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Love and Vandalism
Contributor(s): Crompton, Laurie Boyle
ISBN: 1492636053     ISBN-13: 9781492636052
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
    OUR PRICE: $13.19  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: May 2017
Annotation: Painting graffiti lions all over her town, anonymous artist Rory is caught by a former vandal who promises not to turn her in if she shows him around town, but as the two grow closer, Rory finds herself forced to confront a buried secret.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Graffiti; Fiction.
Conduct of life; Fiction.
Secrets; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2016050760
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 0.75" (0.84 lbs) 323 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 March)

Gr 9 Up—Since her mother died, Rory doesn't want to be at home with her father. While her dad spends time with his girlfriend, whom Rory just doesn't accept, Rory paints graffiti lions around her hometown. The lions express her rage and frustration and also help illustrate that "interesting art comes from dark places." If Rory were to get caught, she's sure that her father, a cop, just wouldn't understand. Eventually, she meets a young man, Hayes, who has his own share of demons, and the two seem to hit it off, even though Rory resists his attention at first. The author stays true to the theme that art is therapy and a vehicle for human connection. Rory is a strong character with fierce convictions. Drug use and sexual innuendos make this a good choice for older young adults. The nuanced character development stands out in this sensitive exploration of the healing power of art. VERDICT This book will resonate with artists and art lovers alike. Recommended for both high school and public library collections.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI

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