Love and Vandalism

336p. Sourcebooks/Fire. May 2017. pap. $10.99. ISBN 9781492636052.
Gr 9 Up—Since her mother died, Rory doesn't want to be at home with her father. While her dad spends time with his girlfriend, whom Rory just doesn't accept, Rory paints graffiti lions around her hometown. The lions express her rage and frustration and also help illustrate that "interesting art comes from dark places." If Rory were to get caught, she's sure that her father, a cop, just wouldn't understand. Eventually, she meets a young man, Hayes, who has his own share of demons, and the two seem to hit it off, even though Rory resists his attention at first. The author stays true to the theme that art is therapy and a vehicle for human connection. Rory is a strong character with fierce convictions. Drug use and sexual innuendos make this a good choice for older young adults. The nuanced character development stands out in this sensitive exploration of the healing power of art.
VERDICT This book will resonate with artists and art lovers alike. Recommended for both high school and public library collections.

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