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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  241 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Mitchell Morrison and Josie Sedgwick have spent their whole lives at the Indian Paintbrush Community Village, a commune full of colorful characters tucked in the mountains of North Carolina, and they aren't particularly close--at least, not anymore. Josie wishes she could spend all of her time at Paintbrush planting tomatoes, hiking the trails, or throwing giant communal b ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Blaze Publishing, LLC
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I am unable to discern whether this book was, like, genuinely pretty good or whether the reading experience was so legitimately fabulous that it made a not-great book seem acceptable.

Because here is the thing about getting to open several presents at specific points in the book that are thing that are mentioned in the book at that point: It is awesome.

Presents are awesome. Books are awesome. Especially awesome? A READING EXPERIENCE ON THAT LEVEL OF IMMERSION, MY DEAR BOY.

I got this in a young ad
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
An ARC has been kindly provided by Blaze Publishing, via, in exchange for an honest review.

4 charming stars

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Charming: : ˈtʃɑːmɪŋ :adjective: charming: very pleasant or attractive. Synonyms: delightful, pleasing, pleasant, …

Well, this story is the epitome of charming. There is just this “little something” that kept me interested and immersed in this sweet story of coming of age.

Paintbrush is Hannah Bucchin’s first published work and I must confess I swooned over the pretty cover.
5 stars

I CANNOT BELIEVE this is a debut This author has to have more stuff published....

(^^^ an actual gif of me pouring tea while reading this book ^^^)

This was way too put together and awesome for a debut novel....

But alas. It is a debut. And I am blown away.

This book made me laugh and tear up and I stayed up all hours of the night to finish and I just have so many feels! What a fantastic story. It reminded me a lot of Running Barefoot, in that it had a such a sweet firs
Nadwa @PainfullyFictional
[I received a free advance review copy in exchange for an honest review]
I'm sobbing.
Not the cute kind of sobbing with a couple of tears running down my face. Nope, none of that.
It's the ugly kind. The one where you get under-eye bags for days afterwards.

I didn't realize how much I've missed YA contemporaries until now. Because I honestly gave up on them after Jandy Nelson's books, I'll Give You The Sun and The Sky Is Everywhere, because every book I re
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Sometimes, I just need other people to help me carry my thoughts around."
"She made a choice, and it was a shitty choice, and now she has to face the consequences."

Thanks to Blaze Publishing for providing me with an ARC in exchange of a honest review!

This was amazing.
This book is a sweet contemporary (with kinda coming-of-age tendencies) and I really love good written and structured contemporaries.
I instantly connected with Josie, I loved Mitchell and sadly I have to say that I'm used to the si
Joana Bookneeders
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

This was so adorable. I have been trying to read more contemporary books and romantic books, especially now that it's summer. And I have been enjoying them so much! They are always so cute, emotional and quick to read and this one was no exception! 

Paintbrush is the story of Josie and Mitchell. They have known
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
^ that was while I was reading the book. Read for the finished-the-book kind of review.

THIS BOOK WAS SO AMAZING I DID NOT EVEN TAKE NOTES. IT WAS NOT NECESSARY. I wish I could give it 62826288272 STARS IN HERE 'CAUSE IT DESERVES IT. I RECOMMEND IT 100%. The characters are just🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 The drama was🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 The whole thing was just amazing! I can't even!!! 555555555/5⭐️s
Jul 11, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Okay but excuse me, THIS COVER. *swoon*
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this cute adorable read! I just didn't want to put it down, and flew through it! The little gifts helped through too, as I received this book in a Once Upon A Book crate, so when I reached a certain page I would open up the gifts corresponding to that page, as labelled in the box.
I just got so invested in Josie and Mitchell's relationship, and also the background stories of the other characters. I don't want this to be the end of their story :( I mean, yeah I'm really pleased
Tiffany Heywood
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the main characters Josie and Mitchell so much. Josie is such a funky and lovable character. Her style of fashion made her stand out as a main character and really protrayed her background. I also loved how she is not scared to speak the truth no matter who she is with or who its about. Mitchell is also a lovable and connectable character. I felt very connected to him as a character and just wanted to give him a hug throughout the whole book with the situatuion he was in and how he was s ...more
Eve Messenger
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary
Lately, many YA contemporaries seem to try too hard to be funny, but Paintbrush flows with a natural humor that had me laughing out loud (at parts--this isn't necessarily a humor novel). Paintbrush exudes an aura of clarity and kindness. It's heartwarming, well-written, and I really enjoyed reading it. The characters are genuine and multidimensional, and in the vein of Sarah Dessen, we get to experience a great ensemble cast of characters, the stars being high school seniors Mitchell and Josie, ...more
Jacqueline Smith
A cute, quick, charming read! I actually loved the idea of the Paintbrush community, where everyone lives in cabins on top of a mountain. I wouldn't be so crazy about other aspects of living there, but I loved the setting.

