Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. I love it because it is basically a squee-fest where book lovers can choose one book that they are DYING to get their hands on. Check it out!
Fingerprints of You
by Kristen-Paige Madonia
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.
Guys, FINGERPRINTS OF YOU sounds twisty and complex and complicated. With the recent-ish popularity of teenage mothers on TV and elsewhere, and the growing understanding of the difficulties they must deal with raising their own children when they are still basically children themselves, I think that this book sounds incredibly interesting and relevant. BONUS: it also sounds plain AWESOME. The first paragraph of this summary reminds me of that movie Mermaids, with Cher and Winona Rider: a mom who acts like a teenager and a daughter who struggles to fit in as they bounce around and find herself and understand relationships without becoming her mom in the process. And DOUBLE BONUS: ROAD TRIP!!! GAH!! You all know that I LOVE road trips. FINGERPRINTS OF YOU sounds like a solidly juicy coming-of-age that I can’t wait to get my mitts on.
Also, on a totally superficial note, LOOK at this COVER!! It’s so colorful and bright and gorgeous! I’m assuming that it’s maybe supposed to look like a tattoo, because that’s what it looks like to me, but WOW! So eye-catching.
FINGERPRINTS OF YOU is coming out August 7, 2012 from Simon & Schuster BFYR.