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Art Boss

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  132 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Artist Piper Perish has moved from her hometown of Houston, Texas, to New York City. Her days are spent exploring; her nights are filled with painting. It's her lifelong dream come true . . . . Except life in the city isn't as glamorous as it looks from afar. Piper's high-pressure work as an assistant to a famous modern artist takes away time from her own art. And Piper's ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Chronicle Books
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Kate ☀️ Olson
🎨 LOVED IT | @chroniclebooks #partner
I adored @kayla_cagan_writer ‘s last book (Piper Perish) and was ecstatic to hear there would be a sequel......and oh my goodness did this live up to and exceed my expectations 😍 While the first book was solidly a high school YA story, this one definitely moves past that as Piper is now graduated and living in NYC, but it remains 100% YA friendly, almost innocent compared to so much gritty YA now.
A love letter to the city. A love letter to art of all kinds.
Melanie Biehle
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t want this book to end! I loved Piper’s enthusiasm and I felt like I was right there with her on artistic adventures. I think I loved Art Boss even more than the first book! ❤ ...more
Catherine ♡
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ooh. Okay. So I didn't know this book was a continuation of Piper Perish, so I will most likely go back and read that. So that may have affected my reading. Overall though, unfortunately, I just didn't connect with this writing style at all.

I was really excited to read this at first - and I love experimental books, so the little drawings and doodles throughout the book were great and I still loved them. But the writing style itself, and the main character was just...annoying It can only be descr
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
I was thrilled when I found out that Piper Perish was getting a sequel... I loved the first book, and I especially loved Piper!

Art Boss was good, but I missed the characters from the first one. Her parents, her friends, even Marli (ugh)... Piper definitely belongs in NY, but the sequel was just missing some of the magic that the first one had.

I really hope that more of Piper's story is on the horizon!
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an advanced reader's copy due to the popularity Piper Perish was to our readers. This was a fascinating companion to the book that I know our young adult reader's will enjoy. Art Boss really puts the reader in perspective on following their dreams and the will of sacrifice the dream causes. A wonderful read that we are giving 5 stars for.
Picking up where the previous book left off, this one finds budding artist Piper Perish in New York City living the dream she's imagined for much of her life. She's left her family back in Houston and is spending the fall semester working for Carlyle Campbell while she waits for financial aid to start art school in January. But not surprisingly, living in the city is expensive, and even though her job also pays for her rent in a small room, she struggles financially. Being an artist, of course, ...more
This book picks up just after graduation. Piper has to face that her best buds are not going to the the trio that takes New York. She settles into a room in NYC and jumps into her job creating a back drop for a debut clothing designers first show. (No pressure there!)
All kinds of challenges surface but Piper is plucky and determined to follow this through. Frankly this is a do or die situation. She has to succeed with the show so she has money for college - her parents have had to divert her co
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2018
Thanks to NetGalley for the chance to read early and review.
Piper's back and she's finally realized her dream of moving to New York. It was fun to hang out with Piper again and follow her as she makes new friends and art in New York. I liked watching her ever-changing relationship with Silas, her school mentor.
If you enjoyed Piper's journey in the first book and needed more, you'll enjoy this portion of her journey in New York to become an Art Boss.
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me a few chapters to get used to the main character Piper, but I fell in love with the book, and the NYC it portrayed quickly. 5 stars! Note: Turns out this a sequel... so that explains the diving into the main character. beginning. Edit 2: I'm on the train, have a new book ready to go, and I kind of have a major book hangover. I think I'll go back and read the first book. I might even have it! Lol. Edit 3: Didn't have it so I bought it!
Rebecca Balcárcel
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-lit, reviewed
Meet Piper Perish, up close and personal! This first person, journal-style book gives the reader a front row seat to Piper's brain, and that's a fun place to be because she's an artist, a teen finding her way in a new city, and a gal who is discovering that she can make meaning, not just money -- which is good because she has a lot more meaning than money!

Young adults will key into Piper's search for authenticity in the fashion world of New York City. Plus, it's fun to see what everyone is weari
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
ART BOSS...I was happy to see the title phrase in book one, but surprised to see it applied to our girl Piper for book two. Happily surprised, mind you, but still, the shift was unexpected. Anywho, this time around, our fabulous girl Piper is taking on the Big Apple, meeting new friends while holding on to those long bonded with, and figuring out just how to make her art AND her mark in the world! It's not the future she dreamed of, but it's definitely a learning experience and with some fairly ...more
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
Rating 4.5 out of 5
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Piper Perish has arrived in New York City from Houston a fresh-eyed budding artist under contract to a fashion designer and modern artist who wants her to create seven copies of a piece of her work he saw on the Internet. It has been a dream of hers to move to NYC and become the artist she knows she is destined to be. At first, the City is as entrancing as she dreamed it to be. Then her work for the artist begins in earnest and her own art takes a back seat to her duties as one of his assistants ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received this book as an ARC
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Art Boss is a stunning and put together sequel to the well known book, Piper Perish. Although I did not read Piper Perish prior to reading this book, I still fully understood the plot of the story. Piper is a young artist, that has a big goal in mind to be successful in her career. Throughout the book, I really admired how well put together her character was, and how determined and motivational she was. I also really li
Kriz M
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I'll Say About This One Is That It Puts Your Dreams In Perspective And Makes You Think About Following And Achieving Them. Dreams And Goals Require Sacrifice. And Piper's Journey Through The Fashion Industry Of New York Is Definitely A Great Example Of The Hard Work You Have To Be Willing To Make To Achieve Success.

