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Paint My Body Red by Heidi R. Kling
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it was amazing

Paige is on her way to her father's ranch to spend the summer there. After traumatic events at home she needs a change of scenery before the start of her first semester as a student. Jake, a nice guy who isn't much older than Paige, is picking her up from the airport and he's taking her to the place that used to be her home. When she arrives at the ranch nothing is like she remembered it. Her father has ALS and while before there were plenty of people now there are only two people left who are taking care of him. Slowly Paige's body is starting to heal and she's finally able to tell her story. She writes it all down in a diary. Even though she likes Jake she isn't ready to let someone in again, too much has happened for her to be able to do that...

Paint My Body Red is a beautiful story about a girl who's had a difficult time. Paige needs to get away from that life. At Paige's high school students were committing suicide. Heidi R. Kling managed to write about that in a sensitive way. I was curious to find out what happened to Paige and could really feel her pain. I read this book in one sitting, because I couldn't put it away. I had to keep reading to see what would happen to her and to find out what happened in her past. There are two different types of chapters, a then and a now part which works really well. It's clear what is what and it makes the story easy to follow.

I instantly liked Paige, but because of what she says about herself I was on guard. She went through something traumatic and when she arrives at the ranch another difficult situation is waiting for her. I think Heidi R. Kling wrote about ALS in such an honest way. It was both sad and loving. Paige has so much to deal with. Sometimes life is like that and I admire the sensitive way Heidi R. Kling deals with all of those issues. She's written such an excellent story. Her writing is gripping and I think this book is really, really good.
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November 2, 2015 – Shelved

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