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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  111 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Rory has a secret: she’s the vandal who paints graffiti lions all over her small town. If her policeman dad knew, he’d probably disown her. So when Hayes, a former screw-up on the path to recovery, catches her in the act, Rory’s sure she’s busted. Instead, he makes her a deal. If Rory shows him around town, he won’t turn her in. It might be coercion, but at least the boy i ...more
320 pages
Published May 1st 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
DNF @ 43%

"Want to know what shade of brown my shit was this morning too, Dad? How about the scent of my farts?" I half stand and wave my hand behind me, as if offering him a waft from my butt.


I'm so done with this

Look, this idea is cute. But I feel nothing for the main character. She’s neither relatable or interesting. Instead, she spends all her time thinking about her art and how awful it is that her father (a cop) wants her to stop vandalizing property.
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-s
I roar and scream again and again until all the lions are overcome by my passion

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2 / 5

This was an odd book. It had one spectacular twist and some exploration of art, mental health, alcoholism, family relationships and the like, but there was also a whole load of eye rolling on my part and cringe-worthy scenes. Love and Vandalism is, in essence, a romance story.

I sigh. I'm way to stubborn to be a true artist because I don't give a shit if he's dripping and deformed and his colours are all wro
I received an ARC of Love and Vandalism via giveaway from the publisher, this in no way affects my review or thoughts on the book.

Okay, so I've been insanely busy with finals, and still am to be honest, but I felt like I needed to say something about this book, so here we go. There are spoilers ahead, but only ones I felt that needed to be brought up due to problems with the book. Because of this, the rest of my review in hidden as a spoiler.

To start off:

TRIGGER WARNING: There's rape in this b
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love and Vandalism is a surprising and heartfelt novel about art, family, emotional overload, and reconnecting.

Rory creates her art in the dark depths of night, spray painting her lions onto vacant walls and overpasses. It helps her control her rage and rebel against her father. Art is the thing she has most in common with her artist mother. But Rory has a plan to escalate her art and paint a lion that is larger and far more visible than all her previous pieces. She knows she will need help to p
Julie   (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
I've never read anything from this author before, but I wanted to give this one a shot because I love books with artsy main characters, as I'm an artsy girl myself. I sadly didn't love it as much as I had hoped. I'm having issues gathering all of my thoughts on this one without giving too much away, so I will make a list. Everyone likes lists, right?!

What I liked:
I enjoy when books are able to surprise me, and I really didn't see a little twist coming with Rory's story. It happens fairly early
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, netgalley
I don’t even know where to begin. I hate reviews with spoilers so I’m going to do my best to avoid any here. I’ve read quite a few books this year and just began reading ARCs, this is my third and by far my favorite.

I guess the best place to begin is the beginning. Rory Capers, full of unexplained teenage angst, trying to figure out emotions that the reader can’t even begin to understand. Rory. Whose dad is a cop and doesn’t know that his daughter is a vandal. Rory. Who is denying a very real is
May 09, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: did-not-finish
Love & Vandalism was mostly slow-paced, I thought about putting it down so many times but there was something about it that kept me reading up until about 60% in at least. I couldn’t read on after that.

I tried, I really did. As much as it pained me to leave this book unfinished when I was so far in, I just couldn’t read on. I was still trying to “connect” with the female lead character at 60% in and to be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to finishing it so I put it down. Better that than to
Zee Yasser
May 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I hate Hayes.
Thats it.
I just find him so annoying that I practically had to force myself to complete the story just so I would know what happened to Rory.
He just seems like the kind of person that would constantly blame Rory for everything in the futurs.
Apr 22, 2017 rated it liked it
May 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017
"No matter how hard our hearts are, they are all broken eventually by someone."

Love and Vandalism could have been a quick and enjoyable read. It’s not one of the best or worse books I’ve read but I highly disagree with the way the author handled certain topics in her novel.
I have to do a trigger warning here. This novel is very graphic in two scenes depicting suicide and rape. So graphic even, that I could be quite harmful for some readers.

The plot is exciting and never really gets boring. We ha
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cliché tolerants and graffiti lovers :))
Shelves: arc
Okay so I'm salty because Goodreads malfunctioned and deleted my completed review, so here goes the condensed version. Also, please excuse the choppiness of this, because I'll be more or less spitting out whatever I remember as I remember, and I really don't feel like editing.

Basically, although I did enjoy reading Love and Vandalism, the extremely cliché parts could definitely make or break the book for some people. In a good way, the writing style sort of helped to balance out some of the over
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
[Review posted on]

I actually started writing this review while I was still reading Love and Vandalism by Laurie Boyle Crompton. I just needed to gush about this book.