The protagonists, Josie and Mitchell are your typical teenage friends-turned-lovers... but that isn't a bad thing! I loved their story as it developed and I was rooting for them every step of the way. Their love story was very comfortable and to be honest, that's the kind of r
S.E. Anderson
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to the Indian Paintbrush Community Village for Sustainable Living: a beautiful commune filled with colorful characters. Among them, two teens on the cusp of adulthood. One, Josie, is nature loving, loves the Paintbrush community, dresses in long skirts and wears a braid. The other, Mitchell, could be the polar opposite: he just wants to fit into his high school, he's on the swim team, popular, and doesn't want anything to do with these 'hippies'. 

Life on the commune is peaceful, until on
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received an early copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Paintbrush is a YA contemporary story that follows to teens, Mitchell and Josie, who live at the Indian Paintbrush Community Village. In their senior year of high school, both Mitchell and Josie are thinking about their future. Mitchell wants to get as far away from Paintbrush as possible. while Josie would rather stay. When Mitchell begins to get feelings for Josie, what will happen to his plans for
Suze Lavender
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Josie and Mitchell are living at the Indian Paintbrush Community for Sustainable Living, a commune in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Josie and Mitchell used to be best friends and they do still spend time together at Paintbrush, but at school they never interact. Josie loves everything about Paintbrush. She likes being outside, she loves working in the communal gardens and she enjoys spending time with everyone in the community. Mitchell can't wait to leave Paintbrush behind, he want ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, ya, friends-to-lovers
4.5 stars. What an awesome debut novel! I requested this on Netgalley because of the beautiful cover and I'm soooo glad I did. This book was so endearing! I loved the quirky set up of the sustainable living close knit community of Indian Paintbrush that Mitchell and Josie grew up in. It was really well balanced with that unique setting but then they also lived near a larger town and went to a normal high school. I felt like that kept it from being too "out there." I just really loved everything ...more
Darque  Dreamer
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Paintbrush was such an adorable read. I’ll admit, I had only added it to my tbr solely because I wanted to feel nostalgia for my North Carolina mountains, and, though I didn’t get as much of that as I would have liked, I really enjoyed the story. It was sweet and emotional and full of entertaining characters.

It was such an easy read. It was definitely predictable, but most contemporaries and YA romances are. It was a thought provoking, feel good story at its heart though, and it moved me.

It was
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing book. It was a typical contemporary book but everything about it made my just want to read and read and read until the very end. I couldn’t put this book down it was so good. I loved Josie and Mitchell. But I think my favorite character and who I identified with the most was Leah, the best friend. I loved the Paintbrush community. It reminded me of a hippy type community full of love and joy. Myra was like the community mother. The book was a really great read. I’m so very ha ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I ABSOLUTELY, 100% loved this one - enough so that I kept reading it until I could barely keep my eyes open last night and finished it as soon as I got my cup of coffee this morning. From the first page I was captured by the world of Paintbrush and by Mitchell and Josie's story. Mitchell and Josie were great main characters - likable and relatable. Their friends to lovers romance was adorable and it developed at a perfect speed. Hannah did a fantastic job of developing the world of Paintbrush - ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Often, YA books fall into cliched patterns, leaving me rolling my eyes and tossing the book in my "abandoned" pile. But Paintbrush, with its unique characters and even more unique setting, had me hooked right up to the last page. Though it is a YA romance, and does have some of those traditional tropes, it does not get caught up in overused plot lines. Josie and Mitchell are fresh and real characters and the setting of the hippie commune they call home is very unique and adds a colorful element ...more
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review"

Vote: 🌟🌟🌟🌟,5/5 shiny bright stars.

Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin is what I call a genuine YA romance. It's set in a kind of hippie community and it's about two eighteen-year-old friends -but not really friends- who eventually fall in love with each other.
They both have lived in the Paintbrush community since they were children and grown up together. Until they started High School. They were still friends but s
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually prefer to read other genres besides contemporary because so many of them are similar. This one, however, blew me away. I really loved how the problems that the two main characters faced were so relatable to so many people. I went through the same thing that Mitchell faces, and while I reacted a completely different way, I understood him and related to him. I also had the same outlook as Josie for her life in high school and afterward. I cannot explain how much I loved these c
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Real rating: 2,5 / 5
This review was orginally posted on my blog.

**Thank you to Blaze publishing, who provided me with an e-ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I had high expectations for this book, mainly because it features one of my favourite romance tropes (friends to lovers). Aside from the romance aspect, it also promised a “commune full of colorful characters tucked in the mountains of North Carolina”. I was excited to read it, but, unfortunately, Paintbrush didn’t d

Kirsty Hanson
When I read the blurb of this book, it didn't really seem that interesting or captivating, but I went into it anyway knowing that I could surprise me, and it really did. Paintbrush is Hannah Bucchin's debut novel and she broke into the world of YA with a bang. This is a truly remarkable debut that will stay in my heart forever.

Mitchell Morrison and Josie Sedgwick have spent their whole lives at the Indian Paintbrush Community Village, a commune full of colourful characters tucked in the mountain
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I started reading Paintbrush on 06/07/17 and finished it on 12/07/17. This book is just beyond any description – I loved it so so much! Paintbrush is a beautiful coming-of-age contemporary novel told in the perspectives of Josie and Mitchell – two teenagers who live in a community village which resides on one of the mountains of North Carolina. I absolutely loved the setting of the novel and I appreciated how nature is one of the main aspects of the plot (
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute love story between childhood friends taking place in rural North Carolina. Which has some very picturesque scenes, I might add. Mitchell and Josie grow up living on this community reservation, which I think is one of the best parts of the book. It's like living at camp your whole life! Not that I'd actually want to live there, I think it'd get old, but it is a super fun place for a setting. And the whole community is just hilarious and wacky and eccentric. It's a mix of old hippi ...more
Eve (Functioning Insanity Reviews)

I received a copy from NetGalley for an honest review.

Rating: 4 Stars

We follow Josie and Mitchell seniors a few weeks from graduating. They have spent their whole lives together and used to be the best of friends which is easy to see being the only kids at the time at Indian Paintbrush Community Village-AKA Paintbrush. Josie loves Paintbrush and is content to spend her time there while Mitchell is ready to get as far away as possible. The live separate li
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this copy from the publisher (Blaze Publishing) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin is a book that surprised me in just how much it draws you in. I’m not one for contemporary, so I was very unmotivated to read this book (having requested due to the gorgeous cover). I was very pleasantly surprised by the great writing style that Hannah uses, and she way she drew me into the odd world of the Indian Paintbrush Community Village.


The plot
So I admit that I was drawn to the beautiful colors on the cover of this one. And its quite fitting because the plot centers around two teens who were raised "in a commune full of hippies and mountain folk." That being said, just like hippies and mountain folk, the book is very laid back and pretty slow moving so don't expect much action or quick pacing or even very much angst. Things just happen, and the characters deal with them. Mitchell (athletic, funny, good-looking, ready for college away ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given an e-arc from Blaze Publishing for an honest review, thank you!

I love the cover, I honestly want to take out my watercolors from the drawer and doodle something.
This is beautiful YA romance, I think the author has captured the essence of feeling and self-esteem issues that people that age might go through, at the same when anyone start relationship from the very start.

This is novel where two main characters Josie and Mich live in commune called Paintbrush with their families and man
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Hannah Bucchin has spent her life falling in love with beautiful places, both real and fictional. She grew up in charming Bethlehem, PA, went to college in sunny Chapel Hill, NC, spent a summer studying wildlife in Tanzania, volunteered on organic farms across New Zealand, and hiked all over Acadia National Park in Maine. When not writing, reading, or adventuring, she likes to daydream about the d ...more

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