Thank you to NetGalley and Blaze Publishing, LLC for providing me with an advanced copy to read and review.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Contemporary, Romance
Recommend to Others?: Yes
It’s senior year. Mitchell is the popular boy in school with an image to protect who can’t wait to leave the Indian Paintbrush Community Village for Sustainable Living right after graduation. Josie loves Paintbrush and would be perfectly happy spending the rest of her life there gardening – she thinks. The two long-time childhood friends begin to unknowingly take a more serious step in their relationship after “Mitchell’s mother makes a scandalous announcement” (from official book summary) and Josie starts to become fed up with one of her younger sister’s reckless behavior. Now they must navigate through the uncertainties of the present, figure out what they mean to each other, and decide what path their lives will take.
I really enjoyed reading this book.
What first caught my eye about Paintbrush was its cover. It’s so simple and pretty and I love the soft colors of purple, pink, orange, blue and green beautifully shaped into a flower against a white backdrop. I think it’s a perfect symbol for what the book is about.
The plot summary is what made me request this title. It sounded really interesting and just the right book for me.
Mitchell and Josie were great characters to get to know. All the characters were great – the Paintbrush community is full of all kinds of people you’ll just love. But these two just had something particularly refreshing about them that I haven’t seen in YA in a while. Their struggles and experiences, their growing relationship felt so real and relatable. They’re both 18, heading off to college soon, and trying to figure out life after graduation which is approaching fast. It’s such stressful and exciting time in a teenager’s life and I think the author perfectly captures this milestone of youth. The progression of Mitchell and Josie’s relationship – though rocky – was as lovely as the entire book.
The scenery in and around Paintbrush is gorgeous and vividly expressed. It made me long to see such landscapes and walk around in nature.
Hannah Bucchin’s debut novel, Paintbrush, was a delightful story that had me falling in love with the characters, on the edge of my seat with its plot, and feel all the feels with its touch of romance. This was a big win for me. And I look forward to reading more from her.
Paintbrush is set to be released July 11, 2017. You can learn more about the book and Hannah Bucchin author here.