I spent a few days slowly reading the first nine chapters or so, not really getting into the plot. I did like the main character, Rory, which is what kept me interested. Then, boom. The reason for Rory's character, the reason she paints badass lions all over her hometown, the reason her relationship with he
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mp1
Love and Vandalism was a very angry and sensitive book, and I loved reading this book due to all of the drama and entertainment inside. This book basically tells a story about what any human can go through and how meeting someone can really change something. I would recommend reading it due to this but only to those looking for entertainment on a lazy day or want something that tells a story.
In this book, there is a girl named Rory who has gone through a lot in her years. For her to get over i
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I recieved an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Love and Vandalism introduces us to Rory, a fiesty teenage artist always equipped with a spray can and a sarcastic remark. She deals with her teenage angst and feelings by painting secret graffiti art around her small town, until one day the mysterious new guy in town, Hayes, catches her in the act. Instead of turning her in to her policeman father, who has forbidden her art, Hayes essentially blackmails Rory into being his new tou
John Clark
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rory paints lions, extremely fierce ones, but has to be extremely careful to avoid getting caught doing so because her father is a policeman and has forbidden her from involvement in any artistic activity. Her mother gave her that artistic talent and the early part of the story features several conversations between them that help readers to understand how she's pulled between her parents' expectations and concerns. Rory's relationship with her dad is rocky at best and is often closer to outrigh ...more
Eileen (BookCatPin)
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love and Vandalism was a good read. It tackled some hard topics which I felt were done realistically. The characters weren't the easiest to like but I genuinely wanted them to find closure and happiness.

I really like the way the writing was set up to reveal certain aspects of the story. I knew something was off but we don't grasp what it is right away. The story slowly brings the twists out- that moment of clarity where you realize there are valid reasons as to why the characters were acting out
Victoria Bunce
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA readers
Shelves: reviewed
First off, I love the book description: "He calls it fate. She calls it blackmail." I was in from the get-go based upon that one line! Rory and Hayes are going through so much, and I questioned whether or not I was ready for their journey, but I'm so glad I was there for the ride. Rory's got a lot going on when she encounters Hayes with his own path to recovery - their witty banter and chemistry jumps off the pages. Their interactions are priceless, and it's what kept me turning the pages when I ...more
Colette Booterbaugh
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
More of a 3.5 but half stars are *still* not an option and I couldn't bring myself to rate it 3 stars. It was an easy read and the teens felt way older than they were, but I appreciated the way the author made hard topics reachable for younger readers without glamorizing them as many authors do in young adult novels. The twist was lovely. I appreciated the main character's growth and that it really wasn't a romance, despite the title, which I think alluded to something deeper than romance. I wou ...more
Mel Anie
Jun 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Netgalley's eArc in exchange for an honest review.
Stars: 2

I had hight hopes for this book. The cover looks amazing and the title sounded like a perfect summer read.
Sadly, unfinished summer read.
The book is so slow paced, with scenes jumping from scene to scene. It sounded boring and odd.
I've gone to check for the other reviews and sadly they didn't encourage me to further reading of this book.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017
First chapter she meets a guy & goes to his place alone, without telling anyone where she went, or who she was with, smokes pot with him, makes out with him, the author leaves us hanging if they actually had sex or not & this male character doesn't even get a name. For a YA novel this is ridiculously risky behavior without addressing it as such. Even after a second encounter still no name for this character.
Heavy on the bad behavior & light on the resolutions & character growth.
Samantha Edwards
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Was cute but really not what I really love. Was fun to fill up a couple hours.
Leonie Stephenson
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Would give it 3 1/2
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, on-kindle-app
I received an ARC on Netgalley and here's my review.

So, well.. actually I don't know where to start. The book was good. Interesting. Intense. Well written. I just... guess it was different from what I expected.
I didn't like Rory for the first half of the book. She was really annoying and treated everyone like cr@p. I didn't like that side of her. Even knowing why she was so angry and scared to love anyone, it was still too much. I'm glad she worked it out at some point.
Hayes.... there were ti
Deena Lipomi
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-books-read
VOYA review to come!
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was such a good book to reintroduce me to the YA world after exams. It was so freeing in a sense that as the characters work through their own problems, I was also releasing all of my tension more and more as I read on.
As always, Laurie Boyle Crompton never fails to capture my love and attention, and no matter how I’m feeling when I start her novels, I’m absolutely giddy by the end. I’m telling you, she has some kind of magical power.
Other specific things that I loved about this book were t
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it
When Rory is caught by Hayes spray painting a graffiti lion, little did either of them know how quickly their troubled lives were about to connect. Rory is an artist whose fathers forbids her to paint. Hayes is an alcoholic on the road to recovery. As the story unfolds, layer by layer Hayes and Rory's pasts are peeled away until we meet two very vulnerable teens who can actually make each other whole. Laurie Boyle Crompton has written a gritty female protagonist who will leave readers cheering h ...more
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Rory spray paints lions on various surfaces around her town. She does this to honor her mother, release her aggression and get back at her father. Rory's father, a police sergeant, has forbidden Rory to express herself via any artistic medium. Rory doesn't believe that art is a problem and has a dream to paint a huge lion on the city water tower. Along the way she meets Hayes, a teen who has his own set of issues. While there is potential in Love and Vandalism (or Graffiti Love-as the book is ti ...more
Amanda Coppedge
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story about a girl using subversive art therapy on herself.
Klaudyna Szarafinski
rated it did not like it
Sep 08, 2017
Olivia Farr
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Love and Vandalism” was not what I expected from the synopsis. This isn’t really a book about crime and punishment or about blackmail. It’s really a book about redemption and personal growth. Rory is a vandal in her spare time, painting beautiful lions around town with spray paint. She hides this from her father, who is not only very anti-art but also a policeman. She and her father have been very distant for the last year or so, and Rory’s choices have not always been the best. This new boy, H ...more
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