Fingerprints of You

Fingerprints of You

by Kristen-Paige Madonia
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Fingerprints of You 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Lena_Beana More than 1 year ago
You guys know what a huge fan of contemporary YA I am, especially when it's a coming-of-age story. With that said, when I first heard about FINGERPRINTS OF YOU, I knew I had to read it. I mean, look at the cover. Look at the summary! It just has to be good, right? Well, it wasn't good... It was fabulous!  The story focuses on Lemon and the dynamic relationship she has with her mother, Stella. Much to Lemon's dismay, she's traveling down the same path as Stella, and it's not necessarily the best road to follow. From that very first moment in the tattoo parlor with Johnny Drinko, you knew what was going to happen.  Now, 17 and pregnant, Lemon begins to wonder about the father she never knew. With that said and a "gift" from her mother, she decides to travel in search of her long lost father in the hopes of finding answers and possibly more.  Though I knew I'd like this story, I wasn't expecting to fall in love with it. I'm telling you guys, it's the writing. Kristen Paige-Madonia just has this undeniable natural talent for story telling. I literally went from hating a character one minute and loving her the next. Oh, Lemon. I'm having the hardest time trying to fathom into words how incredible her story is. Honestly, it's something you'll have to experience for yourself. One of the things I loved about this book is that it reminds readers that there are consequences to having unprotected sex, one of which being pregnancy. It's not this glorified adventure that MTV portrays. Teenage pregnancy is becoming more and more common in today's world, and it doesn't help when certain novels exalt having unprotected sex. With that said, I bow down to you, Kristen, for writing such a brilliant and realistic novel and teaching everyone a very valuable lesson. Though the book mainly centers around Lemon, somewhere along the way I became particularly invested in Emmy's story. When Lemon and her mother move for the millionth time, Emmy is the first (and only) person to befriend Lemon. They're both practically opposites and yet they mesh well together. The story with Emmy and her father in Afghanistan completely moved me in so many different ways. These two girls definitely don't live an easy life and for this, it makes me love them even more. A mixture between The Wonder Years and Juno, FINGERPRINTS OF YOU is a novel you won't want to miss. I highly recommend to everyone that you grab a copy as soon as possible. Is it an easy read? No, but it's a undoubtedly a worthwhile one. I'll be shocked if this book doesn't win any awards. SHOCKED
ScottBlagden More than 1 year ago
I just finished Fingerprints of You. Wow, what a great piece of writing! I loved Lemon and was even sympathetic to her wacky mom by the end. The author did a great job presenting their tumultuous relationship and made what could have easily been a very unbelievable situation (a teenage girl going cross country against her mom’s will and refusing to return) and turned it into a very believable – heroic even – one. She brought Lemon’s depth to the surface and presented the complicated mother/daughter dynamic brilliantly. Well done! I also thought the biological father part was done superbly. She showed his true, imperfect character through Lemon’s eyes as well as Cassie’s. She is a very talented writer. Yay for realistic fiction!
ec-66 More than 1 year ago
A book for "young teen readers" but also for us "old adult readers" who have experienced life, searched for ourselves, or tried to discover who our parents really are. We hear the voice of the young adult, yet read the wisdom of developing maturity. The author leads us through the complicated, frequently humorous, and sometimes sad journey of Lemon's discovery; in the end, one cannot but smile at the realization that each of us, in our own way, travels the same journey.
Natalie777 More than 1 year ago
Fingerprints of You grabs you from the first page and takes you on a heartfelt journey full of adventure. A complex but well developed story, you can't help but bond with the characters, as you experience their struggles, joy and ultimate love for each other through the ties that bind. An unconventional look at growing up, breaking free and the realization that the things we spend our lives running from are often what we will end up missing the most. Full of humor, relatable experiences, heartbreak and good times; onçe you start reading you will not be able to put it down! Looking forward to more from Mrs. Madonia, as this is a truly remarkable first book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing read for teens or adults - my new favorite recommendation for book-clubs and friends! Fresh characters you'll fall in love with and a road trip journey you'll never forget. Fingerprints of You is a wonderful coming-of-age novel filled with joy, heartache, and, ultimately, hope.
DChassen More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading "Fingerprints of You" by Kristen-Paige Madonia. It's a great read for anyone, especially those that have lost someone, found someone or just went off looking for themselves. A fantastic book to finish off the summer with!!!
