the plot --- and it works so well."
I LOVED this book. It was pretty long, but I read it in two days. The characters are very personable and filled with so many quirks. This allowed me to connect with the characters more easily. I would like friends like Enzo and Kit. They were devoted, smart and witty. Also, their styles were super interesting. Cagan incorporates many quotes from actual artists, with the intention of bringing more insight to the plot --- and it worked so well. I am an artist and this book made me happy. It is very realistic and to have those periodic quotes, mostly from the pop art god himself: Andy Warhol, made it inspiring. After completing the book, I wished I could drop everything and “art” my heart out.
The author was very good at including details that would actually be found in a teenage girl’s diary: fawning over boys, bickering with friends and the roller coaster relationship she had with her parents. This was very important to the overall feel of the book because it was very easy to relate to it. The only thing I dislike about the book was the main character’s sister. She seemed overly rude and angry the whole book. It made me dislike her so much, which is probably what the author wanted me to feel. Cagan was very good at portraying emotions and how being a teenager makes it even worse. Overall I really enjoyed this book and I hope to read more by this author.
I recommend this book to anyone that is up for some inspiration. It’s all about growing up and finding your way through life. It is not very action filled, but it was able to catch and keep my attention throughout the book. The reader does not necessarily have to be an artist, there are a lot of quotes that correspond with life. It’s a coming of age book, dealing with social and mental growth, so the reader must be ready for some drama. It was interesting and the words seemed to flow very well.
Reviewed by McKenzie S., Teen Board Member on April 12, 2017