Review by Lauren
copy sent for review, but all opinions are my own
Lemon Williams was raised buried in the shadow of her free-spirited mother, Stella, and consequently her childhood was spent on the move – dodging disasters and mastering the art of packing up apartments, of being the new kid, and of leaving the past behind.
But when Lemon begins her senior year at another new school, she realizes she’s taken an inescapable part of their last life with them: She’s pregnant. In an attempt to fill in the gaps of her history and to avoid repeating Stella’s mistakes, she decides she must set things right by going in search of the father she’s never met. So as new life grows inside her, Lemon boards a Greyhound bus and heads west to San Francisco in hopes of freeing herself from her childhood mishaps and discovering the true meaning of family.
Review: This is one of those books where I think it's supposed to be YA, but it's not like most YA titles I've read. And that's a good thing. It's very much a cross-over, in my opinion, similar in some ways to Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert. By that, I mean Fingerprints and Ballads both deal with big issues of life...moving forward, making mistakes, falling and picking yourself up.
Fingerprints of You has a bit of a lighter feel overall though, I thought, and I loved the setting of San Francisco. It was great to explore the various areas with Lemon, especially lesser known places. I've never been to California, so it was nice to have that "tourist" look of things.
Lemon is an interesting character to follow along with. She wants to find her dad in order to find herself in a way, and knowing that she's going to have a child that won't have a dad in their life either gives her new perspective. She meets a boy that is the definition of a perfect book boy. He's adorable, loves music, and sincerely seems to care about Lemon (despite the fact that she clearly has a rough past and is, you know, pregnant with some other person's kid).
I really did enjoy reading Fingerprints of You. It's not full of big action, but it's full of big emotion...and a whole lot of heart.
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I read On the Road in high school as well. I'd love to re-read it now that it's been awhile, but I remember enjoying it!