aubrier More than 1 year ago
At 17 years old, a massive influx of thoughts and emotions often make it difficult to convey the depth and surprising strength of feelings and experiences. Paradoxically, by the time we are able to articulate ourselves genuinely, the distance of time makes it almost impossible truly recall and adequately express those same thoughts and emotions. In her debut novel, Fingerprints of You, author Kristen-Paige Madonia has managed to do just that – giving a realistic, accurate, and genuine voice to a teen in crisis. Using a journey as both a metaphorical and literal action, Madonia’s heroine Lemon sweeps the reader along as she seeks to connect the missing dots on the roadmap of her life. Pregnant and searching for a father she has never known, she embarks on a cross-country excursion with no real plan, and no promises for resolution. San Francisco serves as a stunning backdrop with its big-city feel and perfectly described inhabitants; the vast urban experience crammed in to 7x7 square miles reflects Lemon’s own immense expectations and her limitations. A colorful cast of characters helps the reader get to know Lemon intimately without distracting from her voice. The seemingly arrested development of her mother Stella, as well as the beautiful manner in which Madonia allows her to demonstrate some maturity – a metaphorical move from monotone paintings to two hues in her artistic expressions – prevents Stella from being a clichéd immature mother with a drinking problem and no hope for self-improvement. The novel moves at an appropriate clip – much like a Greyhound bus. Several stops, people getting on and off, never knowing who may sit down next to you, yet always having forward momentum. The satisfying cadence of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ song “Home” seems to accompany the tempo of Fingerprints of You, and the story remains true to its pace until it pulls up to the final destination of its last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being out of college for a few years and having to be a "grown up" has made me forget about how good it feels to just get up and go, to find something out about yourself by traveling and leaving your problems behind, at least for awhile.  It's about the experiences you have, the people you meet, even if you're never going to see them again. It's about how they touch your life to make you realize things about yourself you forgot existed or didn't know existed.  It's about having fingerprints of experiences, as one of the characters in this book points out.  This book takes me to that place again, something that I can only say a good book does.  Lemon is a pregnant 17 year old who leaves her Mom for a few months, her only known family member, to travel and find out more about herself, accompanied by her best friend.  The story may not be unique, but the way it's told is. I especially like the literary, music, movie and place references--it's like a first hand account style travel book memoir.  Definitely read it if you think growing up has made you less deep. This book will bring you back to who you are at your core. 
NatalieTahoe More than 1 year ago
It's been a long time since Lemon's remembered what it was like to live in a stable and routine life when they lived with her grandmother. Named Lemon by her artistic mother for her favorite color the month of her birth, Lemon's moved most of her young seventeen years from one place to another whenever Stella decides to make a change, mostly as a result of a relationship gone bad. Unfortunately, trying to start anew is never as satisfying as initially expected, and Lemon's felt the void of friendships and stability ever since. When an afternoon rebellion with her mother's tattoo artist in a small Virginia town results in a pregnancy, she and her mother move again to an even smaller town in West Virginia. With a new best friend, Emmy, whose father was shipped off to Afghanistan, the decision to take a road trip during the winter school break becomes even more important for them both. The real reason why San Francisco was chosen though, is known only to Lemon, who decides she must meet her father before her own child is born. With quiet and contemplative moments, Fingerprints of You became a sleeper hit for me. I wasn't anticipating the tiny struggles of pain that would suddenly burst forth from the pages as Lemon tried to make sense of so many things at once: an absent, unknown father, a flighty mother, a sense of emptiness in not having a place to call home, while simultaneously finding independence and roots in a cultural city full of art and music so unlike the small towns she's used to. Kristen-Paige Madonia certainly doesn't leave anything out in this tender coming of age story, and whether it's a handwritten inscription in a book, or a road trip made cross country between best friends, it's a lesson to all that we each can make an indelible impression on another, no matter how quickly a moment may pass between people. Fingerprints of You is a multi-layered story of loss, hope, and discovery, and with San Francisco as the vibrant backdrop, the wealth of art and music at each corner is impressively vivid. Although set in contemporary times, the sights and sounds of San Francisco seemed to echo an earlier time and made me think of what I'd imagine it might have been like to be young in the 1960s, the young striving to find purpose during a time of war, a place of their own, or even just a little bit of independence amidst the routines of day-to-day life. Every generation feels this, of course, but there seemed such a marked sense of relationship between the two eras, that it beautifully blended into one for me, and I appreciated the story that much more. It's a bit minor to state, especially since it's clear I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I could so easily envision the city and key character moments, but I think just a little more editing was needed to tighten down some scenes that were too descriptive, and conversely, there didn't seem to be enough emotional insight when it came to the pregnancy, which surprisingly felt detached in just a few scenes. And part of me (the immature part) wanted Stella to get a new tattoo to cover up the one made by the man who got her daughter pregnant, but maybe it was intentional to keep that a silent piece of resolution. Ultimately, though, my quibbles are ridiculously minor in the grand scheme of the essential core of this story, which was immensely satisfying. I'd recommend this coming-of-age tale to an older YA audience especially, but all age groups in their twenties on up will find a little something that resonates with them. And like Lemon's understanding that we each make a permanent impression on each other in life, Kristen-Paige Madonia has unquestionably cemented her spot in the publishing industry world with her debut Fingerprints of You, and I eagerly await her next novel.
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
A coming of age story, Fingerprints of You is the story of Lemon. Growing up, Lemon was never able to really admire her mother. Stella, Lemon’s mother, moved Lemon from town to town as soon as her relationships went bad. Now, in a new town, Lemon is in trouble. Lemon is pregnant from a man that gave Stella her third tattoo. Repeating her mother’s mistakes was never what Lemon planned for. Lemon has always resented Stella for the life she led and refuses to do the same as her mother. But Lemon does not know who she really is and believes that meeting her father could give her some answers, so she and her best friend Emmy decide to go to California. I really do not like Lemon. Her mistakes are understandable because she never had a good role model, but taking a cross-country road trip when you are pregnant, have very little money, and do not have a diploma seems really irresponsible to me. Lemon has very few qualities I can admire, but I may be being too harsh on her. Fingerprints of You is very well written though and I like Madonia’s style. This book could be enjoyed by teenagers or young adults. I give it three out of five stars.