#PiperPerish #ArtBoss #KaylaCagan
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, net-galley
Art Boss is the sequel to Piper Perish. I actually have not read Piper Perish but the premise of Art Boss intrigued me. Unfortunately, I just could not get into this novel. I didn't like the format of Piper writing in a journal. It felt a bit disjointed and hard to understand what was happening. The story just didn't engage me and I ended up not finishing the novel.

*I received a free copy from Netgalley*
May 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
*i was sent an e arc in exchange for an honest review.* all opinions are my own.
I really did not like this one. From the beginning I disliked Piper. I found her naïve and not relatable at all. Then we met Silas and something about him bothered me instantly. I didn’t like the way he treated Piper at all. Overall would not recommend unfortunately.
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Thank you Goodreads for the opportunity to read this book. While I didn’t read the first book it really wasn’t a problem. I feel this is a stand alone story. I will however now make sure to read the first book. This is given me a new writer to look forward to reading.
michael mcneill
I received this book as an Advanced Readers copy:

The first thing that drew me in was the cover and the summary. As someone who does art, I was excited to see a book like this. However, what it didn't state was that it was a continuation of Cagan's other novel "Piper Perish" (Edit: The description here does state that, but on the book itself doesn't. This book does not work as a stand alone) . If you didn't know who the author was and just saw the book, you wouldn't know this. I'm not sure if thi
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Piper Perish’s dreams have finally come true: she’s living in New York while interning for an artist and is beyond excited to start art school in a few months. Only, things aren’t quite as perfect as she thought they’d be. She misses her family, her room is tiny, her financial aid is in jeopardy, and her
boss doesn’t care about Piper’s artistic vision. In diary style entries, the novel follows Piper over the course of her first few months in NYC as she makes new friends, learns how to support her
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"New york is everything i thought it would be and nothing i expected"- Piper

I love this book with my entire life, and the author as well. Been reading this since it came out in October. Didn't finish it sooner cause i felt too overwhelmed/depressed to actually pick up any book and read it all the way through. But this baby didn't miss a beat. Everytime that i opened this one up and felt motivated enough to continue, it felt like a soothing balm to my soul. I felt like i could understand/identify
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: coming-of-age
In my review of 'Piper Perish' I wasn't very positive. Piper was annoying and mean and her friends weren't likeable either.
I had received the Audiobook of 'Art Boss', before I started reading 'Piper Perish', so I still decided to read the sequel!
Overall, it was better than the first one.

Piper moves to New York to work and earn money that she'll use to go to art school.
Throughout the book she meets new people and faces struggles as she works for a famous artist.
What made this book better was the
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I would give this book a 3.5 stars. I liked getting to see Piper’s new friends that she meets in New York. I also thought that seeing her transition from Texas to New York was interesting. One thing that really bothered me about this book is how slow it is. Not much happens until the last third of the book, so it was a slow read for me and hard to get into. The plot is not very complex or original, but the characters were what made me enjoy this. I also was not a fan of the writing, because it w ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book absolutely does work as a standalone, no matter what other reviewers say - I didn't know it was a sequel until after I'd finished it. Although I did wonder why the situations with Marli, Kit, and Enzo weren't fleshed out, the novel is about a young woman pursuing an art career in New York, and that's where the emphasis is. Enough of Piper's backstory was given that we knew she had a past, and people she kept in touch with from back home, and that was plenty.

I liked that this was a real
Tara Weiss
My New York is not your New York. Not my idea, I attribute it to Colson Whitehead. But it is extremely important to consider this theory because the most realistic part of this book was when Silas says to Piper, "You got your New York legs." People who aren't native to NYC do not keep pace when walking and Piper learns to keep up. Things move fast and so do the people. So fast that this book's innocence is really missing part of the key ingredient to adjusting to the pace of Manhattan. For me, t ...more
J.H. Diehl
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Piper's ebullient voice sweeps you forward as she discovers New York City, and the city discovers her. Her #NYSeen posts are a brilliant trope for this coming-of-age story of an eighteen-year-old aspiring artist who's just left Houston and is on her own in New York. Piper takes big bites out the Big Apple, and of course it bites back. Cagan captures the energy, exuberance, up and downs of young Piper Perish, at a time when everything from the MET's galleries to the smallest discarded cup in the ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was okey. Nothing great.

I don't mind a journal-style, conversational book, however this one was very stream of conscience and not at all engaging. Even though we got the narrator's inner thoughts, there was very little plot. Although, a lot of obsessions over boys. It just turned her into a less intelligent girl.

In fact, many times I could skim, and only read the dialogue parts, enough to understand what was going on.

A shame, because I think the concept of the story was great. The deli
Bree (alibraryforone)

This book is said to be a standalone novel, or it also can be read as a companion novel, but that is not true. If you haven’t read Cagan's other book, Piper Perish, you are dropped into a world where you have no idea what's going on. A true standalone novel doesn’t account for you having read the author's other works. For most of what I read of the book I had no idea how or why or what was going on. And since I haven’t read Piper Perish, I feel that I cannot accurately review this book, and
Gina Perry
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved Piper Perish so I was thrilled to jump into her world again. Kayla brilliantly captures the energy and voice of a 19 year old young artist in NYC for the first time. The language is on point for a YA and the addition of sketches throughout seems absolutely critical. I also applaud her ability to accurately and naturally talk about art in the voice of that particular character. The story balances nicely between Piper's work ambition, the building of friendships, and a side of r ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ART BOSS really delves into what it feels like to be a young artist in the big apple, and the experience was fully immersive and beautifully done. Piper already felt like a friend from the first book, and I was delighted to continue her adventures while she learns what happens *after* a dream comes true.

As Piper gets her "New York legs," explores the city, makes friends, and figures out how to navigate her surroundings, her observations and experiences will having readers pulling for her every
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