The Gallery of Unfinished Girls
Mercedes Moreno is an artist. At least, she thinks she could be, even though she hasn’t been able to paint anything worthwhile in the past year.
Her lack of inspiration might be because her ab ...more
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I'm going to be honest and say I picked this up almost exclusively because of the bi main character. And I am so, so glad I did. This book is freaking amazing and REALLY underrated.
Gallery of Unfinished Girls is an intensely beautiful magical realism story: not at all what I expected, but somehow everything I needed. Karcz manages to pull together themes about growing up, moving on, and being an artist into the same book. And it works perfectly. The message of the book develops ove ...more
It’s a coming-of-age magical realism novel following Mercedes Moreno, a bisexual Puerto Rican painter who finds the Red Mangrove Estate, a magical building in which every artist is the best version of themselves.
It’s also a book I find really hard to describe. It’s sad, but it’s the happiest sad book you’ll ever read. It’s character-driven and has barely any plot, but so much happens. It’s surreal, it has magic in it, and ...more
red is the colour of blood, of apples, of the T-shirt I bought on our last, worst all-Moreno family vacation .. red is flame and fury. red is thin and shallow and covers everything. red loves you back
things I have learnt about myself at age 19: I need to read whimsical books via audio instead of physical because this whimsical writing style never sticks with me (in audio form it does?)
Anyway, I guess I wanted to be more engaged with this then I was. I was so excited to read this book, and li ...more
“The estate guides us to fulfil its needs,” Lilia says, “with art and music, structure and form, color and light. But it knows what you need, too.”
This was a YA magical realism story about a girl who was an artist, but had a bit of a creative block.
Mercedes was an okay character although she seemed to lack focus a bit when it came to her art, so it was good for her when Lilia turned up to help h ...more
u kno those books which r soft & quiet & make loving girls normalised rather than this Big Thing? yeah pls read this
When Lauren sent it to me, it was just for the purpose of glancing through it to suggest a new title. I definitely wanted to read it at a future time, but I had a dozen things to do that evening, and really could only spare under an hour to glance through, get a sense of the language, and suggest some titles.
Hours later, the dozens of things I planned to do weren't done, and I was turning the final page ...more
Mercedes Moreno is having a tough time. Her abuela is in the hospital, she can’t figure out what to paint for the county show, and there’s a piano in her yard. Pile on top of that the college responses she’s waiting for and the fact that her best friend Victoria—the best friend who could possibly, in a perfect world, love her back—is set on leaving Florida for New York, and everything seems like it’s on a downward spiral.
Until, that is, she finds that perfect world in a mys ...more
So like, if I’m not going to get girls in love, then what am ...more
A copy of this novel was provided by HarperCollins for review via Edelweiss.
Why I did not finish The Gallery of Unfinished Girls:
I wanted to like The Gallery of Unfinished Girls. The premise sounded good, the cover is gorgeous, and it’s about a bisexual Puerto Rican girl. However, The Gallery of Unfinished Girls was just not for me, and here’s why:
1) The writing style in this book was at times incredibly simple, and at others it was filled with so many metaphors it was difficult to d ...more
The story did pick up by the last quarter of the book, but the middle managed to bore me, so overall 3 stars seems fair.
I liked many elements of the novel, but for some reason they did not make a strong impression. I wanted more, more depth, more color...
The protagonist of The Gallery of Unfinished Girls is Mercedes. She's 17 Latinx girl, she's graduating high school, she's an artist, her best friend is dancer Victoria and Mercedes has feelings for her.
I enjoyed reading dynamics Me ...more
Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.
Pros: Atmospheric, surprising, with a strong art commentary and a poignant coming-of-age message.
Cons: The side characters might use more depth. If you like spelled-out endings, you won't find one here.
Will appeal to: People who make art. People who don't, but want to peek into an artist's mind. People who like to read about a teen's family dynamics and personal growth. Most of all, people who crave for spellbinding bo ...more
Anyway, tiny rant over - this is a very odd book. There are lovely moments, but most of the time things just... happen, without making any sense and for no apparent reason. As much as I love the weird and surreal, it has to be done right - ...more
I absolutely adored The Gallery of Unfinished Girls. It follows Mercedes Moreno, an artist lacking inspiration and struggling to follow up her award winning Food Poisoning #1. Her lack of inspiration could be because her Abuela is lying in a coma in Puerto Rico after suffering from a stroke, or because she's hopelessly in love with her best friend Victoria, but is too afraid to admit her feelings. But then art begins to appear ...more
Thanks to the publisher for a digital advance reader's copy, provided via Edelweiss. ...more
Thankfully, Lauren Karcz's The Gallery of the Unfinished Girls contains so much more than just a pretty cover! Lush, introspective, and a tad bit eccentric, The Gallery of Unfinished Girls chronicles the eventful, life changing year of the Moreno sisters.
The Gallery of the Unfinish ...more
The Gallery of Unfinished Girls has an ephemeral magic that surrounds you as you’re reading the story. It wraps you in comfort and possibility and creativity. We follow Mercedes Moreno, struggling art student, as she tries to find her clarity after being unable to finish a piece over the past year. New neighbor, Lilia Solis, brings possibility with the mysterious Red Mangrove Estate, where Merc ...more
(view spoiler)[ I loved the metaphor going on with art and the best perception of yourself, but man, because of the lack of character development, it doesn't had the pow it co ...more
Ahhh what a book! Art truly brings out the best in us as well as the worst even.
It was freeing—a mess of guilt and creativity and dirty water.
Mercedes and her sister, Angela, were the stars of this story but special call out for Lillia. The latter had the perfect air of enigma and That climax was brilliant I mught add. Also the mentions and reference of my favourite artists was a delight!
Regardless, hooray for Mercedes and her sister Angela being Puerto Rican! Also, Mercedes is bisexual. Can't forget that important detail! ...more
THE GALLERY OF UNFINISHED GIRLS is Lauren's debut novel. It was a 2017 Junior Library Guild selection and a 2019 ALA Rainbow List honore ...more