- Pub. Date: May 2011
- Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
- Format: Hardcover , 192pp
- Age Range: Young Adult
Vanessa is wise beyond her years. She’s never really fit in at school, where all the kids act and dress the same. She’s an artist who expresses her talent in the wacky colors she dyes her hair, her makeup and clothes. She’s working on her biggest art project, and counting the days until she’s grown up and can really start living. That adult world seems closer when Vanessa gets her dream job at the art supply store, Palette, where she worships the couple who runs it, Oscar and Maye. And she’s drawn to a mysterious guy named James, who leads her into new, sometimes risky situations. Is she ready for this world, or not?
This was a quick read that moved right along and kept my focus and reminded me just how hard it was being a teenager. Vanessa wants nothing more than to grown up and be out of her teens where she just doesn’t feel like she belongs. She makes numerous quick and thoughtless decision throughout the course of the book that hunt not only herself but those closest to her. It is not uncommon but it was nice to find a book that expressed these types of decisions and everyone ends up okay in the end if not better than they were at the beginning. While yes there was pain and frustration, there was also healing and growth. the main message don’t rush your youth but enjoy it and those around you.